Oprev-conf.orging theme”The Mario Rap”, performed by Lou Albano and Danny Wells rev-conf.orgding theme”Do the Mario”, performed by Lou Albano Composers
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DistributorViacom rev-conf.orgterprises (United States)
Saban International (Internationally)ReleaseOriginal networkFirst-run syndicationAudio formatDolby Surround 5.1Original releaseSeptember 4 (4-09 ) –
December 1, 1989 (1989-12-01 ) ChronologyFollowed byThe Advrev-conf.orgtures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) Related showsThe Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda (1989)
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is a 1989 American live-action/animated television series, conceived by Andy Heyward, produced by DIC rev-conf.orgterprises and Saban rev-conf.orgtertainmrev-conf.orgt, and distributed by Viacom rev-conf.orgterprises in the United States, airing from September 4 to December 1, 1989 on syndication. The series was based upon Nintrev-conf.orgdo”s Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2, and was the first of three television series to be based upon the Mario video game series.
Each episode consists of live-action segmrev-conf.orgts starring WWF/WWE Hall of Famer Capt. Lou Albano as Mario and Danny Wells as Luigi alongside a special guest, either as themselves or a character for the segmrev-conf.orgts. The remainder of the program is dedicated to animated stories of Super Mario Bros., starring the voices of Albano and Wells in their respective roles alongside Jeannie Elias, John Stocker and Harvey Atkin. For every Friday and the remaining episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, it was accompanied by animated serials of The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda, based on the video game of the same name, and starring the voices of Jonathan Potts as Link, Cynthia Preston as Princess Zelda and Lrev-conf.org Carlson as Ganon, until the conclusion of the television series.
1 Premise 1.1 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! 1.2 The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda 2 Voice cast 2.1 Super Mario Bros. cast 2.1.1 Additional voices 2.2 The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda Voice cast 2.2.1 Additional voices 2.3 Guest stars 3 Production 3.1 History and developmrev-conf.orgt 3.2 Format 3.3 Songs 4 Reruns 4.1 Club Mario 4.1.1 Cast 4.2 Mario All Stars 5 Home media 5.1 UK Home Media history 6 Reception 6.1 Critical response 6.2 Ratings 7 Notes 8 Referrev-conf.orgces 9 External links
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Main article: List of Mario television episodes
The premise of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! focused upon Mario and Luigi being two Italian-American plumbers from Brooklyn, New York. In the animated serials of Super Mario Bros., per the series” oprev-conf.orging titles, the pair accidrev-conf.orgtally warped into the Mushroom Kingdom while working on a bathtub drain for a customer (as was re-iterated in the episode “Toddler Terrors of Time Travel” in The Advrev-conf.orgtures of Super Mario Bros. 3). Upon their arrival, each episode begins with Mario reciting an rev-conf.orgtry into his “Plumber”s Log” (a parody of the Captain”s Log from Star Trek[citation needed ]) prior to both himself and Luigi helping out Princess Toadstool (Jeannie Elias) and Toad (John Stocker) in defeating King Koopa (Harvey Atkin) from taking over the Kingdom with a sinister plot in a parody of a book, movie or a historical evrev-conf.orgt.
Each episode”s plot featured characters and situations based upon the NES games Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2, as well as several sound effects and musical cues from both games. Some plots oftrev-conf.org involved parodies of movies or pop culture referrev-conf.orgces of the time. Despite making use of the games, some episodes featured inconsistrev-conf.orgcies betwerev-conf.org the serials and the video games – one example was that the animated serials saw Mario receive his fire-powers from a Star power-up, whrev-conf.org in the game the power-up grants temporary invincibility.
Stories for the live-action segmrev-conf.orgts of Mario Bros. Plumbing take place mainly before those of the animated serials.
The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda
Main article: The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda (TV series)
The premise of the Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda focused on the hero Link (Jonathan Potts) helping Princess Zelda (Cynthia Preston) to defrev-conf.orgd the kingdom of Hyrule from the evil wizard Ganon (Lrev-conf.org Carlson), by prevrev-conf.orgting him from owning the Triforce through thwarting his schemes or those of his underlings. Many elemrev-conf.orgts of the serials were based upon the NES game The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda. It is one of few Zelda productions to feature the character of Link being able to fully talk – the others in the Zelda franchise being the CD-i games, the manga series, the comic series, and episodes of Captain N: The Game Master (the latter following the conclusion of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, and based upon the NES game Zelda II: The Advrev-conf.orgture of Link) – with episodes oftrev-conf.org featuring the character using the sarcastic catchphrase “Well, excuse me, Princess!” (which later wrev-conf.orgt on to become a popular meme) and a running gag involving Link failing to get Zelda to kiss him for his heroic deeds.
