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Happy April Fools, everybody!

Anyways, Yes, sure, all of this isn’t always mine; yes, I or someone else made all of this up; and yes, this is all fake and it may or may not be lethally violent or even controversial for an April Fools Day faux news article or something like that, but believe it or not, here it is:

BEWARE THE DAUGHTERS OF AKU!

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(Image Credit belongs to verona7881.deviantart.com)

Reports of Assassin Cult Concern World Leaders

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 – Associated Press – New York, New York

World leaders are meeting at the United Nations today to combat what they see as a growing international issue. The assassin cult, The Daughters of Aku, have been committing more and more brazen acts of assassination across the world. Last night, it was reported that as many as 50 National Guard members were slain at the under-construction American-Mexican Border Wall near Brownsville, Texas. Experts are now saying that the group is likely responsible for this attack. Little is known about this group, but what is known has many leaders alarmed.

“It’s some kind of weird [expletive removed] cult that worships this ‘Aku'” says [name removed], host of the “[title removed]” podcast which has ran many stories on this group, “I know more about this group than almost all of the country, but what ‘Aku’ truly is has still eluded me and my listeners”

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Others, however, want far more action taken against this group.

“We landed a man on the Moon and now we can’t stop 7 women? Sad!” tweeted President Trump in response to what has appeared to be an ineffectual response to this group.

“How can we stop them? They came out of nowhere and just like that, half my unit was gone!” said Sergeant William Robert who was a witness to this attack, “All I know is that they’re looking for some guy named ‘Jack’. There’s millions of guys named Jack, are they going to kill them all until they find their Jack?”

A spokesman for the Department of Defense has stated that they are still investigating this attack and how these assassins managed to evade capture.

However, this event has alarmed many locals in Brownsville who are wondering how they can be safe.

“How can we trust our leaders to protect us when they can’t even stop these women?” said Juan Rodriguez, owner of the Border Cantina restaurant. Many others in Brownsville and around the world have the same question.

 APRIL FOOLS!

So, anyway, what do you think?

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I still don’t know if you’ve heard about this or not but I thought you might be interested.

Anyway, the 12 things as mandated by my edict for what I wanted and envisioned for Dexter’s Odyssey—my planned Genndy Tartakovsky/Dexter’s Laboratory Cartoon Network characters n’ dinosaurs epic—are as follows:

1) FOR THE DEXTER’S LABORATORY CARTOON CHARACTERS, YOU MUST STICK TO THE CHARACTER DESIGNS AND ANIMATION ART STYLE DONE FOR DEXTER’S LABORATORY’S ORIGINAL 1990s RUN

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I understand the fact that the last two seasons of Dexter’s Laboratory weren’t as good as the show’s original 1990s run, but for the character designs and 2D animation art style for the Dexter’s Laboratory characters to be included in Dexter’s Odyssey (like Dexter, Dee Dee, Mee Mee, Lee Lee, Mandark, Action Hank and Dexter and Dee Dee’s Mom and Dad), just stick to those from the 1990s run of Dexter’s Lab, not those from the 2001-2003 revival.

 2) NO OUTLINES FOR THE SAMURAI JACK-STYLE CHARACTERS, BUT RETAIN THE OUTLINES FOR THE DEXTER’S LAB-STYLE CHARACTERS

Even if the 2D traditional and largely hand drawn animated toon characters in Dexter’s Odyssey should be put in an otherwise live action world alongside mainly CGI dinosaurs and real life flesh and blood human performers, there must be a contrast between those from or in the character design and animation art style of Dexter’s Lab (the original 1990s run, at least) and those from in the character design and animation art style of Samurai Jack.

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I suggest no thick black surrounding outlines for the Samurai Jack-style toon characters, but retain the thick, black, surrounding outlines for the Dexter’s Laboratory-style toon characters.

3) ONLY ONE CHARACTER OR CREATURE SHOULD GET THE REALLY BIG CHARACTER PART AND/OR TAKE A REAL HERO’S JOURNEY THE MOST IN DEXTER’S ODYSSEY

Well, I suggest the Asian friend of Dexter’s sister Dee Dee: Lee Lee, to be exact.

