The popular Adult Swim comedy “Rick and Morty” will move forward as a more kid-friendly program, titled “Rick and Morty Babies,” for the new Adult Swim Junior.
On Wednesday night, Adult Swim trolled “Rick and Morty” fans by morphing the series’ titular grandfather-grandson duo into infant versions of themselves for a special episode in honor of April Fools’ Day.
To pull off the stunt, the network hired child voice actors to dub the Season 2 episode “Total Rickall,” which originally ran in 2015 and sees the Smith family plagued by parasites.
Additionally, the animation team created a whole new intro sequence for “Rick and Morty Babies,” re-imagining the beloved mad scientist and high school student as tricycle-riding, teething, drooling, crying, diaper-wearing newborns.
The one-off “Rick and Morty Babies” episode debuted as part of Adult Swim’s 2021 April Fools’ programming, which has also included kiddie adaptations of “Gemusetto Machu Picchu” (now “Gemusetto Machu Preschool”) and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” (now “Aqua Child Hunger Force”). Adult Swim has a long tradition of observing the mischievous holiday each year with various animated tricks and treats, from surprise reruns to celebrity cameos.
Fully committing to this year’s prank, Adult Swim also rebranded Thursday as “Adult Swim Junior,” with G-rated interludes between episodes in the style of Nick Jr. and Disney Junior’s early-morning rotations. Adult Swim will revert back to its regularly scheduled grownup “Rick and Morty” programming on June 20 for the premiere of the sci-fi series’ fifth season.
Speaking of Disney, streaming platform Disney+ also got in on the April Fools’ fun by sharing various stills of Disney villains — such as Scar, Maleficent and Ursula — shouting “Fools!” in their respective films. Meanwhile, fellow streaming giant Netflix vowed on Twitter, “There’ll be no April Fools’ Day jokes from us today,” adding, “Seriously. (This is not a joke).” Sure, Netflix. Sure.
There’ll be no April Fools’ Day jokes from us today. Seriously. (This is not a joke).
— Netflix (@netflix) April 1, 2021
British media outlet the Tab made no such promises, however, and pulled a prank on Netflix’s behalf by reporting that the second season of its smash-hit period drama “Bridgerton” would be premiering next week. (In reality, the show’s highly anticipated sophomore run — starring Season 1 breakout Jonathan Bailey and newcomer Simone Ashley — wasn’t even set to begin production until this spring.)
“We wanted to make this a special surprise for our very special viewers,” the Tab quoted a “Netflix spokesperson” as saying. “They deserve it.” (Even Lady Whistledown herself would never publish a rumor so baseless and cruel!)
A few celebrity capers have been trickling in as well. For example, BTS rapper J-Hope fooled the South Korean supergroup’s ARMY fandom on social media into thinking he had dyed his hair “Little Mermaid” red. Turns out it was just a very convincing filter, and the gullible are already mourning the fiery look that could have been.
Take a closer look at Hollywood’s April Fools’ high jinks below.