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The feature animation world just got a helluva lot cooler! Tartakovsky is on his way!

Ahoy, folks! Quint here and boy do I have some good news for you animation fans. I'm a slobbering fool for Tartakovsky's CLONE WARS 'toons. I think he captured the awe and majesty of the STAR WARS universe better than Lucas did in the prequels and any fan of SAMURAI JACK can tell ya' this guy's a little loopy, in a good way. It seems he has just signed a five-picture deal with Orphanage Animation Studios for animated features in the $50-$70 million range. The plan is to release the first flick by early '08 at the latest. It looks like this animation house is independent of a studio. That could be great news (reduced chances of recycled studio formulas) or bad news (no distribution). No matter what, it's good news that Genndy Tartakovsky is attacking the feature film world finally! What say you?



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  • Oct. 11, 2005, 4:25 a.m. CST

    general grievous

    by Jubba

    was cooler in the cartoon than the EPIII movie, by far

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 4:43 a.m. CST

    I guess that means Samurai Jack is never coming back

    by Bryan

    Still, great news if those budgets are real. What was that somebody was saying about traditional animation being dead?

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Now this guy knows...

    by proper

    Tartakovsky has earned certian stripes.His teams work on the Star Wars franchise ;0 was excellent.Good luck to him.Though it would be nice if he finished off Samurai Jack the right way before he moves on.http://tinyurl.com/83h6s

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Was there ever any resolution to Samurai Jack?

    by Praetor

    I lost the plot after a while.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 7:15 a.m. CST

    He gets it.

    by Fawst

    Tartakovsky's work on Dexter, PPG and Jack is classic. I can't think of a single person in American animation who deserves this more than him. The best episode of Jack I can think of was the blind archers on the tower in the woods. Classic manga style story, and it worked perfectly. I can only imagine what this guy will do with a major budget and his pick of the litter for writers.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 8:20 a.m. CST

    But WTF happened with Samurai Jack?

    by MaguaSynfield

    Lost cable for a while & now all I can find of SJ are reruns at queer hours of the night. Anyone out there know what in Sam Hill happened with Jack? I'd buy the DVD sets, but not if it means I gett to the last episode & there's no conclusion. Crom, I hate when that happens... Sounds like I'm not the only sufferer out there. Won't you please help?

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 8:34 a.m. CST

    CHEERS

    by billwiser

    i hope this isn't a hoax. the clone wars toons are fantastical. clean cut psychedelic radness. can't wait!

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Best news in weeks

    by John-Locke

    Awesome, does this mean no more Samurai Jack, Aku & the Scotsman though? Great Characters, they will be missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 8:41 a.m. CST

    About Jack

    by John-Locke

    The Last episode was about a Robot Assasin who's dog was being held by AKU until he killed Jack, Jack killed him, no resolution. However if you go back to I think Episode 30 when Jack fight the guy at the Portal and looses, we see that he will return one day (Like Conan, with a beard, Crown, armour & a massive sword) and get back to his own time.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I agree with Jubba

    by Darth Biggitty

    After I watched the first and second seasons of Clone Wars, one thing was certain. General Grievous was going to kick major ass. He was unstoppable! This cat was fighting 3 or 4 Jedi at a time, meanwhile he'd take his foot and crush the skull of a clone trooper without so much as an afterthought. I was blown away. I remember thinking that there's no way in hell that Obi Wan ca go toe to toe with this badass. THEN, as is the case with all things, Lucas touched it. Once the plague inducing grip of GL came into contact, grievous became a limp, coughing, retarded, cartoonish robot that ran from fights until he was cornered, at which time he lost two of his four hands within seconds and was ultimatley killed by a laser gun to his green sack(?). I know that some people are attributing his impotence to Mace force crushing his chest at the very end of season two of Clone Wars but I ain't buying that crap. Poor grievous. What could've been?

