Fans have been enjoying the latest season of Adult Swim‘s cynical sci-fi cartoon. During the season break, viewers have been obsessively rewatching and may have uncovered a glaring oversight that the animators of Rick and Morty (both played by Justin Roiland) missed in the editing room.
The animation style of Rick and Morty is deceptively simple and has been praised for its clean character designs and abstract imagery.
Ostensibly beginning each episode with a traditional family sitcom set up, each episode invariably launches into a wacky adventure across dimensions.
Much like The Simpsons or the Griffins from Family Guy, the house of Betty (Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (Chris Parnell) Smith has become an iconic staple of the show.
However, a fan recently outlined on Screenrant that the design of the detached four-bedroom doesn’t really add up.
The article said: “The interior of the house and exterior don’t exactly match up.”
It appears that the rooms of the house have been stretched out beyond the building’s capacity, potentially in order to allow for more animation freedom for interior scenes.
With most of the action taking place in far off worlds, there hasn’t really been time to establish the exact layout of the house.
They continued: “It’s surprising considering so much of the series is really well thought out, but it’s like what is contained within the house couldn’t actually fit into the exterior we have seen.”
The Smiths’ house is packed with details, especially Rick’s workshop in the family garage, but the biggest detail of its actual size seems to have missed a crucial stage.
Although, some fans have a theory that this subtle animation blunder was actually an intentional easter egg by the animators.
The article continued: “Some people have created the fan theory that this is actually a bit like a T.A.R.D.I.S. and that the house is bigger on the inside.”
While the series mostly riffs on Back to the Future’s Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J Fox), the adventures of an eccentric scientist and a plucky companion is not dissimilar to the British sci-fi series.
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It’s entirely possible that Rick has applied some scientific trickery to the house, allowing his daughter Beth a little more breathing room when the unconventional Smiths are forced to spend time as a family.
Finally they added: “We are yet to see a floor plan of the building to determine where exactly everything could fit without some kind of science magic.”
Unlike the house from The Simpsons, there is no official cross section blueprint for fans to analyse at a forensic level, so there’s no way of determining how the rooms fit together.
The series is packed with movie references, so the house could potentially be taking a cue from classic horror film The Shining, which twists the floorplan of The Overlook Hotel to confuse the audience.
While there’s nothing terrifying about the Smiths’ house, this animation oddity has certainly left more observant fans scratching their heads.
Despite the oversight, Rick and Morty is still ranked amongst the best animated series currently on television.
Season four’s first five episodes have been well received, and fans are excited to hear any announcement of the season’s continuation.
Rick and Morty is available to stream on Netflix.