Super Mario World (TV series)
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|Super Mario World|
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto (original characters)|
|Directed by||John Grusd|
|Voices of||Harvey Atkin
|Theme music composer||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Opening theme||"Super Mario World"|
|Ending theme||"Super Mario World" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Andy Heyward|
|Running time||10–11 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DIC Entertainment
Nintendo of America, Inc.
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround 2.0|
|Original run||September 14, 1991 – December 7, 1991|
|Preceded by||Captain N & The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)|
Super Mario World is an American animated musical comedy television series loosely based on the Super NES video game of the same name. It is the third Saturday morning cartoon based on the Super Mario Bros. NES and Super NES series of video games. Thirteen episodes of the show were aired, as part of a block with Captain N: The Game Master called Captain N & The New Super Mario World on NBC. Just like The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, the show is produced by DIC Entertainment and Reteitalia, S.p.A. in association with Nintendo of America, Inc., who licensed the characters and power-ups from the game to DiC.
The series centers on Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool, now living in Dinosaur Land (sometimes also called Dinosaur World) with Yoshi, who is depicted on the show as a curious childlike dinosaur with a large appetite and several phobias. King Koopa (otherwise known as Bowser) and the Koopalings were also around, having followed the Super 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 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 as part of Mario All-Stars on Family Channel, and later USA Network. 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 predominantly 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. Furthermore, enemies featured in the game were rarely called by their in-game names on the show, and Bowser was called King Koopa, i.e. his castle says KOOPA instead of BOWSER. Also, Koopas are called "Troopas", and Chargin' Chucks are called "Football players". Many of these elements indicate the animators heavily relied on the Japanese version of the game than the official English release, as the series was in production several months before the North American release of the game. Additionally, the Koopalings were still referred to by their nicknames. King Koopa still had his all-green appearance from the previous two cartoons. Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool kept their NES designs (red and green overalls for Mario and Luigi and red hair for Princess Toadstool).
Another notable fact was that Luigi whom found Yoshi, and when he hatched Yoshi he was still just a baby and was not born with his red shell, as revealed when Luigi told him the story of how Yoshi was born in the final episode "Mama Luigi". Yoshi also ate several enemies after he was found, but unlike in the game, Yoshi remained small.
Another noticeable difference is that it was animated by a different animation studio, Pacific Rim Productions, Inc., hence the difference in character designs, not only for Princess Toadstool (the most obvious), but also for Mario and Luigi. An intro animated by a Japanese animation studio named Canvas, Inc. was also conceived for the series (due to the better resources and production values, it was better than the show's actual western animation). Like the third season of Captain N: The Game Master (which aired the same year), the animation and writing quality suffered, perhaps due to a smaller budget. The theme song for this show was written by Mark Mothersbaugh, who also wrote the music for Rugrats, which coincidentally, premiered in the same month and year.
- Walker Boone as Mario
- Tony Rosato as Luigi
- Andrew Sabiston as Yoshi
- Tracey Moore as Princess Toadstool (Peach)
- John Stocker as Oogtar, Magikoopa, Monty Mole, and Chargin' Chuck
- Harvey Atkin as King Bowser Koopa
- Tara Charendoff as Iggy "Hip Koopa" and Lemmy "Hop Koopa"
- Paulina Gillis as Wendy "Kootie Pie" Koopa
- Brandon Enis as Luigi (Episode 13 only)
- James Rankin as Larry "Cheatsy" Koopa
- Dan Hennessey as Roy "Bully" Koopa, Green Dinosaur, and Purple Dinosaur
- Michael Stark as Ludwig "Kooky" Von Koopa
- Gordon Masten as Morton "Big Mouth" Koopa Jr.
- Catherine Gallant as Mama Fireplant
- Stuart Stone as Additional voices
UK and US VHS history
- Video Collection International (1992–1994)
On November 13, 2007, Shout! Factory and Vivendi 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) by Roadshow Entertainment. NCircle Entertainment (under license from Cookie Jar Entertainment) has also released the series in two volumes. They later released the complete series in one set.
|DVD name||Ep #||Release date||Additional information|
|Captain N & The New Super Mario World - The Complete Series||13||November 13, 2007||
|Super Mario World: The Complete Series: Collector's Edition||13||October 8, 2013||
|List of broadcasts|
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