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST

    It sounds cool, but...

    by Anna Valerious

    I miss the old style of "Dexter's Laborartory". I couldn't watch the newer episodes because they just didn't look right. Besides, I wondered why would his parents be so upset about the lab? Shouldn't they be at least happy he's doing something he loves? At least Jimmy Neutron's parents support him...even if he does invent stuff using the toaster, making it an inconvienience for his parents.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Thanks John-Locke

    by MaguaSynfield

    I was afraid it would be something like that...I wonder why there was no real conclusion. Ah well, such is life in TVland, a weird landscape where great shows get screwed, tripe lives forever & fans hearts are frequently left broken. There was one ep of Samurai I particularly wanted a copy of - he goes toe to toe with some creature who, it is revealed, can only go to his much desired death at the hands of a virtuous warrior. There was a stele (stone monolith) that contained the unhappy story of his life, including the death of his people & his family, & in the end Jack reluctantly kills him, thus releasing him from his hellish existance. In the end, as Jack walks away, the viewer can see the he has carved the word FREE onto the stele. Wish I knew which season that one was in. It was an excellant ep & showed just how great Samurai Jack was capable of being, and I offer this in opposition to the assertion that "nothing ever happened" in Samarai Jack.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 9:42 a.m. CST

    This individual is responsible for the worst and ugliest animate

    by SalvatoreGravano

    And because his horribly doodled, plotless Samurai Sith - oops, make that "Clone Wars" - apparently sold well on DVDs, the crayon sharpener is getting contracts, while someone like Bruce Timm isn't doing anything and Futurama is dead...

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Dark Tower?

    by Randall Flagg

    Is this perhaps the beginning of Tartakovsky's dream project? A feature length animated Gunslinger, with more to follow?

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I enjoy the man's style

    by Terry_1978

    He actually brought about a decent resurgence of Hanna Barbera with Dexter's Lab.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I hope he developes a big screen animation style

    by TimBenzedrine

    I'd hate to see him just take his present flat look and blow it up 700 times. That would get a little hard on the eyes. I'd like to see him attempt something with full fluid character work, instead of just using the static exposition scenes as a bridge between the action shots.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 10:51 a.m. CST

    He really needs to consider this:

    by Truth0ne

    http://bleedman.snafu-comics.com/?strip_id=0 Pay this cat.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Hey greatn....

    by GrendelPrime2000

    "jump good" was indeed used in a later episode. Jack made a huge jump and someone asked him how he did that. Jack's answer: 'jump good'.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Check his IMDB

    by Terry_1978

    Supposedly an all CG Astro Boy is the first of his films.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 12:29 p.m. CST

    His designs are THE BEST!!!

    by trysop

    I just wanted to make an observation: Most people who dislike Mr. Tartakovsky's (and Mr. Rudish's) style probaly A. Dislike anime ***because of the style*** and B. Dislike Tim Burton films ***because of the style***. Gosh I hate that argument...and I realize that is a gerneralized statement. Anyway, great news and best of luck to Mr. Tartakovsky! http://www.trysop.com

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 12:48 p.m. CST

    "No matter what, it's good news that Genndy Tartakovsky is a

    by Spike Fett

    I say you're an idiot, the Powerpuff Girls Movie came out years ago.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 1:13 p.m. CST

    to SalvatoreGravano

    by GuitarAtomik

    You have to be crazy to think that Tartakovsky is horrible. If it's not your thing then ok, but it certanily doesn't suck. Besides, Bruce Timm has made a number of feature Batman movies and there's a Futurama straight-2-DVD movie being made soon.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 1:23 p.m. CST

    You also have to give the man respect for giving most of today&

    by Terry_1978

    Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti, Butch Hartman, Seth MacFarlane...most of them have worked on Dexter's Lab at one point or another in their career, before they hit it off.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I think the stylization is the key

    by Bryan

    It's true, it is kind of an odd fit for the big screen because of the intentional flatness of a lot of his work. But then, UPA cartoons were made for the big screen and that's where the whole style originates from. I was never a big Dexter fan but he has really evolved over the years since then. Samurai Jack is so unique - somehow he makes those cartoony designs work in a serious action context. Think about how *cinematic* that show is - all the Kurosawa/Leone homages with widescreen and extreme closeups, long scenes with no dialogue, etc. And yet it's the gorgeous simplicity of the backgrounds and the subtle colors that impress me the most. I can't wait to see what he does applying those techniques to feature animation (although I would also be up for the CGI Astro-Boy - I forgot he was supposed to be doing that at one point).

