Cartoon Network has announced that Samurai Jack will return to the network in 2016!
Even better, Genndy Tartakovsky is running everything again, which means the original vision and storytelling will continue to be top notch!
Here is the entire press release from Cartoon Network:
Adult Swim is excited to announce that JACK IS BACK. Creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky continues the epic story of Samurai Jack with a new season that will premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in 2016.
The new season is currently in production in Los Angeles at Cartoon Network Studios.
There is something about the original series that just sits in a unique place of awesome art and animation, intriguing story, and a bit of weirdness that we hadn’t seen before in animated form.
Tartakovsky drew from a number of influences when creating the series, including the 1970s series Kung Fu, classic anime, and the works of directors Akira Kurosawa and David Lean. The series premiered on August 10, 2001, with a TV movie called The Premiere Movie. As the series went on, ratings began to decline, and after four seasons, Cartoon Network decided to cancel it. The series ended on September 25, 2004, after airing 52 episodes.
Samurai Jack was cancelled in 2004 by Cartoon Network at the height of its popularity. The CN has been known to cancel other other popular Tartakovsky shows including Sym-Bionic Titan because it “did not have any toys connected to it.” I hope Cartoon Network is learning from past mistakes, and doesn’t drop the new Samurai Jack after a dozen episodes.
Are you as excited about this as I am?