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Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

Holy crap. Genndy Taratovsky, thank you. Cartoon Network, thank you. What an amazing show. For those of you who missed it during its Friday premiere, the SAMURAI JACK movie plays again tonight, Saturday, at 7 PM. The show itself premieres in its regular time slot Monday at 8 PM. And let me just say... it's a classic. Stylish, funny, and intense, SAMURAI JACK is like nothing else on TV right now. Mako does amazing voice work as Aku, the spirit of evil, a shape-shifting demon who has taken over the world. Phil (MADTV) LaMarr does very impressive work as Jack, a samurai who was torn from his own time and thrown thousands of years into the future. This is a no-shit action show, and everything from the backgrounds to the score to the design of the characters all works magnificently. The use of the frame is so smart, with full frame images giving way to letterboxed scope images that suddenly become split screen montages. It's all dazzling. This is a show worth getting excited about, and I dare any animation fan to tune in and not get excited.

And now, since I know you're chomping at the bit, tell me what YOU thought of it.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Aug. 11, 2001, 1:33 p.m. CST

    kick ass

    by DigitalJustice

    best animated show in ages!!! SHAVE MY POODLE!!!

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Way beyond what i was expecting

    by Smeg For Brains

    Wow. I had a feeling this show would be good, but I never imagined it being so amazing. From the incredible, and creative animation and film style, to the astounding background art, to the amazing sound effects and music, this show is pure art. I really feel that Cartoon Network has a classic on their hands, and I think it is going to be huge. This is the kind of show that would have made my lifelong dream to be an animator, if I had seen it as a kid.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Only problem was Jack's face from the front.

    by Burnham

    My only problem with the whole show is that Jack's face from the front is extremely ugly. The artists had no clue what to do with his nose from this angle so its just this ugly 'L' shaped thing that defies all sense of space. For those that haven't seen it, harken back to the days of the Flintstones or Family Guy. The character designs were fine from a 3/4 or silhouette perspective, but when you looked at them straight on, they had no clue how to draw the mouth... you were left with a head, ears, eyes, nose from a straight angle but a mouth left over from a 3/4 angle. Same story with Jack, only with the nose. If they fix that (and i don't understand how anyone with 2 eyes could approve a character design that looks so crappy from such a common angle) then they've got a lifelone fan from me cuz the show ROCKED!

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I loved this 'toon!

    by Jem Finch

    (Originally posted on the LO: Criminal Intent post) Where to begin? This cartoon knocked me down, sliced me in half and put me back together again. You could really see that Genndy Tartakovsky was the creator of this show- the sound fx and "flying action" especially. The story had a definite and deliberate pace- exploding into frenetic action and then giving us moments of absolute stillness and silence. The voicework was marvelous and Phil LeMar (sp?) brought great depth and feeling to his voicework- I look forward to his GL in Justice League. What can you say about Mako? He is an icon and his voice always stands out. The backround boards and the color work are absolutely stunning. The training sequence was enjoyable and the Shao-Lin sequence was a definite homage to the old Kung Fu series with David Carradine. I am not a fan of anime. I am a child of the 70s brought up on Super Friends, Spiderman, and the Bugs Bunny & Road Runner Show. I don't particularly enjoy Gundam/Macross/Dragonball Z or any of the multitude of other titles. I am sure that there are hardcore anime fans who will not care for this show and loudly proclaim the superiority of the "pure" Japanese anime. However, I think they might miss the point. This borrows stylistically from Anime, but also from HannaBarbera, Warner Bros., John Carpenter (Escape from NY), Batman TAS and other sources as well. The work stands as a mature and handcrafted story brought to the screen with great skill and affection. If this is the level that Dini and Co. brings to Justice League, we are indeed fortunate to enjoy these shows in their original airings. Hopefully our kids will enjoy them some day just like my dad enjoyed showing me Johnny Quest and "Robin Hood Daffy."

