When it comes to pixel art, artist Paul Robertson is the cream of the crop. The Australian artist has worked on the likes of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World– both the game and the film-, the Fez game and that 2015 Pixels movie that we don’t talk about. Robertson has worked on the hit show Rick and Morty before with a promo in 2017 and he is back once again this year with another pixel art animation based on the popular Adult Swim show. This animation goes above and beyond though, clocking in at an incredible seventeen minutes and feeling like a video game level thanks to its awesomely retro 16-bit style.
Rick + Morty in the Eternal Nightmare Machine is far from your run of the mill animation. Robertson’s seventeen minute, 16 -bit film is not only amazingly detailed, it also looks so similar to an actual retro game that you would be forgiven for thinking that there was a person with a controller on the other side of the screen. There are cameos aplenty in the animation too, with Robertson making call backs to various scenes and characters from seasons one to four of Rick and Morty. To name a few references (though not all as I don’t want to be here all night): Pickle Rick, the Little Bits skit, Bird Person, Scary Terry, Mr Meeseeks, Ice T, Noob Noob, Baby Legs, Gazorpazorp, Morty turning into a car, the Plumbus, Clone Beth, Evil Morty and about a million more. That probably sounded like a list of random words if you’re not well versed with Rick and Morty but fans of the show will get where I’m coming from.