Samurai Upsets Simpsons for Emmy

At Sunday’s the non-televised Prime Time Emmy Award presentation, Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack: The Birth of Evil won Outstanding Animated Program (less than one hour), beating the long-running Fox toon, The Simpsons, for the first time. Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky also nabbed a trophy for his micro-series, Star Wars: Clone Wars, which took Outstanding Animated Program (one hour or more).

Samurai Jack, which premiered in August of 2001 and has its series finale on Sept. 25, tells the story of a great warrior transported to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Jack must learn to find his way in this new world as he battles Aku’s dark forces and searches for the time portal that can return him home.

Star Wars: Clone Wars, which premiered in November of 2003, picks up George Lucas’ epic saga where the live action feature film, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones left off. The valiant Jedi Knights lead the Republic’s Clone Army against both familiar and new adversaries across the galaxy.