Animator Michael Cusack moves from viral shorts into longer-form

Michael Cusack.

Despite a channel that boasts over 38.8 million views, animator Michael Cusack – creator of series Yolo and Damo and Darren – says he’s never really made much money off of YouTube. What the platform has given him, however, is a leg-up into an enviable animation career.

Yolo, a 2-minute parody of girls’ nights out, went viral when Cusack first uploaded it back in 2012. It currently has more than 8 million views, and caught the eye of Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland. He’d go on to approach Cusack to create an April Fools special for the Adult Swim series.

The resulting short, Bushland Adventures, sees Rick and Morty take a roadtrip from Wollongong (where Cusack is from) to Bendigo. The animator had complete freedom to take the episode where he wanted.

“It was this strange dream job, where I was handed this thing where I could pretty much just do anything.
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