Saturday Supercade

CBS (ended 1985)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 13

    Infanto Fury

    Aired 12/1/84

  • S 7 : Ep 12

    Three Ring Rampage

    Aired 11/24/84

  • S 7 : Ep 11

    Calamity Kimmie

    Aired 11/17/84

  • S 7 : Ep 10

    Spoiled Sports

    Aired 11/10/84

  • S 7 : Ep 9

    Phantom Shuttle

    Aired 11/3/84

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frank Welker

    Various Characters

  • Kenneth Mars


  • Tress MacNeille


  • B.J. Ward


  • Peter Cullen

    Mario Mario

  • show Description
  • Saturday Supercade was an hour-long TV program following the adventures of various video game characters including Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pitfall, Kangaroo, Space Ace and Q*Bert, all some of the world's favorite video games, had their own cartoons in this spectacular show, as well as a couple of less popular (but very fun) arcade oldies. They took characters from relatively simple games and gave them distinct personalities, fitting them into goofball adventures which weren't all that interesting, but fun nonetheless. Unlike many game cartoons, this show did not flop. In fact, this show had such great success that it lasted two years, which is very long for a video game-themed show. The Shows Within the Show Frogger- The cartoon focuses in on Frogger's exploits as a field reporter. He's always on the lookout for the next great story, either finding them on his own or being ordered to cover some godforsaken grand opening of another 9.95 Chinese buffet by his chief editor, who also happens to be a frog. Frogger wasn't alone on his adventures in journalism. He's frequently accompanied by Fanny Frog and Shelly Turtle. The trio usually only seek out stories that will ultimately lead to them being chased by someone holding some type of bludgeoning weapon. They're not masochistic, they just enjoy the sense of adventure. Donkey Kong- After escaping from the circus, DK is perpetually on the lam, running from the one person talented enough to catch him. Along the way, he'll have plenty of adventures that usually result in mass banana feasts or someone putting comical sunglasses on him, but he'll always need to have one thing in the back of his mind: stop moving for too long, and Mario will throw a giant net over his head. In this, Mario is just a normal little Italian guy who spends every waking moment hunting a big gorilla. On the plus side, he's not going about this endeavor by himself. Mario's taken along his favorite niece, Pauline... Pitfall- The story's set in the jungle featuring the adventures of Pitfall Harry & his daughter, along with Quick Claws, the cowardly lion. Q*Bert- The story here was that Q*Bert and his friends lived in a town where everything was made up of cubes. Most of the action took place within their school, where they usually ended up at odds with the resident bullies, who happen to be the same guys Q*Bert squares off against in the video game. Q*Bert is helped by his girlfriend and his friends, "Slick" and "Sam," who were small green raindrop creatures who helped him conquer the cube mountains. They were basically twins, but Slick wore sunglasses to be different from the other. Coilee was the main villain and he had two minions named Ugh and Wrong Way. Pitfall & Q*Bert were rotated weekly. Donkey Kong Jr.- This was about a monkey's never-ending search for his father. Since Donkey Kong's on the run from Mario and the circus, his son can't seem to find him. He hasn't given up hope, and just keeps on trucking, hopeful that one day his adventures will lead him right into the arms of Proud Papa Ape. DK's son is a lot smarter than he. He speaks perfect English, and doesn't have anyone trying to throw him in cages. This is mostly because he's got a friend, who is also a human, named 'Bones' to protect him. They pass the time by taking odd jobs while trying to locate Donkey Kong, Sr. Basic, but fun. Monkey muscle! The second season knocked off Pitfall & Donkey Kong Jr. to make room for... Kangaroo- Misadventures set in a zoo where Katy & Joey Kangaroo lived, along with friend Sidney Squirrel, and their monkey nemesis Bingo, Bango, Bongo & Fred. Space Ace- Based on the Don Bluth disc game. Space Ace, our hero, once got zapped by the Infanto ray Borf invented. But the ray is temporary as he switches from the hero to his nerdy teenage kid, Dexter. Only Kimberly knows that her boyfriend can switch back & forth from hero to nerd & back again. Space Ace/Dexter & Kimberly protect the universe from the evil Borf & all other aliens. NOTE: Most of the synopsis' for the guide are the same because almost every episode of this shown featured the same story shown over and over again in the same format. (Guide Updated: June 20th, 2006)moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Mario: (to Donkey Kong) You can roll out the barrel, banana breath, but you can't roll out Mario!

