The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police – A Retrospective

Introducing the biggest article ever produced on the site!

Take a trip back in time and explore the origins of the animated show, with never-before-seen art work and original interviews with key talent: animators, writers, producers, and more.

Find out what inspired some of the episodes, why the show was only around for one season and if there’s ever a chance of it coming back.

I really hope you enjoy reading this. It’s been in the works for a very long time and it’s a joy to finally share it. Please be sure to share it with your friends and leave a comment if you have any feedback.

Without further ado: enjoy!

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Cartoon Art Museum host a Sam & Max scavenger hunt

camhunt_newsThe ever-awesome Cartoon Art Museum (in San Francisco) are hosting a ‘Freelance Detective Night’ at 5pm on the 17th of April.

It promises to be a “night of crime solving and sleuthing” plus a Sam & Max scavenger hunt. It all sounds pretty fun and while you’re there you can check out the current Steve Purcell art exhibition that is running.

Check out the official Facebook event for further details. Let us know if you plan to attend in the comments below.

Pictures from the Cartoon Art Museum

campics_newsThe Cartoon Art Museum have been hosting a Sam & Max event (‘Swift and Mirthful Justice: The Art of Steve Purcell’) since November. The exhibition will be closing in a couple of weeks, on the 20th April, so if you’re in the area then make sure you check it out soon.

For those of us unable to visit, I’ve put together this collection of pictures that have been taken at the event. If you have your own snap then please leave it in the comments below or through the contact form. I’ll update the gallery if any are submitted or if I come across some more.

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Sam & Max to appear on the big screen in live action Pixar film (April Fools)


April Fools!

Pixar have today announced that Sam & Max will be heading to the big screen in an upcoming live action film. The film, tentatively titled Sam & Max, will not only be the first time that the detective duo have come to life on film, but also Pixar’s first departure from animation.

The film is due to start filming in July 2014 and is scheduled for release in Summer 2016.

James Spader (Pretty in Pink, Stargate) and Danny DeVito (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Batman Returns) will play Sam and Max respectively.

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Interview with Rob Tinkler

Following on from my interview with Harvey Atkin, voice of Sam in the animated series, I’m pleased to present to you this interview with Rob Tinkler. He was the voice of Max in the cartoon show and brought great energy to the wacky lagomorph.

Please read, consume and pass along to your friends! Feel free to leave any comments for Rob in the comments section. Did he bring cheer to your Saturday mornings back in the day? Or perhaps you discovered his great interpretation of Max through the DVDs? Whatever your story, I’m sure he’d love to hear from you fans!

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Steve Purcell directing new Toy Story short film

Okay, so while this isn’t strictly Sam & Max news, it can’t help to expand the news reporting a bit…

It has been announced today that Pixar are producing another Toy Story short film called Toy Story That Time Forgot. The special will air on ABC in America.

The Sam & Max link? The short will be directed by none other than Steve Purcell! Having previously co-directed Brave, it’ll be great to see how Steve tackles this.

Here’s the official synopsis:

quotelongDuring a post-Christmas play date, the ‘Toy Story’ gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room.

All of the original voice cast are set to return, plus a new role from Kevin McKidd (who was Lord MacGuffin in Brave).

A release date is currently unknown, but we’ll report on it when announced.

Cartoon Art Museum hosts Sam & Max celebration with Steve Purcell

The Cartoon Art Museum are hosting a special evening to celebrate Sam & Max’s stupendous existence.

The event will be on the 1st February 2014. From 4-5pm there will be a Surfin’ the Highway book signing with Steve Purcell, followed by a guided tour of the art with Mr. Purcell from 6-7pm (ticket cost $20) and ending with a reception from 7-9pm ($5).

If you’re in the area then it certainly seems an event worth attending. Tickets can be purchased from CAM’s site.

Telltale haven’t forgotten about Sam & Max

Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner are two of the founders of Telltale Games. Recently (read: two months ago), the pair held an ‘AMA’ (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit – essentially, they answer user’s questions.

When asked by a user if they’d forgotten about Sam & Max or if there was hope for another season, Bruner replied:

quotelongWe love Sam & Max and certainly haven’t forgotten about them! I think you’ll see something smaller (more like Poker) than a full Season, and probably not for a bit, but we have NOT forgotten about them, we’ve just been super busy growing like crazy.

Perhaps we could see a one off episode for the duo in the future? Or maybe they’ll turn their hand to another card game…? It’s a shame that a full season is unlikely, but anything is better than nothing!