The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
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|The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!|
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show title screen
|Voices of||Lou Albano
Tabitha St. Germain (as Paulina Gillis)
|Narrated by||Lou Albano (cartoon only)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||65 (52 Mario, 13 Zelda) (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DIC Entertainment
Nintendo of America
Sei Young Animation Co., Ltd. (co-production)
|Distributor||Viacom Enterprises (1989-1991)
DHX Media (current)
CBS Television Distribution (current)
|Original channel||first-run syndication (1989-1991)
The Family Channel (1991-1994)
|Original run||September 4, 1989– December 1, 1989|
|Followed by||The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)|
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is an American television series based upon Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 video games. It was originally broadcast via first-run syndication to mostly independent or Fox television stations from September 4, 1989, to December 1, 1989, with reruns continuing until September 6, 1991. The Family Channel picked up the series on September 23, 1991, and aired it until August 26, 1994. The show was produced by DiC Animation and was distributed by Viacom Enterprises in association with Nintendo. DHX Media, the successor company of Cookie Jar Entertainment and DiC, is the current distributor.
Mario Bros. Plumbing
The first and last parts of each episode were live segments which showed Mario (WWE Hall of Famer 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, and WWE Hall of Famers Roddy Piper and Sgt. Slaughter. In one episode, Ernie Hudson appeared as a Slimebuster, a parody of his Ghostbusters persona Winston Zeddemore and on another occasion Mario and Luigi receive a visit from Inspector Gadget, performed live by Maurice LaMarche. There was also another episode with Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, but the episode was not included in the DVDs for some unexplained reason. In an interview for the first DVD release of the show, Lou Albano talked about filming these live action skits, which mainly involved he and Wells getting a central plot and mostly improvising the dialogue as they went along.
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, due to the note she got from him (although there is an important part missing from the note). Mario exclaims how much he wants to meet Lou, and later Lou appears as himself supposedly while Mario's out shopping for pizza. As a result, Luigi gets to meet Lou, but Mario does not.
Lou Albano and Danny Wells also regularly played female versions of themselves, Marianne and Luigeena (their cousins), and also two hillbilly cousins, named Mario Joe and Luigi Bob.
Super Mario Bros.
Each Super Mario Bros. cartoon served as the second segment of every show, following the introduction and first few minutes of the episode's live-action segment. The cartoon featured 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. Each episode featured 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, Koopa often used alter egos fitting the current theme.
The theme song for the cartoon segments revealed that the Super Mario Brothers were accidentally warped into the Mushroom Kingdom while working on a bathtub drain in Brooklyn. After traveling via the warp drain, the Super Mario Brothers defeated King Koopa's Koopa Troopas, saved Princess Toadstool and halted 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 cartoon marks an early appearance of Birdo as female, a change made after an odd description of Birdo was given in the manual of Super Mario Bros. 2. She has been female ever since.
The Super Mario Bros. cartoons aired four days a week, from Monday through Thursday.
The voice of Mario in this show most resembles the voice of Mario heard today, whereas Mario's voice in the Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World shows (voiced by Walker Boone) was lower and raspier.
The Legend of Zelda
On every Friday episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, a cartoon based on The Legend of Zelda video game series was featured instead of the Super Mario Bros. cartoons. 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, Zelda and Ganon, along with their respective voice actors (Jonathan Potts, Cynthia Preston and Len Carlson), were later featured in an episode of Captain N: The Game Master, based on the Zelda II: The Adventure of Link NES game, another animated series based on NES video games, and also produced by DiC Animation around the same period, airing on NBC as part of its Saturday morning cartoon schedule.
During reruns that played during the summer of 1990, Club Mario 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. Michael plays Cool MC and his evil twin brother Eric, who time and again attempts to take over the show, usually uttering the phrase "dis'a MY show!". 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
- Andy Heyward as himself
Mario All Stars
In 1994, The Family Channel aired the show in a package named Mario All Stars, consisting of time compressed versions of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! cartoon segments and the Super Mario World cartoons. It ran for 39 episodes in double episode format, and was promoted as "the Super Mario Bros. in 40 brand new adventures". Strangely enough, although clips from the Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoons were used in promos for the show, none of the show's episodes were featured. All Stars was later seen on the USA Network from January 6–June 6, 1997, when it was replaced by Sonic the Hedgehog reruns. Before being re-edited for All Stars in 1994, Family Channel played the episodes slower than their normal speed and included the live action segments. The package's title is most likely inspired by the title of the video game compilation Super Mario All-Stars that was released the previous year.
