Kootie Pie Rocks

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The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Episode
"Kootie Pie Rocks"
KootiePieRocks.jpg
Airdate 10/27/1990
Writer(s) Phil Harnage, Martha Moran
Opening Curtain None
Featured Song "Blame It On The Rain"
"Girl You Know It's True"
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"Kootie Pie Rocks" is the sixteenth episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3; it aired alongside another episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 entitled "Do the Koopa". Milli Vanilli guest stars, voicing themselves.

Plot Synopsis[edit]

One evening in the Mushroom Kingdom, Cheatsy Koopa is climbing up the side of the Mushroom Castle, and peeks in through a window, hoping to spy on whatever Mario and Luigi are up to. Looking in, Cheatsy sees that Toad is helping Mario fit into a tuxedo, when Luigi questions why they have to wear dumb "penguin suits". Toad explains that Princess Toadstool will be all dressed up herself, but they are shocked to see that she is actually dressed to go to a rock concert, and is even wearing a jersey with "Milli Vanilli", whom she remarks is her favorite band, printed on the front. Toad comments that he doesn't understand Earth's "weird customs", and Princess Toadstool points out that everyone at the concert will be too busy looking at Milli Vanilli to notice them. With the knowledge of Princess Toadstool going to a Milli Vanilli concert, Cheatsy retreats back to Castle Koopa, wondering what Kootie Pie will think.

Upon Cheatsy's return to Castle Koopa, Kootie Pie is throwing a temper tantrum because Princess Toadstool can go to concert, while she can't. After throwing some random objects at King Koopa, Kootie Pie screams until he gives in, and even offers to let her keep Milli Vanilli as well. When Kootie Pie runs off to change into a dress, Cheatsy comments that he can't wait to see Koopa pull off his plan, only for Koopa to order him to fire up the Doomship, and that he must come along.

Milli Vanilli introduce themselves.

At a stadium in New York City, which has been set up for the concert, Milli Vanilli run onto the stage, introduce themselves, and toss a rose into the audience, which Princess Toadstool catches. Mario and Luigi can't stand the screaming audience, and cover their ears. Milli Vanilli then begin to sing "Blame it on the Rain". After a while, the Doomship flies over to the stadium, and Koopa fires a beam at part of the stage, lifting Milli Vanilli up into the air with it. Soon, Milli Vanilli disappears, and Koopa laughs as the Doomship warps away. Mario tells his friends that they need to head to Castle Koopa as soon as they can in order to save Milli Vanilli, and they prepare to leave.

Kootie Pie expecting Milli Vanilli.

At Castle Koopa, Milli Vanilli is reluctantly introduced to Kootie Pie. She develops a crush on Rob, and Kootie Pie kisses him several times, which disgusts him. Rob and Fab try to leave, but Kootie Pie tells them that they can't, and demands for them to perform a private concert just for her right away. When they refuse, Kootie Pie pulls out her Magic Wand, and threatens to transform Rob and Fab into a pair of accountants, to which the two laugh "Accountants? That is a good one!" Annoyed, Kootie Pie makes good on her threat and transforms Milli Vanilli into accountants, to which they shout out "No! We are nerds! We are dweebs!" Fab tells Kootie Pie to turn them back to normal, but Kootie Pie that they are stuck in Dark Land forever. Rob and Fab try to escape, but two Sledge Bros. block the exit.

Rob and Fab as accountants.

Kootie Pie threatens to turn Rob and Fab into Beetles if they refuse to perform a concert, and Fab questions why anyone would want to be a band from the sixties. Kootie Pie then considers turning them into Ptooies, but Rob has never heard of a band by that name. Fab tells Kootie Pie that they are unable to perform a concert without a backup band, so Kootie Pie remarks that they have to stay as accountants until they can find one.

Princess Toadstool, who is spying into Castle Koopa through a window with her friends, explains that she'll never hear her favorite music again if they can't get Milli Vanilli back to normal. Mario reassures Princess Toadstool that they'll save Milli Vanilli from Kootie Pie, but Luigi questions how. Mario then remembers Fab's remark about needing a backup band, so he decides that they should pose as one.

Mario and his friends dressed up as a rock band.

