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According to Phil LaMarr, who played Marvin in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, the scene where his character is accidentally shot by John Travolta’s Vincent Vega was supposed to go a little bit differently. Originally, it was written that his character would be shot two times. Once in the throat by accident - in the film, Vince claims that Samuel L. Jackson’s Jules, who is driving the car, hit a bump, causing Vince’s gun to go off. And the second time, Vince shoots him in the head as an act of euthanasia, to put Marvin out of his misery. LaMarr recalls that during rehearsal of the scene, Travolta lamented having to kill Marvin, saying “The audience is gonna hate me.” He and Tarantino later decided that if Vincent had to actively kill Marvin, it would negatively affect the audience’s relationship with the character; that killing Marvin intentionally was crossing a line (x).


I know someone may have already posted the info about how it’s gonna go for later this year, but I’ll post it here again:

Q&A from SAMURAI JACK Crew on Reddit:

1) Is the art style going to differ, or are we going to see the same Jack style we are used to?

The art style will be as close to the original as possible. Jack is slightly taller and just a bit older but basically the same. The backgrounds for the original series were hand painted but now we’re forced to paint them digitally due to the overseas production pipeline. I’m trying my best to match the original look. This 5th season is a continuation NOT a reboot so we want it to look and feel like the original show.

2) How much of the recent IDW comic run do you guys consider canon?

The IDW comics are NOT canon! They are completely separate from the animated series.

3) Will the opening theme song stay the same as always, or will we get a new one?

There are no plans to record a new theme song. There will be a new opening sequence but it’s not clear how the original song will be incorporated. It’s too early to say anything definite about the opening yet.

4) Seeing as the series is now going to be shown on adult swim, does that possibly mean that we are going to see a more dark and violent art style?
5) How do you plan to approach this next season? Is it the final one?

4) & 5) The studio doesn’t want me to say too much at this point but off the record I’ll say this…. Genndy’s goal with this 5th season is to give a proper ending to the series. Naturally the intensity and drama will be higher this time around due to the story reaching it’s conclusion. Being on Adult Swim will make it easier to push things dramatically and visually.

6) Are there any returning characters that you are excited to work on again besides Jack and Aku? (Like the Scotsman?)

Can’t say anything about returning characters, sorry.

7) Do you know if the original team/people who helped compose music for the show will return?

Genndy has been working with Tyler Bates since Sym-Bionic Titan and I think he’ll be doing the music for Jack.

8) Where you guys surprised to see Samurai Jack get so much traction and respect so many years after its cancellation/abrupt ending?

Yes, we were all very surprised by the reaction! We realized that there’s a whole generation that grew up with Jack and they have a huge amount of love and nostalgia for the show. I suppose it was also kept alive on Boomerang, Netflix and of course Youtube. It’s wonderful to see so much excitement for the return of Jack and we really want to deliver something truly amazing.

9) Unfortunately the Mako Iwamatsu who famously played Aku is no longer with us, however have you casted the new actor who will play Aku?

The voice of Aku hasn’t been cast yet. There are several ideas floating around and Genndy is starting auditions next week.

10) And finally, What would you like to say to the fans of Samurai Jack, and how best can we support the show besides watching of course?

Obviously promoting the show on Facebook, Instagram, or any social media is always great. I also really love Youtube episode reviews or talkback videos. It’s a nice way to interact and support the show.

We really appreciate all the fan love for Jack and we’re working to create something surprising, intense, moving and funny but still remaining true to the spirit of the original series.


