Episode #85 – Back to the Past with Samurai Jack

The very nature of animation production grants creators many avenues to create something imaginative, special, and unique, and Gendy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack stands as a prime example of that. When Samurai Jack premiered on Cartoon Network in 2001 nothing had ever looked quite like it before, or for that matter, ever since. Jack is a genre-blending action show that takes cues from comic books, noir films, 70s TV/cinema, westerns, history, folklore, and many, many other inspirations, and it fuses them all into a cohesive world. Samurai Jack has always maintained a distinct visual style that simultaneously combines bombastic action with a huge emphasis on mood and atmosphere. All the while, the show never ever ignores comedy, charm, or a light heartedness that is just as much a hallmark of the show as its always thrilling fight scenes. So, join the panel as they go back, back to the past to celebrate 20 years of Samurai Jack!


Zack Slater
Frank Melman (on Twitter)
Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)
Clifton (on Twitter)

Produced by Zack Slater

Produced/Edited by Clifton (on Twitter)

Engineered by Mike BlueLion209

Music: Arpy – Dan Henig  
Support by RFM – NCM: https://bit.ly/2xGHypM

Episode Notes for Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack Background Painter Scott Wills Painting Demo 1

Background Painter Scott Wills Painting Demo 2

Background Painter Scott Wills Painting Demo 3

Background Painter Scott Wills Painting Demo 4

Stills from Episode XXV: Jack and the Spartans (season 2, ep. 12) 

“Not yet Samurai Jack.  Not Yet.” from Episode XXXII: Jack and the Traveling Creatures (season 3, ep. 6)

Bounty Hunters from Episode XLIV: The Princess and the Bounty Hunter (season 4, ep. 5)

Da Samurai Voiced by David Alan Greer

Stills from Episode XLIX: Seasons of Death (season 4, ep 10)

Stills from Episode XXXV: Jack and the Haunted House Sequence (season 3, ep. 9)

Daisuke Jigen from Lupin the Third who inspired…

… The Thief from Episode XXXIX: Jack and the Labyrinth (season 3, ep.13)

Stills from Episode XL: Jack vs. the Ninja (season 4, ep.1)

Stills from Episode L: Tale of X9 (Season 4, ep. 11)

Trailer from Season 5

Stills from Season 5

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