The Stephen King References You Missed In Rick And Morty

In the season one episode Lawnmower Dog, there is a major visual reference to Stephen King from the classic Stanley Kubrick adaptation of The Shining. But first, the title of the episode itself is a nod to King, based on his 1975 short story The Lawnmower Man, which revolves around a murderous lawnmower working for the god Pan. Of course, the events of the episode more closely follow the movie The Lawnmower Man, in which a scientist experiments on a man who eventually becomes so intelligent that he sheds his physical form and transforms into a fully digital being. This parallels one of the plot points of Lawnmower Dog, in which Morty’s dog becomes extremely intelligent and tries to conquer the world.

The visual gag “The Shining” comes into play when Morty’s teacher, Mr. Goldenfold (Brandon Johnson), is sitting on his couch. Above him appears to be a photograph or painting of a woman straight out of Kubrick’s The Shining. Dick Hallorann’s (Scatman Crothers) room contains a similar painting in the film. While this is more of a visual gag than story-inspiring, it definitely fits into an episode that already takes its name from another King story.

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