A fan-made crossover video of Rick & Morty and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is making the rounds after being shared by Adult Swim’s YouTube channel.
There are few series as dissimilar as Animal Crossing and Rick & Morty, but that didn’t stop the good folks over at Adult Swim from bringing the two together in a bizarre crossover video. The latest promo video drops Rick and Morty into the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and transforms them into the cute, stylized characters that AC:NH is recognized for, as the two galivant across their island.
Crossovers are, of course, nothing new with Animal Crossing, especially as creatively inclined fans are kept inside by the pandemic. The game’s versatility and abundant creative res hold particular appeal to those looking to recreate famous pop culture locations and series. Rick & Morty is already one of those series to get the AC treatment, as one island in the game already features a fan-made recreation of Rick’s garage. So while Rick & Morty‘s crass humor and adult themes don’t immediately come across as something that would mesh well with something as light-hearted and cute at Animal Crossing: New Horizons, perhaps it’s exactly that incompatibility that inspired Adult Swim to make just such a combination.
The crossover video from Adult Swim, put together by Daisy Studio and written and directed by content creator kyttenjanae, fleshes Rick and Morty out with an extra dimension than they traditionally boast, before dropping them into the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for some fun and frolic. Morty, as expected, plays the game the way it was meant to be, with Rick popping up every so often to ruin his fun. There’s no dialogue or physical comedy (other than Rick using a giant robot to step on Morty’s tent), just mostly wholesome fun, sandwiched with enough darker imagery to remind the viewers that this is still Rick & Morty, only slightly more PG. Check out the full video below:
Considering that the video was created by a small, independent studio, and was likely only shared by Adult Swim, not commissioned, it shouldn’t be taken as a sign that there will be some sort of official Rick & Morty crossover event in Animal Crossing (although there is one coming up in Rainbow Six Siege). It’s more of an extreme version of the New Horizons fan creations that have been seen all too frequently in the past. Nonetheless, it’s an impressive bit of work, and the studio behind it definitely deserves the publicity that Adult Swim’s YouTube channel will surely bring.
Creative endeavors like this one and all of the other AC:NH fan works are worth the attention, since they bring entertainment and a sort of nostalgia to a world that is still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while this video isn’t a promise of anything official as far as crossing over Rick & Morty with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, at the very least, it demonstrates that even though the two franchises are as different as night and day, with a little creativity, they can work together well.
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