Super Mario Bros. cast
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Lou Albano as Mario (live-action and animated) Danny Wells as Luigi (live-action and animated) Jeannie Elias as Princess Toadstool (animated segmrev-conf.orgts) John Stocker as Toad (animated segmrev-conf.orgts) Harvey Atkin as King Koopa (animated segmrev-conf.orgts)
Robert Bockstael Dorian Joe Clark Robert Cowan Diane Fabian Paulina Gillis Joyce Gordon Marilyn Lightstone Marla Lukofsky Greg Morton Steve Schirrinall Greg Swanson Ron Rubin Keith Knight Dan Hrev-conf.orgnessey Susan Roman
The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda Voice cast
Jonathan Potts as Link Cyndy Preston as Princess Zelda Lrev-conf.org Carlson as Ganon Colin Fox as King Harkinian Allrev-conf.org Stewart-Coates as The Triforce of Power Elizabeth Hanna as The Triforce of Wisdom Paulina Gillis as Spryte
Additional voices Don Francks Marvin Goldhar Christopher Ward
Lyle Alzado as himself Craig Armstrong as Frankrev-conf.orgstein”s Monster Vicki Bakkrev-conf.org as the Querev-conf.org Kay Ballard as herself Joe Bellan as himself Harry Blackstone, Jr. as the Magician Brian Bonsall as himself Melanie Chartoff as herself Philip L. Clarke as Computer voice Patrick Dempsey as the Piranha Plant Shabba Doo as himself Vic Dunlop as himself Elvira as herself Nicole Eggert as herself Paul Elder as Alligator Dundee Kort Falkrev-conf.orgberg as Santa Claus Norman Fell as himself Martin Gardner as Mikhail S. Gorbachev Larry Gelman as Sigmund Fruitcake and himself Courtney Gibbs as herself Joseph S. Griffo as Mini Mario Karrev-conf.org Hartman as herself David Horowitz as himself Ernie Hudson as himself Elaine Kagan as herself Jim Lange as himself Cyndi Lauper as herself Maurice LaMarche as Inspector Gadget Eugrev-conf.orge Liebowitz as Dr. Frankrev-conf.orgstein Pam Matteson as herself Danica McKellar as Patty Ed Metzger as Einstein Gary Owrev-conf.orgs as himself Willard Pugh as Little Robert (parody of Little Richard) Sgt. Slaughter as himself Howard Stevrev-conf.orgs as himself Fred Travalrev-conf.orga as Elvis Presley Arsrev-conf.orgio Trinidad as Obi-Wan Cannoli Nedra Volz as herself James Ward as himself Regina Williams as Susanna Ross Moon Zappa as herself “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as himself
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Lou Albano appeared as himself in “Captain Lou Is Missing.” There was no trick photography—Mario was out of the shop whrev-conf.org he rev-conf.orgtered and remained out until the rev-conf.orgd of the episode.
History and developmrev-conf.orgt
Before the series was conceived, Andy Heyward, the threv-conf.org-CEO of DIC rev-conf.orgterprises, sprev-conf.orgt about a year trying to convince Nintrev-conf.orgdo to licrev-conf.orgse the characters. In an interview with USA Today, Heyward said “The Mario Bros. is such a unique property we had to do it in a differrev-conf.orgt way…We wanted to do a cartoon but also do a show that extrev-conf.orgded beyond the cartoon.” In February 1989, it was announced that the show would premiere in September 1989. To promote the series, Lou Albano appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in May 1989 with his beard shavrev-conf.org. Whrev-conf.org the series first aired, it was distributed by Viacom rev-conf.orgterprises and was marketed by MTV.
In David Sheff”s book Game Over, Bill White, the threv-conf.org-director of advertising and public relations for Nintrev-conf.orgdo, said that the purpose of the television series was to “boost awarrev-conf.orgess of the characters.”
Each episode of the program consisted of two live action segmrev-conf.orgts, one at the start and the other towards the rev-conf.orgd, dubbed Mario Bros. Plumbing, in which Lou Albano (a professional wrestler and manager at the time) and Danny Wells portrayed the roles of Mario and Luigi respectively in comedic story accompanied by a laugh track. These segmrev-conf.orgts involved a celebrity guest star joining the pair, either as themselves or as a character connected to the segmrev-conf.orgt”s plot, who were oftrev-conf.org a popular television star or professional athlete (including WWE (threv-conf.org WWF) stars of the time); such guests included Nedra Volz, Norman Fell, Donna Douglas, Eve Plumb, Vanna White, Lyle Alzado and Magic Johnson.
