Super Mario World (TV series)

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Super Mario World
Created byShigeru Miyamoto (original characters)
Directed byJohn Grusd
Voices of
Theme music composerMark Mothersbaugh
Opening theme"Super Mario World"
Ending theme"Super Mario World" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)Michael Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (13 Mario, 7 Captain N) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Producer(s)John Grusd
  • Mark McNally
  • Sue Odjakjian
Running time10–11 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorRysher Entertainment
DHX Media
Original networkNBC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0
Original releaseSeptember 14 (1991-09-14) – December 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)[1]
Preceded byCaptain N & The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)

Super Mario World is an American animated comedy television series loosely based on the Super NES video game of the same name. It is the third animated series based on the Mario video game series, with the other two being The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Unlike its two predecessors, this series does not feature Toad (though his voice actor, John Stocker, voices other characters in this show) and takes place in Dinosaur World instead of the Mushroom Kingdom. It instead features Yoshi and a show-exclusive character named Oogtar. 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 the Italian studio Reteitalia, S.p.A. in association with Nintendo of America, Inc. (except it was animated by a Chinese animation studio, Pacific Rams Production, Inc.), who licensed the characters and game to DiC. Also, some of the voice actors from the previous Mario cartoon reprised their roles.

Reception and legacy[edit]

The show received some negative reception during its original airtime due to the animation and writing quality, as well as formatting the aspects of this show at a preschool level.[2][3] However, the series gained a cult following years later when all of the episodes were released online, with most praise aimed at the final episode "Mama Luigi". Various quotes and scenes from that episode such as the infamous quote "That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario!" were widely used for mashup videos, remixes and comedic-relief based videos on the video-sharing website YouTube in 2008, and are considered popular internet memes.

A collaborative re-animated version of the episode, organized and directed by animation artist and Teen Titans Go! storyboard artist Andrew Dickman, was released on YouTube on August 29, 2017.[4] With 227 animators and artists contributing and participating in the project, the goal was to make a re-animated version of the episode in which each animator is given a scene from the episode and animates in any direction they choose so long as it follows the basic formula of the original scene. The project was announced on July 10, 2016 and was roughly completed a year later with an annotated version available on Newgrounds.[5] The video was praised for not only recapturing the nostalgic moments of the classic episode but for also having the involvement of several artists who worked on the original series.[6] Phil Harnage, the writer for the original episode, praised the video as well.[7] The project was dedicated to the memories of Tony Rosato and Harvey Atkin, who died during the production of the project.[8]

Voice cast[edit]


Broadcast history[edit]

UK and US VHS history[edit]

DVD release[edit]

On November 13, 2007, Shout! Factory and Vivendi Visual Entertainment released a Complete Series DVD set of Captain N and the New Super Mario World in Region 1, featuring all 13 original, uncut broadcast episodes. 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.[10]

DVD name Ep # Release date Additional information
Captain N and 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
Super Mario World: The Complete Series: Collector's Edition 13 October 8, 2013
  • Storyboard-to-Screen: Opening Title Sequence
  • Original Concept Art: Yoshi


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times; September 14, 1991 and December 7, 1991 TV listings
  2. ^ Landrea Wells. "Children and Television". University of Florida. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Bernstein, Paula (December 4, 2001). "Discovery set to kid around with Peacock". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2009.
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  9. ^ 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.
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