Saturday Supercade (partially lost Ruby-Spears animated series; 1983-1985)
Saturday Supercade is an hour-long cartoon series that premiered on CBS on September 17th, 1983. It is a compilation show of various cartoon shorts based on popular video games at the time. Because of all the various copyright issues involving each of the video games this show is based on, the show has not reaired since CBS last aired it on August 24th, 1985, with the exception of the Space Ace shorts which aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang on various occasions. The rest of the show became lost, and for a while, very little of the show became available on the internet.
Many tape trading sites have been trading and selling two full episodes, and were the only two episodes fans had access to before we started seeing more of the show posted on the internet. One of the tapes was a full CBS Saturday Morning block from April 1984 and was uploaded to Myspleen and other torrent sites around 2005. The Saturday Supercade episode included "Spaced-Out Frogs" (Frogger), "Gorilla My Dreams" (Donkey Kong), "Crazy Camp Creature" (Q-bert), and "The Teddy Bear Scare" (Donkey Kong Jr.). It was, for a while, the only full episode of Saturday Supercade to be posted on the internet.
Some viewers had access to the second tape. Unlike the first tape, this one doesn't contain the original commercials. It wasn't posted on the internet until much later. The cartoon episodes included were "Hyrdofoil & Seek" (Frogger), "Mississippi Madness" (Donkey Kong), "Masked Menace Mess" (Pitfall), and "Sheep Rustle Hustle" (Donkey Kong Jr.). The ending of the Donkey Kong Jr. episode was cut off as the tape transitioned into the Pac-Man cartoon. Also, the included Pitfall episode is still, to this day, the only Pitfall episode available.
Eventually, at sometime around 2008 or so, an eBay seller was selling 16mm film copies that contained episodes of Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr., The film copies were purchased by a cartoon collector, and the films were transferred to a bootleg DVD, of which, it was being sold on sites like iOffer. It is unknown where the main source of the films came from, but it featured a different set of credits that weren't shown during its CBS run and were distributed by MCA TV... possibly an attempt at trying to show the cartoons in syndication. These films also remedied the missing ending to "Sheep Rustle Hustle". The Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. episodes were later posted on Youtube.
Around 2008, Crackle posted some Minisodes of most of the Q-bert episodes. This implies that Sony owns the rights to the Q-bert segments, which would make sense as Gottlieb, the developers of Q-bert, is owned by Sony. They have shortened versions of the Q-bert cartoons and not the full episodes. There's still very little of the full versions on Youtube.
Youtube did eventually start to get a little bit more of the show. Unfortunately, some users, such as mlsgrant, were uploading incomplete episodes leading the rest of the episode unavailable. The advent of Youtube, did, however, lead to Season 2 intros being posted for the first time. Clips from Kangaroo were posted, but we only got two incomplete episodes. There is still not a single full Kangaroo episode posted to this day. Even though there are some users that are holding full episodes in their archive, we're not likely going to see too much of the full show until we see it become commercially available.
In 2010, Warner Archive announced that they might release Saturday Supercade on DVD, but nothing has come out of it since. Most likely, because of all the copyright issues with the individual video game characters. Not to mention Sony seems to own the rights to the Q-bert segments going by the Minisodes.
|1||The Ms. Fortune Story||Found|
|2||Spaced Out Frogs||Found|
|3||The Who-Took-Toadwalker Story||Lost|
|4||Hydrofoil & Seek||Found|
|5||The Great Scuba Scoop||Lost|
|6||The Headline Hunters||Lost|
|7||The Legs Croaker Story||Lost|
|8||The Blackboard Bungle||Found|
|9||Good Knight Frogger||Lost|
|10||Fake Me Out to the Ball Game||Lost|
|11||I Remember Mummy||Lost|
|12||Hare Today, Pawned Tomorrow||Found|
A decent amount of episodes are made available thanks to some 16mm film prints containing episodes of Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. These episodes were sold on a bootleg DVD shortly afterward.
|4||The Incredible Shrinking Ape||Found|
|6||Gorilla My Dreams||Found|
|7||Little Orphan Apey||Found|
|9||The Great Ape Escape||Found|
|10||Apey and the Snowbeast||Found|
|11||How Much is That Gorilla in the Window?||Found|
|12||Private Donkey Kong||Found|
|13||Get Along Little Apey||Found|
|14||Sir Donkey Kong||Found|
|15||The Pale Whale||Found|
|16||El Donkey Kong||Found|
|17||New Wave Ape||Found|
In 2008, Sony posted Minisodes of Q-bert online. Minisodes are shortened 5-minute versions of each episode. Unfortunately, Sony never uploaded or release any of the full versions of the Q-bert episodes. Because of this, most of the Minisodes are the only versions of the episodes available. Very little of the full episodes have surfaced online. A few incomplete complete copies of the full versions were actually uploaded online. Minisode/Incomplete indicates that both the Minisode version and an incomplete copy of the full episode has surfaced. On November 3rd, 2015 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released a DVD set on Amazon as part of the Manufactured On Demand service. The episodes available on the DVD set are noted below. "Q*Beat It" and "Game Show Woe" are notably absent potentially due to copyright issues.
