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Pac-Man / Little Rascals / Richie Rich Show, The

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Original Air Date:
1982
Channel:
ABC
Prod. Co.:
Hanna Barbera
Genre:
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Characters & Voices
Pac - Man
Ms. Pepper Pac - Man
Baby Pac - Russi Taylor
Chomp Chomp - Frank Welker
Sour Puss - Peter Cullen
Mezmaron - Alan Lurie
Blinky - Chuck McCann
Pinky - Chuck McCann
Inky - Bary Gordon
Clyde - Neilson Ross
Sue - Susan Silo
Super - Pac
Pac - Jr.
Richie Rich - Sparky Marcus
Freckles - Christian Hoff
Gloria - Nancy Cartwright
Mr. Rich - Stan Jones
Cadbury the Butler - Stan Jones
Mrs. Rich - Joan Gerber
Irona the Maid - Joan Gerber
Professor Keenbean - Bill Callaway
Dollar - Frank Welker
Alfalfa - Julie Dees
Porky - Julie Dees
Woim - Julie Dees
Spanky - Scott Menville
Darla - Patty Maloney
Butch - B.J. Ward
Waldo - B.J. Ward
Buckwheat - Shavar Ross
Pete the Pup - Peter Cullen
Officer Ed - Peter Cullen
 
Seized with a serious case of Pac-Man Fever in 1982, ABC released two (count ‘em, two!) series feat+uring that omnivorous-and at that time omnipresent-yellow orb of video game fame. The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show aired immediately before Pac-Man in the network’s Saturday morning lineup.

Pac’s video game wife, Ms. Pac-Man, joined the series, along with newly-created Baby-Pac and pets Chomp Chomp the dog and Sour Puss the cat. The Pac-family lived in the Power Forest, where nourishing Power Wafers were abundant. Unfortunately, the evil Mezmaron coveted the wafers and sent his goons-Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Sue and Clyde-after them. But after munching a Power Wafer, Pac could chomp the ghosts, leaving them a powerless set of disembodied eyes, at least until they could get a new sheet from Mezmaron.

In a case of game imitates art imitates game, the video game-inspired series spawned its own video game, Pac-Land, in 1984.

The Little Rascals starred the popular characters from Hal Roach’s Our Gang movie shorts of the 1930’s. Everyone from Spanky to Buckwheat to Pete the dog (now a puppy) was animated for this show.

Richie Rich, a Harvey Comics character since the 1960’s, had already been on the air two years as half of The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show. This “Richest Kid in the World” went on globe-trotting adventures with his faithful dog Dollar, buddy Freckles, girl pal Gloria, butler Cadbury, and robotic maid Irona.

The three shows parted ways after one season. Pac-Man joined another 80’s fad for the Pac-Man/Rubik the Amazing Cube Hour, while Pac’s old showmates stuck together for The Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show. The latter properties proved to be more durable, with live-action films of both The Little Rascals and Richie Rich released in the early 90’s.
 
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