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Go behind-the-scenes with Portlandia’s rats


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There were a lot of great moments throughout the third season of Portlandia, but the characters that may have managed to upstage Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein were the rats, their anthropomorphic rat personas.

When we first met the rodents during Portlandia’s season two, the mischievous threesome of animated rat versions of Carrie, Fred and their friend, John, tried to break into a zero packaging grocery store. The rat caricatures were developed by Bent Image Lab’s lead animator Jen Prokopowicz who worked closely with Portlandia’s director of photography Bryce Fortner combining live action footage with stop-motion animation. People loved the little rats so much that during season three, Portlandia’s creative team dreamed up an expanded storyline that includes multiple rat segments, including a skit where the rats become revenge-seeking DIY publishers and another where Carrie and Fred Rat want to move into less gentrified digs leaving John to look for new roommates, including a few characters’ rodent doppelgangers like “Spyke Rat,” a nod to Fred’s bike messenger character and “Lance Rat,” Nina’s boyfriend.

In this video, we get to go behind-the-scenes of making the rats with Bent Image Lab to meet the team and see the reverse Pied Piper process behind bringing the rats to Portlandia:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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