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Pac-Man TV show coming to Disney XD

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Two years ago, Namco and super producer Avi Arad announced his dream of bringing Pac-Man back to television.

After a long delay, the pellet gobbler has found a network home.

Disney XD will air "Pac-Man - The Adventure Begins" starting in 2013. And true to Arad's vision, the show will be aired in stereoscopic 3D.

"Pac-Man is one of the world's greatest icons," said Arad in a statement. "He is funny and adventurous and will bring his tone and abilities to this beautifully executed animated series. For more than 30 years, Pac-Man has been a household name. Having this property on Disney XD is its rightful place to be."

The companies didn't talk much about the format of the show, but if it's anything like what Arad described at E3 back in 2010, it's a doozy.

A teenaged Pac-Man is thrust into greatness when he's forced to save Pac-World after it is overrun by ghosts. The only way to do that? Eat the ghosts, which dissolve into an eco-plasmic, mucus-like goo when they're devoured.

He's aided in this mission by a teacher/mentor, a group of Pac-friends and four friendly ghosts -- Pinky, Inky, Blinky and Clyde (who, ironically, were his arch-enemies in the original arcade game).

Since he's not an adult, Pac-Man will suffer the usual bout of teen angst, including being forced to deal with his split affections for a friend and fellow student as well as one of the ghosts.

"We [also] wanted to talk about real stories and … see how they can relate to our lives, being in high school and being a teenager," Arad said at the time. "At the end of the day, it's the story of a reluctant hero."

Avad said he envisioned the show as one that will be filled with lessons. Pac-Man's best friend Spyro (no, not the dragon), for instance, is shaped like a football in a world where everyone is round.

This isn't Pac-Man's first TV close-up, of course. In the mid-80s, the character fronted a Saturday morning cartoon that ran for three years. In those adventures, he was a family man, having settled down with Ms. Pac-Man (who went by the name Pepper). He was a father to Pac-Baby and sported a snazzy fedora atop his head.  Feel like a nostalgia hit?  Pick up the first season on DVD.

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