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Your favourite Sam and Max VAs?

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Now, I want a good, clean VA discussion. That is, no belittling anyone else's opinions, no ongoing political debate on who Telltale should hire in terms of voice actors.

The main goal of this discussion is - who do you personally like as the voices of Sam and Max? Note that they don't have to both be from the same media. (e.g, you can say William Kastner as Max (current games) and Bill Farmer as Sam (Lucasarts era))

Heck, you can even say the 'comic era.' (e.g - none at all/self-imagined voices)


I'll start.

I actually really like Robert Tinkler as Max. (The cartoon series VA.) There's just something so rightly insane about him that he manages to pull off, and he has a wider spectrum of tone and emotion than the other two incarnations we've seen, IMHO. As much as I love Kastner, and his constant, manic chatter, Tinkler brings up a lovely rendition and variety. I really enjoy his take on our favourite lagomorph.

As for Sam, I'm actually really stuck on Telltale's VA, David Nowlin. He's got a range of emotion - but not too much, it's better for Sam to be semi-laid-back rather than overly enthusiastic. (Probably one of the reasons why I don't like his cartoon VA) Granted, Bill Farmer's probably the closest to Purcell's vision of Sam, but I just really like Nowlin's rendition. It maintains that passive 'manic' nature that Sam has, but at the same time, there's a little touch of (I'd say sweetness, but that sounds wrong. :/) that adds a little more dimension to his character.

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  • @Remolay said: We had a pole for this before, but it only had pairs.



    There was this http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18957

  • I was introduced to Sam & max from the tv series but the cartoon show and the games are incomparable. At first playing the games the voices sort of threw me off because they weren't what I expected but after a few episodes started to grow on me and by now I think they're perfect

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    @1nky said:
    I actually really like Robert Tinkler as Max. (The cartoon series VA.) There's just something so rightly insane about him that he manages to pull off, and he has a wider spectrum of tone and emotion than the other two incarnations we've seen, IMHO. As much as I love Kastner, and his constant, manic chatter, Tinkler brings up a lovely rendition and variety. I really enjoy his take on our favourite lagomorph.

    As for Sam, I'm actually really stuck on Telltale's VA, David Nowlin. He's got a range of emotion - but not too much, it's better for Sam to be semi-laid-back rather than overly enthusiastic. (Probably one of the reasons why I don't like his cartoon VA) Granted, Bill Farmer's probably the closest to Purcell's vision of Sam, but I just really like Nowlin's rendition. It maintains that passive 'manic' nature that Sam has, but at the same time, there's a little touch of (I'd say sweetness, but that sounds wrong. :/) that adds a little more dimension to his character.



    I was all ready to get up in this post and put on my TEAM TINKLER & NOWLIN shirt and give a long list of reasons as to why, but I found them all made for me by the OP. Tinkler's massive range, Nowlin's sense of suppressed sociopathy - I agree with every word you put, 1nky, and don't have anything of value to add. ♥

    My obligatory greater-than tree:

    SAM: Nowlin > Farmer > Atkin
    MAX: Tinkler > Chaikin > Kastern > Jameson

    I'd like to stress that I love them all, though!

  • Okay, my turn with the structured thing

    SAM: Atkin>Nowlin>Farmer
    MAX: Kasten=Tinkler>Jameson>Chaikin

    Seriously, I love Kid Beyond's voice work for TTG, but I did not like his Max at all. The rest I loved. Farmer was great for Hit the Road, but every time I watch the trailer for Freelance Police his voice just doesn't fit.
    Jameson really fit both. Tinkler and Kasten are just Awesome Incarnate.

  • @Fly said: I was all ready to get up in this post and put on my TEAM TINKLER & NOWLIN shirt and give a long list of reasons as to why, but I found them all made for me by the OP. Tinkler's massive range, Nowlin's sense of suppressed sociopathy - I agree with every word you put, 1nky, and don't have anything of value to add. ♥



    :D

    You're very welcome. (Actually, is that the right thing of me to say? I'm not sure. D: )

  • SAM: Nowlin > Atkin > Farmer
    MAX: Kasten > Tinkler > Jameson > Chaikin

  • SAM: Farmer>Nowlin>Atkin
    MAX: Kasten>Tinkler>Chaikin>Jameson

  • Just been watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKBx2DQmM14 as a refresher of the voices. (I'm ignoring the intent of the video, I don't agree with it and indeed the 11 clips from TTG's S&M don't have the effect I think Lacosam was going for)

    I'm torn over who I like best, they are all good and all quite different. As a pairing I think Atkin & Tinkler edge ahead. Jameson's voice in the Freelance Police video is perfect but Farmer's Sam really doesn't fit.

    SAM: Atkin > Nowlin > Farmer (though its really close between Atkin & Nowlin)
    MAX: Kasten == Tinkler > Jameson > Chaikin

  • Tarasis, we have almost the exact same opinions. I find it awesome that someone else actually thinks that Harvey Atkin was the best Sam.

  • @Remolay said: Tarasis, we have almost the exact same opinions. I find it awesome that someone else actually thinks that Harvey Atkin was the best Sam.



    I'm sure there are more than the two of us Remolay, at least I hope so :)

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