The adventures of the video game character and his family.
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1983   1982  

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Marty Ingels ...  Pac-Man / ... 19 episodes, 1982-1983
Barry Gordon ...  Inky 19 episodes, 1982-1983
Barbara Minkus Barbara Minkus ...  Mrs. Pepper Pac-Man / ... 19 episodes, 1982-1983
Chuck McCann ...  Blinky / ... 19 episodes, 1982-1983
Neil Ross ...  Clyde 19 episodes, 1982-1983
Susan Silo ...  Sue 19 episodes, 1982-1983
Russi Taylor ...  Pac-Baby 17 episodes, 1982-1983
Frank Welker ...  Chomp-Chomp / ... 16 episodes, 1982-1983
Peter Cullen ...  Sour Puss 15 episodes, 1982-1983
Allan Lurie 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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Later aired on the USA channel's Cartoon Express. 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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Spoofed in The Badly Animated Adventures of Spider-Man (2013) See more »

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Chomping to the animated scene
15 July 2020 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This show is another under the radar gem and sort of another childhood gem and this is another show that came on my birth year.

I was a kid from the 80s, I remember seeing this cartoon show when I was about six on the "USA Cartoon Express" it was one of the first cartoon shows I've ever seen and strangely it was through this cartoon I actually heard about the video games it was based on, which made it even better because I'm a gamer as well.

The "Pac-Man" franchise was one of the biggest franchises in gaming in the 80's, I'm a fan I've played and still play most of the games in the franchise my personal favorite being "Ms. Pac Man" (game I reviewed). To this day it's still played, heck there was even an episode of "Collectors Call" on a collector of merchandise for the franchise.

This cartoon believe it or not is one of my favorite video game to animated show adaptations, I wouldn't say it's an animated classic in my book, but it's not trying to be, it sets itself to be what it is just turn your brain off plain fun. However, what makes this special was that it was the first video game to animation adaptation, those two things are part of why I have a special place in my heart for this show.

There really isn't much to the plot, it sort of like a lot of those cartoons from yesteryear like with "Popeye" it's practically the same plotline but just dressed up differently every time. With this show it's the head honcho and his ghost minions always up to no good causing havoc for no particular reason and trying to steel power pellets for another unknown reason. It's up to Pac Man and his family to stop them but at the same time avoid the ghosts biting them. That is it in a nutshell but I really don't expect too much because after all that the basis of the video game on Pac Man getting chased by ghosts and then him doing the chasing when the opportunity is seized; which is part of why this adaptation works because of its simplicity.

I really like that theme song, which is a solid theme which fits well, it has that video arcade and fun whimsical comical fantasy tone. I really like that voice in the instrumental song which is kind of a strange masculine tone. I even like the animation which is pretty much old school Hanna Barbara animation but I'm fine with that and it works because it fits with the nature of the game it's based on and love they kept the character designs the same I wouldn't want them any other way.

The voice acting is solid, it fits the characters perfectly whenever I play the games, I sometimes imagine that's what they would sound like. I really like how they all have distinct personas, like the ghosts are almost like "The Three Stooges" as each of them are sort of bumbling and incompetent bandits. Pac Man we see is sort of your blue collar family man type, really like the design of his character whom is the same except he has red boots, gloves and a red cowboy hat, making Pacman the cowboy or town sheriff.

I really like this fantasy world that is constructed where it a colorful and strange world. There is not one human in existence which makes sense why would there be; most to all consists of Pacs of different kinds and the only other diverse race are the ghost. Most of the Pacs are cute looking as well as the ghosts makes me wonder why there hasn't been a plush toy line while this show was on. A lot of things are strange, but everyone has the everyday modern conveniences and customs. There is some good humor, I wouldn't say great as there are some lame jokes in places but that happens with almost every comedy show as there are hits and misses, but it's the hits that make it count.

The action is what you can expect in a Pac Game and yesteryear cartoon. We at first see the ghosts just simply ruin the day for no good reason or nor particular reason just because it's their role, they are bad guys after all. The way they do it is daft as the ghosts seem to also be vampires, where if they bite one Pac (or bite near him which is weird) the Pac person is always looks like he had energy sucked out. Even like how Pac Man his family and friends much like with "Popeye" they duke it out but then when the going gets tough they turn it all around with a singular solution (or deus ex Machina) which are the power pellets (always wondered what those taste like peaches may 'be), This of course lets them chomp away at the ghosts till only their eyes are visible and run away as usual for the next episode.

There are some good episodes like the Christmas episode which is a favorite of mine and an honorable mention of Christmas episode in my book as it was sweet. Two others, one which is in the circus, which was cute as we see both Baby Pac Man and a Baby Ghost become friends and work together in a way's their the strange equivalent to Pebbles and Bam Bam. And the other where Pac and the family along with the Ghost are in an Olympic like event, guess who wins.

Overall, for any fan of the franchise or a gamer or animation fan curious about the history of both Pac Man and animation in general then just like any game of "Pac Man" it's worth a try.

Rating: 3 stars


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25 September 1982 (USA) See more »

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