Fred Van Winkle (character)
|Fred Van Winkle|
|First appearance||"Fred Van Winkle"|
|Portrayed by||Norman Fell|
Fred Van Winkle is an old man who fell asleep in 1929 and only woke up many decades later in 1989. He is named after Rip Van Winkle, the protagonist of a story who himself falls asleep for an extended period of time.
In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! live-action segment "Fred Van Winkle", Fred wakes up inside Mario Brothers Plumbing as Mario and Luigi are attempting to fix their furnace. He thinks that the two of them seem nice, and invites them to "23 skidoo" and "Charleston with some "hot tamales" after he finds a razor to shave his beard. Mario thinks that he is crazy, but Luigi disagrees (while also understanding his lingo) and asks Fred when fell asleep. When Fred replies "last night," he then asks what year it is. Fred promptly states that the year is 1929, which he quips was a great year for depressions. The three of them then introduce themselves to each other, and Luigi compliments Fred's beard. Luigi then begins describing all of the new technology that has appeared while Fred was sleeping, including portable computers, video games, and even indoor plumbing, and Fred is impressed by all of this. Fred then sees Mario playing on an Etch A Sketch, which he initially confuses for a computer until Mario tells him that it is a toy. He assumes that the Slinky next to it is also a toy, but Mario jokes that it is actually a phone that connects to Mars. Fred believes him and then attempts to call the planet. As Luigi tells Mario not to tell any jokes, Fred gets his beard stuck in a vacuum cleaner, which he is convinced is trying to eat him. Eventually, Mario dresses him in some of his clothes (which are too big for him, but only because he has not eaten for sixty years, according to Mario), and the two brothers then offer to take Fred outside to see all of New York. As they begin describing what they plan to see, including the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island, Fred suddenly gets tired and walks back inside the building to sleep. When Mario asks him when he wants them to wake him up, he replies 1997. He wanders off, but he is chased by Mario and Luigi when they realize that he plans to sleep for eight years.
|The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (live-action segments)|
|Mario Brothers Plumbing||Clog • CooKoo Bird • Edison • Luigi • Mario • Ratagator|
|Guests||Alligator Dundee • Angelica • Aunt Luigeena • Brian Bonsall • Captain Lou Albano • Cher • Count Zoltan Dracula • Cyndi Lauper • David Horowitz • Doc Freud • Dr. Frankenstein • Dr. Sigmund Fruitcake • Dr. Toby • E.C. • Einstein • Ellie Mae • Elvira • Elvis Presley • Ernie Hudson • Exterminator • Frankenstein's Monster • Fred Van Winkle • George Washington • Grandma Mario • HAL 9001 • Harry Blackstone Jr. • Howard Stevens • Ike • Imperial Poobah • Inspector Gadget • Inspector Klean • Jim Lange • Jodie • Kenneth • Little Robert • Liz • Luigeena • Luigi's girlfriend • Lyle Alzado • Mad Donna • Madam AGoGo • Magic Johnson • Mama Mario • Marianne • Marilyn • Mario Joe and Luigi Bob • Mikhail S. Gorbachev • Monster • Mr. Gibbel • Mr. President • Mrs. Gammliss • Mrs. Periwinkle • Nick • Nicole Eggert • Obi-Wan Cannoli • Pam Matteson • Patty • Patty's mother and father • Pietro • Poochie • Ralph Washington • Rob Stone • Rowdy Roddy Piper • Roxanne • Sgt. Slaughter • Shabba-Doo • Slime Ghost • Super Plant • Susanna Ross • Tawny Tyler • Ted Bull • The Old Psychic Lady with the Evil Eye Who Reads Fortunes and Knows Everything Before it Happens • Tommy Lasagna • Vincent Van Gook • Willy White • Young McDonald|
|Objects, items, etc.||Mario Brothers Clog Cleaner • Mario Brothers Plant Food • Pizza Transformer • Roseitis • Secret Chippie Decoder Ring • Steam-O-Matic • Strange watch • Super Plant Growth Formula • Veggieitis|