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SJ TSHIRTS

Check out the awesome new tshirts at MIGHTY FINE...they currently have two styles:

   

 

YES MOVIE?!

[From Federator Blog]

"... I immediately called Jim Samples, then-President of Cartoon Network, and right away he agreed to a first in the network’s history, granting of rights to an independent production company. They would grant Frederator Studios the animated movie rights to the hit TV series Samurai Jack, as long as we agreed that Genndy would be intimately involved. Agree?!!! How else could we be interested?

Genndy was thrilled when I delivered the news. He’d been disappointed that CN and New Line Cinema had abandoned the project (both animated and live action films) and felt he’d let his fans down. Here was the chance to finish what he’d started, and reclaim a special set of characters he’d created.

Without going into all the details, the deals took forever (forever!) to close (in fact, some of them still have dangling participles) and by the time we announced the formation of Frederator Films in June 2007 surprise was awaiting all of us. J.J. Abrams, a huge Jack fan, had agreed to be my co-producer on the picture (a 2D/stereoscopic 3D production) through his company Bad Robot Productions at Paramount Pictures. We knew that with JJ and his producing partner Bryan Burk we’d be in more than good hands and improve our chances tremendously of actually seeing the movie on the big screens.

After lunch with Genndy, and the success of starting our company with Samurai Jack, our talent approach to animated movies had a prayer. The unanswered question was “what next?”. In fact, that was really about 1000 questions..."

NO MOVIE?

From an interview with UGO:

UGO: What's going on with the Samurai Jack movie?
GENNDY: As far as I know it's dead.
UGO: Why is that?
GENNDY: They just couldn't get the script right. I wasn't writing it. The people who were writing the script and the studios just couldn't come up with something they liked.
UGO: Any chance of a live-action Samurai Jack movie?
GENNDY: For right now, no.

But this was posted in a forum Jan 2009:

"Nope, Samurai Jack is not dead. Genndy is busy writing, but things in the world of feature films take ten times longer than you'd think. Thanks for the interest. -- Eric Homan Frederator Studios"

NEW SCREECAPS!

Much thanks to Swordsister for the new screencaps for Episodes 1 and 2. Stay tuned for more screencaps to be added in the future!

ONE STEP CLOSER

The folks behind Frederator are stepping up to produce feature length animated movies. On their first development slate are a number of interesting projects - not least a Samurai Jack feature film. Of course, Genndy Tartakovsky is attached to write and direct.

 

SEASON FOUR

Early info from Warner Brothers' upcoming formal announcement about the August 28th release of Samurai Jack - Season 4: the 2-DVD set will have the final 13 episodes, plus extras that include a creator commentary. Cost is $29.98 SRP, and online retailers like Amazon ought to start taking pre-orders for it by the end of next week. Check back after then with a pre-sale link to Amazon. (thanks Eric & tvshowsondvd.com)

SJ RETURNS?

In only five years, the tales of "Samurai Jack" have revolutionized action cartoons, captured the eye of Hollywood, launched a few careers and subsequently been largely forgotten. According to series creator and god of geekdom Genndy Tartakovsky, the proposed live-action movie starring the time-traveling samurai has indeed stalled. "It kind of got lost in Hollywood a little bit," the writer/director/animator sighed. "I have a very strong idea for 'Jack,' and I want to stay faithful to it. In Hollywood, the first thing people want to do is change things, and so the best thing happened to it — it died." Instead, the proudly stubborn Tartakovsky is excitedly planning to oversee the faithful version he's always insisted upon while putting the Japanese warrior back into his ink-and-pencil trappings. "Jack will come back," he promised, "we will finish the story, and there will be an animated film." With Tartakovsky hard at work on a "Dark Crystal" sequel, he added that any success with that film might someday yield the live-action "Jack" he'd still like to see made. "If I make a hit movie, I can pretty much do then almost just what I want," he grinned. "If Bryan Singer wanted to do 'Samurai Jack,' they would say, 'Sure! Do "Samurai Jack." ' ... I did television, now I have got to do film, and then after that who knows?" Tartakovsky further added that the recent conclusion of his "Clone Wars" cartoon also marked the end of his collaboration with George Lucas, and that he'd have nothing to do with the "Star Wars" TV projects in development. "No," he commented. "I am all done." (thanks Kerry)

WATCH SJ EPISODES ONLINE!