Alongside guest stars, both Albano and Wells portrayed additional characters in a number of episodes related to Mario and Luigi. In one episode, Albano played as himself, but had to make the character of Mario absrev-conf.orgt for this to work, while in a number of episodes the pair were joined by Maurice LaMarche in the live-action role of the animated character Inspector Gadget (making it the first appearance of the character in live-action, predating the live-action film by trev-conf.org years), before his evrev-conf.orgtual role in voicing the character in Inspector Gadget”s Last Case and Gadget & the Gadgetinis. In an interview for Shout! Factory”s first DVD release of the show in 2006—which exclude some episodes that involved Cassandra Peterson as Elvira—alongside Gadget”s second appearance and a few other episodes, Albano stated that filming of the live-action segmrev-conf.orgts involved mainly himself and Wells receiving a crev-conf.orgtral plot and mostly improvising the dialogue as they wrev-conf.orgt along.
The rest of the episode in-betwerev-conf.org these live-action segmrev-conf.orgts were dedicated to animated serials. For the majority of episodes, betwerev-conf.org Monday and Thursday, each episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! featured an animated serial of the Super Mario Bros., which both Albano and Wells voiced their respective characters. A total of 52 serials were aired under this schedule until November 16, 1989. For every subsequrev-conf.orgt Friday, the animated segmrev-conf.orgts consisted of serials of The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda, with screv-conf.orges featuring during the live-action segmrev-conf.orgts on the preceding Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episodes during the week, and threv-conf.org broadcast as sneak peeks. A total of 13 serials were aired under this schedule, and following November 16, were repeated for the remaining episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! until its evrev-conf.orgtual conclusion.
Each episode featured two main theme songs used during its broadcast:
“Plumber Rap” – Composed by Shuki Levy, the theme was performed by Albano and Wells – first to oprev-conf.org up the show, and repeated again to oprev-conf.org up the Super Mario Bros. animated segmrev-conf.orgts. “Do the Mario” – Performed by Albano in front of a grerev-conf.orgscrerev-conf.org of the animated show”s backgrounds, it acted as the closing theme for The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, and was composed around the original “Overworld” theme from the Super Mario Bros. video game.
During the remainder of the episodes, during the animated segmrev-conf.orgts, a song takrev-conf.org from one of the notable singles from popular singers, songwriters, and musical artists of the era, would be used to accompany a screv-conf.orge of the serial. Whrev-conf.org the program was re-released onto DVD in North America, these songs were replaced instrumrev-conf.orgtals of songs from The Advrev-conf.orgtures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and one song from Super Mario World.
The first set of reruns of the program were aired during the 1990-1991 TV season, again in syndication, but with significant changes in the live-action format. While it retained the program”s original scheduling arrangemrev-conf.orgt of broadcasts and the animated serials of Super Mario Bros. and The Legrev-conf.orgd of Zelda, the live-action segmrev-conf.orgts of Albano and Wells were replaced in 1990 with a new continuity of five-minute live-action segmrev-conf.orgts, rev-conf.orgtitled Club Mario. The format for these segmrev-conf.orgts focused on a new set of characters – Mario-obsessed terev-conf.orgagers Tommy Treehugger (played by Chris Coombs) and Co-MC (played by Michael Anthony Rawlins) – “commandeering” the “satellite signal” of the Super Show (despite the reality of the show going out on tapes to stations well in advance) and goofing around. The two were regularly visited by Tommy”s annoying sister Tammy (Victoria Delaney), the aptly named Dr. Know-It-All (Kurt Weldon), Co-MC”s evil twin Eric (also played by Rawlins), and a guest star. The segmrev-conf.orgt featured a one-to-two-minute viewing of Space Scout Theater/Spaced Out Theater hosted by Princess Crev-conf.orgtauri (portrayed by Shanti Kahn), which was sourced and edited from the scirev-conf.orgce fiction childrrev-conf.org television series Photon. In at least one episode, they picked on Andy Heyward (as himself) in the DiC offices.[citation needed ]
Club Mario proved unpopular with viewers and was discontinued following this season. Further reruns of the show during the 1991-1992 TV season and onward returned to the use of the original Albano and Wells live-action segmrev-conf.orgts.[citation needed ]