- "Plumber Rap" (Lou Albano and Danny Wells): This is the main theme, which is divided into two parts. The first part opens the show while the second part opens the Super Mario Bros. animated segments.
- "Do the Mario" (Lou Albano): The ending theme to the show. Prior to the closing credits, either Mario, Luigi or a guest star will say "Until next time, do the Mario!"
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 were replaced by instrumentals of songs from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. Episode/song combinations are shown on the list of Mario television episodes.
Super Mario Bros. cast
- "Captain" Lou Albano as Mario
- Danny Wells as Luigi
- Jeannie Elias as Princess Peach
- John Stocker as Toad
- Harvey Atkin as King Koopa
- Additional voices by Robert Buckstael, Dorian Joe Clark, Rob Cowan, Denise Pidgeon, Tabitha St. Germain (as "Paulina Gillis"), Greg Morton, Joyce Gordon, Greg Swanson, Diane Fabian, Marilyn Lightstone and Marla Lukofsky
Legend of Zelda cast
- Cyndy Preston as Princess Zelda
- Jonathan Potts as Link
- Len Carlson as Ganon
- Colin Fox as King Harkinian
- Allen Stewart-Coates as The Triforce of Power
- Elizabeth Hanna as The Triforce of Wisdom
- Tabitha St. Germain (as "Paulina Gillis") as Spryte
- Additional voices by Don Francks, Marvin Goldhar and Christopher Ward
Preston, Potts, and Carlson all reprised their roles in Captain N: The Game Master.
- 1994-1997 as Super Mario All-Stars
- RTL4 (1992)
- Arab World
- Spacetoon (1 January 2011 – present)
- Azul Televisión (2000)
- South Korea
- TV1 (Malaysia) (1993-199?)
- DR2 (2000–2001)
Home video releases
From 1989 to 1991, Kids Klassics released episodes of the series on VHS.
- Mario's Magic Carpet
- Mario Meets Koop-zilla
- King Mario Of Cramalot
- The Great Gladiator Gig
- Butch Mario And The Luigi Kid
- The Great BMX Race
- Koopa Claus (Plus "Santa Claus Is Coming To Flatbush", "Stars In Their Eyes" and "Too Hot To Handle")
- Count Koopula (Plus "Vampire Until Ready", "Koopenstein" and "Robo Koopa")
- Princess, I Shrunk The Mario Brothers (Plus "Rowdy Roddy's Rotten Pipes With Rowdy Roddy Piper", "Rollin' Down The River" and "Brooklyn Bound")
- Two Plumbers And A Baby (Plus "On her Majesty's Sewer Service", "The Great Gold Coin Rush" and "Flatbush Koopa")
- Robo Koopa (Plus "Bad Rap", "Karate Koopa" and "The Koopas Are Coming!")
- Hooded Robin And His Mario Men (Plus "Plumbers Academy", "Quest For Pizza" and Escape From Koopatraz")
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date||Additional Information|
|Volume 1||24||March 31, 2006||
|Volume 2||24||October 28, 2006||
These 2 sets were discontinued in 2012 after Shout!'s deal with Cookie Jar Entertainment expired.
Notably, a bare bones "Best of" DVD was released by DiC and Lions Gate Entertainment. Like many other DiC cartoon DVDs released during this time, upon loading the DVD menu Inspector Gadget inexplicably appears to guide the user on how to use the DVD. By pressing a "Help" button, Inspector Gadget would describe all the functions of the DVD menu, including how to play episodes one at a time or back-to-back, and how to turn the subtitles on or off (using a menu screen whose only function was to turn on English subtitles). The DVD also featured a trivia game hosted by Gadget and a commercial for future DiC DVD releases. The trivia game was played to unlock a hidden bonus feature.
- The Intelligencer - September 23, 1991
- The Intelligencer - August 26, 1994
- Super Mario Bros. - Cartoon Resource Website entry #76
- Club Mario
- Damian Inwood. "Pi Theatre, Independent Vancouver Theatre >> The Baroness and the Pig". Retrieved October 30, 2011. "That’s what Vancouver actresses Diane Brown and Tabitha St. Germain do with the delightful black comedy, The Baroness and the Pig. (...) St. Germain – better known to Vancouver audiences as Paulina Gillis – plays the Baroness as a naïve gentlewoman, full of prissy mannerisms and twittering, bird-like movements."