Mike McMahan, the co-creator of Solar Opposites, and writer/executive producer Josh Bycel have a big message for Rick and Morty enthusiasts.
The third season of the Hulu animated series has just begun, while Rick and Morty lovers have just one month left of their long wait for the sixth season.
Solar Opposites are not to blame for Rick and Morty's lengthy production. McMahan and Bycel encouraged Rick and Morty enthusiasts to refrain from blaming them for the show's lengthy running time.
"The fact that making Solar Opposites does not in any way, shape or form, affects how long it takes to create Rick and Morty," Bycel said.
"We need to get this out there! Everyone seems to think the reason Rick and Morty takes so long is because everyone is busy on Solar Opposites," McMahan added.
"It'd be like claiming that McDonald's is slowing down the Burger King people because they both have buns. It's not true. It's a completely different group. Stop yelling at us!"
McMahan spent six years developing Rick and Morty and eventually became showrunner. He then co-created Solar Opposites with Justin Roiland from Rick and Morty.
McMahan said that if there are any similarities in the episodes, they are coincidental.
"The only thing that drives me crazy is when... I've gotten used to seeing Rick and Morty as a new fan. I don't know what they're doing anymore," McMahan said.
"But sometimes we double up because we're both playing with sci-fi a bit, and that drives me crazy." But tonally, our program is so different that we usually don't double up. You know what I mean? Usually, Rick and Morty is about Rick and Morty.
"We don't have either of those characters in our show, and we don't have that plot that they're developing, nor that sense of humor. We've got this more Flintstones slash Simpsons slash Home Improvement sort of family 'naive characters' kind of show.
"So honestly, if we ever bump into Rick and Morty, it means that they're geniuses. So it's like, 'Oh, we're brushed up against genius while making our funny show."
"We were never trying to be Rick and Morty. We just tried to stay away from it," he said. "But at the end of the day, when we're writing for our actors and for our characters in these stories, it doesn't feel the same.
"Anyone who watches it can tell you that the art is similar, because Justin draws things that make you laugh, and that's a really special gift."
Solar Opposites Season 3 is now available on Disney+ in the United Kingdom, with new episodes coming weekly on Wednesdays. It can also be streamed on Hulu in the United States.