After years of hoping and praying, Cartoon Network has finally granted our wish! As of this Wednesday morning, Cartoon Network announced that Samurai Jack will return in 2016. Creator and Executive Producer Genndy Tartakovsky has been hard at work in LA creating an all new season, set to air on Adult Swim’s Toonami.
You may know Genndy Tartakovsky’s work on other animations like Dexter’s Laboratory, Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Powerpuff Girls, and most recently, Hotel Transylvania. I’ve been singing his praises for years and am currently fangirling my pants over the chance to finally see a Samurai Jack revival.
For those unfamiliar with Samurai Jack, the animation was an action/adventure series which ran 4 seasons, from 2001 – 2004. The series followed a Japanese samurai who journeys thru “the distant past” to stop an evil shape-shifting wizard named Aku. Aku’s “evil is law”, and when Jack is unsuccessful in his mission, Aku transports him thousands of years into the future. Jack finds himself in a strange, unfamiliar world, where Aku has gained complete power. During Jacks 1st encounter with the locals , they dub him “Jack”, from there he spends his days walking the Earth, and righting the wrongs that have been done by his greatest enemy, while making many unusual acquaintances along the way.
From 2001-2004, popular voice actor Phil LaMarr voiced Samurai Jack, and the now deceased US Army Veteran known as Mako did the voice of the intimidatingly, evil, character Aku. You are undoubtedly acquainted with Phil LaMarr’s impressive resume, whether you realize it or not. He’s been in a little bit of everything; Clifford the Big Red Dog, MadTV, Invader Zim, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (video game), Spider-man 2, Reno 911, Pulp Fiction, Justice League (animated series), Futurama, and the list goes on and on. As of now, there has been no word if Phil LaMarr will return or who Mako’s replacement will be. *fingers crossed for LaMarr’s return*
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In the meantime, check out the teaser Cartoon Network released for the new Samurai Jack