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 3:13 p.m. CST


    by 1stGodling

    It' was wham, man them kablinblinin' all over and JACK MAN's like slish slap on da whirins, and BLOOEIEIEIEIEI!!!! Totally kick ass animation. SWEET storyline!! I spotted the "talking dog" brand dog chow billboard, but when Big STupid dog was spotted< I WAS SOLD!!!!! live on SAMURI, and met your fate.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by I Hunger!

    My ass is still sore from the ferocious kicking this show gave it yesterday. I'm really interested in seeing what the rest of Jack's future world is like (the talking dogs were awesome). To me, everything was cool except for the overuse of that "intense close-up squinty eye" thing. Hopefully they'll phase that out of future episodes. Jack rocks. Feed me.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Fat Dog

    by THE Baz

    This show was very good, but Cartoon Network always makes quality cartoons so are we to be surpirised. Ed, Edd & Eddy is great and the people seem to have missed the intelligence of Fat Dog Mendoza. Fat Dog is a highly surreal and intelligent program that anyone with have a brain should watch. But hell who listens to me.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 4:06 p.m. CST

    An instant classic

    by Rodzilla

    Wow! This single animated pilot blew away all the feature film animation of the entire year. The style of both the painted backgrounds and the central characters is just a wonder to behold. This is a true original that pulls influences from all over the place (anime to "Conan the Barbarian") and puts them back together in a way that creates something we've never seen before. It's a real joy to discover something like this. I can't wait to get this on DVD! The 20 minute battle sequence between Jack and the insect-like drones at the climax put just about every live action battle sequence I've seen over the last few years to shame. Bravo!

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Two Stupid Dogs and Thundarr???

    by Captain Grogan

    Did anyone else notice not only that they used not only one of the dogs from two stupid dogs but that Jack's "Horse" was actually the horse creature thingie from Thundarr the barbarian?? Too Cool!

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I prefer Paul The Samurai from "The Tick."

    by Gary Yogurt

    Also, the grunt to action ratio is much more tolerable than that of the American version of Dragonball Z. "Samurai Jack" had nothing I haven't seen before, and I grow tired of Tarakovsky's style. Not a bad way to kill some time, but nothing I would watch religously. I recommend the Toshiro Mifune "Samurai I, II, III" movies from the 1950s.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 4:25 p.m. CST

    "Not even dogs deserve to be treated like dogs!"

    by vroom socko

    I saw this last night with some friends of mine, and at least every five minutes everyone was either laughing their asses off or muttering "holy shit!" From that ten minute long silent clip of Jack training around the world to the ending battle scene with Jack covered in black beetle "blood" hacking the living hell out of everything in sight, and all points in between, this show was an instant classic. I will definitely be watching on Monday. "No, there is no escape. YAHHHH!"

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 4:40 p.m. CST

    But, that's the BEST part of L&O

    by FUZZCO66

    The fact that the show never really get's into the characters private lives is the coolest part. You have to watch, remember and draw inferences from the minor clues and details that the characters casually mention to each other from time to time. Like we know that Brisco had a drinking problem, that Green is a gambler and that McCoy has a little trouble with the drink. Occasionally we see McCoy putting on his motorcycle jacket and helmet and the end of the day. I think it's cool that it's not driven by the cast, but rather the characters in this weeks story LIKE WIL EISNER'S SPIRIT!!!!

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by Redbeard_NV

    I was not prepared for what hit me last night. From the opening resurrection sequence with it's amazing sounds and simplicity to Aku's multi-frame curse upon Jack's quest. Minimal dialogue with maximum visuals. Takes the steam out of the big budget, high tech miracles like "Final Fantasy", et al. The training sequence didn't need a drop of dialogue and it stayed that way, unlike some producer's need to add narration to "The Theif and The Cobbler" and "Metamorphosis". Aku's design was a flawless homage to the ancient art of Japan, along with the voices of Mako and Sab Shimono. LeMar has taken his career into a great new direction. The backgrounds, the multi frame, the music, man, I could go on for days. Tartakovsky has layed down a new standard for what animation can accomplish. Now, let's hope the suits at AOLTIMEWARNER don't f*ck it up!

