Samurai Jack. The greatest cartoon ever?

What cartoon epitomized and shaped your childhood? For me there were three that I
distinctly remember;

  • Hong Kong Phooey -
    The theme alone
    defined the greatness of this cartoon, it being stupidly simple to remember. Then
    there was the re-enactment of seemingly classic fight scenes. Sub-consciously this
    must have sent me on the path to 19 yrs of Taekwondo.
  • Catch the pigeon
    This used to frustrate the hell out of me! It can’t be that hard to kill a pigeon.
    Bring on a MOAB and
    have done with it.
  • Grape Ape – I doubt many will remember
    this one, only sixteen episodes, but someshow they etched into my brain and stayed
    there, although I have no idea why.

Why this retro look back? Because I know what cartoon is shaping my sons minds and
it is Samurai Jack. It is
truely an awesome and meaningless cartoon, steeped in wonder and confusion. The shapes
of the worlds are a joy to watch and the subtly of the atmospheric music is brilliant.
It is the spaghetti western of cartoons. Watch an episode and then vote to get
this released to
the world for all to enjoy.

Comments (6)

  1. anand says:

    Dont know whether you have even heard of it ( I am from India ).

    There was this cartoon called "He Man and the masters of the universe" which we used to be crazy about. It was good fun.

  2. steven says:

    Hey, I remember the Grape Ape. Not as much as I remember Ultraman and (of course) Speed Racer, though.

  3. Captain pugwash and roobarb(sic) and custard. You really wondered what the people were up came up with such a weird cartoon. As I have heard you speak at a previous PDC I know you are english so you probably remember them.

  4. I only watch occasionally, but I agree it’s the greatest cartoon on these days.

    My favorite moment so far was Jack dealing with the bagpipes. 🙂

  5. funky d says:

    is aku an anagram for u.k.a. (united klans of america)? becuase on the dvd there is a definite theme of racial unity, esp. through jack’s young years of training. and everyone knows the klan is a disease.