Samurai Jack

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Like, one of the worst developments in cartoons I think was when suddenly everyone *had to* go all meta and reference the absurdity of the situations they're in, the predictability of the plotlines, etc etc etc, which is ok for classic Warner Brothers cartoons but the way it's been used in so many of the shows I've seen just feels like they're trying to transcend the crappyness of their own work by alluding to it themselves, which is just so self-loathing and swarmy and nofun. "Samurai Jack" feels like a total antidote to that - no matter HOW silly things get, you're allowed to take them seriously, if you want to.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 14 October 2005 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Before I take immediate action on this, someone please confirm that the Samurai Jack comic was the piece of shit that I think it was.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 14 October 2005 22:11 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't even know there was one, but this page doesn't bode well:

ihttp://comics.toonzone.net/other/pages/samuraijack1-page3.jpg

chap who would dare to violate the least amount of laws of physics (chap), Friday, 14 October 2005 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YLeLbOFQL._SS500_.jpg
stoked; 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

one year passes...

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.jpg
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/7356/symbionictitan.jpg
Couldn'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

five years pass...
one year passes...

get. hype
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSrv_n4tw7w

Nhex, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 05:14 (four years ago) link

Looks sick.

chap, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 14:23 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

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

one year passes...

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


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