A Cartoon Man’s Cartoon Men

Some of the most influential animation in history have come from the hearts and minds of Phil LaMarr and Carl Jones, including The Boondocks, Samurai Jack, and more. That was all I needed to pick up the phone.

A Cartoon’s Cartoon: Phil LaMarr And Carl Jones On Adult Swim’s New Series ‘The Jellies’

Between The Boondocks, Samurai Jack, and other popular series, producer Carl Jones and actor Phil LaMarr have for years helped bring legendary animation to life. Just don’t call them legends.

“Whenever anybody says legends, I start to check my hips,” the prolific LaMarr, the voice of Samurai Jack himself, laughed by phone during a chat with Jones about The Jellies, Adult Swim’s new series adaptation of hip-hop artist Tyler The Creator’s webcartoon of the same name — though not the same complexion, as Jones curiously noted.

“The main character, Cornell, is black now,” explained Jones, who with comic strip creator Aaron McGruder adapted the woke newspaper comic, The Boondocks, into an acclaimed and controversial Peabody Award-winning animated series for Adult Swim. “In the original [Jellies], Cornell was white. And I’m not 100 percent sure why he was white in the first place.”


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