Sam & Max: Freelance Police is an ultra-hip pop-culture comic book about a dog (Sam) and a rabbit (Max). As overzealous vigilante private investigators they protect Our World (carnivals, Stuckey's, the moon) from Evil[tm] (rodents, insects, people with bad manners). Besides comics, Sam and Max also have their own computer game. If you've ever eaten orange circus peanuts, or salvaged a space food stick as a bludgeoning weapon, then you'll probably like Sam & Max. Heck, you'll probably like them even if you haven't. Read on....
I received some email from Lance The Rose that an petition has been started in an attempt to get LucasArts aware that there is demand for the game. I don't know much about the petition site, but feel free to check it out here.
On another note, it's hard to believe this site has been online almost nine years. There's something nostalgic about the fact that the HTML is basically the same as it was when it started. I'll keep it up the site as long as I can, keeping my fingers crossed for more Sam & Max stuff to be released.
On to new news. As some of your pointed out, Infinite Machine, who was developing the sequel to Sam & Max Hit the Road, went out of business in February. However, the good news is that LucasArts announced today that they're going to develop the sequel for the PC! The press release came across Slashdot . Here's the link to what LucasArts has to say: http://www.lucasarts.com/press/releases/61.html
The word (thanks to David, over at Snuckey's On-line!) is that the new game will be unrelated to the Infinite Machine project.
Now, of course, when it comes to TV scheduling, nothing is certain until the lagomorph sings, but the latest word is that Sam & Max will be back on FOX over the summer!
FOX Kids announced today (5/28) that Sam and Max will be on all summer - Saturdays at 11:30am (beginning June 6). As the news release reads "replacing Silver Surfer until further notice." Cross your fingers that this schedule sticks! Additionally, they intend to air an hour of Sam and Max on Saturday, May 30. Episode MX-104 "Bad Day on the Moon" at 11am and MX-109 "A Glitch in Time" at 11:30am. This sort of last-minute schedule-rigamarole is not unusual for FOX Kids...be warned that they could change it again at any time. StocDred
[5/31] While Sam & Max are on FOX for the summer, it doesn't mean they've renewed the series! Support the show by writing to your local station!
Yikes! Beginning June 6, FOX Kids is dropping Sam and Max off the air. I have new schedules for Saturday and Weekdays and our boys are nowhere to be found. Saturday (begins June 6) 8 Ned's Newt 8:30 Power Rangers in Space 9 Spider-Man's Web Files 9:30 Toonsylvania 10 Ultimate Goosebumps 10:30 Toonsylvania 11 FOX Kids Pick of the Week 11:30 Silver Surfer Weekdays (begins June 22) 7 Beetleborgs Metallix (M-TH) Bobby's World (F) 7:30 Life with Louie 3 Cartoon Cabana 4 Spider-Man 4:30 Power Rangers: Power Playback (M-TH) Power Rangers in Space (F) It looks like Sam and Max could possibly show up during FOX Kids Pick of the Week or Cartoon Cabana. Pick of the Week changes every week with a different random show, but their emphasis will be on totally new specials (the first one is a kids' candid camera show with Paul "Hasn't Worked In 6 Years" Rodriguez). Cartoon Cabana will show random cartoon segments and clips, so if we're lucky we might see one of the shorter Sam and Max bits fall into that, but FOX Kids hasn't revealed anything insightful about that show yet. Basically what it boils down to that the people at FOX Kids are boneheads. StocDred
In Sam & Max news, Steve commented that he was interested in writing more Sam & Max comics (and of course there's that unpublished "Sam & Max Story" series.)
I also received a rumor that one reason Sam & Max doesn't get more promotion from FOX is that, as far as animated series go, it's fairly expensive, and they'd rather promote something much cheaper, like Space Goofs (which they apparently didn't have to pay much for).
FOX Kids is moving Sam and Max again, this time back to Saturdays at 11:30am (after Silver Surfer). At this point, S&M are just being bumped around to fill time slots. While the show has a lot of fans at FOX Kids (witness S&M's many appearances in promos), it remains a little above the typical FOX Kid viewer, who is around 10 years old and likes Power Rangers.
What is most frustrating is that, after initial synopses listing at least 13 half hour episodes, they've only aired about 8 of them by my count. As soon as March hit, they went into repeats, rerunning the first wave of episodes we saw when the show premiered.
Sam and Max made no major numbers in the February ratings period, so the future looks grim. In my local market, they registered less-than-one ratings in all age groups save for boys 2-11, where they got a 1 rating. No ratings means no toys and no future episodes.
On an odd note, FOX Kids offered a Sam and Max costume character for FOX affiliates' local special event appearances (in addition to big furry costumes of Bobby, Life with Louie, Spider-Man, etc). I wish I could see pictures of that! It would be the ultimate S&M collectible!
More information as we get it....
08/12/97 -- Check out Jeff Gustafson's Sam & Max page! I've also moved the old "What's New" info to the What's Old page. Check it out.
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