216 min./16 episodes (plus extras)
Rated: Not Rated
Available September 11
Grade: 2.5 stars (out of 4)
This cartoon receives extra stars for its definite appeal to younger audiences. Children and younger kids will get a kick out of the silly misadventures of Pac-Man, his family, and the other denizens of Pacland who cope with the daily evils of Mezmaron and his ghost goons. This second season set from Warner Bros. Manufactured-on-Demand line collects not only the 16 episodes from the final season of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning program, but also it fortunately includes the rarely seen “Christmas Comes to Pacland” television special along with eight 30-second bonus cartoons from the original airings.
Frankly, this season isn’t as good as the first one, and that one wasn’t so great. For the second go-round, the creators added a pair of regular characters, P.J. (Pac-Man’s cousin) and Super-Pac (a friendly, brainless, neighborhood super-hero). They serve as foils and succeed at making the original characters seem less annoying because these new cast members are themselves all the more irksome. The antics continue, assisted by voice legend Frank Welker. As mentioned, younger audiences will enjoy it, but not the adults — barring those particularly smitten by the nostalgia bug.
As mentioned, a plus is the inclusion of the holiday special “Christmas Comes to Pacland.” While still not great, it’s better written, has better production values, and is more enjoyable than the regular episodes. It’s also a treat for the Gen Xer completists, who now can replace their old VHS third-gen SLP copies.
So take Pac-Man – The Complete Second Season for what it’s worth, but at least now it’s out there in an official and affordable DVD release for you and your children to enjoy.
Ray Sidman is a former associate editor and longtime reviewer for Comics Buyer’s Guide. Read his reviews in CBG each month. You can read more Ray’s Reviews here.
(Image (c)2012 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)