MTV just announced that the entire first season of “The Maxx” is now available online in the MTV.com video archive.
“Any comic book fan watching MTV in the mid-1990s knew about ‘The Maxx.’ The 13-episode animated series based on Sam Kieth’s surreal comic aired from April-June in 1995 during MTV’s ‘Oddities’ and presented a nearly word-for-word, panel-for-panel recreation of the first volume of the Image Comics series.”
Watch episode 1 below, to watch the rest of this awesome but short-lived series, click here. Now, if only we can get Aeon Flux as well. (Update, what’d ya know, we can watch Aeon Flux online. Thanks badrobotbrain.)
In the murky alleyways of New York City, homeless Maxx huddles in his box and dreams of crushing evil villains. But when he bursts into the colorful netherworld of the Outback, the Maxx is a hero, in full purple splendor. His friend Julie, a freelance social worker, thinks the Maxx’s alternate universe is just an escape from the harsh reality of New York – not realizing that she, too, roams the Outback as the Jungle Queen.
Based on comic book series created by Sam Kieth, The Maxx was adapted into an animated series that aired as part of MTV’s Oddities in 1995. On MTV, the episodes drew from Kieth’s Image Comics publication of The Maxx #1/2 and #1-11, while the comic book series encapsulates a total 35 issues and counting.
Fans of the comic book praised the show for adhering closely to the source material and basing the animation on that of the comics, embellishing little in transferring it to television.
On MTV, Maxx’s voice was provided by character actor Michael Haley, who has also been an assistant director on numerous films, including Groundhog Day, Private Parts and Charlie Wilson’s War. Julie’s words came to life by way of Glynnis Talken, who also contributed her voice the StarCraft and Diablo series.
Shortly after its original run on MTV, episodes of The Maxx were released on VHS. Now MTV has resurrected The Maxx online so that a new generation can discover the Outback and ponder the mysterious links of the subconscious. Join the Maxx for deliciously demonic adventures in both worlds, as he scours streets and jungles in search of the link between his two realities. Will he be able to find the connection before it’s too late?