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Even though Dexter’s Odyssey may be titled after Dexter the boy genius himself, Dexter’s Odyssey should focus for the most part on his sister Dee Dee’s Asian Friend Lee Lee and her mythic and epic ‘hero’s journey’ and not just Dexter and Dee Dee themselves feuding!

4) THE DINOSAURS IN DEXTER’S ODYSSEY SHOULD NOT LOOK OR SOUND LIKE THOSE FROM THE JURASSIC PARK FRANCHISE

For too long, all films and video games that have happened to feature dinosaurs, have, without exception, contained conscious nods to the Jurassic Park franchise—whether it’s visual or auditorial.

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Dexter’s Odyssey’s dinosaur scenes should contain little or no conscious nod—whether be they visual, auditory or narrative—to the Jurassic Park franchise.

Instead of the usual scaly reptilian and featherless representations of dinosaurs like the Velociraptors in Jurassic Park, there should be more bird-like and feathery dinosaur representations like this dinosaur:

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There should be beautifully rendered feathers, plus some recently discovered dinosaurs that we never see restored before, as well as a respect for dinosaurs that does not always treat them as mindless movie monsters or just kids stuff all the time, y’know what I’m saying?

Also, There should be no doubt that Dexter’s Odyssey would “reinvent big dinosaur adventure entirely”. Rather than getting bogged down in endless rewrites and development hell like what would become Jurassic World (coming in 2015, perhaps), it should provide a fresh new look at dinosaurs by doing something not done well since Who Framed Roger Rabbit (unless Space Jam and Looney Tunes Back In Action are counted) by combining live action and animation as well as dinosaurs.

But dinosaurs aren’t just seen, of course, they are heard, and one practice that has endured since the early days of sound movies is the use of real animal noises in the creation of the roars of fantasy creatures including dinosaurs, for example:

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Murray Spivack manipulated lion and tiger vocalizations for the original King Kong movie; The late Ray Harryhausen employed the sound of a slobbering camel for the Valley of Gwangi; And Gary Rydstrom incorporated a baby elephant trumpet into the mighty roar of the Tyrannosaurus Rex for Jurassic Park.

If I hire somebody who is a sound designer or sound editor to continue this time-proven technique on the big screen for Dexter’s Odyssey, I and that person should live within that world, but have to make sure that the dinosaur sounds should sound different than the dinosaur sounds of Jurassic Park.

But at least I wanted some of the larger theropod dinosaurs in the story such as the infamous T. Rex to stand-in for the dragons of myth, legend and lore. Just kidding!

5) THE MUSIC SCORE FOR DEXTER’S ODYSSEY SHOULD SOUND AS EPIC, CINEMATIC, AND ETHNIC AS POSSIBLE

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And I mean it.

The score for Dexter’s Odyssey should be this unusual and bizzare blend of epic and cinematic music, some bits of toon music (for Dexter’s Odyssey’s more comedic moments) and ethnic instrumental and ethnic vocal musical sounds from all around the world.

Sorta like the music for The Lion King, right?

6) NO FART OR EXCRETION JOKES!

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Since it is supposed to be an epic movie project, replete with raging epic battles, serious/controversial subject matter and all, you must leave the toilet humor to something else entirely.

7) HAVE A GREAT EPIC, CINEMATIC AND ETHNIC MUSICAL SENSE IN THE SCORE, AS LONG AS IT MUST HAVE APPROPRIATE MULTI-CULTURAL MUSICAL INFLUENCES AND MUSICAL CULTURAL ASSOCIATION

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Not every piece of music in Dexter’s Odyssey has to succumb to a bad hip hop tune. This isn’t a The Lonely Island sketch you’re producing. This is a live action/animated epic film project that contains a diverse network of cultures that are different than one another, despite being in an alternate world where toons, humans, and dinosaurs live, so be more appropriate and more subtle with the multi-cultural kinds of music you’re choosing—whether it’s from Europe, or from Africa or from the Far East.

8) ALLOW DEPTH IN THE CHARACTERS—HUMAN OR CARTOON; NO FLANDERIZATION NOR JUMPING THE SHARK 

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Let the characters have more colors to them than just pink or green or purple or blue or black or red. Subtlety is your friend.

9) POP-CULTURAL REFERENCES NEEDS CONTEXT, NOT RANDOMNESS

 

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Even if Dexter’s Odyssey is an epic film project with raging battles, sweeping camera movements, rousing rescues and intense close-ups, Do NOT put in pop-cultural references just for the sake of pop-cultural references. They need purpose other than selling out something.

