As the wait for the next season of Rick and Morty drags on, fans are scraping the bottom of the barrel to get their fix of the nihilistic super scientist and his grandson. Over the weekend, dedicated viewers plunged their heads into the toilet that is the internet and swam back with paydirt from an unlikely destination. Somewhere between Rick and Morty's bender in Bendigo and their foray into the fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons, the jaded inventor and his adolescent sidekick made a pit stop in the My Little Pony-verse.
Eagle-eyed Redditor Roxopenguim spotted Rick's blue-gray hair spikes and Morty's yellow shirt and frown in the most recent episode of My Little Pony, improbably titled "Grannies Gone Wild." At first, that sounds like an episode Rick would've gladly guest-starred in—but it turns out it's actually about a bunch of elderly mares taking some young pony to an amusement park.
The horses catch a brief glimpse of a couple of Rick and Morty-looking equines apparently on vacation, waiting in line for "the fastest, most thrilling ride of all time," situated in that den of pony sin and consumerism, Las Pegasus. Any superlative is an easy way to reel Rick into an adventure—remember the best marriage counselor in the universe?—but it's doubtful he and Morty would portal gun to the end of a line of any kind.
Most of that Reddit thread is devoted to complaints about the cameo. But there's already been a fair amount of cross-pollination between the two shows, including Rick and Morty performances from My Little Pony's Tara Strong and Patton Oswalt, along with a number of animators and production folks. And that's not to mention the YouTuber who imagined this crossover would happen way before it even aired.There's no way to know for sure, but the duo's appearance in MLP could be a subtle nod from a Rick and Morty fan or alum who works at Hasbro Studios and wanted to give the fans who watch both shows a little treat. Since MLP's viewership has a widely-reported skew toward male 25 to 44-year-olds, there's probably a lot more overlap than these angry Redditors would have you believe.
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