Television: Jack Flash

This samurai series is a full-fledged art attack

Even good TV animation today is about doing more with less: less movement, less texture, less detail, as in the minimalist Powerpuff Girls, with its static figures "flying" against a pulsing background. If Samurai Jack (Cartoon Network, debuts Aug. 10, 7 p.m. E.T., then Mondays, 8 p.m. E.T.) looks like no other cartoon on TV, that's because it's maximalist with a capital MAX. Richly textured backgrounds, constant visual surprises, a thrilling music score--this 'toon gives you your cable bill's worth.

The plot is strictly B movie: a young samurai is teleported by the evil wizard Aku to the distant future....

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