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Could be awesome news

    by Ribbons

    "Samurai Jack" and "Clone Wars" kick a ze ass. Hopefully these films'll turn out well.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Wow, tough room

    by Nizzuts

    I personally like Dexter and Samurai Jack, although I watch a lot of cartoons partly because I have a 6 year old and a 7 year old, and partly because I am a dork. I can see how some people would not like Tartakovsky. His style is different and very cartoonish. I don't know if I want to sit through a feature length Tartakovsky cartoon though. I think his format works best as "30-minute" cartoons.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Oh wait, it's CG

    by Bryan

    At least that's what it sounds like in the Variety article (I won't post a link so the talkback won't stretch, but it's posted on a site called The Drawing Board). The article doesn't clearly state that it will be CG in the beginning but by the end of the article mentions technology and compares the new studio to other FX companies that turned into CG animation studios.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 2:23 p.m. CST

    _samurai jack_, by andrei tarkovsky

    by duanejones

    alot of camera dollies and/or pans, russian icons, horses, rain...and, in true bushi fashion, the poetry of arseny tarkovsky. 'scuse me while i burn my house down...

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 2:58 p.m. CST

    For people who "loved" Clone Wars...

    by ZeroCorpse

    You certainly missed a MAJOR plot point. Did you NOT see Grievous suffer having his entire torso crushed by Mace Windu? Do you NOT comprehend that he was not as powerful in the movie because he was greivously injured? Do you not get that the events in Clone Wars DICTATED what Greivous would be like in the movie? He developed the cough, the slower reflexes, and became a craven coward BECAUSE WINDU NEARLY KILLED HIM in the cartoon. This is chronicled in any character write-up about Grievous, so PLEASE stop blaming Lucas for Grievous being weaker than in the cartoon. That was BY DESIGN, otherwise Genndy wouldn't have bothered showing Grievous being seriously injured by Windu. Stop squealing about how cool Clone Wars was unless you're going to PAY ATTENTION to what happened in it, and realize that LUCAS WROTE MOST OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE GODDAMNED CARTOON.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 3:10 p.m. CST

    YAY!

    by ZombieSolutions

    all i have to say about this wonderful news is YAY! i love Tartovsky's stuff. the CLONE WARS cartoons are the real TPM and AOTC for me. the only live action prequel is SITH; the other two were practical jokes!

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 3:24 p.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse

    by Ribbons

    WTF? Did I say anything negative about 'RotS?' Jeez, dude. And Lucas may have wrote the story behind "Clone Wars" (athough how much of that he's responsible for is questionable as well), but he certainly didn't actually write the cartoon. Ya goofball.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 3:51 p.m. CST

    This is cool

    by MechaTruffautMk2

    What can I say, this is definately some cool shit. I'm not a super-fan of the character style (cool in SJ, not so great for Clone Wars), but he's definately got an awesome eye for action sequences, retro-future stylization and genuine comedy. Full length movies with his very keen manga/sci-fi sensibility should be pretty damn sweet...I'll probably check them out, depending on the premises and all, but for now I'm interested.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 4:01 p.m. CST

    I stopped like Samurai Jack as much after the episode in which h

    by eraser_x

    three female spirits or gods or whatever they were just to steal the power source they were guarding. And then, he didn't even manage to use that power against Aku. That episode sucked. Still, Samurai Jack was, overall, very cool and well done and different from the usual.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I believe the last Samurai Jack episode was. . .

    by ranting_dude

    I was watching Cartoon Network on Friday night once and I believe it was all about Clone Wars and Samurai Jack. The catch though was that these were, I believe, the last four episodes of each. The hosts even said that these were the last Samurai Jack episodes ever. Ever. Anyway, the last episode was when Jack finds a lost baby and decides to take care of it until he finds its parents. Throughout the episode the baby sees Jack fighting agianst bounty hunters and stuff. In the end, Jack found the baby's mother and the mother noticed the baby does that same thing Jack does with his eyes. Jack explains what happend and walks off. If you go to the Cartoon Network site it should have the episode listings.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Ranting Dude is right about the last eps...

    by genro

    Tartar's people said CN didn't renew because they wanted to move in a different direction...the real reason was because the live-action film, though going nowhere fast, put the kibosh on continuing the series.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Good news

    by Mafu

    I enjoyed "The Clone Wars" DVDs more than the six Star wars films. And not because I'm an anime or animation freak, either. Tartakovsky crafted a colorful, engaging story that was violent as hell, and I totally dug what he showed us. He's obviously a creative guy (Quint wrote he's "loopy, but in a good way"), so I think giving him $50-70 million dollars to direct a feature film will bear tasty fruit. I can't wait.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 7:59 p.m. CST

    To 'greatn': McCracken got the "Directed By" credit on

    by FrankDrebin

    Yes, I admit it! I watched the PPG show ... and enjoyed the heck out of it! Still miss Mojo, Him & the Mayor.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 8:04 p.m. CST

    i can draw better than this guy...