Starting July 17th, a new broadband service called Toonami Jetstream will provide on-demand, full-length streaming episodes of a number of hit anime and action series, including acclaimed hit series Naruto and Samurai Jack.

SJ SEASON 3

...will be released on DVD May 23, 2006. More info here. (thanks Gene)
PRE-ORDER SAMURAI JACK SEASON 3 HERE! OR PRE-ORDER SAMURAI JACK SEASONS 1-3 HERE!

SJ TATTOO

It's all the rage! Check out Penny's...

 

SJ GAME

Be sure to check out the cool SJ online GAME

 

SEASON 2 DVD STREAMING CLIPS!

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GENNDY'S SCRAPBOOK COLLEGE
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GENNDY'S SCRAPBOOK INTRO
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THE PITCH INTRO
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THE PITCH STORYBOARD
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MORE SJ SEASON 2 INFO
Thanks to Garret from Warner Bros for the info and stills. Be sure to visit the official SJ2 DVD site. Clips will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!
Download the PRESS RELEASE.(.doc)

 

COOL
Thanks to Tony A. for sharing his SJ-inspired tattoo. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.

 

 

SORT OF SJ RELATED
Be sure to check out the latest from Atom Films called "Ninjai: The Little Ninja". It has been said it's like Samurai Jack done in watercolors. And bloodier.

SJ SEASON 2
UPDATE: Season 2 will be released May 24th in a 2-DVD set with episodes including: (14) Jack Learns to Jump (15) Jack vs the Worm, The Metal-Eaters, & The Fairy (16) Jack and the Smackback (17) Jack and the Scotsman II (18) Jack and the Ultra-Robots (19) Jack Remembers the Past (20) Jack and the Monks (21) Jack and the Dragon (22) Jack vs the Five Hunters (23) Jack vs Demango (24) Jack Is Naked (25) Jack and the Spartans (26) Jack's Shoes

"Look for the second season of Samurai Jack to come out on DVD in the Spring of 2005, along with episodes of Ed, Edd, N Eddy. The Venture Bros. are looking to hit DVD that Fall, along with plenty of other shows throughout 2005. This includes the third season of Samurai Jack, which will be released that winter."
(From Animation HQ Forums)

SJ on NPR
Los Angeles Times animation critic Charles Solomon delivers an appreciation of the Cartoon Network show Samurai Jack.

SAMURAI TOPPLES HOMER
The Cartoon Network's "Samurai Jack" has cut down the "The Simpsons," winning this year's Emmy for best animated show. It was the first time "Jack" took the animation prize — unseating "The Simpsons," which had dominated the category, winning eight times since 1990. "Samurai Jack" was created by animation impresario Genndy Tartakovsky and tells the story of an ancient Japanese warrior who is banished into the future by his arch enemy, a demon named Aku. Tartakovsky snagged a second Emmy for best animated show (over an hour) for Cartoon's micro-series "Clone Wars." The toon tells the goings on in the "Star Wars" universe between the last film, "Attack of the Clones" and the one opening next year, "Revenge of the Sith." (NY Post.com)

SJ GAME FOR YOUR PHONE
Macrospace.com has a SJ GAME for your phone. I believe its only for the UK but you can play a demo version ONLINE.

