Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sam And Max..Freelance Police

Well another wacky cartoon is finally available. Well it's been available for a few months but I'm just getting around to reviewing it.

Sam and Max: Freelance Police. Based on the underground comic by Steve Purcell. This aired on Fox from October 1997 to April 1998 for 24 episodes. It won a Gemini award for Best Animated show...but no matter...canceled anyway

It seems like this property is making a bit of a comeback with some online episodes/games for the PC and Wii I believe. There was also a PC game based on Sam and max in the early 90s.

But the cartoon is just better in my opinion. Much better voice acting, especially for Sam the dog detective in a suit...and actually the voice for Max, the rabbity thing is better in the cartoon as well.

This is one of those cartoons that makes you wonder how they got away with what they did. In an early episode the two detectives, er Freelance Police, are in a speedboat in the sewers when crazy and kinetic Max looks over the side at the murky brown water and exclaims "Look, Sam, baby alligators."

To which his more level-headed partner replies "Well they're buoyant and log shaped but they're far from alligators."

A turd reference on a kids show. How can you beat that?

Funny writing and great design. The characters traveled in an old 60s cop car and went all over the place in their investigations: Ancient Egypt, the moon...whatever the story called for. And it worked. And a crazy ass hyper jazz soundtrack.

I like shows like this that break rules and just entertain. Very nice to see another cult show on DVD...along with Duckman. Now all we need is Big Guy and Rusty The Boy Robot

Friday, October 10, 2008

Oh My God! Duckman! Finally

Oh man am I happy this is finally out on DVD. I never thought I'd see the day come when this was finally released officially. I didn't think anyone else watched or remembered this but me.

I was getting close to going to one of those DVD bootleg sites and buying it. I still may have to do that with Eek The Cat & Ahhh! Real Monsters.

But not for good ol' Duckman. Official DVD...after all these years. I liked this show so much I even bought this on bootleg VCD at eBay about 8 years ago. Anybody remember VCD's? Came on about 25 discs. Nice.

Anyway this was an underground classic. It aired for 4 seasons on the USA Network from 1994 to 1997. 70 episodes.

The plot? Simple and everyday. As Duckman sums up better than I ever could: "I'm just one more duck detective who works with a pig and lives with the twin sister of his dead wife, three sons on two bodies and a comatose mother-in-law who's got so much gas she's a fire hazard."

Awesome. I'm always amazed when a show like this even gets produced. It is surreal and crazy and funny.

Fantastically weird design too. Half animals, anthropomorphic animals and human characters. Weird color and exaggerated humor.

Great voice acting from Jason Alexander, Dweezil Zappa and Tim Curry and Nancy Travis.

And it has 2 of my all time favorite characters ever in animation, Fluffy and Uranus. Duckman's syrupy sweet, sickeningly P.C., cloth-stuffed Care Bear-esque office assistants who die a horrible (and deserving) death in nearly every episode. Check the video. No death but you'll get a pretty good vibe for the show in under 50 seconds,

Oh, and Season 3&4 are due to be released in January. Sweet! And complete!

Been A Whille Since The Last Post

So yea, it's been a while since there was an update. I thought this would be a "no brainer-take only 5 minutes to do a post" type of thing.

But no. My love for toons made me a perfectionist.

No More! Perfection be damned.

So after being hounded by a couple friends--and finding out that one of them has an 8 year old daughter hooked on the Galaxy High Theme--I feel I must post more.