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Pac-Man to Get the 3D Cartoon Treatment?

July 17, 2010

Namco Bandai expects to air 26 episodes of their Pac-Man TV series in 2012.

In the early 1980s, there was a Pac-Man cartoon. In 2012, Namco Bandai now says, there will be a new one. Set in Pac-Land, the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon was more of a Pac-Man sitcom with Pac-Man, his wife Pepper and their baby Pac-Baby. The show lasted two years, going off the air as Pac-Man fever began to wane. Namco Bandai is preparing to unleash a fresh strain of Pac-Man fever upon your television. A recent post on the publisher's Japanese Twitter account (via Kotaku) reveals that a new, 3D television series starring Pac-Man is in the works.

The company's announcement mentions a run of 26 episodes planned for a 2012 premiere. No official details were provided, but it's a safe assumption that this is the (former Marvel Studios CEO) Avi Arad-produced Pac-Man television show that Namco teased back at E3. According to Namco Bandai's Japanese website, a 26 episode 3D Pac-Man television series will be debuting in 2012. This is most likely the new animated series that Marvel exec Avi Arad is developing in which Pac-Man is a high school student who has to save the world with the help of his four ghost friends, Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. The cartoon was made public at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles last month.

"We wanted to keep Pac-Man the same lovable guy he has always been, but (put him) in the 21st century," Arad said in June. "We (also) wanted to talk about real stories and … see how they can relate to our lives, being in high school and being a teenager. At the end of the day, it's the story of a reluctant hero."

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