    • Colonel: (to Donkey Kong) Step in to my office. We have business to discuss. Belle: Monkey business, that is.

    • Colonel: That ape...I say, that ape will get past the museum guards no trouble a'tall. Billy Bob: But, will he work for us, Colonel? Colonel: (Belle starts acting like she's flirting) Corn my post! Well, with my Belle here...I suspect that our eight foot fugitive has an eye for the ladies.

    • Shellshock: (walks into the kitchen after just waking up) Can't get started without my morning orange juice. (reaches for the refrigerator and there is nothing there) My orange juice! My refrigerator! It's...gone!

    • Rhonda: Runnin' Rhinos! Who's that, Uncle Pitfall? Pitfall: Stand back, Rhonda. I'm about to find out.

    • Henchman: You there, the Spider needs a volunteer. (a fly lands on Quickclaw's nose and then his turban causing him to raise his hand) Okay, volunteer, this way. Quickclaw: Wait a minute. You got is all wrong, see? I didn't volunteer, that was a another lion, you see? This lion is busy, get it?

    • Rhonda: Looks like we got it all wrapped up, Uncle Pitfall. Pitfall: So it does, Rhonda. The Spider is all wrapped up in his own evil web.

    • (the monster Q*Ball swallows Q*Val's lip gloss and chages back into Q*Ball) Q*Val: It's changing him back to his old self! Coilee: I liked him better as a monster.

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    Notes (9)

    • Prior to this episode, Mario's only appearance in cartoons was in a 1986 movie only released in Japan entitled The Great Mission to rescue Princess Peach. Just in case you don't know already, Princess Peach's first name was never Toadstool in Japan.

    • Titles of this and the episode before it rhyme.

    • First episode related to ballgames, also first episode with a name related to the famous ballgame song.

    • The Pitfall series was the shortest in Saturday Supercade.

    • This is the only episode where Q*Bert uses his flying disc.

    • The Q*Bowl is probably a parody of The Super Bowl.

    • The opening sequence is changed for the second season.

    • Second episode with a name related to the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".

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    Trivia (5)

    • Response: As far as Mario's girlfriend also being his neice, he might be a redneck, LOL. And on the issue with Luigi being Pauline's father, Wario or Waluigi (if they truly are Mario's brothers, as a rumor suggests) could be her father, or that unnamed brother of Mario from Donkey Kong Jr. could also be Pauline's pop.

    • Mario isn't one of his video game jobs here (such as carpenter, construction worker, plumber or doctor), but a circus trainer.

    • In the Donkey Kong arcade game, Pauline was Mario's girlfriend. Here, she is his niece. If Pauline is Mario's niece, doesn't that mean she is Luigi's daughter?

    • Just before Q*Bot runs out of the store, his bottom band turns clear for just a second.

    • When the Infanto Ray is reversed, curing Vaughn and the other Space Command officers with him, Space Ace is also caught by the ray's beam but still turns into Dexter.

    Allusions (4)

    • Title: "Litte Orphan Apey"
      The title is a reference to the famous Broadway play.

    • Title: "How Much is That Gorilla in the Window?"
      "How Much is That Gorilla in the Window?" is a reference to "How Much is that Doggy in the Window?".

    • Title: "The Goofy Ghostgetters"
      The title, "The Goofy Ghostgetters" (the Ghostgetters part) is probably refering to the movie Ghostbusters.

    • The White Cliffs of Dover

      The title is a reference to the famous white cliffs of Dover that are cliffs which form part of the British coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The cliffs have great symbolic value for Britain because they face towards Continental Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. Because crossing at Dover was the primary route to the continent before air travel, the white line of cliffs also formed the first or last sight of the UK for travelers.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • When was the last time this show aired?

    By kirbyblue, Oct 27, 2005

  • You should see it.

    By Diddy_2000, Apr 02, 2006

  • "The kids LOVE them videogames.. Give the publishers $20, the studio $20, and we will have a fantastic series...."

    By akmedsc, Oct 22, 2005

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