Today, I wanted to discuss something from Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky, one that is only nearly an hour long (that is, 50 minutes without any commercial breaks), one that was supposed to be the really grand finale to a kids cartoon show which Genndy had worked on back in the 1990s called Dexter’s Laboratory, and one which, despite an exclusive home media release on VHS on November 7, 2000, had remained unreleased on DVD, Blu-ray, digital, or any future home media format for 18 years (maybe because of its dark and suggestive content, or maybe because Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network refuses to release older Cartoon Network TV materials on DVD, BluRay, Digital or other physical or optical home media formats).
That thing I’m talking about is called Ego Trip.
To some fans of Genndy Tartakovsky’s animation work, it was like the Dexter’s Laboratory precursor to his work on the TV animation masterwork Samurai Jack. But Cartoon Network had rarely reran it now, and even Warner Bros. probably kept it locked in a vault somewhere all the while refusing to release Dexter’s Laboratory Ego Trip digitally or on disc formats like DVD or Blu-Ray!
I think that maybe Dexter’s Laboratory Ego Trip really deserves a decent and high quality release for DVD, BluRay, digital, or any future home media format. And fans of the show Dexter’s Laboratory are not okay with Dexter’s Laboratory Ego Trip being resigned to VHS copies, the ravages of time or the sands of time, or some other fate even worse than death!
I hope that someone will try to find some way to get people, and especially the people at Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. as well as hopefully Genndy Tartakovsky himself to even start having conversations about bringing the Dexter’s Laboratory Ego Trip special digitally and on DVD, Blu Ray or any future home media format, so we can talk about what it was, where it came from, and why it needs to come out digitally or on DVD, Blu-ray disc or any future home media format!
(Especially in the best and highest quality audio-visual presentation possible, maybe)
And finally this question: Would anyone especially here be interested in even helping restore, remaster, or especially reconstruct the 1999 Dexter’s Lab TV movie special Ego Trip to its original 50 minute length, in the best and highest quality A/V presentation possible (and not only the original 2.0 stereo broadcast mix but also a 5.1 Dolby EX/6.1 DTS ES Discrete worthy remix), preserving all the details in the original animation production/background cels, and even if such efforts may involve one of the most extensive, one of the most complex, one of the most expensive and especially one of the most difficult restoration/reconstruction/remastering process ever attempted for TV animation – fan-made or otherwise?
Yes? No? Maybe?