The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! was the first animated series based on the Super Mario series of videogames to be produced by DIC Entertainment, and the only one to be produced directly for syndication.
Each episode began with a live-action segment (all of which took place before the brothers discovered the Mushroom Kingdom) starring Mario (portrayed by World Wrestling Federation star "Captain" Lou Albano) and Luigi (Danny Wells) living in Brooklyn, where they would often be visited by a celebrity guest star at Mario Brothers Plumbing, a basement workshop which doubled as their home.
The live-action segment would be followed by a cartoon based on the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 video games, where Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool (Peach), and Toad would battle against King Koopa (Bowser) throughout the many lands of the world, often in a movie or historical parody. Mouser, Tryclyde, Fryguy and a single, unnamed Koopa Troopa often worked closely with King Koopa, serving as his henchmen. Getting into the spirit of these parodies, King Koopa usually took on a varying alter ego. He had a different outfit for each one, and would take on a different alias to along with it. For example, in a riverboat-themed episode, King Koopa was "Captain Koopa", while in one of the western-themed episodes, he went by "Billy the Koopa". In many episodes, King Koopa's minions would often dress up in outfits as well, to go along with Koopa's themed costumes.
Wart, the main antagonist of the second game, was never in any of the episodes, yet most of his minions managed to appear as members of the Koopa Pack. Like most 1980s cartoons, King Koopa would prolong the series' run by escaping from his adversaries (which he did through the use of Magic Potion), even though they could easily catch him.
The basis of the storyline (introduced at the beginning of every animated episode) was that Mario and Luigi were working on a bathtub drain which unknowingly was a warp zone to the Mushroom Kingdom, and Mario and Luigi had literally gone down the drain and ended up in the Mushroom Kingdom, by sheer coincidence causing problems for King Koopa and rescuing Toad and Princess Toadstool. Now that they were rescued, the focus for the Mario Brothers was to return to Brooklyn, while stopping King Koopa's tyranny whenever they could. Lou Albano and Danny Wells also voiced Mario and Luigi for the animated segment. It was never revealed whether their live action sequences were a prequel to the animated series or they successfully returned to Brooklyn and resumed their duties in the plumbing business.
Following the cartoon was the third portion of the episode, which continued the story that the live-action segment set up in the beginning. Towards the end, the second live-action segment was interrupted with scenes from that week's upcoming episode of The Legend of Zelda.
The Super Mario Bros. cartoon was shown on Mondays through Thursdays only. On Fridays, the show would air The Legend of Zelda cartoons based on the game of the same name.
On September 3, 1990, the show changed its name to Club Mario, replacing the live-action Mario segment with two completely different characters known as Tommy Treehugger and Co M.C., with occasional appearances by Tammy Treehugger (Tommy's twin sister) and Evil Eric (Co M.C.'s evil twin brother).
In another Mario related television series, King Koopa's Kool Kartoons, framed portraits of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! versions of Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Toadstool can be seen in various episodes.
The show lasted from 1989 to 1990, and was available to watch from Yahooligans! TV starting in March 2004, with a new episode usually uploaded every week. However, on December 24, 2005 it was taken down along with all DiC Entertainment cartoons.
As of November 3, 2009 it can be watched at Jaroo.com, a video-streaming website owned by Cookie Jar Group. The website routinely cycles through all fifty-two of the show's episodes, hosting five at any given time. Each Tuesday, the next episode in line is added, with the oldest being dropped. Since DHX Media purchased Cookie Jar, Jaroo was taken down.
As of 2011, it can be watched via Netflix and Hulu.
When shown in reruns after cancellation, DiC took out all the song covers played during the chase scenes, and replaced them with instrumentals of songs featured in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. This was probably done for licensing reasons as the lyrics of the song covers are copyrighted.
From 1989 to 1991, Kid Klassics released NTSC VHS videos of the show. These videos contained two, one, or no live-action segments, and featured the cartoon segments as they originally aired (meaning they included the cover songs that were edited out in later airings). On these videos, the "Super Mario Bros." theme wasn't included before the cartoon segment.
Toad, Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool.
