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Writer:
Genndy Tartakovsky (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | unknown
Release Date:
10 August 2001 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
In the future evil takes many forms, and our only hope is one man from the past.
Plot:
A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Long Ago In A Distant Land... See more (62 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 22)

Phil LaMarr ... Samurai Jack / ... (48 episodes, 2001-2004)

Mako ... Aku / ... (23 episodes, 2001-2004)
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Series Directed by
Genndy Tartakovsky (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Randy Myers (23 episodes, 2001-2004)
Robert Alvarez (17 episodes, 2001-2004)
Rob Renzetti (9 episodes, 2001-2002)
Chris Savino (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
 
Series Writing credits
Genndy Tartakovsky (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Bryan Andrews (16 episodes, 2001-2004)
Brian Larsen (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
Chris Reccardi (10 episodes, 2001-2003)
Paul Rudish (9 episodes, 2001-2004)
Charlie Bean (7 episodes, 2001-2003)
Aaron Springer (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
Chris Mitchell (6 episodes, 2001-2002)
Erik Wiese (6 episodes, 2002-2004)
Mark Andrews (5 episodes, 2001-2004)
Carey Yost (3 episodes, 2001)
Don Shank (3 episodes, 2003)
Michael Manley (2 episodes, 2001)
Jim Smith (2 episodes, 2003-2004)

Series Produced by
Brian A. Miller .... supervising producer / supervising producer: Cartoon Network Studios (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Diana Ritchey .... associate producer / line producer (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Genndy Tartakovsky .... executive producer / producer (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
 
Series Original Music by
James L. Venable (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
 
Series Casting by
Collette Sunderman (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
 
Series Art Direction by
Dan Krall (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Scott Wills (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
 
Series Production Management
Mike Lazzo .... executive in charge of production: Cartoon Network Studios (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Jennifer Pelphrey .... director of production (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Linda Simensky .... executive in charge of production: Cartoon Network Studios (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Todd Garfield .... production manager (26 episodes, 2002-2004)
 
Series Art Department
Shayne Poindexter .... property designer (26 episodes, 2001-2004)
Roger Webb .... color stylist (20 episodes, 2001-2004)
Chris Battle .... property designer (20 episodes, 2001-2002)
Bryan Andrews .... storyboard artist (16 episodes, 2001-2004)
Chris Reccardi .... storyboard artist (13 episodes, 2001)
Paul Rudish .... storyboard artist / property designer (12 episodes, 2001-2004)
Brian Larsen .... storyboard artist (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
Genndy Tartakovsky .... storyboard artist (11 episodes, 2001-2004)
Erik Wiese .... storyboard artist / additional storyboard (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Charlie Bean .... storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2001-2003)
Aaron Springer .... storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jairo Lizarazu .... property designer / prop designer (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Chris Mitchell .... storyboard artist (6 episodes, 2001-2002)
Michael Manley .... storyboard artist / additional storyboards (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Andy Bialk .... property designer (5 episodes, 2001)
Jim Smith .... property designer / storyboard artist / ... (5 episodes, 2002-2004)
Frederick J. Gardner III .... property designer (3 episodes, 2001)
Carey Yost .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Don Shank .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2003)
Dan Krall .... property designer (2 episodes, 2001-2004)
Justin Thompson .... background designer (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
 
Series Sound Department
Timothy J. Borquez .... supervising rerecording mixer / supervising re-recording mixer (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Eric Freeman .... sound re-recording mixer (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
James Garifi .... track reader (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Jim Hearn .... dialogue editor (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr editor / adr recordist (26 episodes, 2002-2004)
Robert Serda .... recording engineer / sound recording engineer (4 episodes, 2001-2004)
Bob Harman .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2001)
Kerry Iverson .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Darrick Bachman .... digital adjustment coordinator (1 episode, 2003)
 