Samurai Jack: Season 5 Behind the Scenes


“The dialogue exhibited a level of literacy that might startle those who think that all Saturday-morning cartoonery is brainless; there weren’t many other programs in which one would hear a middle-schooler [Tish] congratulate her comrades by proclaming "Kudos to us!” Nor was there an abundance of animated series wherein a nervous preteen drama queen [again, Tish] was shepherded through her first appearance by the ghost of William Shakespeare. Particularly pleasing was the series’ depiction of its adult characters - not the anal-retentive, rule-imposing tyrants we’d seen in so many other cartoon weeklies, but instead as recognizable human beings with affectionately detailed personality quirks.
This was precisely what was so unique about the program. The Weekenders was a conscious, symbolic break with the traditions of television animation aimed at “tweens”. It did not attempt to portray any of its characters as stereotypes; instead, it celebrated the uniqueness and intelligence of all its characters, without sacrificing humor in the process. Thanks to the clever writing and directing, and the skilled voice acting behind its four leads (the four performers were never better, particularly Marsden and Soucie), it was an approach that really paid off.“

- Excerpt from America Toons in: A History of Television Animation by David Perlmutter

You know what I find hard to believe?

the fact that Static (Static Shock), John Stewart (Justice League), Aquaman (Young Justice, Injustice: Gods Among Us), Samurai Jack, Osmosis Jones (Ozzy & Drix), Bolbi (Jimmy Neutron), Wilt (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), Maxie Zeus (The Batman), Earth King Keui (Avatar: The Last Airbender), J.A.R.V.I.S. (Ultimate Spider-Man)

are ALL voice by the same dude.

Phil LaMarr, you MAGNIFICENT bastard!
MADtv Cast Reuniting for 20th Anniversary Special in January
A flock of familiar funny faces are coming to The CW next month — and at least one of them is guaranteed to look-a like-a man.
By Andy Swift

The following alumni — some of whom will reprise their classic characters — are slated to appear: Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Crista Flanagan, Anjelah Johnson, Nicole Randall Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil LaMarr, Artie Lange, Bobby Lee, Michael McDonald, Arden Myrin, Nicole Parker, Eric Price, Will Sasso, Aries Spears, Nicole Sullivan, Stephnie Weir and Debra Wilson.

Lower Your Voice
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  • William Strife
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For some strange reason I just remembered something that Phil LaMarr said when asked about radically changing his voice for the role of Vamp in the Metal Gear series. 
He described moving his voice so far into his throat it stopped being alive.  To me that sounded like acting advice, so I gave it a shot.  I learned the trick years ago, and it’s a lesson I’ve never forgotten.


This week’s “minorities in cartoons” entry is “The Weekenders.” The series, about a group of friends’ weekend adventures (hence the show’s name), aired during the late 90s/early 2000s on ABC Saturday mornings, as well as Disney’s syndicated weekend lineup “One Too.”

As noted above, the show centered around the weekend adventures of four junior high school students: Tino, the default lead character of the group (since he’s the one who usually gets to break the fourth wall and speak to the audience about what’s going on); Lor, a girl who’s into sports and is the most assertive of the group; Carver, an African-American boy who wants others to view him as the “cool guy”; and Tish, an intellectual girl. The quartet all live in a fictional beachside California town.

One recurring gag of the series was the gang’s hideout, a pizza parlor, constantly remodeling and changing its theme in every episode, not keeping the same name/gimmick/etc. twice.

One episode, “The Worst Holiday Ever,” shows the gang dealing with each of them celebrating different holidays. While Lor celebrates Christmas, Carver instead celebrates Kwanzaa. Tish, meanwhile, celebrates Hanukkah. Unusually for a TV show not set in the ancient past or in a fantasy setting, the holiday Tino and his mother celebrate is revealed to be the winter solstice.

“The Weekenders” was created by Doug Langdale, who also created Disney’s amusing “Dave the Barbarian.” Tino, Lor, Tish, and Carver were voiced respectively by voice actors Jason Marsden, Grey DeLisle, Kath Soucie, and Phil LaMarr. On top of that lineup, the theme song’s sung by comedian Wayne Brady.


Black History in Animation:

Virgil Hawkins/Static from Static Shock (voiced by Phil LaMarr)

Virgil is an honors high school student who gains the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism after accidental exposure to an experiment called the Big Bang. He uses his new found powers to become a superhero called Static. He also has idolizes other black superheroes of his world including Soul Power, Anansi the Spider, and the Green Lantern John Stewart.

Find the other character’s I’ve honored here