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 5:03 p.m. CST

    FUZZCO66. . .

    by Cowblaster

    . . . Umm, I think you're in the wrong Talkback. But, I do agree with you about Law & Order.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Lone Wolf & Cub meets Star Wars smoking a pound of crack...

    by BongSabre

    So good I'd sop it up with a biscut. Snoogans.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Jack was great, but who caught the JL promos?

    by key17

    I loved Jack. Mondays at 8 are now Jack time. Nothing disturbs Jack time from now on. But damn, what about those two JL promo cartoons? The first one confused me, with a shot of the Earth and the statement, "They're watching" but I got it the second time. The second promo had actual freakin animation from the show! I creamed myself watchin it. And I know I ain't the only one.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by Blabbermouse

    Yep, this show was 1 breathtaking piece of work. Also it was nice to see Cartoon Net go with a primarily dramatic show for a change (apart from their Toonami acquisitions) - but remember to add some laughs into the mix along the way. I think Chuck Jones would agree this was NOT a piece of 'illustrated radio.' Let's hear it for CN for doing some great animation (now if only they would burn all their Scooby Doo prints & bury the ashes...)

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 6:53 p.m. CST

    All you can really say is "WOW!"

    by cesspoolinferno

    I've always enjoyed Dexter's Lab and the Powerpuff Girls so I was prepared to enjoy Samuri Jack as well. Still, the level of artistry and ambition that was apparant in this cartoon was simply amazing and took me by surprise. The stylized character designs and backgrounds, the music and sound effects, the voice work, and the beautiful color, all combined to create a wonderful dramatic cartoon experience. This has to be the most ambitious cartoon in TV history. I mean the use of color alone is breathtaking. And the dramatic introduction of Aku with the weird music and surreal design. Oh man, I may never get over it. Samuri Jack is currently at the top of the heap of the cartoon renassance that began with the New Adventures of Mighty Mouse in the late 80's and continued with the Simpsons, Ren and Stimpy, Batman Adventures, and through to the current greatness of shows like Futurama, Spongebob Squarepants and Invader Zim. And by the looks of things, we haven't seen anything yet!

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Jack rocks! (and rolls, and slices and dices...!)

    by Zardoz

    Simply fantastic! The animation was beautiful, the story was smart and funny, and the action was intense! I liked this so much in fact, I think it's the best movie I've seen alll summer! Kompai! (and JL looks hot, too!)

  • Unlike most hyped cartoons, Jack deserves to have toys,lunchboxes,sheets,cheesegraters, and toilet covers bearing his likeness. And a Samurai Jack videogame? would probably suck like most licensed games. But if it was good, it would kick all ass. It never hurts to hope for the best.

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I haven't been so excited by a cartoon in a long time

    by LovecraftHP

    Wow. This is such a beautiful and awesome cartoon. I have loved samarai movies, comics, and everything else to do with them for a long time. And with "Jack" I have an awesome new cartoon to watch. The style and action is amazing and immediately made me think that this is like an animated lone wolf and cub. Good Luck Jack

  • Aug. 11, 2001, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by Toonimator

