Christmas Comes to Pac-Land

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  • TV-G
  • 1982
  • 23 min
  • 5.7  (174)

"Christmas Comes to Pac-Land" is a charming, animated holiday special that aired in 1982, a period when the arcade game Pac-Man was at the zenith of its popularity. The special brings the iconic characters from the game to life in an animated format, with a unique Christmas-themed story that's geared towards family audiences and meant to capitalize on the tremendous success and cultural impact of the Pac-Man franchise.

In this holiday special, viewers are taken to the whimsical and vibrant world of Pac-Land, an environment inspired by the original arcade game's maze-like setting. The colorful landscape is inhabited by the beloved Pac-family, including Pac-Man himself, his wife Pepper Pac-Man (also known as Ms. Pac-Man), and their child, Baby Pac-Man. Joining them are their pet, Chomp-Chomp the dog, and Sour Puss the cat. The show also features the pesky Ghost Monsters – Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde – who, in line with the game, are Pac-Man's perennial adversaries, always looking for a way to outsmart and capture him.

The voice cast brings the characters to life with a great deal of energy and cheerfulness, essential for a Christmas special. Peter Cullen, well known for his deep and powerful voice in various animation and movie roles, Barry Gordon, and Marty Ingels provide their vocal talents, adding to the festive spirit of the special.

As the story unfolds in "Christmas Comes to Pac-Land," the Pac-family prepares to celebrate Christmas in their usual way. However, they are oblivious to the traditional human customs of the holiday since Christmas has never been celebrated in Pac-Land before. The plot thickens when an unexpected twist introduces the Pac-family to the festive joys of Christmas. The family is introduced to the concept of Christmas through an accidental encounter that brings the holiday's spirit to their doorstep. This encounter not only illuminates the festive traditions for the Pac-family but also becomes a catalyst for a series of events that teach the characters the true meaning of Christmas.

The Ghost Monsters, who typically spend their time chasing after Pac-Man in an endless cycle of the eat-or-be-eaten chase, find themselves wrapped up in the holiday festivities as well. Their involvement adds a layer of humor and levity to the narrative, as their scheming nature clashes with the message of peace and goodwill that Christmas represents. The contrast between their usual antics and the Christmas spirit complements the overarching theme of the special, which emphasizes unity, understanding, and the joy of giving.

Throughout the special, audiences are treated to lighthearted moments, with the characters engaging in various Christmas activities such as decorating, exchanging gifts, and learning the customs associated with the holiday. The show aims to illustrate the universal nature of Christmas and how its message can transcend even into the fictional world of video game characters. It presents an original storyline that blends the traditional elements of Christmas with the fantastical universe of Pac-Land.

Visually, "Christmas Comes to Pac-Land" reflects the bright and simplistic aesthetic that characterized early '80s animation. The colorful palette and simple line art deliver a nostalgic punch for those who grew up during the era of Saturday morning cartoons and classic video games. The art style also stays truthful to the Pac-Man games, retaining the circular shapes and bright colors that made the franchise visually recognizable.

In terms of heart and message, holiday specials are often tasked with imparting valuable lessons, and "Christmas Comes to Pac-Land" is no different. As the characters navigate the new and exciting traditions of Christmas, they also come face to face with concepts of generosity, kindness, and the joy of sharing with others. These themes are presented in an accessible manner that resonates with both children and adults, making the special a cozy watch for family viewing during the holiday season.

The fusion of video game nostalgia with the warmth of a Christmas narrative makes "Christmas Comes to Pac-Land" a unique piece of holiday entertainment. It's a reminder of the simpler times of '80s pop culture, where the lines between video games, television, and holiday traditions blended together to create new festive stories. For fans of Pac-Man and enthusiasts of retro gaming, this holiday special serves as a delightful trip down memory lane, while also introducing younger viewers to the classic characters in a heartwarming Christmas context.

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    23 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (174)