SAMURAI JACK to Rise Again on Boomerang


[Press Release – Released by Cartoon Network]

One of the most respected animated series in recent years, SAMURAI JACK is making its way to commercial-free Boomerang starting Monday, Aug. 3, at 11 p.m. (ET). A Cartoon Network original series from acclaimed creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars), SAMURAI JACK features a distinct animation style and storytelling that earned multiple industry accolades, including five ASIFA Annie Awards and the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Animated Program. The heroic story of a samurai warrior on a journey to defeat an evil shape-shifting wizard—including the awe-inspiring finale to the 52-episode arc—will be presented each night of the week at 11 p.m. without commercial interruption.

SAMURAI JACK tells the story of a great warrior banished to the future by the nefarious wizard Aku. Samurai Jack travels the world, encountering an amazing array of cultures and civilizations, seeking the portal to send him back to his own time. A man of few words, Jack relies on his mental and physical training as a warrior to help him fend off the evil wizard’s forces. Jack’s only goal is to find the time portal so that he may return home to liberate his people from the terrible sorcerer and his demon forces that rule the world. The show is highlighted by its magnificent artistry, gripping action sequences and evocative score, giving Samurai Jack a cinematic feel.

“Stylistically, this isn’t like any other animated show on television,” said Tartakovsky in 2001. “We’re using music, cinematic storytelling, and very stylized backgrounds to create mood and atmosphere as SAMURAI JACK travels exotic landscapes. The environment is a major character in each show.”

“SAMURAI JACK is known for its innovative artwork, riveting musical score and intricate, action-packed plots,” confirmed Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “Here’s the perfect opportunity for anyone who’s heard of this fantastic show to see it from beginning to end over the course of the next few months. It’s a remarkable sword-swinging adventure that appeals to audiences of all ages.”

In addition to its Annie Awards for Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Television Program, SAMURAI JACK also earned Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for series animators Wes Bane, Derrik Steinhagen, Dan Krall, Scott Willis and Bryan Andrews. Samurai Jack features the voices of Phil La Marr (Mad TV) and Mako (Pearl Harbor), as well as special guest appearances by Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show).

Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang’s official Web site is located at

Cartoon Network (, currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.