41 Entertainment LLC (“41e”), the New York, London and Barcelona based animation production and distribution company announced today that it has been appointed by Namco Bandai Games to distribute worldwide the brand new series entitled Pac-Man 3D (26 x 26’) in time for a fall 2013 airing.
Based on the iconic brand, the series will be produced in stereoscopic 3D by Avi Arad (Spider-Man for Sony Pictures, Iron Man for Paramount, Hulk for Universal and Fantastic Four and X-Men for 20th Century Fox) and Rick Ungar (Biker Mice from Mars for New World, X-Men Evolution for Marvel and Legend of the Dragon for BKN) and written by Tom Ruegger (Scooby-Doo for Hanna-Barbera; Animaniacs and Batman – The Animated Series for Warner Bros. Animation) and Paul Rugg (Animaniacs and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated for Warner Bros. Animation).
States 41e CEO, Allen Bohbot: “We are very pleased to handle Pac-Man, an adventurous and whimsical character, who by celebrating his 30th birthday joins a shortlist of iconic cultural phenomena, and project that broadcasters and licensees worldwide are sure to want to be associated with him.Â We will not publicly exhibit at MIPJunior, but rather screen privately for major clients at our MIPCOM booth in 3D (with glasses).”
Avi Arad adds: “Pac-Man is one of my all-time favorite characters – a reluctant hero who is full of humor and friendship. Pac-Man and the ghosts create an amazing world of action-adventure with special attention to character and commitment.Â In our show, our ghosts come in all shapes and sizes – creature-like ghosts that make for an endless world of escapades. This character allowed us a unique shape in animation and out of this world scenarios. I am especially excited by the work done by Sprite Animation, which is just magnificent.”
Rick Ungar adds: “The opportunity to work with such an iconic character as Pac-Man was an opportunity not to be missed. When you add to the mix the remarkable 3D animation being produced for this series and the chance to work with the best writers in animation, the entire adventure has been, and continues to be, a fantastic experience.”
Mr. Unozawa, Chief Operating Officer at Namco Bandai Games Inc., states: “We are very happy to be working with both Arad Productions and 41 Entertainment on this property.Â We are planning to invest more than $15 million in the production and launch a major toy program worldwide.”
41e will be launching this first run new property at MIPCOM (Booth 09.19).