Marsupilami (1993 TV series)

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Marsupilami
Marsupilami title.jpg
Genre
Created by
Written by
  • John Behnke
  • Rob Humphrey
  • Jim Peterson
Directed by
  • Bob Hathcock
  • Ed Wexler
Voices of
Theme music composerRoy Braverman
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Andre Franquin
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network
Picture format
Original releaseSeptember 18 (1993-09-18) –
December 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)

Marsupilami is an American animated television series that first appeared on television in Raw Toonage, and was then spin off into his own eponymous show on CBS for the 1993–94 season. The show was based on the popular comic book line by Belgian artist André Franquin et al. In 2000, a second Marsupilami cartoon premiered in France, lasting 130 episodes spread over 5 seasons.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

There were 13 episodes in the series, which lasted one season and ended on December 11, 1993. Reruns of the show were aired on The Disney Channel (from October 1994[1] to June 1995[2][3]), and later on Toon Disney. Each of the 13 episodes would feature one new "Marsupilami" short, then one short either featuring Sebastian the Crab or Shnookums and Meat, and then an old "Marsupilami" short, from "Raw Toonage". Three of the 16 "Marsupilami" shorts made for "Raw Toonage" – "Wanna Be Ruler", "The Young and the Nestless", and "Hot Spots" – wasn't incuded in the "Marsupilami" series, but do appear on the PAL video releases.

The original Marsupilami comic stories by Franquin never included a recurring gorilla or elephant character, since these species are native to Africa, while the marsupilami in the comic version was said to come from South America (However, in the album "Le dictateur et le champignon", the Marsupilami escaped from his cell on a boat along with a gorilla). Another change is that the animated Marsupilami can speak, whereas his comic counterpart can only mimic sound like a parrot.

Segments[edit]

Marsupilami[edit]

This segment deals with the adventures of Marsupilami (voiced by Steve Mackall) and his friends Maurice the Gorilla (voiced by Jim Cummings) and Stewart the Elephant (voiced by Dan Castellaneta). Some episodes of Marsupilami would have him either evading Eduardo the Leopard (voiced by Steve Landesberg) or outwitting a human named Norman (voiced by Jim Cummings).

Sebastian the Crab[edit]

Sebastian the Crab (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) from The Little Mermaid is a segment which takes place in various locations out of the sea after the end of the events of The Little Mermaid. Ariel has become human, married Prince Eric, moved onto land, and almost never has any time to drop by and visit her old friends in the ocean. Flounder and Scuttle have also moved on with their lives now that their best friend Ariel is living away on land. Sebastian has some new adventures, with some of them having him outwit Chef Louie (voiced by René Auberjonois). The events in this segment seem to show that both Sebastian and Louie moved away from the coastal area where The Little Mermaid took place, even though they both returned in the second movie.

Shnookums and Meat[edit]

Shnookums and Meat was a secondary segment on this show which would later spin-off into its own show. This segment involves a cat named Shnookums (voiced by Jason Marsden) and a dog named Meat (voiced by Frank Welker) who did not get along very well. Their owners are unseen stock characters only viewed from the neck down and named (appropriately enough) Husband & Wife (voiced by Steve Mackall and Tress MacNeille). Husband is always referring to their home as their "domicile" before the two leave their pets in charge while they are away.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Working Class Mars / StC: King of the Beach / The Hairy Ape"September 18, 1993 (1993-09-18)

  • Working Class Mars: Corporate head Norman hires Mars and Maurice as office workers, to his regret.
  • StC: King of the Beach: Lifeguard Sebastian tries to kick out a seagull that's made her nest in his lifeguard chair.
  • The Hairy Ape: Norman traps Maurice to take to the zoo, telling Mars that he's taking him to a party. But now Mars wants to go, too.
2"Normzan of the Jungle / StC: Room Service / Bathtime for Maurice"September 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)

  • Normzan of the Jungle: Norman learns hypnosis and intends to use it to control all the jungle animals as Normzan. He hypnotizes Maurice to make him his sidekick.
  • StC: Room Service: Hotel Clerk Sebastian has to keep everything quiet for guest Chef Louie, who's at the breaking point because of a failed restaurant opening.
  • Bathtime for Maurice: Mars has to go through a lot of trouble to get filthy Maurice to take a bath.
3"Hole in Mars / StC: Crab Scouts / The Treasure of the Sierra Marsdre"October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)

