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Saturday Supercade
Genre Animation
Starring Soupy Sales as the voice of Donkey Kong
Voices of Dick Beals
Billy Bowles
Bart Braverman
Arthur Burghardt
Nancy Cartwright
Peter Cullen
Ted Field Sr.
Pat Fraley
Marvin Kaplan
Robbie Lee
Sparky Marcus
Kenneth Mars
Mea Martineau
Julie McWhirter
David Mendenhall
Noelle North
Jim Piper
Peter Renaday
Robert Ridgely
Bob Sarlatte
Judy Strangis
B.J. Ward
Frank Welker
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel CBS
Original run September 17, 1983 – August 24, 1985

Saturday Supercade is an animated television series produced for Saturday mornings by Ruby-Spears Productions. It ran for two seasons on CBS beginning in 1983. Each episode was composed of several shorter segments featuring video game characters from the Golden Age of Arcade Games.


Ownership/Licensing issues

Saturday Supercade is presumably under the ownership of Warner Bros. Entertainment (through Turner Entertainment Co., who acquired the Ruby-Spears library in 1991). However, in the 1980s, MCA TV held the international distribution rights to the Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior segments (possibly as part of the settlement with Nintendo over the King Kong plagiarism issue), and it is unknown if those rights have reverted to WB/Turner or are now owned by MCA's successor, NBC Universal. Also, a Minisode version of the Q*bert episode "Thanksgiving for the Memories" has appeared on the Minisode Network, suggesting that the Q*bert segments might be owned by Sony Pictures Television (whose corporate predecessor, Columbia Pictures Industries, owned Gottlieb/Mylstar at the time).

Presumably due to this possible divided ownership and/or licensing issues with the various companies that licensed their games for the show, Saturday Supercade has never been officially released on VHS, DVD nor Blu-Ray. However, the Space Ace segments from the show occasionally appear as filler in between shows on Boomerang, and Saturday Supercade episodes can be found on YouTube.

Featured characters

The debut characters included:

Pitfall and Q-Bert rotated weekly while the other three were weekly.

During the second season, Q-Bert (now weekly) and Donkey Kong remained while the Frogger, Donkey Kong Jr. and Pitfall Harry segments were replaced by shorts featuring:

  • Space Ace with Space Ace/Dexter (depending on his form), Kimberly, and Borf (from the Space Ace arcade game).
  • Kangaroo with friends and the "Monkey Business Gang". (from the Kangaroo arcade game).



Frogger (voiced by Bob Sarlatte) is an ace reporter of the swamp who works at the Swamp Gazette. He and his friends Shellshock "Shelly" Turtle (voiced by Marvin Kaplan) and Fanny Frog (voiced by B.J. Ward) go out in search of crazy stories (sometimes about human behavior) to publish in the swamp's newspapers. Frogger also has to deal with his gruff boss Tex Toadwalker (voiced by Ted Field Sr.). As in the game, he often gets flattened or has an encounter with an alligator.


  1. The Ms. Fortune Story -
  2. Spaced Out Frogs -
  3. The Who-Took-Toadwalker Story -
  4. Hydrofoil & Seek -
  5. The Great Scuba Scoop -
  6. The Headline Hunters -
  7. The Legs Croaker Story -
  8. The Blackboard Bungle -
  9. Good Knight, Frogger -
  10. Fake Me Out to the Ball Game -
  11. I Remember Mummy -
  12. Here Today, Pawned Tomorrow -
  13. Hop-Along Frogger -

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong (voiced by Soupy Sales) has escaped from the circus. He is on the lam, and Mario (voiced by Peter Cullen) and Pauline (voiced by Judy Strangis) are chasing the ape. As with the original game, Donkey Kong will often grab Pauline, and Mario has to save her. It must be noted that Pauline's portrayal as Mario's girlfriend is an original Ruby-Spears concept. It is not a part of Nintendo's official canon, in which Pauline is Mario's girlfriend.


1.Mississippi Madness
2.Gorilla Gangster
3.Banana Bikers
4.The Incredible Shrinking Ape
5.Movie Mania
6.Gorilla My Dreams
7.Little Orphan Apey
8.Circus Daze
9.The Great Ape Escape
10.Apey and the Snowbeast
11.How Much is That Gorilla in the Window?
12.Private Donkey Kong
13.Get Along Little Apey
14.Sir Donkey Kong
15.The Pale Whale
16.El Donkey Kong
17.New Wave Ape
18.Greenhouse Gorilla
19.Hairy Parent


In a 1950s inspired world set in the town of Q*Berg, a teenage fur-covered creature named Q*Bert (voiced by Billy Bowles), his girlfriend Q*Tee (voiced by Robbie Lee), and his friends Q*Ball (voiced by Frank Welker), Q*Val (voiced by Robbie Lee), and Q*Mongus (voiced by Frank Welker) must deal with the resident bullies Coily, Ugg, Wrong Way (all three voiced by Frank Welker), and Viper (voiced by Julie McWhirter). Features both "block-hopping" scenes, "swearing" bubbles and occasional flying disc, all from the original game. New to the cartoon was Q*Bert's use of "slippy-doos", a black ball projectile which he loaded and fired through his nose, producing an oil slick wherever the balls splattered. Slick and Sam (both voiced by Frank Welker) are also featured.


