Cartoon Network has been an important part of almost everyone’s childhood. Of all the great shows it has given to us, ‘Samurai Jack’ is one of those that the fans can enjoy even in their senior citizen years! Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, it follows the story of a samurai who is sent forward in time by the mythical creature he wants to kill. The show became an instant hit and was applauded for its amalgamation of sci-fi with fantasy, for bringing aliens and futuristic technology under the same roof as supernatural creatures. Tartakovsky is a legend when it comes to animated shows. He is credited for his work on shows like ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ and ‘The Powerpuff Girls’. The Emmy winner is also known for directing the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ trilogy.
Samurai Jack Cast: Who’s in It?
When it comes to animated stories, a perfect voice casting becomes one of the most important factors. Unlike live-action movies, where actors can say a thousand things with their expressions, the animated characters can’t rely on their restricted facial expressions to communicate their emotions. ‘Samurai Jack’ has the advantage of having some of the best voice actors in its cast.
Phil LaMarr voices the titular character, Jack. He has amassed experience from his extensive work in animated movies and series and video games. Some of his credits include names like ‘Justice League Unlimited’, ‘Futurama’, ‘Static Shock’, ‘Dead Island’, ‘Docksiders’, ‘Final Fantasy XII’, and ‘Kingdom of Hearts’ franchise.
The voice of Jack’s nemesis, Aku, is provided by Greg Baldwin. Baldwin’s voice credits include names like ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’. He also made an appearance in ‘Hail, Caesar!’ and ‘Adam Ruins Everything’. He is also one of the most recognisable voices for ardent gamers due to his involvement in video games like ‘The Legend of Kora’, ‘Rango’, ‘Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’, ‘Spider-Man: Web of Shadows’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda’. In previous seasons (1-4), the voice of Aku was provided by Mako Iwamatsu. He was an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his work in ‘The Sand Pebbles’, ‘Conan the Barbarian’, ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ and ‘The Hawaiians’. After his death in 2006, Baldwin was given the opportunity to play Aku.
Tara Strong is another star of the voice cast of ‘Samurai Jack’. In the fifth season, she voices the role of Ashi, Aku’s daughter who falls in love with Jack and eventually helps him in completing his mission and, finally, returning back to his time. Strong is known for voicing characters in popular animated series like ‘Rugrats’, ‘Ben 10’, ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ ‘Teen Titans’ and ‘DC Super Hero Girls’. She has also been a part of the video gaming world by bringing to life the characters in ‘Batman Arkham’, ‘Final Fantasy X’ and ‘X-2’.