Overview

Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by animator Genndy Tartakovsky that aired on both Cartoon Network and Toonami from 2001 to 2004.

Storyline

In the distant past, a Japanese samurai embarks on a mission to defeat the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Before he can complete his task, though, he is catapulted thousands of years into the future. He finds himself in a world where Aku now enjoys complete power over every living thing. Dubbing himself “Jack,” he sets out on a new quest–to right the wrongs that have been done by his enemy and to find a way back to his own time so he can destroy the evil for good. Written by Alan Back

Interesting facts

  • “Aku” is Japanese for “Evil”.
  • Tartakovsky has acknowledged taking some of his inspiration from the Frank Miller graphic novel Ronin, including the premise of a master-less samurai warrior thrown into a dystopic future ahead of our present.
  • In Brazil, the name Aku was changed to Abu due to the original name’s unfortunate similarity to a Portuguese swear word meaning anus.
  • In Episode VIII, one of the bounty hunters in the woods that is riding a robotic elephant is a character from “Dial M for Monkey” from “Dexter’s Laboratory.” “Dexter’s Laboratory” is also created by Genndy Tartakovsky.
  • In the pilot movie, one of the dogs working in the mines is Big Dog from the shortly lived cartoon 2 Stupid Dogs, another show worked on by Genndy Tartakovsky.
  • The mines the dogs are excavating in the pilot movie used to be the city of Townesville from the The Powerpuff Girls. This is evident from a billboard which has a picture of the Talking Dog which appeared in an episode of the “Powerpuff Girls”.

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