Tokyo MXTV, BS11, April 5, 2014-June 27, 2015 JAP)
Developed by Tom Ruegger
two of the people responsible for the Warner
Bros. Television Animation renaissance of the 90s, and Avi Arad,
who was responsible for the majority of Marvel
Comics’ television and film output since the 1990s, Pac-Man
and the Ghostly Adventures saw
the return of Namco’s
classic character to television since the 1980s
|Betrayus while he was still alive.
The computer animated series
centered around an teenaged orphan Pac-Man (Erin Mathews). His parents had
fought in the war against the ghosts, led by Lord Betrayus Sneakerus Spheros
(Sam Vincent), who tried to conquer Pac-World. He was stripped of his corporeal
form and banished to the Netherworld with the ghosts. The seal to the
Netherworld was accidentally opened by Pac when he was avoiding school bully
allowing Betrayus and his ghosts access to Pac-World once again.
|The Ghost Gang: Blinky, Clyde, Inky and Pinky.
As in the video games on which the
show is based, Pac had the ability to eat ghosts and destroy their ectoplasm,
leaving only their eyeballs to fly off and reconstitute their forms in a
regeneration chamber. This was because he was a Yellow Pac, and one of the
last—if not THE last—in all of Pac-World. The ghosts were made tastier when Pac
ate berries from the Tree of Life, which also give him a variety of different
powers and allowed him to withstand the hostile environment of the Netherworld.
Joining him directly from the games was the Ghost Gang: crafty leader Blinky
(Ian James Corlett), smart and sarcastic Inky (Lee Tockar),
dim-witted-though-wise and caring Clyde (Brain Drummond), and Pinky (Ashleigh
Ball), who developed a crush on Pac. Unlike in the games, they only pretend to
serve Betrayus; playing dumb and foiling his plans in an effort to aid Pac in
exchange for access to their bodies held in the hidden repository.
|Pac with Spiral and Cylindria.
Pac lived at Maze Academy, a
boarding school in the city of Pacopolis, with his friends Cylindria (Andrea
Libman) and Spiralton (Vincent). They often aided Pac in his adventures along
with Sir Circumference (Corlett), a goofy scientist who created a variety of
gadgets to help fight against the ghosts and was in charge of the repository. The
President of Pac-World was Stratos Spheros (Vincent), the younger brother of
Betrayus. Cylindra and Pinky would often butt heads because of Pinky’s jealousy
stemming from the belief that Cylindra also had a crush on Pac.
|Betrayus amidst a horde of ghosts with Dr. Buttocks and Butt-ler.
Serving Betrayus was the mad
scientist ghost Dr. A.H. Buttocks (Brian Drummond), who specialized in monster
experimentation and created a variety of devices to aid in Betrayus’ schemes.
He often suspected that the Ghost Gang was working with Pac, but Betrayus chose
to ignore his warnings. His brother, Butt-ler (also Drummond), served as
Betrayus’ servant and sometimes spy. Specter (Brendon
Ryan Barrett) was a spy ghost who was stronger and
smarter than the others due to never being eaten by a Pac. Master Goo (Vincent Tong)
was a calm yet cocky ninja ghost who was a master of Pac-Fu and trained
|A mean genie.
Aside from ghosts, other inhabitants
of the Netherworld included Count Pacula (a play on Dracula,
voiced by Vincent), a vampire who could only be summoned when two moons turned
blue every 100 Halloweens; Madame Ghoulasha (Kathleen Barr),
a witch who did favors for Betrayus in order to win his affections; Jean (Nicole Oliver),
a genie used by Buttocks to trap Pac and keep the ghosts in Pac-World; The
Easter Pac-Peep (Ball), a humanoid marshmallow chicken who became hostile due
to Betrayus’ past pranks; Dentures of Doom (Paul Dobson), living dentures
belonging to the Mummy Wizard (also Dobson) that brought him to life and gave
him his powers; and Dr. Pacenstein (a play on Frankenstein,
voiced by Erica Mendez), a mad
scientist who was a talking brain in a glass jar with autonomous limbs that
usually annoyed him. Aliens, known as Pointy Heads, also frequently set their
sights on Pac-World; particularly their overlord, Apex (Colin Murdock), scientist
Professor Pointybrains (Drummond), and minion Tip (Gabe Khouth).
|Pac and his friends leaving Maze Academy.
and the Ghostly Adventures debuted on Disney XD
on June 15, 2013 in the United States. It subsequently ran on Disney XD, and
later Family Chrgd,
in Canada beginning on March 17, 2014, and on Tokyo
in Japan on April 5, 2014. The series was produced by 41 Entertainment,
Arad Productions and Bandai
Namco Entertainment, and was animated by Sprite Animation Studios
and OLM Digitial, Inc.
The theme was composed by William
Anderson with lyrics by Arad, and performed by Gabriel C. Brown.
The rest of the series’ music was composed by Tetsuya Takahashi,
and Kuniyuki Morohashi and often took cues from the games’ sound effects. Tetsuya Ishii
was the lead character designer.
The first season ran for 26
episodes. The second season was set to run for the same length but was instead
cut in half by distributors to make a third season. The new third season aired
in Japan first between January and April of 2015, while in the United States it
didn’t begin until that May. Two specials were made: Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day and Pac’s
Scary Halloween, which were later broken up into the episodes “Happy
Holidays and a Merry Berry Day” and “Santa Pac” and the two-part “Pac’s Very
Scary Halloween”, respectively. The Halloween and second Christmas episodes
first aired on Netflix
in the United States. The series was written by Arad, Ruegger and Rugg, along
and story editor Sean
|Pinky flirts with Pac.
Episodes of the series have been
released to DVD beginning in 2013. In Australia, 12 episodes were released
between the sets The Adventure Begins and Pac to the Future. In North America
in 2014, The Adventure Begins was released
containing only the first episode. Following that, each release contained four
episodes each: Pac is Back (initially a Wal-Mart exclusive), All You Can Eat, Let the Games Begin! (exclusive to
Target), Ghost Patrol! and A Berry Scary Night. Three-episode
collections Indiana Pac and the Temple of Slime and Mission Impacable! were released
exclusively to Redbox,
with Pac to the Future going to
Redbox Canada. Additional collections included Movie 4-Pac, Jurassic Pac and 8-Pac, as well as a 3-DVD
collection. The series
has also been made available for streaming on Amazon
Prime and Netflix.
produced a line of toys to coincide with the show. They included standard
figures of Pac and his friends, spinning figures, three versions of Pac with
special tongue features, and plush dolls. There was also a giant Pac who could
spit-up slime from his mouth, symbolizing his having just eaten some ghosts. K’Nex put out a several
sets with figures to form a constructible maze
playset. Video games based on the show were also published by
Bandai Namco. An endless runner for mobile devices called Pac-Man
developed by M2
and released in 2013. It was available until Bandai Namco had it removed from
online stores in 2017. A 3D platformer sharing
the show’s name was developed by Monkey Bar Games was
released for home consoles in late 2013, with a 2D platformer for the Nintendo 3DS
following by Inti Creates.
sequel for the home consoles followed in October 2014. The
characters from the show were also featured in the menus of the compilation
game Pac-Man Museum (the games based
on the show, however, were not included).