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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
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Hey, Paisanos! Its The Super Mario Bros.® Super Show!
In 1989 the two most famous plumbers from Brooklyn burst out of the Nintendo® game world and onto television screens across America. The Super Mario Bros.® Super Show! aired weekday afternoons and brought Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and King Koopa more thrilling adventures as animated cartoon characters.
And if that werent enough, each episode also contained live-action segments featuring Mario and Luigi running their Brooklyn plumbing shop all before they were flushed down a drainpipe into the Mushroom World. With professional wrestler Captain Lou Albano as Mario, Danny Wells as Luigi, plus a strong rock n rap score, the show attracted guest stars like pop sensation Cyndi Lauper, professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter, Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years), NBA superstar Magic Johnson and Nicole Eggert (Baywatch).
These 24 original episodes, complete with animation and live-action segments, plus the special features will convince you
"Hangin with the plumbers, youll be hooked on the brothers "
A Brand New Interview with Captain Lou Albano ("Mario")
Original Art Galleries
Storyboard-to-Screen: The Super Mario Bros.® Super Show! Opening Title Sequence and More!
- 24 episodes in a 4 disc set
- New interview with Captain Lou Albano
- Concept art galleries
- Storyboard-to-screen comparisons of the series opening title sequence
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This version includes the live-action segments, as well as animated, although i believe some songs have been omited for copyright reasons.
"Pirates of the Koopa" originally had the song "Limbo Rock" by Chubby Checker. On this DVD release it's some completely scene-inappropriate instrumental music. And in "Too Hot to Handle" I believe the original song was "Hot Hot Hot" by Buster Poindexter. More like gone gone gone. These are just two examples but every episode is missing its song.
The problem with this is the songs added to the overall quality of the show. As a kid, I knew that when the song kicked in, it was the climax of the show, and then the denouement followed. With these substitutions, the intensity of the plot arcs is less an arc and more of a flat line. The action sequences are arguably sequenced around different parts of the song. With a substitution, that subtle context is lost. The songs were fun! The limbo rock sequence is one of the most remembered parts of the show for me and now it's butchered.
If you have ever seen the film masterpiece "Amadeus"...these omissions remind me of the ballet scene, when the emperor's decrees ban the music but not the dancing, so there are all these ballet dancers on stage with no musical accompaniment. It's awkward and strange. That's exactly what's happening here and on DVD releases of other old shows like Married with Children (iconic theme substitution). Copyright is ruining past shows and making them look worse than they were. Here we are paying for something instead of pirating it, and we're getting shorted! Puh-lease.