  1. Disc Derby Fiasco -
  2. The Great Q*Tee Contest -
  3. Q*Ball Rigamarole -
  4. Crazy Camp Creature -
  5. Thanksgiving for the Memories -
  6. Dog Day Dilemma -
  7. Take Me Out to the Q*Game -
  8. Noser P.I. -
  9. Hook, Line, and Mermaid -
  10. Q*Historic Days -
  11. Q*Bert's Monster Mix-Up -
  12. Game Shoe Woe -
  13. The Wacky Q*Bot -
  14. Q*Beat It -
  15. Q*Urf's Up -
  16. Little Green Noser -
  17. Rebel Without a Q*Ause -
  18. Looking For Miss Q*Right -
  19. The Goofy Ghostgetters -

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong Jr. (voiced by Frank Welker) is sad to find that his father is running from the circus and Mario, and that he can never see him. He befriends a greaser nicknamed "Bones" (voiced by Bart Braverman) who has a motorcycle and offers to help Junior by finding his dad together. Donkey Kong Jr's usual saying is "Monkey muscle!", which he tells to himself and Bones to inspire self-confidence. Bones often serves as the voice of reason when Donkey Kong Jr. bites off more than he can chew.


  1. Trucknapper Caper -
  2. Sheep Rustle Hustle -
  3. Rocky Mountain Business -
  4. Magnificent 7-Year-Olds -
  5. The Ventriloquist Capers -
  6. The Great Seal Steal -
  7. The Jungle Boy Ploy -
  8. Junior Meets Kid Dynamo -
  9. Amazing Rollerskate Race -
  10. A Christmas Story -
  11. Gorilla Ghost -
  12. Teddy Bear Scare -
  13. Double or Nothing -


Pitfall Harry (voiced by Robert Ridgely), his niece Rhonda (voiced by Noelle North), and their cowardly pet Quick Claw the Mountain Lion (voiced by Kenneth Mars) explore jungles for hidden treasures, having many different adventures along the way.


  1. Amazon Jungle Bungle -
  2. Raiders of the Lost Shark -
  3. Tibetan Treasure Trouble -
  4. Mass Menace Mess -
  5. The Sabretooth Goof -
  6. The Pyramid Panic -
  7. Pitfall's Puzzle Panda -

Space Ace

Space Ace/Dexter (voiced by Sparky Marcus as Dexter and by Jim Piper as Space Ace) and his sister Kimberly (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) work for Space Marshall Vaugh (voiced by Peter Renaday) to keep the peace in the universe. They fight the evil alien commander Borf (voiced by Arthur Burghardt) and keep him from invading Earth. Again, as with Donkey Kong, Ruby Spears took artistic license with the relationship with Kimberly and Dexter. In the Don Bluth film canon, Kimberly is Ace's girlfriend, not sister. Also, in the video game, Dexter had certain chances to revert to Ace, his full-grown self, whereas in the cartoon the Ace/Dexter phases seemed to happen on their own and at often incovenient times for the hero. It was last aired late night on Cartoon Network in the late '90s.


  1. Cute Groots -
  2. Cosmo Space Catastrophe -
  3. Dangerous Decoy -
  4. Moon Missile Madness -
  5. Perilous Partners -
  6. Frozen in Fear -
  7. Age Ray Riot -
  8. Wanted: Dexter -
  9. Phantom Shuttle -
  10. Spoiled Sports -
  11. Calamity Kimmie -
  12. Three-Ring Rampage -
  13. Infanto Ray -


Joey Kangaroo (voiced by David Mendenhall), his mother Katy (voiced by Mea Martineau) and Sidney Squirrel (voiced by Marvin Kaplan) must stop the four meddlesome monkeys called the Monkeybiz Gang (voiced by both Pat Fraley and Frank Welker) from making trouble at the local zoo, usually by trying to escape. An interesting note is that the monkeys' names (Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Fred) are based on the names of the ghosts from Pac-Man.


  1. Trunkfull of Trouble -
  2. Zoo for Hire -
  3. Bat's Incredible -
  4. The White Squirrel of Dover -
  5. The Birthday Party -
  6. Having a Ball -
  7. The Tail of the Cowardly Lion -
  8. It's Carnival Time -
  9. Lost and Found -
  10. Joey and the Beanstalk -
  11. Zoo's Who -
  12. The Egg and Us -
  13. The Runaway Panda -


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