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