    Paul Dini isn't involved with the Justice League show... so "Dini & Co" isn't really appropriate. Hell, I'm amazed how often I see people refer to ALL the WB DC series as "Dini & Co" shows... Dini was brought onto Batman:TAS well into the first season's production... he didn't launch it... "Timm & Co" seems more appropriate, since Bruce Timm's been involved in the 3 WBs, and JLA. Not positive about Burnett's involvment with all shows from the get-go (left my Batman: Animated at work). Anyways, on to Jack. No cable, but I saw it at Comic Con... simply amazing. I agree about the front-face, it looks a bit odd, but that's a MINOR quibble. Everything else was gorgeous... the backgrounds, character design, music, shots, all of it. As for Ookla's horse from Thundarr... well, it's not QUITE the same; this one had 6 legs, and I don't think it had antennae... but the influence was incredibly obvious. They admitted to Thundarr being one of many influences at the SD panel (can you blame them? post-apocalyptic-looking future with strange aliens & mutants in an oppressive world? a hero who looks to be from the past battling for good?) Either I need to get cable NOW (or in the next 3 weeks, until new episodes start airing) or prevail upon nearby relatives to tape the shows for me... anyone know when the Jack toys will be in stores? They look pretty cool...

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Great Stuff

    by Doc_MidNite

    Long time reader here at AICN, but this awesome premiere really made me want to test the waters of TalkBack. Watching the parody/homage(whichever you prefer) action sequences from Dexter's Lab, you could tell Genndy was a serious action geek. He certainly did not disappoint. Wonderful music, character design, voice acting. Heck, everything! I share the concerns about the over-use of the close-ups on Jack's eyes, it kinda got tiring after 90 minutes, but then again, it'll be half an hour weekly, so I could probably stand it then (It's on the logo, so we'd better get used to it at any rate). It's very refreshing to see that all but one of the posts so far have had little or no negativity(not that it would be bad, just the real bitter stuff) about the show. Personally, Yogurt, I think there had to have been SOMETHING there that you hadn't seen before, but hey, to each his own. I also caught the Justice League promos. There were actually three, the first one was a shot of the earth with some background radio noises, and then said "They're Listening" followed by a shot of the neat new "JL" logo. I'm gonna have to fight my urge to say "JLA" now. The second one was mostly the same, with a closer shot of the Earth, as if from orbit on the Watchtower satellite followed by "They're Watching" Can't wait to see the new design. I hope it's better than the weird one Timm designed for Batman Beyond's JLU). And of course, the last one following the Making of SJ segment with great shots of the entire team in action fighting some sort of alien fighter ships above a forest. and then, "They're Coming. JUSTICE LEAGUE. November 17, 2001". There was some pretty good heroic sounding music. Anybody know if Shirley Walker is composing for JL as she did for Batman and Superman?

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 7:04 a.m. CST

    This world is the strangest of all

    by Samurai Jack

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 11:58 a.m. CST

    This episode--Batman meets the Gorillaz

    by Scorebird

    Samuarai Jack is one hell of a show.plenty of varying elements blended in this,but the title above is my very short summation of the pilot(give or take some minor details).With various worlds to explore,we could other influnces smack us in the face.- "My name is Jack"

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I seem to be in the majority for once...

    by Cheezdanish

    This cartoon knocked my socks off. I loved the old school Chuck Jones reference. (Big noble on small donkey, running at a bouncing gate, getting his money stolen by Jack.... Love it...) I also loved the scene in the bar, when the fight with the weird Sloth aliens was going on. If you watch the back ground, the dancers and patrons just keep on going on. Like there was nothing strange about a fight with a guy in kabuki outfit with a big sword fighting a bunch of Sloth aliens with retractable claws. I'm hooked. I will definately watch this show religiously.

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Here's a minority opinion for ya.

    by Dinadan

    Just to break the monotony. While Samurai Jack was an acceptable way to spend a lazy Sunday morning, I won't be dropping everything and running to the TV (or programming the VCR, as the case would more likely be) every Monday night to see it. Why? Many truly uninspiring visuals. Dearth of dialogue. Hackneyed "action" sequences in which a practically invincible hero hacks his way through legions of robots, reminiscent of the animated TMNT but without the campy-hip banter. The main villain seems to be a blustery demigod whose ultimate goal is to do product endorsements in a dystopian future. (Of course, he's probably nationalized the planet's sub and cola concerns, so he's really just endorsing his own products.) The only scene that had me excited was Jack's strategic retreat before Aku's drones, setting off traps along the way. "A'right!" I thought to myself. "He'll fight this one with brains, strategy, and teamwork instead of endless somnifacient scenes of hack-n-slash violence!" Well, I was wrong on that count, at least. The talking dogs kicked ass, though. I love dogs. They were cute, but not unbearably cute; probably the most human characters in the show.

