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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
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Genre Animated series, Adventure, Comedy
Starring Lou Albano
Danny Wells
Voices of Lou Albano
Danny Wells
Jeannie Elias
John Stocker
Harvey Atkin
Cyndy Preston
Jonathan Potts
Len Carlson
Colin Fox
Allen Stewart-Coates
Elizabeth Hanna
Paulina Gillis
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 65 (52 Mario, 13 Zelda) (List of episodes)
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
Nintendo of America
Distributor Viacom Enterprises (1989-1991)
Broadcast
Original channel first-run syndication
Original run September 4, 1989 – December 4, 1989
Chronology
Followed by Captain N & the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is the first American television series based upon Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. series of video games. It was originally broadcast via first-run syndication to mostly independent or Fox television stations from September 4, 1989 to December 4, 1989, whereupon repeating episodes and Club Mario re-edited episodes were broadcast until September 6, 1991. The Family Channel commenced broadcast of the series in the United States from September 23, 1991[1] to August 26, 1994[2] as reruns. The show was produced by DiC Animation and was distributed by Viacom Enterprises.

Contents

Format

Mario Bros. Plumbing Sitcom

The first and last parts of each episode were sitcom segments which showed Mario ("Captain" Lou Albano) and Luigi (Danny Wells) living in Brooklyn, where they would often be visited by celebrity guest stars. These parts were performed and filmed before a live studio audience. Some of the celebrity guest stars were popular television stars, such as Nedra Volz, Norman Fell, Donna Douglas, Eve Plumb, Vanna White, Jim Lange, Danica McKellar, Nicole Eggert, Clare Carey and Brian Bonsall or professional athletes such as Lyle Alzado, Magic Johnson, Roddy Piper, Sgt. Slaughter, and even Ernie Hudson appeared as a Slimebuster, a parody of his Ghostbusters persona, using his own name rather than Winston Zeddemore.

Occasionally, Lou Albano and Danny Wells would portray themselves, forcing their regular characters to leave the scene in order for themselves to appear. One notable example is when pop star Cyndi Lauper states she's looking for Lou Albano because he's missing. Mario exclaims how much he wants to meet Lou, and later Lou appears as himself supposedly while Mario's out shopping. Lou Albano and Danny Wells also regularly played female versions of themselves, Marianne and Luigeena (the Mario Brothers' cousins), and also two hillbilly cousins, named Mario Joe and Luigi Bob.

Super Mario Bros. Cartoon

After a brief introduction of the sitcom segment of the show, a commercial would broadcast and a cartoon of about ten minutes would be [3] broadcast next, featuring characters and situations based upon the NES games Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2, as well as several sound effects and musical cues from the two games. The characters featured therein would be Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Toadstool defending the Mushroom Kingdom from the reptilian villain King Koopa, often in a movie or pop-culture parody. Getting into the spirit of these parodies, Bowser Koopa often used alter egos fitting the current theme. Wart, the main antagonist of the second game, was never in any of the episodes, yet most of his minions appeared in the show, most notably Mouser.

The cartoon series occurs after the events and situations of the Super Mario Bros. game when Princess Toadstool was rescued, with borrowed elements, situations, concepts, and characters from Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 video games. The theme song for the cartoon segments revealed that the Mario Brothers were accidentally warped into the Mushroom Kingdom while working on a bathtub drain in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. After traveling via the warp drain, the Mario Brothers defeated Bowser Koopa's Koopa Troopas, save Princess Toadstool and stopped Bowser Koopa's plan to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom. At the beginning of every cartoon segment Mario recites an entry into his "Plumber's Log," a parody of the Captain's Log from Star Trek.

The Legend of Zelda animated series

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! cartoon segment broadcasted from Monday through Thursday, while The Legend of Zelda animated series would broadcast on Fridays instead. The series was based on The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link video games, in which the elf-like hero Link and Princess Zelda battled against the forces of the evil wizard Ganon. Scenes from each episode of the show were shown during the sitcom segments on the preceding Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episodes during the week, and then broadcast as sneak peeks. The Zelda cartoons consisted of thirteen episodes, which ended when the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! ended its initial broadcast run. The characters of Link and Zelda, along with their respective voice actors (Jonathan Potts and Cynthia Preston), were later featured as crossovers on episodes of Captain N: The Game Master, another animated series based on NES video games, also produced by DiC Animation around the same period, airing on NBC as part of its Saturday morning cartoon schedule.

Club Mario

During the summer of 1990, Club Mario[4] replaced the Mario Brothers' sitcom segments. This format featured "extreme" Mario-obsessed teenagers (Chris Coombs, Michael Rawlins, and Victoria Delany) goofing around, and in at least one episode, running around the DiC studios and harassing Andy Heyward. Mr. Coombs and Miss Delany played siblings Tommy and Tammy Treehugger, respectively. An additional added segment was a one-to-two-minute viewing of Space Scout Theater/Spaced Out Theater, hosted by Princess Centauri, a green alien woman, which was sourced and edited from the science fiction children television series, Photon.

Cast of Club Mario;

  • Chris Coombs as Tommy Treehugger
  • Michael Anthony Rawlins as Co-MC
  • Michael Anthony Rawlins as Evil Eric
  • Kurt Weldon as Dr. Know-It-All
  • Victoria Delaney as Tammy Treehugger
  • Jeff Rose as The Big Kid
  • James Abbott as The Band
  • Shanti Kahn as Princess Centauri

Featured Songs

At some point in the cartoon segments, a song would be played to go along with the scene. These were usually notable singles from famous singers, songwriters, and musical artists of the era. When the program was either re-broadcast or re-released on a home medium such as videotape or DVD, the songs weren't usually included. Episode/song combinations are shown on the list of Mario television episodes.

Super Mario Bros. cast

Legend of Zelda cast

Home Video Releases

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Volume 1 24 March 28, 2006
  • New interviews with Captain Lou Albano (Mario)
  • Original art gallery
  • Storyboard-to-Screen: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show Opening Title Sequence
Volume 2 24 October 31, 2006
  • 4 Bonus Animated Episodes
  • "Meeting Mario: A Fan's Tale" Featurette
  • Super Mario Bros. Fan Costume Gallery
  • The Worlds of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Concept Art Galleries
  • Interactive Tour Of The Mario Bros. Plumbing

References

  1. ^ The Intelligencer - September 23, 1991
  2. ^ The Intelligencer - August 26, 1994
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. - Cartoon Resource Website entry #76
  4. ^ Club Mario







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