In 1982, ABC debuted Hanna-Barbera’s first animated series based on a video game, titled Pac-Man: The Animated Series. (Batman: The Animated Series did not debut until the ’90s, so if you’re thinking that it was a clever play on Batman: The Animated Series, you are incorrect, but also, haha, yes it does sound like that, you are right.) Ever since Pac-Man: The Animated Series went off the air in 1983, America has been wondering, “Where did our beloved television series based on Pac-Man, a videogame that has no plot, go? Uggghh, we loved that shooooww! It was our favorite shoooooowwwwwwww moooooooooooommmmm!!!” Well look no further, America. From The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney XD has snagged a new animated action comedy starring the beloved arcade game character in the tentatively titled series, Pac-Man: The Adventure Begins. The series is being eyed for a fall 2013 debut on the children’s cable network.
Based on the iconic brand, Pac-Man: The Adventure Begins will be executive produced by Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers) and Rick Ungar (X-Men: Evolution, Biker Mice From Mars).
I didn’t know what Disney XD was either, but I was already on Wikipedia for the Pac-Man: The Animated Series info so I figured WHY NOT, and Wikipedia says it’s a sister-network of the Disney Channel that comprises mainly action series aimed at boys ages 6-14. But do children ages 6-14 even know what Pac-Man is right now? Is there some sort of suped-up Pac-Man game for their GameGearzHDx? Because if not, WHY THIS SHOW? You can’t just put a nostalgia-filled brand name on a thing and expect it to work! I don’t think! Or maybe you can! Lots of people seem to think that maybe you can! But I still don’t think it has worked out often enough to keep doing it! In any case, the most pressing question in the whole matter is: WHO IS GOING TO PLAY PAC-MAN?! The roll of a lifetime! (Get it?) (Because Pac-Man is kind of a circle?!)
To take on such an iconic roll, LOL, still funny, Disney XD needs a strong Hollywood lead. But the actor also need to appeal to young men, ages of 6-14. A difficult combination, but I think we can give it a shot:
[Relevant Roles: Casey McCall, Sports Night; Nate Fisher, Six Feet Under; Adam Braverman, Parenthood]
[Relevant Roles: Angelo ‘Tetro’ Tetrocini, Tetro; Bud Clay, Brown Bunny; Billy Brown, Buffalo ’66]
[Relevant Roles: Sam Bell, Moon; Victor Mancini, Choke; Pizza Guy, Stella Shorts 1998-2002]
[Relevant Roles: Hal Fields, Beginners; Dean Whiting, Syriana; Ralph Nickleby, Nicholas Nickleby]
[Relevant Roles: Edward, The Bucket List; Col. Nathan R. Jessup, A Few Good Man; Garrett Breedlove, Terms Of Endearment]
[Relevant Roles: Dan Evans, 3:10 To Yuma; Trevor Reznik, The Machinist; Patrick Bateman, American Psycho]
[Relevant Roles: Self, Never Say Never; Jason McCann, CSI]
Great casting! I can’t wait for all of my 6 to 14-year-old relatives to watch this show and love it so much!