Saturday Supercade (partially lost Ruby-Spears animated series; 1983-1985)

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Saturday Supercade is an hour long cartoon series that premiered on CBS on September 17, 1983. It is a compilation show of various cartoon shorts based off popular video games at the time. Because of all the various copyright issues involving each of the video games this show is based off of, the show has not reaired since CBS last aired it on August 24, 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.

Initial Findings[edit | edit source]

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 were a full CBS Saturday Morning block from April 1984, and was uploaded on 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 Dkjr 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.

Redistribution[edit | edit source]

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 wasn'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 DK and Dkjr episodes were later posted on Youtube.

Featuring clips from unsurfaced episodes of Donkey Kong Jr. and Frogger

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 were 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.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Frogger[edit | edit source]

1 The Ms. Fortune Story Lost
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 Incomplete
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
13 Hop-Along Frogger Incomplete

Donkey Kong[edit | edit source]

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 afterwards.

1 Mississippi Madness Found
2 Gorilla Gangster Found
3 Banana Bikers Found
4 The Incredible Shrinking Ape Found
5 Movie Mania Found
6 Gorilla My Dreams Found
7 Little Orphan Apey Lost
8 Circus Daze Found
9 The Great Ape Escape Found
10 Apey and the Snowbeast Lost
11 How Much is That Gorilla in the Window? Found
12 Private Donkey Kong Lost
13 Get Along Little Apey Found
14 Sir Donkey Kong Lost
15 The Pale Whale Lost
16 El Donkey Kong Found
17 New Wave Ape Found
18 Greenhouse Gorilla Found
19 Hairy Parent Found

Q-bert[edit | edit source]

In 2008, Sony posted Minisodes of Q-bert online. Minisodes are shorten 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.

Only surfaced clip from Q*Beat It
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 Shoe Woe Lost
13 The Wacky Q*Bot On DVD
14 Q*Beat It Incomplete
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.[edit | edit source]

This is perhaps the most complete Saturday Supercade segment available thanks to the 16mm Donkey Kong prints. Only four episodes remain missing.

1 Trucknapper Caper Lost
2 Sheep Rustle Hustle Found
3 Rocky Mountain Monkey Business Found
4 Magnificent 7-Year-Olds Found
5 The Ventriloquist Caper Lost
6 The Great Seal Steal Lost
7 The Jungle Boy Ploy Lost
8 Junior Meets Kid Dynamo Found
9 Amazing Rollerskate Race Found
10 A Christmas Story Found
11 Gorilla Ghost Found
12 Teddy Bear Scare Found
13 Double or Nothing Found

Pitfall[edit | edit source]

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 Lost
4 Tibetan Treasure Trouble Lost
5 Masked Menace Mess Found
6 The Sabretooth Goof Lost
7 The Pyramid Panic Lost

Space Ace[edit | edit source]

This is the only Saturday Supercade segment to have all its episodes fully available. This is thanks to Boomerang showing reruns on occasion.

1 Cute Groots Found
2 Cosmic Camp Catastrophe Found
3 Dangerous Decoy Found
4 Moon Missile Madness Found
5 Perilous Partner Found
6 Frozen in Fear Found
7 Age Ray Riot Found
8 Wanted: Dexter! Found
9 Phantom Shuttle Found
10 Spoiled Sports Found
11 Calamity Kimmie Found
12 Three-Ring Rampage Found
13 Infanto Fury Found

Kangaroo[edit | edit source]

Kangaroo is up there as another one of the rarest Saturday Supercade segments out there. Although a few incomplete episodes were uploaded online, only one full episode as surfaced as of June 2015.

1 Trunkfull of Trouble Incomplete
2 Zoo for Hire Lost
3 Bat's Incredible Incomplete
4 The White Squirrel of Dover Incomplete
5 The Birthday Party Lost
6 Having a Ball Lost
7 The Tail of the Cowardly Lion Found
8 It's Carnival Time Lost
9 Lost and Found Lost
10 Joey and the Beanstalk Lost
11 Zoo's Who Lost
12 The Egg and Us Lost
13 The Runaway Panda Lost

Updates[edit | edit source]

UPDATE 6/14/2015: Myspleen user, TonyLoccsta uploaded a CBS broadcast torrent from January 19, 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.

10/3/2015: A bit of a late update, but a few weeks ago, 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.