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Not to be confused with Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures.


Pac-Man, also known as Pac-Man: The Animated Series, is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera. It premiered on ABC and ran from 1982 to 1984.

Overview

The animated series follows the adventures of Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man (under the identity "Pepper", as saying "Ms. Pac-Man" was probably too long and difficult) and Baby Pac in the Pac-Village of Pac-Land. Everything in Pac-Land seems to be spherical or round, and its inhabitants live off of Power Pellets. Pac-Man is the guardian of the village; he protects them from the Ghost Monsters (see Ghosts) who are led by the evil Mezmeron. When the Ghost Monsters invade Pac-Land it is usual for them to chase Pac-Man into a corner. Pac-Man will then pull out a power pellet and swallow it, turning the ghost monsters purplish-blue and allowing him to eat them. Once they are eaten, their empty bodies return to Mezmeron's lair where they open a closet that keeps spare colored ghost bodies.

Later additions to the cast included Super-Pac, a mildly inept superhero and P.J., Pac-Man's super-cool nephew (or so P.J. likes to believe).

Cast

Episodes

Season 1 (1982)

Episode No. First segment Second segment Original airdate
1 Presidential Pac-Nappers Picnic in Pacland September 25, 1982
2 The Great Pac-Quake Hocus Pocus Pac-Man October 2, 1982
3 Southpaw Packy Pac-Baby Panic October 9, 1982
4 Pacula Trick or Chomp October 16, 1982
5 Super Ghosts The Pac-Man in the Moon October 23, 1982
6 Journey to the Center of Pac-Land Invasion of the Pac-Pups October 30, 1982
7 Sir Chomp-A-Lot The Day the Forest Disappeared November 6, 1982
8 Neander Pac-Man Backpackin' Packy November 13, 1982
9 The Abominable Pac-Man The Bionic Pac-Woman November 20, 1982
10 Chomp-Out at the O.K. Corral Once Upon a Chomp November 27, 1982
11 The Pac-Love Boat The Great Power-Pellet Robbery December 4, 1982
12 A Bad Case of the Chomps Goo-Goo at the Zoo December 11, 1982
13 Nighty Nightmares The Pac-Mummy December 18, 1982

Season 2 (1983)

Episode No. First segment Second segment Original airdate
1 Here's Super-Pac! Hey, Hey, Hey...It's P.J September 17, 1983
2 The Super-Pac Bowl Journey Into the Pac-Past September 24, 1983
3 The Old Pac-Man and the Sea Public Pac-Enemy No. 1 October 1, 1983
4 The Genie of Pacdad Computer Packy October 8, 1983
5 The Greatest Show in Pac-Land Pac-A-Thon October 15, 1983
6 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Pac-Man Around the World in 80 Chomps October 22, 1983
7 Super-Pac vs. Pac-Ape P.J. Goes Pac-Hollywood October 29, 1983
8 Pac-Van-Winkle Happy Pacs-Giving November 5, 1983

Specials

  1. Christmas Comes to Pac-Land
  2. Pac-Man Halloween Special

Broadcast History

Pac-Man aired on ABC Saturday Morning in the following formats:

  • The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show (September 25, 1982-September 3, 1983)
  • The Pac-Man/Rubik, the Amazing Cube Hour (September 10, 1983-September 1, 1984)

After the series' original-run, the show aired on USA Cartoon Express a few years later, the show then reran on Cartoon Network from 1993 to 2000 and Boomerang in 2005. The Christmas special continues to air every year on Boomerang as part of the Boomerang Christmas Party block.

Home Releases

PacMan S2

DVD cover to Pac-Man: The Complete Second Season.

Christmas Comes to Pac-Land received a VHS release in North America shortly after its original airing. The rest of the series was never released on video in the region.

The Australian company Rainbow Products Ltd. released the rare video tape Pac-Man and family in 1982, which contained 6 episodes of the show. It is presumed that it is the 2nd tape in the series, since the back of the case states that the video has "six more fun-filled adventures".

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the complete first season of the series on DVD on January 31, 2012; they then released the complete second season on September 11, 2012. The second DVD includes the Christmas special. Both items are sold at WBShop.com and are not available in most retail stores.

Trivia

  • Many elements from the TV series were used in the video games Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures and Pac-Land (particularly the latter, which features the series' theme song and similar character designs).
  • During the first airing of the show, the large number of advertisers sponsoring it caused commercial breaks to be double their normal length. Later episodes featured normal commercial break times.
  • The show's initial success inspired ABC's rival CBS to create Saturday Supercade, a block of video game themed cartoons based on properties such as Donkey Kong, Q*bert, and Frogger.
  • The Pac-Man TV show seemed to do the most successful when it was broadcasted in Italy, receiving toys and other merchandise based on the show that weren't available in other parts of the world.
  • The Tengen and HES releases of Pac-Man on the NES features box artwork based on the cartoon. The later 1993 release by Namco features different artwork; coincidentally, this non-cartoon-themed cover was designed by former Hanna-Barbera artist Greg Martin, who also worked on the animated series.

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