Oswald Reviews: The Super Mario Brothers Super Show

Unlike Bubsy and Battletoads, The Super Mario Brothers Super Show actually was picked up for a full cartoon. I actually remember watching this as a kid. I actually really liked to pick up a copy of the show from Blockbuster. It was something I really enjoyed as a kid. Does it hold up? Well, let’s see.

Story: Mario and Luigi are the best plumbers in Brooklyn. When they’re sucked up into some pipes, they are taken to the Mushroom Kingdom. There, they meet Toad and Princess Toadstool, and battle King Koopa and his Koopa Troopas.

The story is the exact rip from the games. Each episode, on the other hand, does not follow this story. One episode they’re in the Mushroom Kingdom, the next they’re in space. Continuity isn’t exactly a rule to follow in this show.

As for the writing, it’s bad….it’s really, really bad. The dialogue consists of exposition and Italian food puns. It’s exhausting how many times Mario says the words pizza and pasta. I can never hear those words the same ever again!

Animation: The animation is somewhat better than Battletoads and Bubsy, which is strange since Battletoads and Super Mario Super Show are both produced by DIC Entertainment (unfortunate name). The animation is more cartoon-ish in the sense that it doesn’t feel as stilted as the other shows. The color scheme varies over episodes, but for the most part, they’re chosen wisely and isn’t very straining to the eyes. Overall, the animation is passable.

Characters: The characters aren’t very complex, as they don’t have many distinguishing traits. Mario is the everyday hero, Luigi is the cowardly one, Toad is the loud-mouthed one, and Princess Toadstool is just your typical damsel in distress. King Koopa isn’t that interesting of a villain either. I really don’t have a chance to get to know him as his role in each episode varies so much. From what I can gather he’s just a generic selfish villain. He’s a pretty weak villain. I’m not exactly expecting deep, complex characters, so I guess I can let it slide.

In conclusion, The Super Mario Brothers Super Show is…okay. Besides from the horrendous pasta puns, the rest of the show ranges from passable to sort of okay. What did you expect? It’s an 80s cartoon about the Mario Brothers; don’t expect Oscar-worthy work. But I still enjoyed it. It was certainly different from when I watched it as a kid, but it still was an interesting experience.

See you later, Animators!

Story: 5
Animation: 5.5
Characters: 4
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Total: 4.8 (5)

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