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June 6th, 2002 · No Comments · Uncategorized

TiVo is a font of guilty pleasures. I will confess I’ve taught my little box of video sin to be on the lookout for any and all Samurai Jack.

Yes, a cartoon. Not even a highbrow “adult animation” show. Just a kids cartoon. But I can’t help it. It’s just too good. The simple, focused narratives, the precise art, the excellent music, it all comes together for thirty minutes of wry zen. Hats off to Cartoon Network for doing Samurai Jack, which I would have feared is much too quirky to survive a pitch session for children’s programming.

Though I’ll admit a weakness for the work of Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, and also involved with the Powerpuff Girls. I’d like to claim that his work appeals to viewers of all ages, but in order to make that claim, I’d need to have something other than a juvenile mind. So I’ll settle, and say his cartoons are great for children living in grown up bodies, which would be me.

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