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[08/24/04 - 12:00 AM]
Samurai Jack' Says 'Sayonara' with Final Four Episodes During Special Toonami Presentation on Saturday, SepT. 25

[via press release from Cartoon Network]

Samurai Jack Says �Sayonara� with Final Four Episodes During Special Toonami Presentation on Saturday, Sept. 25

Genndy Tartakovsky Masterpieces Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars Included in Four-Hour Marathon

The final four new episodes of Samurai Jack, the Emmy Award-winning animated series from Genndy Tartakovsky, will air Saturday, Sept. 25, during Toonami, Cartoon Network�s Saturday night destination for the best action and anim� programming. Beginning at 7 p.m. (ET, PT), four new episodes of Samurai Jack will premiere. In between episodes of Samurai Jack, Cartoon Network will telecast a special presentation of all 20 chapters of Star Wars: Clone Wars, the epic micro-series produced and directed by Tartakovsky.

Samurai Jack tells the story of a warrior banished to the future by an evil shape-shifting wizard. 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. The show is highlighted by its magnificent artistry, gripping action sequences and evocative score, giving Samurai Jack a cinematic feel.

Star Wars: Clone Wars, nominated this year for an Emmy Award, continues the saga where the live-action feature film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones left off � at the beginning of the Clone Wars, an epic civil war that pits the old Republic against the vast Separatist movement led by the forces of evil. Chapters 1-10 first aired on Cartoon Network in Nov. 2003, followed by Chapters 11-20 in March. Tartakovsky is currently finishing an additional series of Star Wars: Clone Wars adventures, which will air on Cartoon Network in March 2005.

Toonami, Cartoon Network�s Saturday evening franchise featuring the best in action-adventure and anim� programming, airs Saturdays from 7-11 p.m. (ET, PT), and is the home of popular series like Teen Titans, Megas XLR and Justice League Unlimited, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam Seed and Dragon Ball GT.

- 7 p.m.: Samurai Jack, Episode XLIX (�The Four Seasons of Death�) � As Jack goes through fall, winter, spring and summer, he must battle the perils that each season brings.

- 7:30 p.m.: Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chapters 1-5 � As the Clone Wars begin, Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi encounter resistance on the planet Muunilinst. Jedi Kit Fisto leads an aquatic assault on Mon Calimari.

- 8 p.m.: Samurai Jack, Episode L (�Tale of X49�) � Aku forces an old, ace robot assassin out of retirement to eliminate the ultimate mark: Jack.

- 8:30 p.m.: Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chapters 6-10 � Separatist leader Count Dooku enlists a new ally, Asajj Ventress, whose job is to assassinate Anakin. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan faces a powerful mercenary, Durge, on Muunilinst.

- 9 p.m.: Samurai Jack, Episode LI (�Young Jack in Africa�) � Young Jack is brought to Africa for part of his training, but when his host tribe is abducted, he must learn how to use their unique sword-like weapon.

- 9:30 p.m.: Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chapters 11-15 � As Anakin pursues Asajj Ventress, Mace Windu must battle a huge Droid force, singlehandedly and without his lightsaber. On icy Ilum, Jedi Luminara Unduli and Barris Offee are trapped in the sacred Jedi Ice Caverns, and Yoda may be the only one who can save them.

- 10 p.m.: Samurai Jack, Episode LII (�Jack and the Baby�) � Jack finds a baby and the two travel together as Jack tries to return the boy to his mother.

- 10:30 p.m.: Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chapters 16-20 � Anakin and Asajj face off in a ferocious hand-to-hand battle. Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Padme Amidala venture off to save the imperiled Jedis on Ilum. Meanwhile, on a distant planet, a band of Jedi Knights is trapped a mysterious and seemingly invincible new enemy � General Grievous.

Cartoon Network, currently seen in 86 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.�s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world�s largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network showcases unique original ventures such as Codename: Kids Next Door, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter�s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Cartoon Network also features Adult Swim, a late-night block of animation for grown-ups. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable�s highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network�s Web site is located at http://CartoonNetwork.com (AOL Keyword: Cartoon Network).

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.





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