Super Mario World (television series)

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Super Mario World
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The Super Mario World intro screen.
Produced by DiC Entertainment
First episode launch September 14, 1991
Last episode launch December 7, 1991
Predecessor The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)

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.

Overview[edit]

Sometime after the events of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 series finale "Super Koopa", King Bowser Koopa, the Koopalings and their armies were banished from the Mushroom Kingdom.

After the banishment of the Koopa family 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 the Caveboy, 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.

Social issues[edit]

Super Mario World's title screen, when it aired alongside Captain N: The Game Master.

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.

Comparison to the video game[edit]

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. Yoshi spoke in English rather than with whistle noises from the video game. 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:

Airing history[edit]

Super Mario World's title screen, as seen at the end of the intro sequence

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 including 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.

This show is aired in 2005 on Spacetoon along with Earthworm Jim but ceased in 2007 and replaced itself and Earthworm Jim by The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. This show was airing on Nickeloedeon but it disbroadcasted the show and it was still airing on Spacetoon as of 1st January 2011, with Earthworm Jim, The Land Before Time, Make Way for Noddy, and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! after the closure of Spacetoon English.

Since 2009, the show is sometimes aired on KidsCo in Australia. Later since 2010 it was aired on the same channel in Spain and Portugal. It is now also aired on Boomerang in South Korea. [1]

Distribution[edit]

Captain N and the New Super Mario World DVD set, released November 13, 2007.

The Super Mario World episode "The Night Before Cave Christmas" was released sometime in 1996 for a VHS tape entitled "Super Mario Bros. Super Christmas Adventures"; along with "Koopa Klaus".

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 the Cookie Jar Entertainment merged to DHX Media, ending the agreement with Cookie Jar.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Air Date Episodes
September 14, 1991
"Fire Sale"
September 21, 1991
"The Wheel Thing"
September 28, 1991
"Send in the Clown"
October 5, 1991
"Ghosts 'R' Us"
October 12, 1991
"The Night Before Cave Christmas"
October 19, 1991
"King Scoopa Koopa"
October 26, 1991
"Born to Ride"
November 2, 1991
"Party Line"
November 9, 1991
"Gopher Bash"
November 16, 1991
"Rock TV"
November 23, 1991
"The Yoshi Shuffle"
November 30, 1991
"A Little Learning"
December 7, 1991
"Mama Luigi"

Songs[edit]

Main article: List of Songs in Super Mario World

Gallery[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Main article: List of quotes in the Super Mario World television series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (NOA) El Mundo de Super Mario Literal translation.
German Super Mario Welt Literal translation.
Portuguese Super Mario Brothers -
Romanian Lumea Lui Super Mario

Trivia[edit]

  • For the German dub, the intro sequence originally used the German Plumber Rap from "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show".

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wikipedia - Super Mario World (TV series)