Super Mario Bros. Super Show (partially lost live-action segments of TV program; 1989)

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Danny Wells and Captain Lou Albano as Luigi and Mario, respectively.

Status: Partially Lost

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show is an American children's television program from 1989, based on the Super Mario Bros. video game franchise.

Premise

It was famous for having acted live-action segments starring Danny Wells as Luigi and Captain Lou Albano as Mario. Those parts were about Mario and Luigi's life before they warped into the Mushroom Kingdom. Celebrity guests would often make appearances.

Those live-action segments were followed by a cartoon episode about Mario and Luigi's lives after they were warped into the Mushroom Kingdom.

Legend of Zelda Segments

On Fridays, the Super Mario cartoons were replaced with The Legend of Zelda animated series, but there were still Mario live-action segments accompanying the episodes.

The Legend of Zelda ran for 13 episodes, with as many Mario segments accompanying them. However, Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario accompanied two separate episodes with minimal differences, meaning that there are only 12 unique live-action segments.

However, when the DVD of the complete The Legend of Zelda series was released, only 5 of those Mario-Luigi segments were included:

  • Fred Van Winkle
  • Defective Gadgetry
  • Pizza Crush
  • Wild Thing
  • The Great Hereafter

The live-action segment "Slime Busters" was on a separate DVD titled Mario Mania, while the segments Magic's Magic and The Ghoul of My Dreams were only released on VHS.

German DVDs

German distributor PIDAX released four DVDs featuring all of the show's cartoons and their corresponding live-action segments - and as a bonus, each of the four DVDs also contains the The Legend of Zelda live-action segments. However, these bonus episodes, unlike the other episodes, only have German vocals. Volume 1 has "Slime Busters", "Magic's Magic", "Wild Thing", and "Mommies Curse", Volume 2 contains "The Ghoul of My Dreams", "Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario", and "Defective Gadgetry", Volume 3 contains "The Magic Love", "The Great Hereafter", and "Treasure of the Sierra Brooklyn", and Volume 4 contains "Pizza Crush" and "Fred Van Winkle". Despite PIDAX also releasing a DVD with the The Legend of Zelda cartoon, none of the live-action segments were included on it.

Videos

"The Treasure of Sierra Brooklyn" uploaded by YouTube user marioxb.
The "Magic Love" episode was uploaded to YouTube (Swedish dub with English subtitles).