Series Animation Department
Sandy Benenati .... animation checker (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Robert Lacko .... clean-up artist (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Jeff Albrecht .... clean-up artist (40 episodes, 2001-2004)
Lynne Naylor .... character designer (29 episodes, 2001-2004)
Robert Alvarez .... sheet timer (27 episodes, 2001-2004)
Andy Suriano .... character designer (27 episodes, 2001-2004)
Pat Agnasin .... layout keys (27 episodes, 2001-2003)
Todd Frederiksen .... layout keys (27 episodes, 2001-2003)
Jennifer C. Baker .... background artist (20 episodes, 2001-2003)
Nelda Ridley .... ink and paint coordinator (19 episodes, 2001-2002)
Leticia Lacy .... color stylist (18 episodes, 2001-2004)
Hueng-soon Park .... animation director (17 episodes, 2001-2004)
James T. Walker .... sheet timer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Karen Greslie .... color stylist (16 episodes, 2001-2003)
Ellen Suh .... background artist (15 episodes, 2001-2003)
Yu Mun Jeong .... animation director (12 episodes, 2001-2003)
Shakeh Haghnazarian .... character designer (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
Seong Chan Lee .... animation director (11 episodes, 2001-2003)
Randy Myers .... sheet timer (11 episodes, 2001-2003)
Bong Koh Jae .... animation director (10 episodes, 2001-2004)
Craig Kellman .... character designer (9 episodes, 2001-2004)
Barbara Krueger .... clean-up artist (9 episodes, 2001-2002)
Jim Smith .... character designer (9 episodes, 2002)
Paul Rudish .... character designer (7 episodes, 2001-2004)
Chris Mitchell .... character designer (7 episodes, 2001-2003)
Dexter Smith .... character designer / clean-up artist (7 episodes, 2001)
Bill Wray .... background artist / layout keys / ... (6 episodes, 2001-2004)
Nadia Vurbenova .... background artist (6 episodes, 2001-2003)
Roger Webb .... color stylist (6 episodes, 2001-2003)
Sae Hyon Park .... animation director (6 episodes, 2003)
Yeol Jung Chang .... animation director (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Rob Renzetti .... sheet timer (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Dan Krall .... layout keys (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Christopher Brock .... background artist (3 episodes, 2001-2004)
Richard Daskas .... background artist (3 episodes, 2001-2004)
Scott Wills .... background artist (3 episodes, 2003)
Paul Stec .... layout keys (2 episodes, 2001)
Justin Thompson .... layout artist / layout keys (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Ted Blackman .... layout keys (2 episodes, 2003)
Kwang-bae Park .... animation director (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Editorial Department
Paul Douglas .... supervising editor / on-line editor (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Alicia Parkinson .... post-production coordinator (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Rick Taylor .... colorist / telecine operator (40 episodes, 2001-2004)
Craig Price .... online operator / on-line editor (15 episodes, 2001-2002)
Heather Adams .... video post supervisor (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Erik Freid .... assistant on-line editor (4 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Music Department
Paul Dinletir .... composer: additional music (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
George Pajon Jr. .... composer: theme music / composer: main title and end title theme (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Joe Privitelli .... music editor (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Will.i.am .... composer: theme music (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
 
Series Other crew
Rita Noriega .... production coordinator (52 episodes, 2001-2004)
Amy Keating Rogers .... outline editor (47 episodes, 2001-2004)
Todd Garfield .... production assistant / production coordinator (26 episodes, 2001-2002)
Joanne Halcon .... production accountant (26 episodes, 2001-2002)
Cecilia Rheins .... production estimator (7 episodes, 2002-2004)
Darrick Bachman .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2002-2004)
Robert Taleghany .... production estimator (5 episodes, 2002)
Sharra Gage .... talent coordinator (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Helen Bricker .... studio teacher (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
 

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25 min (52 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In Brazil, the name Aku was changed to Abu due to the original name's unfortunate similarity to a Portuguese swear word meaning anus.See more »
Quotes:
Head Gangster:[talking of a bomb] The gift that keeps on givin'.See more »
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FAQ

What is Jack's real name?
Will Jack ever be able to return to the past?
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Long Ago In A Distant Land..., 21 February 2007
Author: zleverton from Canada

Samurai Jack is the quintessence of cartoon storytelling today. there is no two-ways about it.

let me break it down for you: Long ago in a distant land, Aku, the shape-shifting master of darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil, but a samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped fourth to oppose him. before the final blow was struck, Aku opened a portal in time, flinging the samurai into the future, where Aku's evil is law. now the samurai seeks to return to the past, and undo the future that is Aku.

the first story involves the samurai landing in the future, he is given a name by some enthusiastic street-urchins (Jack), and finds himself in a rough bar filled with belligerent aliens and talking dogs. these dogs are in desperate peril, and seek jack's help in a very obvious reference to Akira Kurosowa's masterpiece The Seven Samurai.

as the series continues, Jack's quest becomes less a focal point of the story, and more a vehicle for various short stories. great storytelling needs but three things: a setting, a protagonist, and a goal. Jack uses this idea to exploit a formula of diversity. anything the animator/writers throw on the wall, generally sticks. the ambiguity of the show allows for a free-form format that has made shows like Cowboy Bebop and Justice League Unlimited fellow masterpieces of the serial animation format. stories range from horror, science fiction and fantasy, to comedy, Wu shu, drama, noir, giant robo and epic action.

Jack is a child of a lot of inspiration, things like Star Wars and Akira Kurosowa are obvious influences, but the works of Marvel and DC comics, as well as the work of graphic novelist Frank Miller are all very apparent references. (infact Miller's acclaimed graphic novel Ronin is very similar in plot to Samurai Jack, and there is an entire episode based upon the premise of 300, another Miller book which has also become a Hollywood film.)

Jack is, by all means, an action show. in a given show there is maybe 10-15 minutes of action in a 24 minute episode, however in later seasons, the formula of Jack as an action show recedes heavily, and the show becomes more of a sampler-plate of creativeness. the stories are as charming and moving as they are diverse and epic.

Samurai Jack is a brilliant show, it's influences are long-spread and it will undoubtedly be remembered as a staple of artistic television.

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