    by jig98

    dexter's lab was so overrated by the way and samurai jack and the powerpuff girls were gayer than double stuff oreos

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Wait...I've been reading this talkback and in my mind confus

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Violence Jack. Now whoever made THAT deserves a shot out in Tinseltown.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Grevious

    by MCVamp

    I gotta say, I hate being an apologist, but can't anyone figure out the point of Grevious NOT rampaging all over the Republic in Episode 3? Grevious existed solely to give Obi-Wan his showcase duel before facing Anakin (which may have been a bit overboard, considering we all knew the outcome in advance and it would have been more dramatic for Obi-Wan to be a little unsure of measuring up to the matured Chosen One.) Grevious, who was set up by Clone Wars and the fact that he had multiple Jedi kills (note the sabers in his cloak) was supposed to be the unbeatable death's head warrior. By beating him, Obi-Wan Kenobi proved that after two Dooku ass-whuppings and a skin-of-his-teeth win over a Sith apprentice, that he actually WAS one of the greatest Jedi in the galaxy. Anakin, of course, defeats Dooku for the same reason: it shows how his power has grown, since he seriously f'd Dooku up. With both Jedi established as being essentially the greatest in the galaxy after Yoda and Mace Windu, the stage is ultimately set for a duel between two young and powerful warriors. One at the very peak of his ability with decades of experience, the other just hitting his stride and getting stronger by the day, with the fire and energy of youth. I mean, seriously now, the villain of the piece is Palpatine and later Anakin (though he's more of a victim in this one.) Grevious was Jango/Boba Fett, except he'd had a better track record established and could use a lightsaber. Complain all you want about it was executed, the setup still existed for the right reasons.

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 9:23 p.m. CST

    MaguaSynfield

    by lutz

    The episode your talking about with the old warrior in the cave who wants to reach Valhalla is Episode 10 and it is on the first season DVD set of Samurai Jack

  • Oct. 11, 2005, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I can draw better than Picasso.

    by lutz

    Most people here seem to understand that Samurai Jack is a sylized cartoon. Even if it is not their thing they understand this fact. They understand that this is the way the cartoon is SUPPOSED to look because it is designed to look that way.

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 1:53 a.m. CST

    If ya think about it technically MACE WINDU beat Grievous...

    by B A M F !

    ...because with out his chest-crushing 'assist' in Tartakovsky's CLONE WARS episodes the OBI-WAN vs. GRIEVOUS battle just might have had a different outcome. Heck, if it wasnt for ANAKIN's betrayal MACE WINDU would have taken out PALPATINE/The EMPORER virtually single handedly. I'd say before his death MACE WINDU was (arguably) THE most powerful JEDI WARRIOR in the universe. Maybe YODA's Force abilites were stronger but as far as straight up whoopin' arse WINDU was just about the baddest MOFO in the Galaxy... BAMF!

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 2:52 a.m. CST

    no... the fucker can draw well. say it with me: "stylized"

    by The Killer-Goat

    It's a "style", as in, they developed that "style" from pre-production designs and such. If you knew anything about drawing and art, you'd realize that even Picasso learned how to paint like a photorealistic badass before he took what he learned and developed it into his own, bizarre little, satchamacallit, "style." You don't have to like it, but anyone with art skills has to at least appreciate that they crafted a unique design style that stayed consistent throughout all Genndy's series. I for one wish they hadn't used it on Clone Wars, but at least they used their oon "style" very well throughout. If you don't like it, watch Justice League(another "style") or Invader Zim (another "style") or some generalized "anime"(yet more "styles") to make yourself feel better.

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Tartakovsky movie = AWESOME!

    by Wingnut1A

    As far as watching a long-form cartoon in Tartakovsky's style, it wont be a problem for me at least. I recorded all the Clone Wars episodes back to back and edited out the commercials, so it is essentially a complete 2 hour and 15 minute movie. I consider it Episode 2.5, really. =) As a big Star Wars fan, and (I'll admit it) a big George Lucas fan, I kinda hate to admit it, but if Tartakovsky could continue to produce Star Wars content at the same level of Clone Wars, I would not be dissapointed if GL never touched the SW Universe ever again. Tartakovsky got it ALL right! Every bit of Clone Wars was total Star Wars goodness. The heroic characters, the corny dialogue, the fantastic aliens, the tremendous action scenes, all moving the plot along perfectly. I especially liked the action scenes where Windu fights the droids on Dantooine, where the two female Jedi fight the droids at the Temple and get trapped under the boulders, and of course the really superb chase/fight scene where Shak-ti almost rescues Palpatine from Grievous on Coruscant. Tartakovsky does animated action scenes better than anyone. I cant wait to see whatever he does next.

