King Koopa's Kool Kartoons (partially found live-action "Super Mario Bros." spinoff TV series; 1989-1990)

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Screenshot from the intro.

Status: Partially Found

King Koopa's Kool Kartoons was a local television live-action Bozo the Clown-esque spin-off of DIC Entertainment's Super Mario Bros. Super Show! hosted by King Koopa (portrayed by Christopher Collins in 1989 and later Pat Pinney in 1990, both in a rubber costume and modified appearance-wise to be more believable for a live-action show). Koopa would interact with a live audience of children (called "King Koopa's Troopas"), showcase cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s that were in no way related to the Mario franchise, and would even give away prizes such as certificates and NES accessories such as the Power Glove at the end of the show, which played out in a pre-recorded segment.

It was distributed by Fox Television Stations and was aired in Southern California on Los Angeles Fox owned-and-operated station KTTV 11 in the holiday season of 1989/1990 on after-school afternoons at 4:30 PM. KTTV Fox 11 was a test market to gauge the show's popularity with children before potentially expanding it, but it was canceled after only one season due to a demand from Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

The LinkedIn page of Eleanor Burian-Mohr, a writer for several DiC Entertainment shows such as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, lists King Koopa as a show she wrote for. This could also refer to The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! or Super Mario World since she lists The New Archies as Archie & Veronica, two main characters in the show.[1]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Due to its poor reception and the show's failure to catch on, little footage of the show is available. Additionally, it likely hasn't aired in many places outside of Los Angeles.[2] Currently, only the intro and the credits of an episode can be viewed, although RetroJunk user MlaconoSP claims to have recorded two episodes. As of 2017, he hasn't given any news since 2006.

On August 4th, 2018, user Neeel uploaded 49 seconds of footage onto his YouTube channel. The footage was apart of a Thanksgiving marathon for Fox Kids in 1989.

In May 2022, user Sfphiynckxs posted clips on r/lostmedia, which were uploaded to Youtube by Starcrytas.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The intro and credits for an episode.
49 seconds of footage from King Koopa's Kool Kartoons.
56 seconds of footage about a Vegetable Theater (originally posted on Reddit).
Advertisement for King Koopa's Kool Kartoons (originally posted on Reddit).

Another clip of King Koopa's Kool Kartoons (originally posted on Reddit).

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