Taika Waititi makes 'Rick and Morty' debut

Publish Date
Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 1:25PM

Kiwi director Taika Waititi has a hilarious cameo in the new season of animated series Rick and Morty.

The season's second episode, The Old Man and the Seat, sees the Jo-Jo Rabbit creator voicing an alien named Glootie who develops an app to distract the humans of Earth while his species steals the planet's most precious resource.

Writing at denofgeek.com, reviewer Joe Matar said although Glootie's part in the episode wasn't extensive, Waititi's "matter-of-fact line delivery" was "naturally charming and hilarious".

The popular American cartoon, which last had a season come out in 2017, follows the exploits of alcoholic super scientist Rick and his neurotic grandson Morty as they explore different dimensions.

Glootie's race is monogamous and like to mock the humans of Earth for not realising the unlimited nature of love, comicbook.com reports.

The LoveFinderrz matchmaking app Glootie develops constantly changes who humans are matched with and the aliens take advantage of the ensuing distraction to attempt to snatch all the Earth's water.

Waititi's isn't the only New Zealand accent viewers will be hearing this season. Actor Sam Neill also voices a character who's the same species as Glootie.

Show creator Justin Roiland told Entertainment Weekly in July that he and co-creator Dan Harmon wanted to give the species "a Kiwi flavour".

The new season debuted on Adult Swim on November 10th. Previous seasons are available on Netflix.