Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Game Time: Pole Position (1984)

One of the popular trends in the mid-80's was to adapt games of just about any kind into a cartoon. That included video games, and Namco's Pole Position was one of the most popular games going at the time.

Thus, DIC acquired a license to adapt the game into an action-adventure series that aired on CBS in 1984. Unfortunately, the series lasted just one season. Maybe the cheesy theme song composed by Shuki Levy & Haim Saban had something to do with that, and, yes, they did come up with some clunkers. JediJuggernaut uploaded the opening & closing credits.

I never watched the show, and I never played the game. Despite the promising concept, the music may have in fact doomed the show.

Rating: None.


magicdog said...

I remember this show!

Haven't seen it since it's debut but I remember it being so cheesy! I tended to tune out of shows that were direct ripoffs of video games.

The show seemed to try to blend Knight Rider (since there were sentient cars helping to save the day) and Devlin (orphan siblings going on with life) by having kid heroes for Pole Position which itself was the family business.

Due to the concept, it dates itself so badly it's almost cringeworthy!

hobbyfan said...

In the mid-80's, adapting video games to television were gradually becoming all the rage, although by the time Pole Position came along, Pac-Man was a distant memory, having been cancelled by ABC. I wasn't too keen on this, either, and as I noted, the cheesy theme music was a turn-off.