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by Smeg For Brains

    Of course I myself am an artist and illustrator, and I know that everyone has their opinion, but one thing I won't stand for is someone saying that Samurai Jack had uninspiring visuals. If a show like X-Men Evolution is the equivalent of a hack comic drawn by a shitbag like Leifeld, and Batman/Superman are the equivalent of a masterpeice of comic art like Millers The Dark Knight Returns, Then Samurai Jack is the cartoon equivalent to a Renior, or Van Goh. Truely imaginative use of style in animation that sets it apart from the typical, and even not so typical (i.e. Batman/Superman), fare

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by mrhappy

    That show was so boring. Lame. Mindless. Some samurai, he barely even trained in Japan. That villain Aku is about as well developed as Jessie and James from Pokemon. And what the heck's up with those dudes that give samurai jack his name? How come they talk like its the 90's or something?? The bar scene was such a Star Wars ripp. The ending was such a Seven Samurai ripp too. And the action sequences were so plain and dully executed. All you fools that're going nuts over this stuff need to watch some more anime. You guys make me think that all this praise is just planted here. Heck just go watch Batman Beyond or Dragon BallZ. Never trust a Samurai flick made by a non-asian or american. Go watch Ninja Scroll or Princess Mononoke for some REAL japanese themed action. Interesting style though. And not too badly directed either.

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 8:33 p.m. CST

    I don't get it

    by epitone

    I guess I'm not that big an animation fan, so my opinion probably doesn't matter much here. But I just thought SJ fell into the category of "too bizarre." I'm all for shows that occasionally venture into the bizarre, but this was like one big acid trip. Maybe that's the appeal of it, I dunno.

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 9:31 p.m. CST

    A thought...

    by I Hunger!

    Maybe it's the drugs talkin, but I don't really think Jack was meant to be based solely on the Samurai tradition or Japanese folklore. Either the producers are a bunch of stupid fucks who forgot that the ancient Roman empire and medieval England were centuries apart, or they purposely smooshed all those diffrent time periods together to give the show a more globally mtythological feel. I think what they meant for was to take little bits from all those old ways and fling them into a harsh, unfeeling future that (mostly) gives less than a shit about the past. And I think they did a pretty damn good job of it, too. That is all. Feed me.

  • Aug. 12, 2001, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Smeg ...

    by Dinadan

    Can't help it. When I see yet another volcano interior, or yet another overbuilt city with flying cars, or a grassless Serengeti, or the discotheque from the Jetsons and Batman Beyond, I yawn. I am not inspired. I do not care about the place, I do not wonder who lives there, or how the place came to be. (Correction: I briefly wondered why the doors on all the African houses faced the same direction. I decided it was to keep them cool in the summer.) I do not wish the place was real, or want to see more of it. Fact is, not only was I unimpressed by what was depicted, I was unimpressed with how it was depicted. FWIW, I did not attempt to compare this to any other animation I've seen. Doesn't animation generally forego well-developed backgrounds in favor of animated (pun unintended) objects in the foreground? With all the panning Jack's director chose to do, that wasn't an option. Here's the sky. Here's the horizon. Here's a bunch of buildings. Here's Jack falling several hundred feet then landing a meter below the precipice he leapt from. Here's another chance for you to look at the background. Oh, and just to rile up the fanboys and because I'm bored, the music lacked both subtlety and bombasticity, Aku is obviously a poorly realized ripoff of Sauron and Morgoth from Tolkien's Silmarillion, and the whole concept is probably the miscegenation of too much beer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. My opinions are and always have been my own, and since I'm evidently an ass and therefore unfit to watch the network that runs Scooby Doo eight hours a day, you probably shouldn't put much weight in them.