On December 31st, 2020, YouTube user DangerousVHS2 uploaded the full version of Q*Beat it from a CTV recording on YouTube, making it completely found once, & for all.
|1||Disc Derby Fiasco||On DVD|
|2||The Great Q-Tee Contest||On DVD|
|3||Q*Bowl Rigamarole||On DVD|
|4||Crazy Camp Creature||On DVD|
|5||Thanksgiving for the Memories||On DVD|
|6||Dog Day Dilemma||On DVD|
|7||Take Me Out to the Q*Game||On DVD|
|8||Noser P.I.||On DVD|
|9||Hook, Line, and Mermaid||On DVD|
|10||Q*Historic Days||On DVD|
|11||Q*bert's Monster Mix-Up||On DVD|
|12||Game Show Woe||Lost|
|13||The Wacky Q*Bot||On DVD|
|15||Q*Urf's Up||On DVD|
|16||Little Green Nosers||On DVD|
|17||Rebel Without a Q*Ause||On DVD|
|18||Looking For Miss Q*Right||On DVD|
|19||The Goofy Ghostgetters||On DVD|
Donkey Kong Jr.
This is perhaps the most complete Saturday Supercade segment available thanks to the 16mm Donkey Kong prints.
|2||Sheep Rustle Hustle||Found|
|3||Rocky Mountain Monkey Business||Found|
|5||The Ventriloquist Caper||Found|
|6||The Great Seal Steal||Found|
|7||The Jungle Boy Ploy||Found|
|8||Junior Meets Kid Dynamo||Found|
|9||Amazing Rollerskate Race||Found|
|10||A Christmas Story||Found|
|12||Teddy Bear Scare||Found|
|13||Double or Nothing||Found|
Next, to Kangaroo, this is the rarest of all the Saturday Supercade segments due to its very short run.
|1||Pitfall's Panda Puzzle||Lost|
|2||Amazon Jungle Bungle||Lost|
|3||Raiders of the Lost Shark||Found|
|4||Tibetan Treasure Trouble||Lost|
|5||Masked Menace Mess||Found|
|6||The Sabretooth Goof||Lost|
|7||The Pyramid Panic||Lost|
This is the only Saturday Supercade segment to have all its episodes fully available. This is thanks to Boomerang showing reruns on occasion.
|2||Cosmic Camp Catastrophe||Found|
|4||Moon Missile Madness||Found|
|6||Frozen in Fear||Found|
|7||Age Ray Riot||Found|
Kangaroo is up there as another one of the rarest Saturday Supercade segments out there. Although a few incomplete episodes were uploaded online, only two full episodes have surfaced as of June 2015.
|1||Trunkfull of Trouble||Partially Found|
|2||Zoo for Hire||Lost|
|3||Bat's Incredible||Partially Found|
|4||The White Squirrel of Dover||Found|
|5||The Birthday Party||Lost|
|6||Having a Ball||Lost|
|7||The Tail of the Cowardly Lion||Found|
|8||It's Carnival Time||Partially Found|
|9||Lost and Found||Lost|
|10||Joey and the Beanstalk||Lost|
|12||The Egg and Us||Lost|
|13||The Runaway Panda||Lost|
On June 14th, 2015, Myspleen user TonyLoccsta uploaded a CBS broadcast torrent from January 19th, 1985, which contains a full Saturday Supercade episode. The Kangaroo episode contained in that broadcast ("The Tail of the Cowardly Lion") has been resurfaced for the first time.
On October 3rd, 2015, YouTube user, NintendoWizard22 uploaded the full version of the Q-Bert episode, "Dog Day Dilemma".
Also, another user on the Wikia page apparently has a copy of the Donkey Kong Jr. short, "Trucknapper Caper".
On September 1st, 2017, YouTube user Cabbusses's Retro Obscurities uploaded a full broadcast torrent of the first-ever broadcast of Saturday Supercade that features many lost episodes. The episodes contained in this torrent are Frogger "The Ms. Fortune Story", Donkey Kong "Mississippi Madness" (in better quality), Donkey Kong Jr. "Trucknapper Caper", and Pitfall "Raiders of the Lost Shark".
- Wikipedia page on Saturday Supercade. Retrieved 22 Jan '21
- IMDb page on Saturday Supercade. Retrieved 22 Jan '21
- Super Mario Wiki page on Saturday Supercade. Retrieved 22 Jan '21
- Big Cartoon Database episode page for Saturday Supercade. Retrieved 22 Jan '21