Super Mario World (television series)
Super Mario World is an animated television series that is loosely based on the game of the same name. The cartoon chronicles the adventures of Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool in Dinosaur Land. Yoshi and several new characters, such as Oogtar the caveboy, make an appearance as well. Super Mario World was the last of DIC's Super Mario cartoons and originally aired from September 14th, 1991 to December 7th, 1991.
Sometime after the banishment of King Bowser Koopa, the Koopalings and their minions, Princess Toadstool, Mario and Luigi went on vacation to the Dinosaur World, only for Princess Toadstool to be kidnapped by King Koopa and his minions. After adventuring and befriending Yoshi, Mario and Luigi managed to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser's Neon Castle and subsequently decided to stay in Dinosaur Land's Dome City with the cave-people.
Several episodes of Super Mario World often had Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Princess Toadstool and occasionally Oogtar, a show-exclusive character, trying to stop the schemes of King Koopa and the Koopalings, as well as other villains such as Wizenheimer or the DinoRiders. Toad who appeared in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 does not appear in the series since his last appearance was Super Koopa and was likely replaced by Yoshi (since he did not appear in the Super Mario World game), making it the only Mario cartoon where Toad does not appear. Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, King Koopa and the Koopalings retain their designs from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, while Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Cheatsy receive a drastic change, the "L" on Luigi's cap is black instead of green, but the "L" was changed back to green in later episodes, Princess Toadstool's eyes are now blue instead of black and her skin color is now lighter and Cheatsy's hair is now yellow/white instead of light blue. Also, Mario and Luigi's fire forms in the show are based on their fire from sprites from the game as well as the modern appearance of their fire forms. Walker Boone, Tony Rosato, Tracey Moore and Harvey Atkin reprised their roles as Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and King Koopa in the show.
Some episodes of Super Mario World can also be seen as social commentary for controversial issues, such as street gangs ("Born to Ride"), addiction ("Rock TV"), bullying in school ("A Little Learning") and obesity ("King Scoopa Koopa").
The show also had several episodes, such as "The Wheel Thing" and "Party Line", dealing with the introduction and consequences of introducing new concepts and technologies to others without thinking ahead, in this case, the cave-people of Dome City.
Differences from the game
Super Mario World, though based on the video game of the same name, included several creative licenses. The cave people and Dome City are both introduced in the television series. Characters retained their color differences from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! King Koopa was only once referred to as "Bowser" and the Koopalings retained their alternate names from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Many locations and enemies were referred to by different names:
Also, DIC swapped the Mario/Luigi's shirt and overall colors to match their classic outfits, for unknown reasons.
Super Mario World originally aired alongside Captain N: The Game Master on NBC, where it was erroneously referred to as Super Mario Bros. 4 in commercial bumpers. Super Mario World was also the only Mario cartoon to air in Australia on Network Ten and Cheez TV, though only on Mondays to Wednesdays on the latter. Oddly, in both the United Kingdom and Australia, the episode "King Scoopa Koopa" aired before "The Night Before Cave Christmas", due to a mishap involving the show's production order and the production order of Captain N: The Game Master.
Along with Captain N, Super Mario World was one of the last cartoons to air on NBC as that network began to gradually phase out cartoons on Saturdays. Both were canceled by the fall of 1992 and replaced with a Saturday version of The Today Show, along with their TNBC block, which included such shows as Saved by the Bell and California Dreams.
Due to the nature of its production, Super Mario World is actually one half of a series entitled Captain N and the New Super Mario World, which also consists of the third season of Captain N: The Game Master. Although the "New" suffix was used to promote the Super Mario World game when the show first aired, it is part of the series' proper title, and was never dropped. An episode of this half hour series consists of a Super Mario World cartoon and either a Captain N cartoon, or a second Super Mario World cartoon. Due to legal issues, the third season episodes of Captain N and the Super Mario World episodes are inseparable, and have to be released on DVD in the same set. This also explains why the first two seasons of Captain N: The Game Master were released in a "complete series" set; the third season is part of a separate show.
In the Middle East, Super Mario World aired on Spacetoon along with Earthworm Jim starting in 2005, but in 2007, both it and Earthworm Jim were replaced by The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Super Mario World also aired on the Middle East version of Nickeloedeon but is no longer on that channel's schedule and it was also still airing on Spacetoon as of January 1, 2011, along with Earthworm Jim, The Land Before Time, Make Way for Noddy, and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! after Spacetoon English shut down.
Currently, DVDs of every single Super Mario World episode are available in Australia; the episode "A Little Learning" was also available on a VHS tape for a time in the UK.
Due to complications involving the use of Yoshi, it was originally thought that DVD box sets of Super Mario World weren't going to be made. However, those issues were resolved, and Shout! Factory has released a box set containing the complete series, along with the third season of Captain N: The Game Master. The DVD was discontinued in 2012, along with The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show Volume 1 and 2 due to Cookie Jar Entertainment merged to DHX Media, ending the agreement with Cookie Jar.
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