From 13th Dimension:
“Samurai Jack” the cartoon originally aired from 2001-04 and during its four-season/52-episode run it built an incredibly simple yet robust icon, a quintessential “wandering hero” serialized story.
Eschewing the typical half-hour toy commercial aesthetic of kids’ cartoons, the animation approach on Jack was simplistically bold and the sound design favoured long stretches without any dialogue at all, carefully building tension through the contrast of silence and punctuated moments of noise rather than a barrage of inane character chatter.
Re-watching episodes now, it’s hard to believe the show is a product of the 21st century. It combines a sage-like confidence cultivated from tales of myth with the art style of UPA/Hanna Barbera from the ’50s and ’60s… (Read More)