― Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 14 October 2005 15:50 (fifteen years ago) link
Let's start a board!
― chap who would dare to kill all the threads (chap), Friday, 14 October 2005 15:55 (fifteen years ago) link
"Do any little kids watch it?"
In the UK at least practically no-one watches it, as it's ghettoised on a digital channel with little or no promotion. A real shame, it should have a slot on terrestrial. Maybe Channel 4, just before The Simpsons.
― chap who would dare to kill all the threads (chap), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:06 (fifteen years ago) link
Does anyone have any personal preferences when it comes to choosing between the po-faced action episodes vs the more comedic stuff?
I wonder how Samurai Jack fits into the Po Faced Absurdity aesthetic, anyway. It is very frequently absolutley preposterous, and on paper some of it almost reads like "2000 AD" (the episode I just watched, for instance, features an angry scottsman with a machine gun for a leg and a gang of redeneck robot alligators, all of this delivered without a hint of self-awareness), but I suppose it's very different from both old style american comic mentalism and "2000 AD" stuff because it lacks a certain taste for shoddyness (i.e. the preposterous parts are in the characters and the general premise of the show, never in the structure of the plot); I guess it's not Punk, basically?
The theme song is one of the all-time greatest non-Neptunes Neptunes tracks ever (even though it was made by a Bl*ck Ey*d P*a)
― Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:28 (fifteen years ago) link
― chap who would dare to kill all the threads (chap), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:29 (fifteen years ago) link
By the way, I'd take issue with you about the lack of self awareness thing. SJ so well designed to target the plesure spots of a certain type of twenty/thirty something male (ie the descerning geek) that it could almost be described as supremely arch.
― chap who would dare to kill all the threads (chap), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:33 (fifteen years ago) link
― The Ghost of Black Elegance (Dan Perry), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:46 (fifteen years ago) link
― Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link
― Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 14 October 2005 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link
― Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 14 October 2005 22:11 (fifteen years ago) link
― chap who would dare to violate the least amount of laws of physics (chap), Friday, 14 October 2005 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YLeLbOFQL._SS500_.jpgstoked; tht's my sunday sorted
― challops in sheep's clothing (cozwn), Sunday, 14 December 2008 12:48 (twelve years ago) link
Ha, congrats - fantastic show.
― Nhex, Sunday, 14 December 2008 20:29 (twelve years ago) link
Still not available in Region 2 as far as I can tell, bah.
― chap, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 11:47 (twelve years ago) link
Probably my favourite episode:http://www.peteava.ro/video/material/30272
― chap, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 11:49 (twelve years ago) link
I netflixed a bunch of these and then sent half of them back thinking I should wait until I have a kid or something
― TOMBOT, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 11:50 (twelve years ago) link
Wasted on kids. I think the pacing of most episodes suggests it's concieved mainly for adults anyway.
― chap, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 11:56 (twelve years ago) link
SJ is gold. Wish they'd hurry on Region 2.
I don't think this is for children, I believe they would find it a bit boring...
― hyggeligt, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 13:09 (twelve years ago) link
SJ meet LEGO, LEGO meet SJ
― hyggeligt, Friday, 19 December 2008 12:49 (twelve years ago) link
This is definitely one of the shows that worked on both levels. Goofy characters and laughs with fun, very well directed action (Tartakofsky said he wanted to outdo the stuff he'd done on Powerpuff Girls) was for the kids - even the pilot episode I think had a reference to Two Stupid Dogs. The comedy was in the vein of previous Cartoon Networks shows of that previous decade, like PPG and Dexter's, though it was probably one of CN's first attempts at an original property, non-sitcom adventure show.
The often incredibly dry, other times Chaplinesque humor and copious film and pop culture references were definitely for adults (especially comics fans, manga and Frank Miller fans in particular). I missed probably about 1/4 to 1/3 of the series in broadcast, it's on my "inevitable apocalypse future to-do list" to get those DVDs and watch the whole series straight through. But don't be like me, don't wait for kids, watch that shit!
To be fair, I think it is more suited for kids of that day than today (due to it following PPG and Dexter) compared to most cable kids cartoons, but Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends was a hit - I think if they like that, Samurai Jack would appeal to many. The shame is that the ratings were never that great, but they kept it alive for four seasons anyway, which is pretty commendable (even if they didn't give us a actual ending which is sad as all hell). It was nice that it did at least get some Emmys and critical acclaim.
― Nhex, Saturday, 20 December 2008 06:05 (twelve years ago) link
I just watched season one, Aku's Fairy Tales is loooooolll.
― sister s (ledge), Sunday, 21 December 2008 22:59 (twelve years ago) link
Almost surprised there isn't an existing Cartoon Network thread, but I'm curious about Tartakovsky's upcoming SYM-BIONIC TITAN!http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/2231/symbionicpromo01.jpghttp://img197.imageshack.us/img197/7356/symbionictitan.jpgCouldn't find any promo art for the upcoming Firebreather directed by Peter Chung, unfortunately.
― Nhex, Sunday, 25 April 2010 02:18 (eleven years ago) link
Hey, ILC likes Samurai Jack right?
― the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 20:38 (five years ago) link
― Nhex, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 05:14 (four years ago) link
― chap, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 14:23 (four years ago) link
ok i was not really ready to hear the word "penis" on samurai jack 💀💀
― illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 21:46 (four years ago) link
Was this the episode in the crash-landed prison ship? Somehow I missed the penis.
― 20-lol pileup (WilliamC), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 21:57 (four years ago) link
it was in the throwback ep with scaramouche and demongo
― illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 22:16 (four years ago) link
I finally watched the final season. It was amazing.The accomplishment alone of bringing it back from 12 years was great enough, but they really took it further. It looks outstanding newly digitally produced in the HD widescreen aspect ratio and the themes were much deeper and darker than they could get away with in its original run. Disturbing and touching in many parts, very surprising in so many ways. Always beautiful. And they actually ended it right. I loved it.
― Nhex, Monday, 25 June 2018 05:44 (three years ago) link
Yes, it was really great
― He said captain, I said wot (FlopsyDuck), Monday, 25 June 2018 11:26 (three years ago) link
I had a bad trip watching this when I was younger. Still curious.
― Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 25 June 2018 12:36 (three years ago) link