We live in a nostalgia-soaked era. Decades-old brand names regularly spitshine reboots and sequels and spinoffs and spinquels and sequoffs. So how is it possible that nobody’s made a big-budget Christopher Nolan trilogy out of Pac-Man? After all, the iconic arcade classic is the highest-grossing videogame of all time. Most importantly of all, the series has such a rich mythology. The yellow circle-man eats pellets! The ghosts are different colors! Since they share a surname, Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man might be kissing cousins! Fortunately for our culture, Namco Bandai has partnered up with Arad Productions and 41 Entertainment to produce a new TV series for Disney XD.
The show will be called Pac-Man — The Adventure Begins, which probably means it’s a prequel. It will air in 3-D, which probably doesn’t mean we’ll get to experience the phantasmagorical madness of the Pac-Man Kill Screen in in 3-D, but can’t we dream? The show is currently set to debut in fall 2013, so while you’re waiting, treat yourself to the low-fi wonders of Pac-Man: The Animated Series, the shortlived ’80s cartoon, which was made in a simpler time when everyone on television was wearing wacky hats.
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