Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

Common Sense Media says

Friendship and heroics mark fun re-creation of arcade alum.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive role models

Pacster assumes responsibility for taking down Betrayus, and his loyal friends never leave his side in the fight. Betrayus rules by fear and intimidation, which causes some dissent among his minions.

Violence & scariness

Rayguns shoot light beams that pierce ghosts, who self-heal in seconds. Others immobilize and capture the enemies. The villains' attacks on Pac-World leave explosions and building collapses in their wake. Pacster eats the ghosts he encounters and, in some cases, regurgitates their eyes, but it's a benign process. Some of the spirits are menacing, including the leader, Betrayus, who's out to dominate Pac-World out of spite. Characters are taken prisoner and threatened with execution.

Sexy stuff

Pinky has a crush on Pacster and believes the feeling is mutual, which leads her to come to his rescue on some occasions. Pacster and his friends take advantage of her affections when they're in danger as well.

Language

Some name-calling, especially targeted at Pacster, who's called "butterball," "little chubby guy," "lemonball," and the like.

Consumerism

The show is inspired by a classic video game and associated with a line of toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is an animated series that's loosely based on the classic video game. Both Pac-Man and his universe have undergone significant makeovers to modernize them, and the visual effect will appeal to today's kids. The story follows the yellow orb's efforts to defend his world from an army of poltergeists, whom he can ingest but everyone else must fend off with guns. There's no blood, and the concept of death is overshadowed by the characters' power-ups and -downs. Central to the story is a strong friendship that works to the protagonists' favor against the forces that threaten peace in their world.

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What's the story?

When Pac-Man (a.k.a. "Pacster") (voiced by Erin Matthews) takes a wrong turn in the maze on the way home from school, he accidentally opens a portal to the nether realm ruled by Betrayus (Sam Vincent) and policed by his army of ghosts. Pacster's mistake is just what Betrayus needs to stage a takeover of Pac-World and exact revenge for his banishment long ago, and suddenly the happy land is overrun by ghosts. Now it's up to Pacster, the last of the fabled defenders of peace, and his best friends, Cilindria (Andrea Libman) and Spiral (Vincent again), to save the world from Betrayus' evil plans.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Far from the two-dimensional dot-matrix world of his classic video game, PAC-MAN AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES gives Pacster an intriguing back story, a couple of comical BFFs, and a selfless purpose of saving the world to fulfill his destiny. Known as "The Yellow One" by his enemies, the last of a race lethal to the ghosts and thought to be extinct, Pacster faces his heroic destiny head-on and shoulders responsibility for the entire world. What's more, he leans on his friends for help and turns to others for guidance when it's needed. In other words, there's a lot of potential in this vibrant, action-packed series.

As is to be expected in modern incarnations of classic characters, advances in animation technology put a whole new spin on Pac-Man and his world. The show does retain a few vestiges of the original game (Pac still chomps on colored berries, he can power up and down, and some of the sound effects recall the game's), but mostly it's an entirely new story designed for a new generation of fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the idea of destiny. Kids: Do you think you're "destined" to do or be something in particular? What of your special skills and qualities seem suited to this course? What do you want to accomplish in your life?

  • What role does Pacster's friendship with Spiral and Cilindria play in his success against Betrayus and his ghosts? Why is it easier to face a difficult challenge when you're not alone? Who are your closest friends? What makes them so special to you?

  • How does this Pac-Man character compare to what you know of the original one? Why do you think the show's creators decided to re-create him and his story? What gives a character staying power with fans? Do you think this one has it?

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Kid, 12 years old June 25, 2013
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2
QUALITY
 

REALLY BAD

THIS CARTOON IS BOGUS!!!! IT RUINS THE ORIGINAL PACMAN, WHY WOULD DISNEY MAKE SUCH A HORRIBLE SHOW. The pacpeople have HOVERBOARDS. WHY?!?! THE ORIGINAL PACMAN GAME HAS BEEN RUINED. AND PACMAN SHOULD BE CALLED PACBOY BECAUSE HE SOUNDS LIKE A LITTLE KID. HE SOUNDS LIKE LLOYD FROM NINJAGO. BUT ANYWAY, THE ORANGE GHOST AND PINK ARE ANNOYING, AS ONE FARTS ALL THE TIME AND THE OTHER IS ALWAYS DOING HER NAILS. Complete waste of time, do not watch.
Teen, 14 years old Written bywhippersnapper.com June 30, 2013
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7
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an epic show that must be also seen and dubbed in japan

The greatest CGI tv show ever and it has a little violence and there is not a lot of deaths in this show. its more famous then eon kid
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 17 years old Written bylovzhisdad June 22, 2013
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8
QUALITY
 

Watch out, especially if your kid's a Pac-Man fan.

Language- Two main characters' names are a play on the word "butt." Characters often speak disrespectfully to other characters. Message- Pac-Man's extremely unhealthy eating habits are portrayed as "beneficial" because he saves the town from ghost attacks by eating the ghosts, of which there are always many. Positive Role Models- Inky and Blinky are rude, mischievous and disrespectful, but Clyde is kind, well-behaved and always speaks respectfully to everybody. Pac-Man still has bad eating habits, but he intends to protect Pac-World, and he doesn't abuse the superpowers the power berries give him, and he uses them while he can. Any kid that likes violent cartoons will enjoy this series, even if they're not a Pac-Man fan. but if you do let them watch it, you may want to watch it with them so you can point out to them that being a world-famous superhero doesn't justify bad eating habits.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing

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