Submitted by Steve Troop on October 1, 2009 - 03:03
Real short post here todayâ€¦ Iâ€™m rewriting the script, slowly but surely, and have had to address, yet again, the whole Sam/Sammy debate.
In short, theyâ€™ve been a hamster and a dog for about 25 years, but since the movie will undoubtedly be the first exposure that many people will have to Melonpool, I think I should probably bite the bullet and just rename one or both of them once and for all.
The real problem is, what to name them? In the comic, I always liked that Sam was a short name in contrast to Mayberryâ€™s longer name. I suppose this wouldnâ€™t be an issue in a film, however. I wonder if â€œBobâ€ or â€œEdâ€ or any number of shorter names would work as well?
Sammy, on the other hand, could just as easily go by the name â€œHammy,â€ since his full name is â€œSammy the Hammy.â€ I like the way that the rhyming works for his name â€” a triumph left over from when I created the character when I was 10. I canâ€™t think of any other name that rhymes with Hammy, though â€” and I know that several other characters already use the name â€œHammy.â€ One possibility is the name â€œShammy.â€ The nice thing would be that his name could be S. Hammy, but Ralph just calls his Shammy for short. He could even use the giant hamster to buff some part of the ship at some point.
Does anyone else have any ideas?