King Koopa and his Koopa Pack (Tryclyde, Koopa Troopa and Mouser).
||Friday (The Legend of Zelda)
|September 4, 1989Episode #1 - The Bird! The Bird!Live-action segment #1 - Neatness Counts
||September 5, 1989Episode #2 - King Mario of CramalotLive-action segment #2 - Day of the Orphan
||September 6, 1989Episode #3 - Butch Mario & the Luigi KidLive-action segment #3 - All Steamed Up
||September 7, 1989Episode #4 - Mario's Magic CarpetLive-action segment #4 - Marianne and Luigeena
||September 8, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #1 - The RingerLive-action segment #5 - Slime Busters
|September 11, 1989Episode #5 - Rolling Down the RiverLive-action segment #6 - The Mario Monster Mash
||September 12, 1989Episode #6 - The Great Gladiator GigLive-action segment #7 - Bonkers from Yonkers
||September 13, 1989Episode #7 - Mario and the BeanstalkLive-action segment #8 - Bats in the Basement
||September 14, 1989Episode #8 - Love 'Em and Leave 'EmLive-action segment #9 - Will the Real Elvis Please Shut Up!
||September 15, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #2 - Cold SpellsLive-action segment #10 - Magic's Magic
|September 18, 1989Episode #9 - The Great BMX RaceLive-action segment #11 - Mama Mia Mario
||September 19, 1989Episode #10 - Stars in Their EyesLive-action segment #12 - Alligator Dundee
||September 20, 1989Episode #11 - Jungle FeverLive-action segment #13 - Dance
||September 21, 1989Episode #12 - Brooklyn BoundLive-action segment #14 - Cher's Poochie
||September 22, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #3 - The White KnightLive-action segment #15 - Wild Thing
|September 25, 1989Episode #13 - Toad WarriorsLive-action segment #16 - E.C. The Extra Creepy
||September 26, 1989Episode #14 - The Fire of HercufleasLive-action segment #17 - The Marios Fight Back
||September 27, 1989Episode #15 - Count KoopulaLive-action segment #18 - Magician
||September 28, 1989Episode #16 - Pirates of KoopaLive-action segment #19 - Do You Believe in Magic?
||September 29, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #4 - Kiss'n TellLive-action segment #20 - Mommies Curse
|October 2, 1989Episode #17 - Two Plumbers and a BabyLive-action segment #21 - Lost Dog
||October 3, 1989Episode #18 - The Adventures of Sherlock MarioLive-action segment #22 - Plumbers of the Year
||October 4, 1989Episode #19 - Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa...?Live-action segment #23 - Mario Hillbillies
||October 5, 1989Episode #20 - The Pied KoopaLive-action segment #24 - Super Plant
||October 6, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #5 - Sing for the UnicornLive-action segment #25 - Fred Van Winkle
|October 9, 1989Episode #21 - KoopensteinLive-action segment #26 - Baby Mario Love
||October 10, 1989Episode #22 - On Her Majesty's Sewer ServiceLive-action segment #27 - 9001: A Mario Odyssey
||October 11, 1989Episode #23 - Mario and JolietLive-action segment #28 - Fake Bro
||October 12, 1989Episode #24 - Too Hot to HandleLive-action segment #29 - Time Out Luigi
||October 13, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #6 - That Sinking FeelingLive-action segment #30 - Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario
|October 16, 1989Episode #25 - Hooded Robin and His Mario MenLive-action segment #31 - Flower Power
||October 17, 1989Episode #26 - 20,000 Koopas Under the SeaLive-action segment #32 - Vampire Until Ready
||October 18, 1989Episode #27 - Mighty McMario and the Pot of GoldLive-action segment #33 - Heart Throb
||October 19, 1989Episode #28 - Mario Meets Koop-zillaLive-action segment #34 - Fortune Teller
||October 20, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #7 - DoppelgangerLive-action segment #35 - The Magic Love
|October 23, 1989Episode #29 - Koopa KlausLive-action segment #36 - Little Marios
||October 24, 1989Episode #30 - Mario and the Red Baron KoopaLive-action segment #37 - Gorilla My Dreams
||October 25, 1989Episode #31 - The UnzappablesLive-action segment #38 - George Washington Slept Here
||October 26, 1989Episode #32 - Bad RapLive-action segment #39 - Caught in a Draft
||October 27, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #8 - Underworld ConnectionsLive-action segment #40 - Defective Gadgetry
|October 30, 1989Episode #33 - The Mark of ZeroLive-action segment #41 - Toupee
||October 31, 1989Episode #34 - The Ten KoopmandmentsLive-action segment #42 - The Artist
||November 1, 1989Episode #35 - The Koopas Are Coming! The Koopas Are Coming!Live-action segment #43 - Zenned Out Mario
||November 2, 1989Episode #36 - The Trojan KoopaLive-action segment #44 - Texas Tea
