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Captain N and the New Super Mario World
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Super Mario World title card
Genre Animated television series
Created by DIC Entertainment
NBC Productions
Nintendo (characters)
Written by Jack Hanrahan (The Wheel Thing)
Eleanor Burian-Mohr (The Wheel Thing)
Brooks Wachtel (Fire Sale, Gopher Bash)
Martha Moran (Send in the Clown, A Little Learning, The Night Before Cave Christmas)
Perry Martin (Ghosts 'R' Us)
Phil Harnage (King Scoopa Koopa, Mama Luigi, Party Line)
Paul Dell (Born to Ride)
Steven Weiss (Born to Ride)
Frank Ridgeway (Party Line)
George Shea (Rock TV)
Kristofor Brown (The Yoshi Shuffle)
Directed by John Grusd
Voices of Harvey Atkin
Walker Boone
Tara Strong (as Tara Charandoff)
Katherine Gallant
Paulina Gillis
Dan Hennessey
Judy Marshak
Gordon Masten
Tracey Moore
James Rankin
Tony Rosato
Andrew Sabiston
Michael Stark
John Stocker
Stu Stone (as Stuart Stone)
Theme music composer Mark Mothersbaugh
Opening theme "Super Mario World"
Ending theme "Super Mario World" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English, French
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Producer(s) John Grusd
Running time approx. 26 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
First shown in September 14, 1991 (1991-09-14)
Original run September 14, 1991 – December 7, 1991
Status Ended
Chronology
Preceded by Captain N & The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
Followed by The Super Mario Bros. Super Show

Super Mario World was a short-lived animated television series loosely based on the Super NES video game of the same name. It was the third and thus far last Saturday morning cartoon based on the Super Mario Bros. NES and Super NES series of video games. It only aired thirteen episodes due to Captain N: The Game Master's cancellation on NBC.

Contents

Format

The series centered on Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool, now living in Dinosaur Land (sometimes also called Dinosaur World) with Yoshi, who was depicted on the show as a curious childlike dinosaur with a large appetite and several phobias. King Koopa (otherwise known as Bowzer) and the Koopalings were also around, having followed the Mario Bros. and the Princess to Dinosaur Land.

Unlike in the game, Dinosaur Land was depicted as being populated with cavepeople, including a pre-adolescent caveboy named Oogtar, who replaced the role of Toad (Oogtar even had the same voice actor as Toad, John Stocker). Some episodes revolved around Mario trying to introduce a modern invention to the cavepeople in an attempt to make their lives easier, only for the Koopas to twist it into an evil scheme. It is unclear whether the characters had traveled back in time (in the episode "Rock TV", King Koopa mentions "there's no TV here in the Stone Age [because] it hasn't been invented yet"), or if Dinosaur Land was simply a "lost valley"-esque island that the characters had come to (in the flashback episode "Mama Luigi", Luigi simply mentions that he and the others came to Dinosaur Land without any mention of time travel).

The show was originally aired on Saturday mornings on NBC in the 1991-92 season, the last year the network programmed an animated children's block before the launch of a Saturday edition of Today. It was featured in a half-hour time slot with a shortened version of Captain N: The Game Master, titled Captain N & The New Super Mario World (also erroneously titled Captain N & Super Mario Bros. World in the commercial bumpers). Episodes of Super Mario World were later shown as part of the syndication package Captain N and the Video Game Masters. Afterwards, the series was split up from Captain N altogether and shown in time-compressed reruns on Mario All-Stars. In the United Kingdom, however, the show was still broadcast as Captain N & The New Super Mario World.

Unlike the previous two Mario cartoons, the show was not widely distributed on home video in the NTSC region, where its only release was the inclusion of the show's Christmas episode on the 1996 VHS release Super Mario Bros. Super Christmas Adventures. Meanwhile, two PAL tapes were released in the United Kingdom. More recently, the series was released on DVD in Australia. This series is the most short-lived of the three, American Mario animated series.

Differences between the series and the game

The show takes place in Dinosaur World where Yoshi lives with a preadolescent caveman named Oogtar. In addition, Yoshi's Island is populated with cavemen instead of Yoshis. Several names were changed from the game as well: Forest of Illusion was called Enchanted Forest, and Vanilla Dome was referred to as the Lava Pits.[1] Furthermore, enemies featured in the game were rarely called by their in-game names on the show, and Bowser was called King Koopa. He also had his all-green appearance from the first cartoon. Mario, Luigi and the Princess all retained their original NES designs as well: red and green overalls for Mario and Luigi, and red hair for the Princess.

Cast

UK and USA VHS history

DVD release

On November 13, 2007, Shout! Factory, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and Universal Studios Home Entertainment released a Complete Series DVD set of Captain N & The New Super Mario World in Region 1. The series has also been released in Australia (Region 4).

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Captain N & The New Super Mario World - The Complete Series 13 November 13, 2007
  • Select Episode Previews
  • Storyboard-to-Screen: Opening Title Sequence
  • Original Concept Art: Yoshi

Broadcast history

References

  1. ^ Super Mario World episode "The Wheel Thing"

External links

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