 

FINAL SJ EPISODES TO AIR
According to THIS FORUM, the final episodes of Samurai Jack will finally air Sept. 25, 2004.
*thanks to the poster in the Guestbook

AMAZING ART
Goldenlands Gallery are now offering several handpainted one of kind backgrounds from SJ. They are 11"x14" and will retail for $495, free shipping included for the US for this week (May 23) only. Here are just a few:

   

SJ CANCELLED IN THE US
From the Toon Zone forums:

"So here's what we know so far. From the beginning, Cartoon Network committed to buying fifty-two episodes of Jack. In America, forty-eight have aired; the forty-ninth has been seen ... in the UK. The show is apparently still airing in the UK on the Toonami Channel. So, while the final four episodes have been paid for, and probably completed, it is unknown if they will ever be shown on TV. They may be shown in the UK, and theoretically the show could stick around on YTV in Canada, but neither of these are assured.

...I know I'm not alone in being distraught that Cartoon Network could not find it in their hearts to at least finish off the series. I mean, it's just four episodes! That, and I kind of have a hard time believing something like A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (airs weekdays at 10:30 AM) or Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (weekends at 6:30 AM) couldn't be pre-empted for four episodes without the ratings bottoming out; it would certainly make a lot of Jack fans rather happy..."

ASK ALEX:

Q: "Can you tell me if the game will be released in the UK, or is this an American only deal? If it is to be released in the UK, any idea when?"

A: "The game will be released in the UK as well as Italy, France, Germany and Spain. I'm not sure what the release date is yet of the localized versions. We didn't do new voices though, just subtitles. Although the thought of Jack speaking Spanish did intrigue me :P"


GOT A SJ GAME QUESTION?
Game producer, Alex Pantelias is offering to answer your SJ game question! The game is currently available on PS2, X-box and GameCube. Send your question HERE and we'll post both question and answers. Check out the screencaps and trailer!

SJ BOXSET
The first 13 episodes are available in a "Season One" box set. Order HERE. (All releases in Region 1 (US/Canada only)

SJ IS BACK
Popular cartoon Samurai Jack is about to return to the console-fold. After appearing in a GameBoy Advance title, Nintendo has confirmed that the Cartoon Network star is now set to hit the GameCube at an unspecified time in the future, being published by BAM! Entertainment. No details are currently known about the intricacies of the title, but stick with C3 for when more information arises...(from cubed-3.co.uk)

SJ ARTWORK
Limited edition giclee of artwork featured on page 49 of the "Samurai Jack Special" comic book. 500 edition size 11.75" x 18" $59.99 unframed. $109.99 framed and shipped. More info at Goldenlands


 

 

NEW MAQS!
Goldenlands Gallery has two new maquettes for sale. Jack in Training $125 2500 Edition size Jack versus BeetleBot $90 2500 Edition size. Purchase Both Maquettes get FREE SHIPPING!!! Total for Both Maquettes $215.

 

 


MORE FROM GOLDENLANDS
Goldenlands Gallery has received more great Samurai Jack handpainted cels (including original pencil drawings). Check out their site or go here for a peek of their artwork.

 

 

NEW SJ PROMO SPOT
Cuppa Coffee Animation released this new promo they did for SJ. Click here for the :60 promo spot which will be on the Cartoon Network (Quicktime required/5.1mb).
The veteran animation studio created a :60 promo combining eerie imagery with a predominantly red color palette and an ominous soundtrack. The creation of "ShapeShifter" was an opportunity for Cuppa Coffee to do something a little more edgy and frightening than usual for the Cartoon Network airwaves.

 

SJ GOES BOO!
Thanks to Sean for sending in a pic of his Halloween pumpkin. Very cool.

 

 

SJ LIMITED EDITION CEL FOR SALE:
Contact Goldenlands Gallery if you're interested in this great limited edition Samurai Jack cel!

 

SJ COLLECTIBLES: Goldenlands Gallery are having a Samurai Jack showing of original handpainted cels. They will also showcase original pencil drawings and much more. Check out their site for more info! UPDATE: Added original pencil drawings!

COMIC BOOK: Get the first Samurai Jack comic book available July 31, 2002 featuring the origin story and the first great adventure! This 64 page comic will be priced at $3.95US.