  • Hole in Mars: Golfing expert Norman challenges Mars to a betting game of golf, and regrets it.
  • StC: Crab Scouts: Sebastian takes the Crab Scouts on a hike, always stressing the value of the Crab Scout Manual.
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Marsdre: Norman spies on Mars and Maurice planning to go on a treasure hunt, and worms his way into joining them.
4"The Wizard of Mars / StC: TV Jeebies / The Puck Stops Here"October 9, 1993 (1993-10-09)

  • The Wizard of Mars: A strong windstorm blows Mars all the way to the Land of Oz, with Maurice playing a composite of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, and Norman playing the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • StC: TV Jeebies: A TV executive keeps casting Sebastian and Chef Louie in various TV pilots.
  • The Puck Stops Here: Norman uses the hotel air conditioning system to freeze the lake, and then challenges Mars to a game of hockey.
5"Mar-Sup-Du-Jour / S&M: Kung-Fu Kitty / Romancing the Clone"October 16, 1993 (1993-10-16)

  • Mar-Sup-Du-Jour: Mars first meets Eduardo, a Spanish leopard who wants to eat Mars.
  • S&M: Kung-Fu Kitty: Shnookums the cat is alarmed when his owners buy a guard dog named Meat. But he learns kung-fu to defend himself. The premiere short.
  • Romancing the Clone: Norman dresses up as a female Marsupilami to deceive a tourist that's trying to take a picture of a marsupilami. But Mars falls in love with Norman.
6"Toucan Always Get What You Want / S&M: I.Q. You, Too / Fear of Kites"October 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)

  • Toucan Always Get What You Want: Mars protects a baby toucan from Eduardo and tries to teach it how to fly.
  • S&M: I.Q. You, Too: The cat and dog use brain-enhancing devices to come up with evermore violent pranks to commit against each other.
  • Fear of Kites: Mars and Maurice's kite gets tangled up on the hotel rooftop. But bellhop Norman won't let them inside to retrieve it.
7"Mars' Problem Pachyderm / S&M: Night of the Living Shnookums / Mars Meets Dr. Normanstein"October 30, 1993 (1993-10-30)

  • Mars' Problem Pachyderm: Mars tries to cure the many phobias of his friend Stewart, the scaredy elephant.
  • S&M: Night of the Living Shnookums: On a stormy night, Meat thinks he's killed Shnookums! But it's not the last he's seen of the cat.
  • Mars Meets Dr. Normanstein: Mars and Maurice take refuge from a rainstorm in the home of Dr. Normanstein, who wants to use Maurice's brain for his monster.
8"Steamboat Mars / S&M: Something Fishy / Someone's in the Kitchen with Mars"November 6, 1993 (1993-11-06)

  • Steamboat Mars: Norman tries to smuggle a rare bird out of the jungle by transporting it in his steamboat. But he runs into Mars fishing for piranhas.
  • S&M: Something Fishy: The pet fish learns how to make itself evolve, and turns into a giant monster that terrorizes Shnookums and Meat.
  • Someone's in the Kitchen with Mars: Chef Norman steals Mars and Maurice's big basket of fruit. But Mars and Maurice track him to the hotel kitchen.
9"Hey, Hey! They're the Monkeys! / S&M: Jingle Bells, Something Smells / Prime Mates Forever"November 13, 1993 (1993-11-13)

  • Hey, Hey! They're the Monkeys!: A trio of thuggish baby monkeys abandoned by a circus clown rob Mars of his nest.
  • S&M: Jingle Bells, Something Smells: Meat's smelly sock fells Santa Claus, and now the cat and dog must drive the sleigh in his place.
  • Prime Mates Forever: Mars helps Maurice try to romance a tough female gorilla.
10"Thorn O'Plenty / StC: Basic Insting / Witch Doctor Is Which?"November 20, 1993 (1993-11-20)

  • Thorn O'Plenty: Mars pulls a thorn out of Eduardo's paw, and so the leopard now feels he must save Mars's life before he can eat him.
  • StC: Basic Insting: Sebastian unknowingly gets a fishhook tangled on his back, and a near-sighted female scorpion falls in love with him.
  • Witch Doctor Is Which?: Witch Doctor Norman places a series of curses on Mars so that he instead of Mars will be the happiest person in the jungle.
11"A Spotless Record / StC: A Boy and His Crab / Mars vs. Man"November 27, 1993 (1993-11-27)

