Adult Swim’s April Fool’s Day Prank Takes Over Rick and Morty and Other Shows


April Fool’s jokes have gotten old by this point, at least for most of us, and it can be a pretty exhausting day every year. That said, Adult Swim’s April Fool’s Day pranks will always be welcome. The late-night network always does something inventive and exciting with its animated titles on April Fool’s Day, something memorable that usually gets viewers talking. This year’s prank started just after midnight on the East Coast and involves a certain character who was introduced in a proof-of-concept trailer last year.

This year’s farce sees Libby, from Learn with Pibby: Apocalypse, taking over the rest of the Adult Swim universe. Last Halloween, Adult Swim released the Learn with Pibby ran as a trailer last year, teasing an educational children’s program with enjoyable characters that quickly turned into a terrifying horror story. For April Fool’s Day, Pibby began appearing on the various other adult swim shows.

Thursday night’s show (which went live on YouTube shortly after it aired on TV) began with a Learn with Pibby introduction. Pibby was quickly engulfed by a glitch in her own show’s reality only to reappear outside Morty’s house in rick and morty.

The block kicks off with the fan favorite rick and morty episode “Total Rickall”, the Season 2 entry which features Mr. Poopybutthole. When the fake alien parasitic characters start showing up in the episode, Pibby can be seen as part of the crowd.

During a scene in which Morty points a gun at Rick, he begins to glitch, and the animation around him resembles the glitch seen in Pibby’s intro. It’s by far the most gruesome scene of the episode, teasing the utter chaos that seems to follow Pibby through the multiverse.

As the Adult Swim block continues Thursday night, there will likely be a few more appearances from Pibby and his devastating glitches.

What do you think of Adult Swim’s April Fool’s joke this year? Let us know in the comments!


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