Dressed as a rock band, Mario and his friends enter Kastle Koopa through a Warp Pipe, and head for the throne room, while Kootie Pie throws a temper tantrum about how Bowser forgot to bring her a backup band in addition to Milli Vanilli. After Mario's group arrives, Fab recognizes Princess Toadstool from the audience at their concert back in New York City, and she whispers that they're here to save them. Mario introduces his group to Kootie Pie as the traveling backup band "Backups 'R' We", whom Kootie Pie is thrilled to see have arrived so suddenly. Princess Toadstool asks who will sing while their group plays "...these two accountants?", and tricks Kootie Pie into turning Milli Vanilli back into their usual selves.

Toad playing the music.

With Rob and Fab restored, Rob tells Mario to play "Girl You Know It's True". However, Mario and his friends can't play their instruments at all, and everyone but Kootie Pie can't stand the music. Koopa comes in to complain, but Toad's drumstick goes flying into his mouth, and he flees from the bad music, as do some Sledge Bros. and Goombas. Still playing, Mario and his friends lead Milli Vanilli out of the room, and head for the Warp Pipe. Kootie Pie, upset over the loss of her concert, runs to tell Koopa, and threatens to scream if he doesn't bring it back. Koopa, who is wearing earmuffs, refuses to do so, and would rather hear Kootie Pie scream than any more bad music. Kootie Pie claims that she'll just bring them back herself, but Koopa grabs her, and threatens to throw her in the dungeon unless she promises to forget about the band, to which Kootie Pie agrees.

Back at their real concert, Milli Villi are back on stage, and announce that their next song is dedicated to a real princess, as they start to play "Girl You Know It's True". Watching from backstage, Princess Toadstool starts applauding, and ignores Mario, who comments that if they keep their band, they will be as popular as Milli Vanilli, which he isn't too keen on.

Animation and Continuity errors[edit]

  • At the beginning of the episode, when Cheatsy is spying on the Mario Brothers, Toad, and Princess Toadstool, his face is colored orange when he leaves.
    • This also happens when Cheatsy asks "What good side?"
  • In some parts of the episode, Rob and Fab's voices are switched.
  • Despite Koopa telling Cheatsy he's going to help him capture Milli Vanilli, Cheatsy does absolutely nothing to help him; he only appears in the Doomship.
  • During the concert, some of the audience members' clothes flash, such as one lady's pants going from dark green to bright green, but that could be due to stage lighting.
  • Some of the audience members have no nose.
  • In both the beginning of the concert and the ending, a sign outside mistakenly says "Preseting Milli Vanilli" instead of "Presenting Milli Vanilli".
  • Luigi's pink bow tie stays the same color for all of the scenes where he is shown with it on, except for the scene when Princess Toadstool exclaims "Whoa, what an exit!", where it is green.
  • When Milli Vanilli are brought to Castle Koopa, Cheatsy says "Welcome to Castle Koopa!" However, he is not seen in the next shot; in fact, he doesn't appear in the episode at all after the kidnapping in New York.
  • When Kootie Pie threatens to turn Rob and Fab into accountants, the wand is teal, but while they are laughing, the wand turns pink. After transforming them, the wand turns teal again.

Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French La groupie Groupie
German Das Privatkonzert The Private Concert
Italian Il concerto dei Milli Vanilli The Concert of Milli Vanilli
Portuguese O Rock da Kootie Pie The Kootie Pie's Rock

Trivia[edit]

  • This episode does not open on an in-game screenshot of Super Mario Bros. 3, like every other episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Instead, it appears on a shot of two clouds. This is also the only episode where the Grass Land intro is played with a down-tempo mix.
  • This episode initially was going to be named "Strawberry, Chocolate, or Vanilli?"
  • This episode aired under two weeks before it was revealed that Milli Vanilli was nothing but a pair of lip synchers - as a result, the songs were cut from reruns of the episode, replaced with an instrumental that replaced several other songs in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Other drastic changes were made as well, such as the mere mentions of Milli Vanilli's songs by name. The first half of Koopa's line "Blame on the rain? Blame it on King Koopa!" is cut, thus making little sense. Also at the end of the show when Milli Vanilli sings for the princess the part when Mario talks about starting their own band was cut.
  • After being transformed into accountants, Rob and Fab are threatened again to be turned into Beetles, the show's name for Buzzy Beetles. Humorously, Rob says "Great, who wants to be a band from the 1960s?" a reference to The Beatles.
  • The name Mario gives to the gang's fake backup band - Backups "R" We - is a reference to the toy retailer, Toys "R" Us.