10) USE FEW OR NO CELEBRITY VOICES FOR THE TOONS

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Seriously, I will not over-rely on using Hollywood celebrities for the voices of the toon characters in Dexter’s Odyssey, I mostly wanted Dexter’s Lab and Samurai Jack toon voices that should sound just like the originals but provided by actors who can go with the occasional comedy or drama.

11) THE LIVE ACTORS SHOULD CLEARLY INTERACT WITH THE HAND-DRAWN AND/OR CGI ANIMATION, ESTABLISH EYE LINES AND BE CONSISTENTLY INVOLVED WITH ACTION THAT ISN’T TAKING PLACE AT THE TIME OF LIVE ACTION FILMING

 

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These are the three conditions that Dexter’s Odyssey’s live actors—since they may especially be relative unknowns and non-professional no-names (some of them possibly from high school drama clubs and other youth programs) should follow under, but nonetheless I shall allow even those non-professional no name and relative unknown live actors to improvise their dialogue.

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12) DO NOT OVER-RELY ON CGI FOR ITS SPECIAL AND VISUAL EFFECTS AND/OR MOVIE-MAKING IN GENERAL

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I know debate is still raging over whether computer generated effects are better than those done practically or if you and I can truly beat the real thing, but Dexter’s Odyssey should provide room for all manner of special effects in the cinema. It should combine not only live action and traditional 2D hand drawn Genndy Tartakovsky-style animation but also cutting edge digital graphics, miniatures, animatronics, prosthetics and makeup and/or even plain old visual trickery. If it is magical, it should go in the movie, whether it shall spring from a hard-drive or from a 2D animator’s pencil, or shall take a team of dedicated artists months to create. Dexter’s Odyssey should be an equal opportunities live action/animation/special effects event.

Again, you and I don’t want to be too judgmental, but what do you think?

Hey ladies and gentlemen! Guess what I found?
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There are some preliminary sketches done for my most favorite action cartoon of all time—Samurai Jack:

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There are also storyboards for Aku’s opening attack on Jack’s village at the beginning of Samurai Jack:

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And last but not least, 10 model sheets/episode/character designs from the first half hour part of the premiere movie:

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And where did I found them, you may ask?

Well, I have found them last night at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine archive cache for the Samurai Jack page at Cartoon Network.com’s now-defunct Department of Cartoons webpage, of course.

And someday, folks, I am going to be famous for my love of cartoons, especially the work of Genndy Tartakovsky like Samurai Jack. And someday, my fame and fortune will grow to worldwide/international proportions on account and strength of what I’m hoping for the most complete Samurai Jack behind-the-scenes art collection ever compiled and assembled, and by no means imaginable—one which will take the form of a multi-volume series of lavishly illustrated Samurai Jack coffee-table art books (in print, digital interactive ebook or both forms) or a major traveling art gallery show exhibit showcase, perhaps—The Art of Samurai Jack: An Epic Behind-The-Scenes Celebration of Genndy Tartakovsky’s epic action cartoon series Samurai Jack, no less.

So, what do you think?

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Speaking of any upcoming home media release of the 1990s children’s cartoon series Dexter’s Laboratory, whether it’s on DVD, BluRay or any future format, what I was always proposing all the time is always this:

A) A definitive, first-class special edition home media release of Dexter’s Laboratory—something along the possible lines of a “Criterion Collection” for animation on home video—this time, on BluRay, and with dazzling high definition clarity (and quality) and the purest digital sound imaginable on the planet, as well as being done at the highest level.

B) Something that collects every single one in the whole, entire franchise of Dexter’s Laboratory (including the Ego Trip TV movie, Dexter’s Rude Removal (with censored and/or uncensored track(s)),  and even the infamous banned Dial M For Monkey segment known as “Barbequor”, and apart from my proposed dinosaur-infused Dexter’s Laboratory reboot and epic blockbuster movie project that is “Dexter’s Odyssey”) as well as preserving, restoring, and remastering  all the original pre-Ego Trip run plus Ego Trip in their original unaltered broadcast glory, as well as in 1080p HD and in excellent high quality and with maximum bit-rate encoding, as well as, in addition to the original 2.0 stereo broadcast audio mixes, all new 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio remixes for the best and highest-quality A/V presentations imaginable.

