We hope you’ve been enjoying the Saturday Morning Cartoons series we’ve been featuring! Watching all these classic animated shows has brought up epic levels of nostalgia in us. Looking back, we know that most of them weren’t any good. But you know what? Who cares. We were kids. At least we still had cartoons on Saturday mornings back then.
This week we have possibly the greatest, most well-known of the classic video game cartoons of the 80s. The Super Mario Bros Super Show debuted in 1989 with a mix of live action and animation. It often featured a short Legend of Zelda cartoon, too, but we’ll get to that another time. The series lasted 65 episodes during its run, and spawned similar Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario World series as follow ups.
Though the animated show was mildly entertaining, the most well-known aspect of it was the live action sequences starring WWF wrestler “Captain” Lou Albano and Danny Wells as Mario and Luigi, respectively. The duo’s plumbing company was the setting for live shorts that sandwiched the cartoon portions at the beginning and end of each show. Several celebrities made their way on to the show, and in the very first episode Nicole Eggert was featured asking the brothers to unclog her drain.
No innuendo there, we promise. This is Nintendo we’re talking about. It was wholesome stuff, very kid friendly, and featured one of the worst laugh tracks in history.
Enjoy the premiere episode below, Neatness Counts.
Let us know what you think of the show, and any other classic game-based cartoons you’d like to see us showcase!