Category: Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack SDCC Recap via Chevistian

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Our friend over at Madame Pom News (Chevistian) was able to snag some details from the Samurai Jack – San Diego Comic Con panel.  It was mostly a show of the work they’ve been doing for the upcoming 5th season, 10 episode “mini-movie”, including the prototype opening, and discussion about the show itself, such as the storyline picking up 50 years after the end of Season 4.  The biggest news though was the fact the show has been pushed back to 2017.  Check out Chevistian’s Twitter account for other SDCC news.

From Chevistian:

  • Show moved to 2017
  • Evil Cults &  Childbirth  in the first clip animated
  • S05 will have 10 episodes as a 5 Hour Movie
  • This time we have one really big story for jack – we could tackle more of the drama of his storyline”
  • it’s going to be action-packed & very cool
  • A prototype of the opening sequence of is shown.
  • Gennedy showcasing prototype ideas for the aged Jack
  • The series will take 50 years in the future. It was originally a film, but became a new season
  • Adult Swim has no limits
  • The Scotsman is planned to return
  • A fan ask did if Sym Biotic Titan could return. Gennedy’s response: Never say never.
  • Gennedy got someone who can replace Aku  TBA

SDCC Schedule for Shows

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The following is the schedule for the panels of shows we cover at Derpy News at San Diego Comic Con. All panels are on Friday, July 21st and all descriptions are courtesy of SDCC:

Steven Universe (10:15am PT , Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront):  Cartoon Network is bringing together the talents of Steven Universe for a first-of-its-kind live musical experience for fans at San Diego Comic-Con! The series cast and musical minds behind Steven Universe will give a never-before-seen performance of the series’ critically acclaimed music, as well as exclusive previews from upcoming episodes and an extended Q&A. Scheduled to appear are Steven Universe gems Rebecca Sugar (creator), Jeff Liu (writer and storyboard artist), Zach Callison (voice of Steven), Estelle (voice of Garnet), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Deedee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl), Charlyne Yi (voice of Ruby), and Ben Levin (writer), accompanied by series composers Aivi Tran and Steven “Surasshu” Velema and moderated by former supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey.

My Little Pony (10:30am PT, Room 6A):  The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series. Fans will also get a sneak peek into the rest of season 6, the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree movie coming this Fall, and more, followed by a Q&A.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil (12:00pm PT, Room 25ABC):  Creator Daron Nefcy, creative director Dominic Bisignano, supervising director Aaron Hammersley, and series stars dive into the magical universe of Star vs. The Forces of Evil. Find out what is in the store for Star and her new wand this upcoming season. See exclusive clips from the shows, as well as an audience Q&A. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of new animated shows coming soon!

Samurai Jack (3:15pm PT, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront):  Creator/director Genndy Tartakovsky, head writer Darrick Bachman, art director Scott Wills, storyboard artist Bryan Andrews, and character designer Craig Kellman give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming revival of hit animated action-adventure series Samurai Jack. Moderated by Tom Kenny (Samurai Jack, Spongebob Squarepants).

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Samurai Jack: Season 5 Behind the Scenes

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So we’re a little late with this one.  About a week ago, Adult Swim released a video about the Season 5 production of Samurai Jack.  The almost 8 minute video features the cast and crew talking about coming back to the show after a decade, the changes we’ll see in the show, and what to expect.  As previously announced, Samurai Jack Season 5 will consist of 10 (30 minute) episodes with an arcing storyline from start to finish.  They actually touch on the reason, which boils down to Tartakovsky and others pitching a Samurai Jack movie that would have attempted to finish off the series.  Repeated pitches to Cartoon Network and Adult Swim were passed on until Tartakovsky suggested an episodic series.  Mike Lazzo returned his call the next day.

As for the show itself, we’ve already heard the “darker & edgier” reference from the last news report.  Tartakovsky goes deeper into this, explaining that with the show being produced by Adult Swim rather than Cartoon Network, there is technically more in terms of what they can and cannot do in the show.  And while he could probably have Jack decapitating people with blood flying all over the place, they’re well aware the original series is watched by both kids and adults, and making sure the show will be watchable by all.

The video also covers the topic that the original show was crafted in old school traditional animation, where as Season 5 will be (like all shows now) digitally crafted.  And while the show is going digital, the crew is working hard to maintain the artistic style of the original, but admit that working digital gives them an advantage and the ability to do more.

Zero word on when the show will begin.  Since promotional material is starting to slowly roll out, sounds like it’ll be sooner than later.  Here is the video.

 

 

Samurai Jack – 10 Darker Episodes Coming Soon

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The Annecy International Animated Film Festival is an annual event held in Annecy, France since the 1960 and features a showcase of animated features, from shorts to full length features.  Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Lab gave the world a first look via a few still images of the upcoming continuation of Samurai Jack.  The original series began in August of 2001 and concluded in September 2004 after 52 episodes.  It was announced last December that the series would be making its way back to television, not as a reboot like so many other series, but as a continuation headed by Tartakovsky.

While there isn’t a ton of details revealed from the Annecy festival, reports from various social media outlets say that it was revealed that the series would be 10 half hour episodes that together would form a 5 hour movie.  It was also said that the story would pick up roughly 50 years after the last episode.

While a definite date has not been established, Tartakovsky said that the series would be coming to Adult Swim’s Toonami “soon”.

If our three readers haven’t figured it out, we do plan on covering the show here on Derpy News.  For the past several months one of the blank show icons in our menu has had the very vague outline of Aku’s head (minus his actual head) embedded in it.  At some point we are hoping to review / revisit the original series.  So stay tuned.