  • A Spotless Record: Mars loses his spots from eating bad fruit. A reluctant Stewart knows how to cure him and ends up taking Mars and Maurice to where a cure might be found.
  • StC: A Boy and His Crab: Sebastian waits out Crab Season by being the pet of a boy who thinks he's a dog.
  • Mars vs. Man: Foreman Norman uproots Mars's tree to make space for his condominiums, but Mars squats in one of them.
12"Cropsy-Turvy / StC: A Crabby Honeymoon / Safari So Good"December 4, 1993 (1993-12-04)

  • Cropsy-Turvy: Mars scares his friends with campfire stories of the monstrous Cropsy, but finds that he's wrong when he meets the real Cropsy.
  • StC: A Crabby Honeymoon: Sebastian gets mixed up in the problems of a newlywed couple staying at his hotel.
  • Safari So Good: Norman's Aunt Mindy pays a visit and takes an immediate liking to Mars.
13"Royal Foil / StC: Flambe, Bombe / Jungle Fever"December 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)

  • Royal Foil: Mars and Maurice vacation in London, where Norman tricks them into helping him steal the crown jewels.
  • StC: Flambe, Bombe: Superstar Sebastian rushes through New York trying to get to the Mervin Peevish center in time to host a variety show, and avoiding getting caught by Chef Louie.
    Note: Originally a host sequence in "Raw Toonage".
  • Jungle Fever: Mars tries to cure a sick Maurice, but keeps getting sneezed into the way of a refined lion named Leonardo.

Crew[edit]

Home media[edit]

North American (NTSC) releases[edit]

Three VHS and Betamax compilations, each containing five Marsupilami shorts, were released in North America by Walt Disney Home Video.

Home Video title Episode(s) Release date
“Marsuper-Duper” ‘Mars Meets Dr. Normanstein’
‘Hole in Mars’
‘Witch Doctor is Which?’
‘Safari So Good’
‘Steamboat Mars’
March 18, 1994
“Adventurous Tails” ‘Bathtime for Maurice’
‘Hey, Hey! They're the Monkeys!’
‘Fear of Kites’
‘Toucan Always Get What You Want’
‘Mar-Soup-Du-Jour’
March 18, 1994
“Jumpin' Jungle Jive” ‘The Hairy Ape’
‘Working Class Mars’
‘Cropsy-Turvy’
‘Mars' Problem Pachyderm’
‘Normzan of the Jungle’
March 18, 1994

European and Oceania (PAL) releases[edit]

Five VHS cassettes and Betamax cassettes, collecting the entire production of Marsupilami shorts produced by Disney, were released in Europe and Oceania.

Home Video title Episode(s) Release date
“Houba, Houba!” ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Marsdre’
‘The Puck Stops Here’
'The Hairy Ape’
‘Mars Meets Doctor Normanstein’
‘Witch Doctor is Which?’
‘Hot Spots’
‘Jungle Fever’
November 26, 1993
“The Superstar” ‘The Fear of Kites’
‘Safari So Good’
‘Mars vs. Man’
‘Someone's in the Kitchen with Mars’
‘Wanna Be Ruler’
‘Prime Mates Forever’
‘The Young and the Nestless’
November 26, 1993
“Jumpin' Jungle Jive” ‘The Wizard of Mars’
‘Working Class Mars’
‘Cropsy-Turvy’
‘Mars' Problem Pachyderm’
‘Normzan of the Jungle’
April 1, 1994
“Adventurous Tails” ‘Royal Foil’
‘Hey, Hey! They're the Monkeys’
‘Toucan Always Get What You Want’
‘Mar-Soup-Du-Jour’
'Bathtime for Maurice'
April 1, 1994
“Marsuper-Duper” ‘Hole in Mars’
‘Thorn o' Plenty’
‘A Spotless Record’
‘Steamboat Mars’
'Romancing the Clone'
April 1, 1994

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 6, October/November 1994: pp. 36, 46, 58.
  2. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 2 (typo in magazine: should be "no. 3"), April/May 1995: pp. 26, 36, 44.
  3. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 13, no. 4, June/July 1995: p. 48.

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