By now everybody knows that Rick and Morty started as a Back to the Future troll to big film studios, but for those that really want a deep dive into the creative past of the show’s co-creators, Adult Swim has a treat for you. Best of all, it squashes the nasty rumor that Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon spent the past two years fighting which led to the delay of Rick and Morty Season 3.

The latest video published on Adult Swim’s YouTube is part one of a documentary-style exploration of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s early days as comedy content creators.

But the true highlights of the short video come when the co-creators gush about each other. In talking about Roiland, Harmon says, “Justin first of all came in kind of blowing everyone’s mind with his sensibility, charm, and proclivity for professional-grade animation.”

When Roiland looks back, he calls the early days of their partnership an “incredible time.” To Harmon? “That was paradise.”

Just watch it, and enjoy watching this friendship blossom through the years:

Roiland and Harmon’s friends from before they “made it big” recount their shared history through a series of personal interviews alongside the creators themselves, and it paints a picture of struggling artists that had — and still have — a lot of fun doing what they do.

In Roiland’s early animated shorts, you can spot a lot of precursors to characters that would eventually show up in Rick and Morty. There’s clearly a few Rick analogs (one’s even called “Poopy Butthole Poo-erson”) and even a King Jellybean-looking guy. Typical.

This “bunch of scrappy idiot kids making stuff just goofing around” got together and eventually made something truly great that’s become a phenomenon.

Be on the lookout for part two sometime in the near future.


Rick and Morty Season 3 continues on Adult Swim Sundays at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.

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