The adventures of the videogame character and his family.
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 Pac-Man / ... (19 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Inky (19 episodes, 1982-1983)
Barbara Minkus ...
 Mrs. Pepper Pac-Man / ... (19 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Blinky / ... (19 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Clyde (19 episodes, 1982-1983)
Susan Silo ...
 Sue (19 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Pac-Baby (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Chomp-Chomp / ... (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Sour Puss (15 episodes, 1982-1983)
Allan Lurie ...
 Mezmeron / ... (13 episodes, 1982-1983)
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An early example in a wave of cartoons based on products, this show derived it's characters and basic story from the wildly popular video game of the same name. Each episode followed the same basic plot, with little variation: Pac-Man and his family would be menaced by the ghosts until, just when things were looking grim, one of the Pac-family would chomp some power pills and save the day. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The first cartoon based on a video game. See more »

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Pac-Man: [Pinky hides inside a typewriter. Pac-Man comes up, turns the knob on the side to reveal Pinky, then he types the letters "c", "h", "o", "m", and "p"] What's that say?
Pinky: Uh... chomp?
Pac-Man: Well, okay, if you insist.
[he then chomps Pinky, who flies off]
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What else can Hanna-Barbara butcher?
15 September 2002 | by (Triangle, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt this was the most horrendous display of how Hanna-Barbara took and destroyed one my most favorite childhood memories. To this day I still enjoy watching a wide variety of cartoons including: The Simpsons, The Family Guy, The Critic, Ren & Stimpy, Beavis & Butt-Head, Duckman, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and others, but the Pac Man cartoon is the one I consider to be the worst ever made. I remember how neat it was when I found out that there was going to be a Pac Man cartoon. Like many others I was caught up in the Pac Man craze that swept through the early 80's and played the game whenever I had the chance. I knew the music, characters, the intermission cartoons, and everything else that had to do with Pac Man, so when the cartoon came out I made sure to plop my butt in front of the television so I wouldn't miss a thing. What a disaster! Hanna-Barbara had taken Pac Man and transformed it into a monstrous piece of garbage. The characters were wrong and contradicted a lot of things the video game said. Pac Man had an annoying voice and personality, and acted too old for what the video game's age range was aimed at. The rest of the characters and elements were given somewhat different names then the video games had given them (example: Energizers were called Power Pellets in the cartoon) or certain things just made no sense. There was a character called Mezmaron that bossed around the 5 ghosts (I use the word `ghosts' only because it's easier for the average reader to relate to, the video game's `Intermission' cartoons clearly showed them to be something else). Mezmaron was always trying to get Pac Man with some stupid idea that could only be thought up by Hanna-Barbara, he is a good example of how Hanna-Barbara changed Pac Man for the worse, there was no need for this character, he was a stupid creation that should have never made the storyboard. In the video game, Blinky (the red ghost) was always chasing Pac Man, so whenever I played the game I revered Blinky as a worthy opponent. Hanna-Barbara without even thinking had reversed the order of the ghosts and made Blinky the coward. This goes to show that Hanna-Barbara didn't even research the game prior to creating the cartoon, they simply took the names of the characters and gave them whatever personality they wanted, not even considering what the creators of the video game had intended. The rest of the ghosts acted like characters out of other badly written Hanna-Barbara cartoons from the 70's, mostly 1930's gangsters. And what's with the hats? All the male characters in the show wore stupid looking hats, including Pac Man and Blinky. I think that Hanna-Barbara had become sell-outs during the 70's & 80's and created cartoons catering to whichever toy or product company gave them the most money or whichever `politically correct' group pressured them the most, this showed in the quality of their cartoons produced during this time, and Pac Man was a prime example. Thankfully during the 90's, cartoons like The Simpsons and Ren & Stimpy came out and changed many cartoons back to way they were prior to the 70's: they are FUNNY again!


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