R.I.P.D. opens in theaters this Friday and to get you ready for it Adult Swim has unveiled an animated short giving a bit of backstory on Jeff Bridges character Roy. After viewing this short, I feel that perhaps R.I.P.D. should've been executed as a 'toon all along. It just seems to fit the material nicely. It's not that I don't have moderately high hopes for the film itself (I'm kind of giddy at the idea of seeing Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges engaging each other in some witty banter and over the top action sequences), but when you consider everything we've seen from the flick so far, it just all seems so familiar.
Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.’s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
Peep the animated short below and learn a bit about ol' Roy Pulsifer.
R.I.P.D. stars Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong and Marisa Miller; it opens on July 19th.