Super Mario World (TV series)

Super Mario World
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto (original characters)
Based on Super Mario World by Shigeru Miyamoto
Directed by John Grusd
Voices of
Theme music composer Mark Mothersbaugh
Opening theme "Super Mario World"
Ending theme "Super Mario World" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Producer(s) John Grusd
  • Mark McNally
  • Sue Odjakjian
Running time 10–11 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network NBC (United States)
Italia 1 (Italy)
Telecinco (Spain)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original release September 14 (1991-09-14) –
December 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)[1]
Preceded by Captain N & The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)

Super Mario World is an American-Canadian-Italian children's animated television series based on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game of the same name. It is the third and most recent animated series based on the Mario video game series, with the other two being The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Thirteen episodes of the show were aired, as part of a block with Captain N: The Game Master called Captain N & The New Super Mario World on NBC. Just like The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, the show is produced by DIC Animation City, Nintendo of America, Inc. and Reteitalia, S.p.A., in association with Spanish network Telecinco, who licensed the characters and game to DIC. It was animated by the Chinese animation studio, Pacific Rim Production, Inc.

The animated series featured the same voice actors who had performed in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. However, unlike its two predecessors, to keep in line with the game its based on, Toad is completely absent in this series (he was absent in the Super Mario World game), and Yoshi appears in his place, alongside an exclusive character not featured in the games called Oogtar, a clumsy caveboy. The character designs from the last two cartoons are retained, but with minor details. Episodes mainly focused on the Mario Bros. dealing with schemes by King Koopa, and made use of new elements introduced by the video game within the story, though with involvement of the "real world" reduced to mere references for the series. Due to copyright restrictions, no licensed music were required for this show, leaving the show completely untouched for syndication and home media releases.

Voice cast


Home media

In 1994, Buena Vista Home Video released a VHS tape under their DIC Toon-Time Video label, titled Super Mario Bros. Super Christmas Adventures!, which contained the episode The Night Before Cave Christmas.

On November 13, 2007, Shout! Factory and Vivendi Entertainment released a Complete Series DVD set of Captain N and the New Super Mario World in Region 1, featuring all 13 original, uncut broadcast episodes. The series has also been released in Australia (Region 4) by Roadshow Entertainment.

NCircle Entertainment (under license from Cookie Jar Entertainment) has also released the series in two volumes. They later released the complete series in one set (without Captain N episodes).[3]

Release name Ep # Distributor Release date Additional information
Super Mario Bros. Super Christmas Adventures! 2 Buena Vista Home Video (DIC Toon-Time Video) 1994
Captain N and the New Super Mario World - The Complete Series 13 Shout! Factory November 13, 2007
  • Select Episode Previews
  • Storyboard-to-Screen: Opening Title Sequence
  • Original Concept Art: Yoshi
Super Mario World - Yoshi the Superstar 6 NCircle Entertainment September 29, 2009
Super Mario World - Koopa's Stone Age Quests 6 NCircle Entertainment September 29, 2009
Super Mario World: The Complete Series: Collector's Edition 13 NCircle Entertainment October 8, 2013
  • Storyboard-to-Screen: Opening Title Sequence
  • Original Concept Art: Yoshi


A collaborative scene-for-scene recreation of the episode "Mama Luigi", organized and directed by professional animation and storyboard artist Andrew Dickman, was released on YouTube on August 29, 2017.[4] With 227 animators and artists contributing and participating in the project, the goal was to "re-animate" the episode by giving each animator a scene from the episode which was then animated in any direction the animator chose, so long as it followed the basic formula of the original scene. The project was announced on July 10, 2016 and was roughly completed a year later with an annotated version available on Newgrounds.[5] The video was praised for not only recapturing the nostalgic moments of the classic episode but for also having the involvement of several artists who worked on the original series.[6] Phil Harnage, the writer for the original episode, praised the video as well.[7] The project was dedicated to the memories of Tony Rosato and Harvey Atkin, who died during the production of the project.[8]


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times; September 14, 1991 and December 7, 1991 TV listings
  2. ^ Damian Inwood. "Pi Theatre, Independent Vancouver Theatre >> The Baroness and the Pig". Archived from the original on August 30, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2011. That's what Vancouver actresses Diane Brown and Tabitha St. Germain do with the delightful black comedy, The Baroness and the Pig. (...) St. Germain – better known to Vancouver audiences as Paulina Gillis – plays the Baroness as a naïve gentlewoman, full of prissy mannerisms and twittering, bird-like movements.
  3. ^ "Super Mario World: The Complete Series: Animated, NCircle Entertainment: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  4. ^ "The Mama Luigi Project - Super Mario World Reanimated Collab 2017 (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. 2017-08-29. Archived from the original on 2020-02-21. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  5. ^ "The Mama Luigi Project - Super Mario World Reanimated Collab 2017". Archived from the original on 2020-02-15. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  6. ^ Andrew D💜C (2017-08-30). "Andrew D💜C on Twitter: "What's awesome about the collab is that I work with folks who worked on the show, =) now they're showing it to folks they worked with on it"". Retrieved 2020-03-19. [dead link]
  7. ^ Chris Sobieniak. "Chris Sobieniak on Twitter: "I showed Phil Harnage your video, he loves it!‌ "". Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  8. ^ Fennimore, Jack. "WATCH: Mama Luigi Reanimated By Over 227 Animators". Archived from the original on 2019-04-01. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  1. ^ Animation outsourced to Pacific Rim Production, Inc.

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