Cartoon Network released the trailer for the long-awaited return of its popular animated series “Samurai Jack,” which initially ran for four seasons between 2001 and 2004. The fifth and final season of the show will premiere on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block on Saturday March 11 at 11 pm ET.
“Samurai Jack” is an animated action series created by Genndy Tartakovsky, who had previously created the popular Cartoon Network series “Dexter’s Laboratory.” “Jack” chronicles the adventures of its titular hero, a samurai who has been cast into the future by the evil overlord Aku (voiced by the late Mako).
The winner of four Primetime Emmy Awards, the show received widespread acclaim for its epic scale and cinematic storytelling style, much of which paid homage to the works of legendary movie directors like Akira Kurosawa and David Lean.
The show caught the eye of Lucasfilm, which hired Tartakovsky to create and direct its 2003 animated series “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” which also won multiple Emmy awards. Tartakovsky further delayed a return to working on “Samurai Jack” when he ventured into the world of feature films, directing the popular “Hotel Transylvania” movies.
Much to the delight of “Samurai Jack” fans, Tartakovsky has finally returned to what many consider not only to be his strongest work, but one of the greatest animated series ever created.
The new trailer touts a story that begins 50 years after the last time we saw Jack, who is now bearded and disheartened by his seemingly futile plight — to find a way to travel back in time to his home in Feudal Japan.
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