The triumphant return of one of the most popular contemporary adult animated sitcoms, Rick and Morty, has brought us into its seventh season, albeit with a significant shake-up in the central voice cast following the replacement of Justin Roiland. Despite new voices, it’s still back on Adult Swim and making waves. Weekly episodes have delivered some already iconic moments, but not without throwing shade. The latest example is a dig at a film in which the characters previously made a cameo appearance.
Rick and Morty cameo appearance in the Space Jam sequel
The characters of Rick and Morty show up for a rather brief cameo in Space Jam: A New Legacy, the 2021 sequel to the iconic 2021 comedy Space Jam that combines both animation and live-action.
Space Jam: A New Legacy swaps Michael Jordan for LeBron James, who finds himself and his son in a Warner Bros.-style virtual multiverse that contains a vast sea of characters featured in the film studio’s titles, whether from film or television, have appeared.
During a memorable scene in the Looney Tunes adventure, LeBron and Bugs Bunny are looking for more members for their basketball team when none other than Rick and Morty literally appear on the scene.
“We’re done testing your badger thing,” Rick says, handing them back the Tasmanian devil. “It turns out his condition is irreversible.” He says, “He’s all yours, Dumdums,” before zooming back into space with his trusty sidekick, and some fans criticized the cameo as unfunny and out of place .
While there are some fans, many took to Twitter/X and elsewhere to call the series “horrifying,” while others argued that since it’s an adult show, kids shouldn’t and wouldn’t know who the characters are .
Space Jam reference in Rick And Morty Season 7 Episode 6
In Rick And Morty Season 7 Episode 6, titled “Rickfending Your Mort,” the writers take a big swipe at the fact that the character appeared in the poorly reviewed and received sequel to Space Jam.
Rick C-137 and Morty Prime subsequently had to answer in court. However, it turns out that different versions of the character were ultimately the ones who pleaded guilty and fell victim to the death sentence.
“You welcomed death!” Rick insists. “You wanted out, Morty!”
Those who have gone on record saying how much they hate the Space Jam cameo can now feel a little peace knowing that these variants have come to an end. On the other hand, the latest part is also reminiscent of a cameo that some fans wanted to bury in their minds a long time ago. The authors must have made it clear where they stand!
It’s also not necessarily the first time they’ve honored the Space Jam performance. In a season six storyline, the two found themselves in a bind that was “worse than you think, Morty.” We’re currently using metaradiation. Our credibility will be permanently undermined. Every second we spend here is the equivalent of ten Space Jam performances.”
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