||November 3, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #9 - Stinging a StingerLive-action segment #45 - The Great Hereafter
|November 6, 1989Episode #37 - Quest for PizzaLive-action segment #46 - The Painting
||November 7, 1989Episode #38 - The Great Gold Coin RushLive-action segment #47 - Game Show Host
||November 8, 1989Episode #39 - Elvin LivesLive-action segment #48 - Home Radio
||November 9, 1989Episode #40 - Plumbers AcademyLive-action segment #49 - Glasnuts
||November 10, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #10 - A Hitch in the WorksLive-action segment #50 - Treasure of the Sierra Brooklyn
|November 13, 1989Episode #41 - Karate KoopaLive-action segment #51 - Adee Don't
||November 14, 1989Episode #42 - Mario of the ApesLive-action segment #52 - Chippie Chipmunks
||November 15, 1989Episode #43 - Princess, I Shrunk the Mario BrothersLive-action segment #53 - A Basement Divided
||November 16, 1989Episode #44 - Little Red Riding PrincessLive-action segment #54 - No Way to Treat a Queenie
||November 17, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #11 - Fairies in the SpringLive-action segment #55 - Pizza Crush
|November 20, 1989Episode #45 - The Provolone RangerLive-action segment #56 - Goodbye Mr. Fish
||November 21, 1989Episode #46 - Escape from KoopatrazLive-action segment #57 - French
||November 22, 1989Episode #47 - Mario of the DeepLive-action segment #58 - Two Bums from Brooklyn
||November 23, 1989Episode #48 - Flatbush KoopaLive-action segment #59 - Opera
||November 24, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #12 - The Missing LinkLive-action segment #60 - Tutti Frutti Mario
|November 27, 1989Episode #49 - Raiders of the Lost MushroomLive-action segment #61 - Cyrano de Mario
||November 28, 1989Episode #50 - Crocodile MarioLive-action segment #62 - Rowdy Roddy's Rotten Pipes
||November 29, 1989Episode #51 - Star KoopaLive-action segment #63 - Santa Claus Is Coming to Flatbush
||November 30, 1989Episode #52 - Robo KoopaLive-action segment #64 - Captain Lou Is Missing
||December 1, 1989The Legend of Zelda episode #13 - The Moblins Are RevoltingLive-action segment #65 - The Ghoul of My Dreams
Plumber Rap Part 1 (show intro)
Hey paisanos! It's the Super Mario Brothers Super Show!
We're the Mario Brothers, and plumbing's our game
We're not like the others who get all the fame
If your sink is in trouble, you can call us on the double
We're faster than the others, you'll be hooked on the Brothers Unh!
H-hooked on the Brothers
Gimme gimme, gimme gimme
Yo, you're in for a treat, so hang on to your seat
Get ready for adventure and remarkable feats
You'll meet Koopas, the Troopas, the Princess, and the others
Hangin' with the plumbers, you'll be hooked on the brothers!
To the bridge!
I say a h-h-h-h-hooked on the brothers!
Plumber Rap Part 2 (animated episodes intro)
It's the Mario Brothers and plumbin's their game
Found the secret warp zone while working on the drain
Lend the princess a hand in the Mushroom Land.
Join the action with the plumbers, you'll be hooked on the brothers!
Nooooooooow, evil Koopa and his Troopas are up to misbehavin'
They kidnapped the princess; Mushroom Land needs savin'
Abusin' and confusin', everybody discovers
They can't help but be hooked on the brothers! Unh!
Do the Mario (closing credits)
- Main article: Do the Mario
Do the Mario!
Swing your arms from side to side,
Come on, it's time to go!
Do the Mario!
Take one step, and then again.
Let's do the Mario, all together now!
You've got it!
It's the Mario!
Do the Mario!
Swing your arms from side to side,
Come on, it's time to go!
Do the Mario!
Take one step, and then again.
Let's do the Mario, all together now!
Come on now, it's just like that!
- US (Pre-Paramount): Mario Meets Koopzilla, Koopa Klaus, Count Koopula, The Great BMX Race, The Great Gladiator Gig, Butch Mario And The Luigi Kid, Mario's Magic Carpet, Hooded Robin, Two Plumbers And A Baby, Super Christmas Adventures (Dic Video through Kids Klassics), and VHS's from Dic Video and Paramount when it was owned by Viacom.
- UK: Super Show (Pickwick Video), Great BMX Race/Pirates Of The Koopa, Special Extended Edition, Princess, I Shrunk The Marios. (Tempo Video/Pickwick Video), and VHS'S From Dic Video, CIC Video, and Paramount when Paramount was owned by Viacom
- 3 one-disc sets by Sterling Productions.
- At Least 8 one-disc sets by NCircle Entertainment.
- 3 one-disc sets by Maximum Entertainment (UK only).
- 1 one-disc set by Trimark.
- 2 four-disc box-sets by Shout! Factory (released 2006).
- 1 two-disc set by Beyond Home Entertainment (Australia only).
- 1 six-disc set by Beyond Home Entertainment (Australia only).
