Tip of the Day: ‘Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!’

by Eubie on March 27, 2014

Rick_and_Morty_opening_creditsIf you know what is the meaning of today’s tip then you know about the new hit show on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim that premiered in the last month of 2013: Rick and Morty. The show borrows heavily from such iconic cultural influencers as Doctor Who and the Back to the Future series of films (R&M is based on cartoon shorts by one of the two series creators, Justin Roiland, called “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti,” itself an on-the-nose reference to said BTTF franchise). And yet… and yet, there’s something about Rick and Morty that feels… oh, how do the French say it? Yeah, ‘different’… the show feels fresh, innovative, and slightly askew. The humor comes from a different place than we’re used to, though we haven’t quite figured out what place that is. Give you an example from Monday night’s episode, “Something Ricked This Way Comes,” which opens with Rick Sanchez, a grumpy, old, alcoholic, time- and space-traveling genius inventor, sitting at the breakfast table with his daughter, Beth, a successful animal surgeon, and her butt-of-most-of-the-jokes doofus husband, Jerry. Rick is tinkering with a new, on-the-spot robot he’s created to bring him the butter across the table. Rick’s grandson Morty ambles in to ask Rick to help him with his science project, which leads to his parents (especially Dad Jerry) pressuring him to team up with dad. While all this, the ‘meat’ of the episode’s storyline as it were, is being fleshed out, Rick is dealing with his suddenly ‘self-conscious,’ butter-fetching toy who asks for a second time, this after already having brought over the butter dish for Rick to take a swipe off the top, “What is my purpose?” To which Rick replies, “You pass butter.” The robot hangs its metal head and shrugs its shoulders in an abject look of total defeat and despair and says, “Oh… my… god!” and Rick comes back with, “Yeah, welcome to the club, pal.” Cue Doctor Whoish theme music! Adult Swim has many either clips or full episodes available on its website, so check it out. The voice acting talent is fantastic, with many, many guest stars taking on roles. Oh! and ‘Wubba lubba dub dub!’? We’d rather you found it out on your own, but we’ll offer you this link to the show’s creators and writers explaining the origin story of this hot new catchphrase sweeping the country!

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