Pac-Man Bites Creator's Hand In First Trailer For Pixels

The Adam Sandler produced movie Pixels gets its first trailer, featuring franchises like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Centipede.

When I first read that Adam Sandler was making a movie about video games from the '80s, I rolled my eyes so hard I'm surprised the momentum didn't throw me out of my chair. "Good lord, the guy who made Jack and Jill is going to take on video games?"

The first trailer for Pixels is now out. The trailer (linked above) tells the story of a group of aliens invading our planet having mistaken a time capsule for 1982 containing records of Earth's culture as a declaration of war. In a bit of irony, the invasion consists of gaming icons of the 1980's being turned against the human race as alien weapons. It's up to Adam Sandler and crew (for some reason) to save the Earth (somehow, the trailer isn't clear on that).

Do I think this movie is going to be good? It's way too early to tell. What makes this different from Sandler's recent movies, however, is how over-the-top the trailer is. At one point Toru Iwatani, the creator of Pac-Man, goes up to the alien Pac-Man and talks to it like a son. The scene is absolute gold.

These sorts of movies tend to become surprise hits or spectacular failures that garner cult followings at bad movie nights. Either way, it seems like it'll be fun to watch with all your gaming buddies.

Pixels is due out in theaters this summer.


I'm a freelance contributor that adores the art and culture of gaming. I'm an indie game enthusiast who loves supporting a game with a small budget and new ideas. I also love pro wrestling, tabletop RPGs, and Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Published Mar. 18th 2015
  • Kathy Pham
    There was something disturbing with the Pac Man scene. A peaceful man tries to mediate a conflict. Pac-Man bites his creator's hand off. It's more violent to my liking.

    Pac-Man could have pushed him over, or inflicted pain with less (symbolic, pixelated) blood for the same humorous effect.
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    This looks pretty awful. There was a collective groan in our theater when Sandler appeared on screen. The original short film that this is based off is super cute, but this looks like Grown Ups vs. the 80s arcade.

  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    I actually really -didn't- like that Pac-Man scene... it came across as just kind of pointless and ill-executed, IMO.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I grew up with Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, but I just have no faith Sandler any more :/
  • WesleyG
    I feel you man. The last Sandler movie I really loved was Big Daddy 16 years ago. I think that comes from how by the numbers his movies have really become. I think Click was the last one that at least had a more unique premise, albeit boring execution.

    Judging by the trailer, though, this doesn't really feel like a Sandler flick. It feels like it has way more energy involved, like everyone was having a blast filming it. I really like that because even if it's terrible, it'll be the kind of terrible you get the DVD of and watch at bad movie night.

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