Strong from its multiple animated shows based on pre-existing properties, DIC Entertainment approached Nintendo with an offer to make a cartoon based on the Mario series. Nintendo initially declined, but later signed a deal after DIC put together a creative team they liked . Nintendo required DIC to pay extensive royalties, an unusual arrangement for children programming at the time.
According to Danny Wells, him and co-star Lou Albano recorded the show on a six days schedule, where they would first film the live-action segments and then drive to another studio in order to record voices for the animated segments.
The series was a rating success and was widely syndicated. Also, according to Wells, the guest stars actively asked to be part of the live-action segments due to the popularity of Super Mario Bros. with their children . However, despite its success, Nintendo had little interest in continuing the show beyond the initial package, leading to its cancellation.
- King Koopa's appearance was based on his sprite from Super Mario Bros. in which he has green skin instead of yellowish-orange skin and wears two spiked-collars on both of his wrists instead of five and wears a crown on his head and has no red hair; Princess Toadstool's was based on her sprite from Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 in which she has red hair instead of blonde and she did not wear her white gloves and wore a plain gold crown without any gems and her brooch, earrings and eye color are green instead of blue.
- Mario uses a blue shirt and red overalls and Luigi uses a blue shirt and green overalls, which is based on their appearances from Super Mario Bros. 2 and they both have black hair instead of brown, although the blue shirt and red overalls that Mario wears is similar to what he wore in his first appearance in Donkey Kong and what he wore in Super Mario Bros..
- In several episodes, Birdos were shown to fly, a trait not seen in any Mario game.
- Rather than becoming Fire Mario, unlike in the video games, Mario (or Luigi) would become "Super Mario" or "Super Luigi" upon touching either a Fire Flower, Starman, or some other source of excessive power. As Super Mario, Mario could hurl fireballs, had super-strength, and on a few rare occasions, could even fly. Although Mario could lose his powers by taking a hit, it was also possible for them to wear off after a while.
- Mario's Super Form and Luigi's Super form is based on their fire form sprites from Super Mario Bros., except Luigi's shirt in his Super form is green instead of red resembling his sprite from Super Mario Bros..
- Mario has the same blue eyes from the game artwork and his future appearances.
- Luigi was given green eyes, even though game artwork and future appearances have always shown them to be blue. However, on the cover of the Volume 1 DVD set, Luigi's eyes are blue.
- Toad's appearance is based on his sprite from Super Mario Bros. with the waistcoat being red instead of blue.
- In the first three episodes, Toad's color scheme was inverted. He sported a red cap with white spots, a white vest, red pants and white shoes. This was fixed from the fourth episode onwards with a white cap with red spots, a red vest, white pants and purple shoes, although it was reused for Toad's "Super Toad" form in a later episode.
- Trouters were portrayed as being far more vicious than they were in Super Mario Bros. 2, and would pursue anybody who came near them. Their appearance more closely resembles that of Cheep-Cheeps than the Trouters seen in the game.
- For a full list of quotes, see here.
Count Koopula, Koopa Claus, The Great BMX Race.
Koopzilla, Mario's Magic Carpet, Hooded Robin, Two Plumbers and a Baby, Super Christmas Adventures.
Butch Mario And The Luigi Kid.
Princess, I Shrunk The Mario's.
Volume of unknown origin.
Volume 1 DVD boxset, released March 28, 2006
Vol. 2 DVD boxset, released October 31, 2006
Cereal promo with Heathcliff the Cat
Volume one budget version.
Volume two budget version.
Mario's Greatest Movie Moments DVD
Mario's Movie Madness DVD
Mario's Adventures Out West DVD
The Best of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! DVD
- Some international versions only dub the animated segments or completely cut out the live-action segments as well.
- The French and German dubs are the only international versions to completely re-dub the Plumber Rap, whereas other foreign markets use the English version and dub only the animated Mario head introducing the show. Also, the German version also re-dubs "Do the Mario" ("Mach den Mario") for the closing credits.
- The original international versions in Spain and Italy use an entirely different extended theme song.
- The Korean version uses a slightly modified lyrical version of the original Mario theme music.
- Although on Fridays The Legend of Zelda animated episodes were aired, the live-action episodes were still The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episodes.
- Luigi's personality of being scared and cautious was first used in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Later, this personality appeared in video games, most notably in the Mario & Luigi series, Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.
- The voices of Mario and Luigi in this show most resembles the voice of them heard today, whereas their voices in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World shows (voiced by Walker Boone and Tony Rosato, respectively) was lower and raspier for Mario, and higher and raspier for Luigi, instead of Mario having a higher pitched voice and Luigi having a lower pitched voice like Charles Martinet does for the two's voices, and he made neither of them any raspier than Mario and Luigi's voice actors in this show.
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