C) Something that, even for an obscure 1990s kids cartoon that gained a small cult following, might also contain the most comprehensive collection of supplemental materials (and not to mention, materials not yet seen before) ever assembled (and by no means imaginable) for any film, any series of films, or any TV show, whether be they live action, animated, or a blend of both.

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D) Something that might not only be aimed at fans of Dexter’s Lab and Classic Cartoon Network in general, but also the collector, and especially in ways that even previous home media releases of especially Cartoon Network’s more classical show (including that of Dexter’s Laboratory) never were.

While the last two seasons of Dexter’s Lab might well likely get 1080p HD transfer taken directly from the digital source, all of the original pre-Ego Trip Dexter’s Lab stuff plus Ego Trip itself might also undergo a massive restoration process in order for all that to be fit for a definitive, first-class high definition presentation on BluRay.

And in order to give all the pre-Ego Trip stuff in Dexter’s Lab and Ego Trip itself a very, very, VERY FRESH lick of paint in the very form of a massive, frame-by-frame digital restoration  that might even bring the colors back to life and in their original unaltered broadcast glory, all without even the side effects of, say, DVNR, reinsert the infamous banned Dial M For Monkey segment Barbequor right where it always should have been (at least in the fourth Season One half-hour, and right between Double Trouble and the very first Dexter’s Laboratory pilot episode known as “Changes”),  and even give the dialogue/voices, music and sound effects a whole new outstanding punch by way of remixed, outstanding and super-separated 7.1 DTS sound mixes that places you right in the middle of the hilarious chaos in a particular Dexter’s Lab episode and will have you convinced Dexter is yelling “Dee Dee! Get out of my laboratory!!” or something like that right from your living room, in addition to the original 2.0 stereo broadcast audio mixes, to say the least…

They will most likely have no choice but to go back to the original sources, and re-edit and reassemble all that pre-Ego Trip Dexter’s Lab stuff plus the Ego Trip movie itself together from scratch.

For example, each and every single one in the original pre-Ego Trip run of Dexter’s Lab (back when Genndy Tartakovsky was the show runner) and Ego Trip itself will have to be cleaned up and reassembled frame-by-frame from the original film elements all without even the side effects of DVNR, the dialogue/voice tracks as well as the music tracks had to be reinserted and a lot of the sound effects had to be completely redone to fit the show’s 7.1 DTS remixes, etc.

And this will mean a lot of time and a lot of money, probably more time and money than has ever been spent to bring something that is animated, used to air on TV during the obscure yet (to those who are children of the 90s at the time) simple and happy time before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and have garnered a small cult following, to home video, had to be spent in order to make such a release happen.

But at least I wanted such a BluRay release of Dexter’s Lab to be among the best BluRay sets of all time (alongside even the Alien Anthology BluRay box set, to say the least), whether it’s for a movie, or whether it’s for a TV series, or whether it’s for a series of films, and whether they’re animated, live action, or a fusion of both.

Sorry it is a long post, but that’s what I’ve always proposed for any upcoming home media release of a cartoon like Dexter’s Laboratory all the time, whether it’s on DVD, BluRay, or any future format.

Here is A Touching Screenshot from the Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack created  by Genndy Tartakovsky:

It shows Young Samurai Jack and his mother embracing themselves in a hug.

So what do you think of this emotionally resonant screenshot?

Would anyone really accept an unusual epic love story involving a little red-headed mad scientist boy (Dexter?) and an Asian friend (LeeLee?) of a stupid and incredibly annoying blonde-headed ballerina tutu-wearing girl (DeeDee?)?

Here is my fanmade tribute poster to Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack, one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and one of my favorite cartoons:

This is inspired by the poster for the 2002 IMAX reissue of Disney’s The Lion King.

And I use the following words that Samurai Jack’s dad, the Emperor, used to guide Young Jack for the fanmade poster’s tagline:

“Nothing worth having is easily attained. Sometimes you must fight for what is yours–and what you believe in. It is not one’s outward brawn, bu rather one’s inner strength, that makes them mighty.”

So, do you like this fanmade poster or not? Well, what’s your word.