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.
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
- “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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