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 7:35 a.m. CST

    He created some amazing stuff with the microscopic budget Carto

    by FrankDrebin

    I used to think that SEALAB 2021 (not a Tartakovsky series) was really clever for recycling an old 70's tv show, but in the dvd commentary, there were complaints that the Cartoon Network didn't give them the budget to do original stuff.

  • Sounds like that's the way that they want it done. You know DELIBERATELY? Gee and maybe all the movement and the framing and patternly nature of the series that goes with the design and makes it work just happened by chance as well.

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 8:04 a.m. CST

    The SJ ep about the Norseman warrior...

    by JasonPratt

    I noticed no one answered this question yet; but it's in Season One. One of the final good eps of the season, too. (For some reason, they tend to end out very weakly... The final two Season 1 eps are among the worst; and yes, that includes the ep someone mentioned where Jack basically murders these three Earth-protecting spirits in order to help recover a jewel--for gangsters!--that Aku wants. This is so he can get near Aku. The ep doesn't make much sense, and showcases one of the weaknesses of the series--aside from sloppy plotting--that there are hardly ever consequences to Jack's actions that carry over from ep to ep.) *** So, out of curiousity--and I _am_ actually a fan of the series--but would anyone like to volunteer the most senseless 'plot development' of the series? *** I volunteer the ep where Aku disguises himself as a sexy lady to trick Jack into helping him destroy a massively powerful artifact which could send Jack home to the past... HUH!!? Why destroy it--why not keep it for himself?? Why not just _kill_ Jack (which is what he wants to do in every other ep), the seven hundred times he has an opportunity!? He actually _SAVES JACK'S LIFE FROM A DRY QUICKSAND PIT_, when all he had to do was walk away!!! An example of senseless plotting, simply for the sake of a whoo-sis reveal at the end. Nice art, though... {amused g}

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I answered the Question. Look at mine!

    by lutz

    And again. It's Episode 10 and on the Season 1 DVD.

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 9:10 a.m. CST

    YES!

    by Eshu

    This is awesome news. I can't wait to see what he comes up with.

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 9:10 a.m. CST

    YES!

    by Eshu

    This is awesome news. I can't wait to see what he comes up with.

  • Oct. 12, 2005, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Tartakovsky is both very talented and very overrated.

    by Proman1984

    And whatever happened to his "Astro Boy" movie?

  • as much as I love Tartakovsky, he hasn't had a good run with stuff that lasts more than ~25 mins. He mastered the 'short length' cartoon with dester and powerpuff girls (yeah, I know it's a different guy, but he wrote and directed some of the best ppg episodes, and he was heavily involved with that show), but if you look at the movies for those 2 shows, they're just boring, like they just took a 15 min episode and stretched it out over 90 min. Still, I hope he gets it right, clone wars was great. (and WTF is up with dexter's new italian accent? that's bullshit)

  • Oct. 13, 2005, 11:55 a.m. CST

    wish he would do a samurai jack final movie to tie up everything

    by cromulent

    cancelling the show like that was just wrong. blah!

  • Oct. 13, 2005, 10:51 p.m. CST

    S.Jack will be back - Genndy told me so!

    by Blabbermouse

    I interviewed him over the summer. When he talked about moving onto features I asked him if he'd ever go back to TV. His answer: "Defintely. I want to finish Jack, so I

  • Oct. 14, 2005, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Lutz! Guess I missed it... (loonnnng thread {g}) NC

    by JasonPratt

  • Oct. 14, 2005, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Blabbermouse

    by proper

    Nice one,I'll hold out for the full techno 2010 disc set until that day ;).

  • Oct. 16, 2005, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Star Wars Episode III will own your ass!

    by jesuschrist

    Got a 30 year mortgage on it with balloon payments. Balloons...

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 10:42 a.m. CST

    "S.Jack will be back - Genndy told me so"

    by MaguaSynfield

    Hope that comes true...hate seeing things left hanging. Better hurry, though, cause Mako ( Aku ) isn't getting any younger and no one else should be doing Aku.