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Wubba lubba dub dub! Adult Swim debuts Rick and Morty Season 4 footage at Comic-Con

By Josh Weiss
Rick and Morty Season 4

Adult Swim managed to not Cronenberg the world up by releasing the first clip from the highly anticipated fourth season of Rick and Morty at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

The footage involves Morty Smith (co-creator Justin Roiland) and his father, Jerry (Chris Parnell), imploring a pink-headed, many-eyed alien named "Glootie" to take down an app for them. Based on the New Zealand accent of the never-before-seen character, we're like 99.99% sure it's the one being voiced by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Event Horizon) has also been confirmed to voice an E.T. of the same species, although he doesn't appear in this clip.

When Glootie — who has "Do Not Develop My App" written on his forehead — claims that he's just an intern and can't take the app down, Morty and Jerry threaten him with bodily harm. Suddenly, something starts beeping on the alien's body and the father-son duo duck for cover. When no explosion comes, they look in the room and find that Glootie simply used an "Ominous Beeping Noise" app to cover his escape out of a window, which he can't even open.

The gag is a patented hallmark of the animated series, subverting our genre expectations for the sake of comedy. In this case, we expect Glootie to explode (a la Predator), only for it to be revealed that he was using an entirely meta method to get away from his human captors.

Rick and Morty Season 4 premieres on Adult Swim this November. The new episodes will feature other high-profile guest stars like Paul Giamatti and Kathleen Turner.

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