There’s something absolutely glorious about how old Hanna-Barbera cartoons didn’t concern themselves with making a lick of sense, they were devoted entirely to showing off silly shenanigans full of imagination. The recent on-demand DVD release of the classic cartoon Pac-Man’s second season is the perfect example of logic-free children’s programming that used to be so common, and the entire 3 ½ hours are a delight for lovers of classic animation and anyone who longs for cartoons of a simpler time. If I had my way, I’d choose to raise kids entirely on cartoons just like this and do my best to convince them some of the more vapid modern cartoons don’t exist.
Every episode of Pac-Man sees our titular pellet-chomping sphere, his wife Mrs. Pac-Man and their child having various adventures that often involve a nefarious scheme on the part of a generic evil being called Mezmaron and his ghost lackeys. Whether it’s playing them in football, facing down a genie, accommodating the obnoxious but occasionally helpful Super-Pac (how politically timely, yes?) in their home, or some other instance, Pac-Man and his friends must always thwart the evil forces’ attempt at taking over Pacland.
DVD Bonus Features
The Christmas special “Christmas comes to Pacland” and some comedic little Pac-Man shorts (called “bumpers” are the only extras, but they’re amusing for what they are.
"Pac-Man: The Complete Second Season" is on sale September 4, 2012 and is not rated. Animation, Children & Family. Directed by Carl Urbano, George Gordon, Ray Patterson, Rudy Zamora. Written by Jeffrey Scott, Don Dougherty. Starring Peter Cullen, Marty Ingels, Barbara Minkus.