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SDCC | Adult Swim’s ‘Mr. Pickles’ Is the Touching Story of a Boy and His Evil Dog

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If you haven’t watched the pilot for Adult Swim’s upcoming animated series Mr. Pickles, you really should. Go ahead and check it out below – don’t worry, we’ll wait.

The warped cartoon can be simply summarized as the story of a boy and his dog, a seemingly innocent Border Collie that’s actually infinitely evil but a dog nonetheless. Of course, the only person who’s aware of Mr. Pickles’ evil ways is Tommy’s Grandpa, but no one believes him. And all that Mr. Pickles wants is a pickle.

In the first episode alone, there are at least four deaths among the countless other random acts of depravity. Where did such an outlandish concept come from? Co-creators Will Carsola and Dave Stewart offered an explanation during a press gathering at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

“The way Dave and I usually write – as far as a general idea and whether it’s a show idea or a joke idea – we call it a write-off, and we have a 10-minute competition where we try to write whatever’s going to make the other person laugh,” Carsola said. “No pressure on whether or not it’s a good idea – which it’s usually not.”

Dave Stewart, left, and Will Carsola (photo courtesy of Turner Broadcasting)

Dave Stewart, left, and Will Carsola (photo courtesy of Turner Broadcasting)

“That was just one of the ideas that came out of there,” Stewart added. “A Lassie kind of show set in simple times, with a ‘hero’ kind of dog that does crazy, evil things. I guess our imaginations just ran wild with all the crazy things he could be doing that nobody would believe that Grandpa saw.”

That idea then evolved. “Originally, I think it was little more based on Lassie, but it’s become more of its own thing since then,” Carsola reflected. “He would commit these crimes, but then he’d look like he sort of solved them or helped solve them to get a pickle. It’s all driven by that. And his love for Tommy, his 6-year-old best friend.”

While Mr. Pickles is, thankfully, not based upon a real pet, Stewart’s dog serves as inspiration for the animators. “She looks a little bit like Mr. Pickles,” he said. “We call her Ms. Pickles sometimes.” That’s probably intended as a compliment.

Although the show is scheduled for late night, and intended for a mature audience, there’s still content that Adult Swim considers off-limits. Sometimes, however, that line between acceptable and unacceptable can be puzzling.

“I feel like I’m always surprised with more of what they’re OK with,” Stewart said. “The notes they’ll give are ‘no fecal matter.’ In the meanwhile, someone’s face is getting ripped off. Or, ‘You can’t show thrusting when things are humping,’ so we’ve learned to put a bush in front of things. And you can’t show defecating, but then you can have [Mr. Pickles] masturbating on the bed?”

“We try not to raise the question to [the censors], but we do sit back and wonder about it,” Carsola added. “It’s really up to their personal judgment.”
Pickles is aware Grandpa has witnessed his extracurricular activities, which will play into future episodes.

“He sees some pretty crazy, outlandish things. He’ll have a witness every once in a while, but it never really works out for them,” Carsola said. “You don’t want to be a witness. People see, but they don’t always end up in the best of places. Once they see it, they have to die, become a prisoner or there has to be some other loophole. Like a way they don’t remember. In Season 2, we’re looking at ways of possibly having someone else in town see it.”

Mr. Pickles premieres Sept. 21 at midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim.


  • Bl00dwerK

    When is this beard fad gonna end?

  • demoncat_4

    looks like cartoon network finaly has the perfect companion for the venture brothers. the thing looks like lassie and south park had a love child.and if steven king finaly got into animation.

  • Drilldo Pillow

    Fuck you, hail satan.

  • Bl00dwerK

    That makes no sense…

  • Drilldo Pillow

    Your statement of displeasure with pop culture fads is needlessly diminishing two men with beards as being part of that fad, though you are wrong. And for that, fuck you. Also hail Satan.

  • angel

    this cartoon represents satanic things how can people enjoy this !!

  • speldrong7

    Its called having a sense of humor…stop focusing on the surface, look within…

  • santa clause

    and let it subconsciously change and desensitize you? i don’t think so.

  • speldrong7

    i’m not a sheep…so I don’t have to worry about the magic box telling me what to do…

  • Anonymity

    “Stop focusing on the surface”? Let me guess, it’s just entertainment, right? You are absolutely a sheep or a just a drone bot trying to convince people that simulated pedophili@ is o.k. How is a sheriff getting oral s3x from a child funny or entertaining? This show is beyond disturbing and is just a testament to how progressively worse our society is getting. Why would any adult think to put something like this on t.v. unless they’re creative energy is motivated by evil?

  • speldrong7

    what episode was this? Have you even watched the show? Are you reading what you type or just consciously spewing garbage from your fingertips? Again I am not a sheep and you have proven that you are a simply a bagpipe of bones that let others breathe their hot air into you so you can spew ridiculous noise. I tend to find multimillionaire sports athletes that steal and beat their wives and children “evil” and sickening because that is REAL life, far from evil demon dogs and awesome raging slaughter that is a cartoon. The sooner you realize that this evil creative energy is a beacon in the night from the absolute garbage that television programming has to offer the better. let’s talk about your favorite show the vampire diarrheas on the Jesus
    loving CW network. murder and debauchery is fine as long as there is
    some soft hearted love story behind it that ass pounding nancys and the
    weak minded can relate to. It seems to be ok in say a movie but not in an animation? You seem to forget “the hills have eyes” and “Bad Lieutenant” starring harvey keitel were quite intense, but because they aren’t a cartoon they don’t count?

  • Anonymity

    Why so defensive? You said all that just to say nothing. How does my comment in any way reflect someone who supports domestic violence or the movies and shows you mentioned? Your discursive rant illustrates that you have little in your mental arsenal and is exactly why shows like Pickles exist. Like I said before, you’re just a sheep.

  • speldrong7

    I have nothing to be defensive over, i was poking holes in your flawed logic. Some turds need to be flushed, enjoy the ride!

  • Anonymity

    You sound so uneducated and are patently devoid of critical thinking skills. You TRIED to poke holes in my argument, but did nothing of the sort. You did not address any of the disconcerting elements of the show that I mentioned. Instead, you assumed and deflected; signs of a true idiot! But hey, enjoy supporting satanism, hedonism, and pedophilia. Pickles is just a reflection of reprobates like you who look for an outlet to justify your deviance.

  • CommonSenseAnon

    Wow dude, what to carry out a needless argument and making yourself look like a douche.

    So you don’t see eye to eye with someone elses opinion. So what? It does not make your opinion a fact so quit shoving your words down people’s throats. The show is on adult swim for a reason and if you don’t like it that much, don’t watch it, don’t let your kids watch it, and kindly enjoy the other shows that are on TV while everyone else enjoys this one.

    No I don’t care if you think that I’m defending the show or the other guy, and I don’t care if you want to have the last say because somehow you think “oh anon you’re completely wrong blah blah blah, this show is evil how dare you disagree with me.” your words mean nothing to me and you probably can’t see that out of your own ignorance. Peace out.

  • shellie

    I agree with u I don’t like the show wish thay would take it off the air .

  • Glenn Merano

    So because a show features satanism and pedophilia, it’s automatically a supporter of it. Makes sense. I don’t know… you talked about someone being uneducated, did you?

  • Dami Fatale

    And its just TV, you can turn it on and off. If you are going to throw a tantrum, look up the show on the internet, and complain about it instead of doing more valuable things with your time, I think society has bigger problems, and guess what? You’re part of it.

  • Dami Fatale

    Science has you covered.