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At 4th October of 1997, the first episode of "The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police" aired on FOX Kids. "The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police" is an American/Canadian animated television series starring Sam & Max, a duo of private investigators composed of Sam, an anthropomorphic dog, and Max, a lagomorph or "hyperkinetic rabbity-thing." The show was created by Steve Purcell, also creator of the original comic book series. The series first aired in October 1997 on Fox Kids in the United States and YTV in Canada, producing 24 episodes and winning the 1998 Gemini Award for "Best Animated Series" before it was canceled in April 1998.

Based on Steve Purcell's enormously popular underground comic, "The adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police" is an edgy and often irreverent, impudent, insolent, impious and silly series about a pair of likeable law enforcement types who don't take any guff from anybody.

It's about the timeless struggle between good, evil and snack time; the weekly mishaps of a six-foot dog Sam and a three-foot rabbity-thing (though he prefers the term lagomorph) Max, who have a mirthful time trying to resolve only the weirdest criminal cases of the day. Really.

We find the teenage brainiac known as "The Geek" in Sam & Max's Sub-Basement of Solitude. She is an accomplished engineer, computer dynamo, and Sam & Max's main information source concerning scientific and technical issues. They will utilize her inventions as long as they're convenient or entertaining, but they'll be readily tossed out as soon as their novelty wears off.

For Sam & Max, technology is a mild diversion. To keep them interested, it had better be fun! The Commissioner is Sam & Max's only real contact with city government. Sam & Max have never laid eyes on this guy, but they kind of enjoy the mysterious quality of his phone calls, which are brief and cryptic.

This show was made to be a saturday morning cartoon for kids so it very much so has that feel. Alot of what Sam & Max are had to be watered down because of this which causes some moments in the show to be hit and miss. For a kids show there is still alot of stuff that surprisingly made it past the censors and jokes that go way over chidrens heads.

Sam & Max is a totally different breed of comic than your standard "Captain America" superhero book or "Dilbert" newspaper strip. And Steve Purcell, the artist and thinker behind the madness, had a lot of guts making it into a Fox kids TV show, since it was more of an "adultish" comic duo.

The sort of humor backing every episode is classic Sam & Max. No, maybe it's not exactly like the comic books. No, maybe it isn't a carbon copy of Lucasart's fantastic adventure game "Sam & Max: Hit the Road." But what you will find in here is Sam using a wide vocabulary and spouting off bombastic exclamations.

Max is the same old hyperkinetic rabbity-thing that just wants to see justice served as violently as possible. And while the whole of the series is a bloodless affair, you'll find most of the humor in the banter that is volleyed between the two at a dizzying pace. The dialogue, the tasteful use of puns, and the voice work are impeccable.

It proves that you don't necessarily have to make something more edgy to make it good. While there are cheesy parts in places due to the sometimes-too-tame atmosphere, it's an overall very enjoyable romp through the world of Sam & Max.

On March 11, 2008, the complete series was released by Shout! Factory. Features include original case art by Steve Purcell, three 'educational' shorts, an interview with Purcell, a short featurette about Telltale Games, an art gallery, an "Original Series Bible", a flash-based cartoon titled 'Our Bewildering Universe' and a playable demo of Ice Station Santa. A sticker of the Sam & Max title card was also included.

When a show is said to be ahead of its time, it often still ends up being dated once that time has caught up. Not the case for Sam & Max. While still very ahead of its time for a late 1990s Saturday Morning Cartoon, the humor and wit can still be appreciated even now.

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At 4th October of 1980, the first episode of "Thundarr the Barbarian" aired on ABC. "Thundarr the Barbarian" is an American Saturday morning animated series, created by Steve Gerber and produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. Twenty-one half-hour episodes were produced by Ruby-Spears Productions, an animation house formed by former Hanna-Barbera head writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, from October 1980 to September 1982, when the show went off the air. Reruns of the program appeared on NBC's Saturday morning lineup in 1983.

The year 1980, from out of the void of Saturday morning tv comes a runaway show, hurtling between the Superfriends and the latest Scooby Doo revamp. It's a show of savagery, science and sword and sorcery. But this show burst its bonds to fight for freedom. With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage and his fabulous Sun Sword against the forces of boring cartoons. He is Thundarr the Barbarian!

For those of you who, due to the unfortunate circumstances of either being born too late or having parents who mistakenly kept you from such shows, haven’t experienced Thundarr allow us to give you the plot in brief.

After the fall of Earth the world has become a place of left over science and magic, a world where warlords rule and oppress and people live in the 2000 year old ruins of a society that is all but unrecognizable. Our heroes are a trio who have escaped the clutches of a powerful wizard (who also happens to be one of our bands father) and are on the run, meeting mutants, humans, and whatnot, and solving problems head on along the way.

This kind of post-apocalyptic world was a relatively new thing, sure we had already had Planet of The Apes for years and Mad Max and Alien had premiered just a year before but none of those coupled the horrific future we might experience with science and magic. This can be best described as “Sword and Sorcery Science Fiction”, a very narrow genre indeed, one that is rarely attempted and even more rarely results in anything really watchable (a notable failure that comes to mind ? Zardoz kind of fits the bill.)

Thundarr was created by comic writer Steve Gerber, creator of Marvel Comics’ Howard the Duck, with art by some of the greatest comic book artists of the time (none other than Jack “the King” Kirby and Alex Toth were responsible for the character designs) and produced by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.

Ruby and Spears had been sound engineers for Hanna-Barbera, these two would not only be known for writing episodes of Space Ghost and the Herculoids they were also the team that developed a little known show called Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and under the Ruby-Spears umbrella they would give us not only Thundarr but The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Superman, and many others. Their attention to detail and ability to stretch the budget resulted in some of the higher quality cartoons of the 80’s.

The cast is perfectly representative of the necessary archetypes. Thundarr though a “barbarian” is a simple, fair, and just man, Ookla his beastly companion is strong, loyal, and sometimes a little fearful (very Chewbacca-esq), and Ariel is a powerful sorceress and the more intelligent member of the group (though true to the formula gets captured fairly often).

The stories aren’t too simple and the pace is exciting. Thundarr’s world is full of amazing mutant creatures; man-sized rodents, crocodile men, shark-creatures, more wizards than you can shake a wand at, and locations ranging from the ruins of Manhat (not a typo) to Cape Canaveral and Hollywood.

On September 28, 2010, Warner Archive released Thundarr the Barbarian: The Complete Series on DVD as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com. The DVD packaging mistakenly implies the series was made by Hanna-Barbera rather than Ruby-Spears, even though that was not the case.

Though canceled in only two season (due to claims of too much violence), this was what Saturday morning cartoons were supposed to be. And Thundarr should definitely be remembered as one of the greats.

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Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone!

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My battlefield 3 beta experience:
Step 1) run around empty rooms.
Step 2) die.
Step 3) repeat?

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Pretty sure the orange ball was a plane, saw it one evening and watched it for a bit. as it got closer i could hear engines and saw a small light to it's left that looked like a wing light.

The ugly: Stop mo camera dolly still isn't painted.
The good: Said dolly looks to be working better after some improvements I made'
The bad: The usb on my camera is broken. :(
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