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 6:38 a.m. CST

    they don't know jack

    by CoachMcGuirk

    this show was waaaay too full of itself..every godamn second they were trying to impress you fanboy vcr petters..well..they gave you the orgasm you wanted..whip out the kleenex..time to clean up boys...ugh

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Samurai Jack - Outstanding!

    by arjaybee

    People have different tastes, so I won't compare Samurai Jack to this other popular "action" cartoon where the characters do more talking than fighting, but how big of a stick do you have to have stuck in your ass to nitpick about a classic like Samurai Jack? The artwork reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, "Anansi the Spider". Very rarely does a piece of entertainment transform you back to the awe, wonder and imagination of childhood. Samurai Jack is outstanding! The AICN Talkbacks are proof that no matter how good anything can't please everybody.

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 7 a.m. CST


    by A Big Potato

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Jack's name (take two)

    by A Big Potato

    Hit the enter button, sorry. Anyway, maybe I'm just not intelligent enough to figure it out, but this has been bugging me. Why, when asked his name, does Jack just assume the name that those kids had been calling him? Why the heck wouldn't he give his real name? I don't get it.

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Samurai Jack is a gem!

    by Hjermsted

    The 90 minute premiere alone is a must have on DVD. It's refreshing to know this level of quality is still possible in today's media over-saturated world. I can't wait for tonight's first short episode of Jack! Congrats to everyone involved with the show!!

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Jackhole's name

    by mrhappy

    Big potato- you know why Jack accepts his name from those guys? Cause he's an idiot!!!!! I can see it in the behind the scenes now... Duhhh I want to name hem "Samurai Jack" cause it such cool name. Now all I gotta do is figre owt how too incorperate dat in da script. I know, I gest get dese 3 fools dat nam heem Jack and He liken it!!! Seriously, you know they came up with his name first and they just had to make Jack adopt it. Besides, it makes sense marketing wise to stick with that name. What do you expect when a Japanese themed show is made in America?? Obviously, the portrayal is going to be American. I myself kind of wish he had a real name and that they would just call the show samurai jack instead of naming the main character that. I still gotta ask all you SJ nuts out there, have you seen flicks like ninja scroll? Any of you guys watch anime? Any of you guys watch martial arts movies? Or are most of you guys just powerpuff girl watchers?

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Anime-lovin' buggahs...


    Ya know, I watched this show... and I loved it. It is the first decent AMERICAN-MADE animated show since Batman and Superman. As crummy as Amercian cartoons have been of late, can't you few dolts who didn't like this show just be happy it's not some kiddified crap?! Personally, I am no fan of "Powerpuff Girls". I think it's monotonous, and mostly dull. But this show's made for grown-ups... and for the pea-brain that called Jack "Invincible", did you happen to notice he got wounded often? jJumpin' Jesus in a taxi-cab. And as far as the "greatness" of anime goes, kids, a lot of it is only great if you like half-plotted, hyperviolent soap-operas. Not to say I haven't enjoyed a few anime films, but even the much-lauded "Akira", which I just watched on the new DVD a few nights ago, was hardly worth all the hubbub. (See my above statement on "half-plotted".) Lots of gory visuals that served no real purpose at all. And character development inferior to an average "He-Man" cartoon episode. F-ing WOW. Nice art though. For my money "Street Fighter 2" was and is the best Anime film I've ever seen. M. Bison was Da Bomb. Anyway, here's hoping whoever's working on the new "Masters of the Universe" cartoon pays attention to this show and tries to craft a great sci-fi/fantasy that both kids and adults can appreciate.

