In one of the biggest episodes of Rick And Morty’s sixth season, Summer not only took the wheel in an effort to keep her grandfather and brother alive, but also returned to the digital world of Roy while presenting a universe where each character is Morty’s voice. Speaking to series co-creator Justin Roiland, our very own Nick Valdez dove deep into the episode titled “A Mort Well Lived,” with Roiland guiding him through the challenges of creating a story with multiple characters with the same voice .
Roiland began discussing this episode by dissecting his process of bringing this episode to life and how he tried to make the voices undergo subtle changes to differentiate them all while still having that familiar tone that Morty Smith used in the series exhibits:
“The way the show affects me is an interesting process because obviously there’s the first record and I went in and I’ve definitely tried to do something a little bit different for all these Morties. As subtle as I could, but something like felt different. Then the show has a lot of rewrites and things just change during production. This happened once before when I went back with scenes being rewritten and I went back and I was like, ‘Oh my God, what have I done? What were all the little things I did with all the different Morties and it’s been so long I can’t even remember.’ I think it became less and less of what I originally intended to do with the sort of subtle differences as multiple rewrites piled up over time.
Justin also explained how this had happened once before during the Citadel of Ricks episode where a large group of Morties the co-creator/voice actor had to take on the heavy burden of bringing numerous characters to life:
“That also happened with the Citadel of Ricks, the Tales from the Citadel episode where I played all these different Morties. I did the same thing where I had different take on them, but that was a little bit easier because there weren’t that many, right? There were still a lot of them, but there weren’t that many, so I could like, oh, let me hear that again. Okay. I kind of remember what I was doing. While this one was like, ” Oh my god, this Morty only has one line or he only has one monologue here, or this character who is the voice of Morty has only this.” It just got harder to keep track of all that over this long period of time I’ve certainly tried to do the best I could and tried my very best to go back and listen to what I was doing and remember it Yeah, that was a wild one because it’s just a bunch of characters and you want to give them some sort of differentiation as best you can.
Rick and Morty returns to Adult Swim at midnight on Sunday, November 20 with new episodes from the animated series’ sixth season.
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