RICK AND MORTY: Freddy Krueger Actor Robert Englund On Scary Terry In This EXCLUSIVE Interview
One of the most well known parodies from Adult Swim's Rick and Morty is Scary Terry, a knockoff of Freddy Krueger. We had a chance to talk to the actual Freddy, Robert Englund and get his thoughts. Read on!
Rick and Morty is without question one of the most popular series on Adult Swim right now. Having been renewed for 70 more episodes following Season 3, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are going to keep bringing hilarious stories and characters to the small screen for years to come.
One of the most popular and quoted characters from the early episodes of Rick and Morty is Scary Terry, an obvious parody of Freddy Krueger. Recently we spoke with the man who brought Freddy to life, Robert Englund, about his new voice work on another Adult Swim show, JJ Villard's Fairy Tales.
Since we had the opportunity to speak with Englund we made sure we took the time to ask him how he felt about the character and it turns out he loves it! Going into plenty of detail and sharing some interesting trivia, the legendary horror icon had plenty to say about Terry. Check it out below!
Joe: Rick and Morty is a show on Adult Swim that features a parody version of Freddy Krueger called Scary Terry. Have you seen the episode and what are your thoughts on the character?
Robert Englund: I love it, yeah! I sign lots of the Rick and Morty Freddies. I love that, but you know Freddy has crashed everybody. I’ve got a Simpsons Freddy downstairs, original sell. He’s in South Park where he lives in the woods. He has been on Family Guy and Rick and Morty but the Rick and Morty Freddy people love. I can’t tell you how many times people bring him to me to sign. He’s great and it's very funny.
But you know there are also a lot of different stories of Freddy crashing famous cartoons in the daily newspaper. There’s some great ones and then every once in a while some fan will abstract him a little bit and that’s always really fun to see. I think the first cartoon of Freddy I ever saw was in Tokyo. Nightmare on Elm Street 3 had outgrossed Rambo and then some guy killed his family and decapitated them and cooked them. And I guess he made some kind of Japanese soup out of them or something.
And the whole country freaked out because it was this horrible crime, and the guy had never been to a horror movie in his life. He didn’t know who Freddy Krueger was and he had never seen it. But oh they got so upset and here we have this number one hit in the world and we’re bringing the next one in so they brought me to Japan to be the man behind the mask. And I went over there and everywhere I went in Tokyo were these really cute little Freddies. And he almost looked like one of the Seven Dwarves. He was cute Freddy.
And that was their waay of making Nightmare on Elm Street palpable to an entire xenophobic society that had freaked out about this serial killer even though it had nothing to do with Nightmare on Elm Street or Freddy Krueger. But oh, they had to be careful. That was the first time I had seen Freddy mutate that way but now of course it's done a lot.
What do you think of Englund's comments? You can hear the legendary actor lend his voice to the new Adult Swim series JJ Villard's Fairy Tales. Check out the trailer for both that and Rick and Morty below!
A new, twisted, fun take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White. The charm and cuteness of the original stories remain, but now they've been updated and packaged into a ball of raw, visceral, gross weirdness.
The animated quarter-hour series is created, and executive produced by JJ Villard (King Star King) and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Voice talent this season includes Linda Blair, Warwick Davis, Robert Englund, Corey Feldman, Alan Oppenheimer, Jennifer Tilly, and Villard himself among others.
This Emmy-award-winning half-hour animated hit comedy series on Adult Swim follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth’s family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades.
Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim on Sundays at 11:30 pm, followed by JJ Villard's Fairy Tales at midnight.