Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

June 18, 2010 -

You would think that Pac-Man would only know how to teach us life lessons about eating power pellets and gobbling ghosts, but if Marvel producer Avi Arad has his way the video game icon will teach us about life.

During a Pac-Man anniversary party earlier this week in Los Angeles, Arad revealed that the secret project he is working on is in fact a Pac-Man TV series. But instead of following the goofy formula associated with the last Pac-Man TV series, Arad wants to use Namco's number one son to deal with social issues including societal ills and race.

"We feel we have a unique opportunity to have an action adventure, human interest story," Arad told Variety. "As a filmmaker, it's a unique opportunity to get to know the characters you play."

Perhaps Arad sees something the rest of us don't. We see a yellow dude eating dots and chasing ghosts; but he sees a guy who has a back-story we know nothing about. Here's an example:

"We don't know what happened to Pac-Man's parents," Arad stated. "He's the only yellow one in Pac-Land; what does that mean? Is it a social statement? We'll find out."

Whatever Arad creates, it will, at the very least, introduce Pac-Man to a whole new generation of kids - and that's a good thing.

Source: MTV Multiplayer

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Re: Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

I think this have the potential to be a very bad idea. I understand there are enough cartoons with goofy and screaming characters, but "social issues" are not the key for a more compeling show.

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Re: Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

I remember the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon. It had quite a few social isses.

 

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Re: Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

Err... I think someone looking a little too deeply into the game. Seriously, of all things to look to for social insight, Pac-Man?

It sounds like a parody to me.

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Oh god...I can see it now the ghosts are the poor black people that get put upon to be socially responsible but can't because its discriminatory....


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Re: Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

I do not want a Pac-Man tv series that'll shove social commentaries down our throats. Theres enough of that already.

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Re: Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

dark room repetative music and popping pills O_o so uh are the ghosts halucinations then? ... whats the fruit? does pac man have the munchies?.

Re: Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

Is this some kind of sick joke?

Re: Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

Ms.Pac-Man is just Pac-Man in drag...

Re: Avi Arad's Pac-Man TV Series to Tackle Social Issues

A new Pacman TV series eh? Could be interesting.

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