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 12:34 p.m. CST

    "Talking demon dogs!"

    by Pulzar711

    Hey, I'm not a 'guy' {being that I'm a grown woman) but I AM a huge anime otaku, grew up on Battle of the Plantes and Robotech, big fan of DBZ (as evidenced by the many posters about the house), a bigger fan of the giant robots (piles of lil robot minions about the TV), read as much manga as I can get my paws on; and I have also grown up on samurai movies- I have seen Seven Samurai so often I have it memorized, I have watched Yojimbo and found it superior to the cowboy movie(s) that devolved from it, and I want the Lone Wolf & Cub DVD box set if/when it comes out. And I loved the hell out of Samurai Jack. Moments of quiet interspersed with action that gave me Pokemon-esque epileptic fits. The great lines (see title of post). The mutant cousin of Ookla's horse from Thundarr. From the Promos I was expecting something very very lame and came out speechless. Cartoon Network is very close to outstripping SciFi Channel on my Cool-O-Meter... but Scooby Fucking Doo must go. And the Flintstones.. I hated them when I was 5, and the loathing has only grown over the years. They SUCK. Take them OFF the air already. UGH. If I switch over to CN to see if something good is on and instead see the Great Gazoo or Scrappy Doo one more time... I won't be responsible. And for the record, I prefer Dexter's Lab to Powerpuff Girls, but that's probably becasue it has more robots. And Mako is a god. Thank you.

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 4:47 p.m. CST

    age of animation

    by mrhappy

    Though i'm glad some of the commercialized american animation seems to be "growing up" Overall, I just gotta look at it and say.. So What?? Live action's been doing it forever. Japan's animation's already done it. I'm like Wow, look who finally decided to join the club. Too bad they're way behind on experience. I hope we can get past the novelty of "grown up" stuff in animation and concentrate on telling a good story instead. I think i'd like Samurai Jack more if it had better fight choreography. And more authentic movement.

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Just saw the next episode.

    by SpacePhil

    And what I got out of it was the feeling we've got a great series on our hands, folks. The premiere was excellent -- the sequence depicting Jack's training is alone truly amazing. The music is excellent; voicework, excellent; background art, magnificent. I was initially worried that Tartanosky (I know I spelled that wrong, apologies) would not be able to sustain the tone of the premiere. Not so; the second (fourth ? That's how it was listed in the credits) episode was again an excellent half-hour's diversion. This is appearently something the series creator has had on his mind for years -- I wouldn't be surprised if this is the project he had REALLY wanted to do when he first joined up with Cartoon Network. Ah -- and a note. Forgive my ignorance, but I get the idea that quite a few of you have heard of Mako (the voice of Aku) before (noting, for example, the deification of him above). Sorry, but I'm just getting started with Japanese culture -- anyone care to fill me in ?

  • Aug. 13, 2001, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Second episode slump?

    by vroom socko

    I was slightly let down by tonights episode, mainly because I've seen this type of story a thousand times, but also because, how to put this, why did all those little blue guys sound like Brainy Smurf? Still, the animation is fantastic, and that guru Wooly looked sweet. I'll still be watching next week. As to some of the comments made on this talkback, here are my comments. Jack's name; Of course he wouldn't give his real name. For a prince to work as a sellsword would be discraceful, so he took the name Jack to save face. Samurai take fake names all the time in fiction. Just read Lone Wolf and Cub, or see Yojimbo or Sanjuro, two great samurai films. Also, to the fellow who doesn't know who Mako is, you have seen Conan the Barbarian, right? Akiro the Wizard ring a bell?

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 1:11 a.m. CST

    I was hoping for something good...

    by Randy(ASK RANDY)

    ... and I got something GREAT! if this was the only think we'd see of Samurai Jack, I would wholeheartedly thank Cartoon Network for letting this get made!From the no dialogue training sequence(ten minutes... I checked!) to the bar fight(where the DJ actually changed the music at the beginning of the fight!) to the "last stand" fight (which was 12 minutes long!!), this show grabbed me from the beginning and held for the entire run, something I haven't had from ANYTHING on television in years. Jack Rocks! And the true point of coolness? Right at this line: --------"NO! There is NO escape for you!"

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Genndy is God

    by manchap

    Amazing!! I recorded it and since it aired I have watched it 4 times. It is amazing!! There is never a dull moment and there is always something to gaze at. Whether it be the gorgeous backgrounds, the simply perfect character animations or the riveting synth score. Samurai Jack IS classic. Thank you Genndy, you are the next Chuck Jones.

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by Redbeard_NV

    Philopoemen, Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu)has been around for years playing great character roles in movies and tv shows like Robocop3, Rising Sun, Pearl Harbor, the narrator in Dexter's Laboratory, Tucker, Kung Fu,

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by Redbeard_NV

    Philopoemen, Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu)has been around for years playing great character roles in movies and tv shows like Robocop3, Rising Sun, Pearl Harbor (Admiral Yamamoto), the narrator in Dexter's Laboratory, Tucker, Kung Fu, The Killer Elite, The Sand Pebbles, and as the wizard in both Conan films (my favorite role).

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 7:47 a.m. CST

    I guess that this is what happens when you show Americans a true

    by Smeg For Brains

    They show that they just want more of the same crap over and over. Samurai Jack is as risky an animated show as has ever been on American television. It is the perfect example of people caring more about the quality of the show than the merchandising that they can flood the market with. It is about showing the artform in ways that American television has never dared to show. Anyone who has to complain about using style and abstraction to convey emotion in a cartoon is an ass. So what if Jack falls a shorter distance on the background than it seemed. Conveying an emotion is what they want to do. If all you want is the typical crap then please don't watch this show. If you would rather see comic book style drawings of action heros, then please don't watch this show. If I want good animated shows like that I'll watch Batman/Superman. I can totally understand what Gendy was talking about when he said he was dissappointed with the action cartoons out there. Batman and Superman were great, but even they didn't try anything as artistic as what I've already seen in Samurai Jack. Everything from the amazing artwork that is the backgrounds, to the fantastic lineless art that often times blends into the backgrounds, maintaining an awesome sense of oneness in that world, to the artistic film style used to convey the action in the film, I haven't seen anything i don't love yet. I feel sorry for those who can't appreciate something that is trying to be a true work of art, rather than the same old same old. On that note I can say that Dragon Ball Z is also a masterpeice that can take one fight and turn it into an engrossing story taking place over dozens of episodes. I'm surprised at it's popularity here, as over the years, even before it was out here, I've found that most American people are to impatient to watch it.

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I love Tartatovsky's style

    by Terry_1978

    From the techno-laced anime style battles, to the infamous long pauses that happen between conversations, he has the most unique style of direction in his shows. And the theme song to Samurai Jack is bad ass, baby.

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 9:19 a.m. CST

    samurai YEAH

    by stinkyg

    ... the premiere was great. Love that Aku dialogue (Any cartoon that can pull off such Stan Lee-ish lines as "What impertinence is this?!?" is just rockin'.) The Monday show was slightly disappointing to me after such a great debut, though. (those Wooly creatures just reminded me of that big Muppet character, Sweetums or something). But this show is great. I'm happy to see that Cartoon Network is finally creating some action-based original content like this and the Justice League. (I just can't watch any more Ren and Stimpy knock-offs.)

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller's RONIN

    by Buddomonn

    I liked the show, but isn't it uncomfortably close to Frank Miller's RONIN? Kind of like HARRY POTTER is so close in concept to the Timothy Hunter character in THE BOOKS OF MAGIC...

  • Aug. 14, 2001, 6:09 p.m. CST

    are you guys kidding?

    by calvin hobbes

    That show was a bore. Maybe I should smoke something before I watch it, otherwise I don't see what you guys could possibly find so entertaining about that dull turd.