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Saturday Supercade

Saturday Supercade CharactersSaturday Supercade was an animated cartoon television show that aired on CBS from September 17, 1983 to December 1, 1984. Created by Ruby-Spears Enterprises, the show was based on popular arcade games of the time. Each episode was one hour long and comprised of several short segments centered around characters from the Golden Age of video arcade games.

The first season of the show consisted of segments based on five video games, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Pitfall! and Q*bert. During the first season the Pitfall! and Q*bert segments rotated weekly while the other three segments were included in every episode. During the second season Q*bert became a weekly segment, Donkey Kong continued as a weekly segment and the Frogger, Donkey Kong Jr. and Pitfall! segments were replaced with Space Ace and Kangaroo segments.

The series includes the first television appearances of Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Mario and Pauline. The inclusion of the characters was the first time that Nintendo’s characters were adapted into an animated television cartoon, predating “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!” by six years and the Japanese only “Super Mario Bros.: Pīchi-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!” by three years.

Frogger

FroggerFrogger is an ace reporter of the swamp who works at The Swamp Gazette. He and his friends Shellshock “Shelly” Turtle and Fanny Frog go out in search of crazy stories to publish in the newspaper. Frogger also must deal with his gruff boss and editor-in-chief Tex Toadwalker. As in the game, he often has an encounter with an alligator or gets flattened by a passing car.


Donkey Kong

Donkey KongDonkey Kong has escaped from the circus. He is on the run, and Mario and Pauline are after him. As with the original game, Donkey Kong will often grab Pauline leaving Mario to rescue her. Plots typically centered on them encountering crime with the villains convincing Donkey Kong into doing their bidding while Mario and Pauline exposing the truth. After Mario and Pauline reveal the truth to Donkey Kong, the three of them team up to stop the villain’s plans followed by Donkey Kong evading Mario and Pauline again.

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong JrDonkey Kong Jr. is sad to find that his father has run away from Mario and the circus. He befriends a greaser nicknamed “Bones” who has a motorcycle and offers to help Junior by finding his dad together. Donkey Kong Jr’s catchphrase is “Monkey muscle!”, which he tells himself and Bones to inspire self-confidence. Bones often serves as the voice of reason when Donkey Kong Jr. bites off more than he can chew.

Pitfall!

PitfallPitfall Harry, his niece Rhonda, and their cowardly pet Quickclaw the Mountain Lion explore jungles for hidden treasures, having many different adventures along the way. Quickclaw and Rhonda later appeared in Pitfall II: Lost Caverns and Super Pitfall.


Q*bert

QbertIn a 1950s-inspired world set in the town of Q*Berg, a teenage fur-covered creature named Q*bert, his girlfriend Q*Tee, his brother Q*Bit, and his friends Q*Ball, Q*Val, and Q*Mongus must deal with the resident bullies Coily, Ugg and Wrongway, and Coily’s girlfriend Viper. As with the video game, the segment features “block-hopping” scenes, “swearing” bubbles and occasional flying discs from the original game. New to the cartoon was Q*bert’s use of “slippy-doos,” a black ball projectile which he loaded and fired through his nose, producing an oil slick wherever the balls splattered.

Space Ace

Space AceSpace Ace is the always smiling self-confident champion of the “Space Command”, whereas when always “wimping out” to Dexter after being hit by the Infanto-Ray, he becomes clumsy and weak. With officer Kimberly, he works for Space Marshall Vaughn to keep the peace in the universe. They fight the evil alien commander Borf and keep him from invading Earth. Ace and Kim try to keep his ‘wimping’ situation secret and pretend that Dexter is Kim’s little brother to Vaughn.

Kangaroo

KangarooJoey Kangaroo, his mother “K.O.” Katy Kangaroo and Sidney Squirrel must stop the Monkeybiz Gang members Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Fred, four meddlesome monkeys who are known from making trouble at the local zoo run by the zookeeper Mr. Friendly. The Monkeybiz Gang would cause trouble by trying to escape from the zoo and Katy would have to help keep them in line.

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Category Television -Cartoon
Network CBS
Production Company Ruby-Spears Enterprises
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises
Years 1983-1984
Seasons 2 Seasons
Episodes 26 (97 Segments)
Executive Producers Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Composers Haim Saban
Shuki Levi

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ProfileNameRoleEpisodesCharacter
Soupy SalesSoupy SalesDonkey Kong19 Episodes
1983-1984
Donkey Kong
Frank WelkerFrank WelkerBango
Bongo
Donkey Kong Jr.
Q*Ball
Additional Voices
26 Episodes
1983-1984
Donkey Kong Jr
Judy StrangisJudy StrangisPauline19 Episodes
1983-1984
Pauline
Peter CullenPeter CullenMario19 Episodes
1983-1984
Mario
Bob SarlatteBob SarlatteFrogger13 Episodes
1983
Frogger
Robert RidgelyRobert RidgelyPitfall Harry7 Episodes
1983
Pitfall Harry
Billy BowlesBilly BowlesQ*Bert19 Episodes
1983-1984
Qbert
Dick BealsDick BealsQ*Bit19 Episodes
1983-1984
Qbit
Bart BravermanBart BravermanBones13 Episodes
1983
Bones
Mea MartineauMea MartineauK.O. Katy Kangaroo13 Episodes
1984
Katy Kangaroo
David MendenhallDavid MendenhallJoey Kangaroo13 Episodes
1984
Joey Kangaroo
Nancy CartwrightNancy CartwrightKimberly13 Episodes
1984
Saturday Supercade
Arthur BurghardtArthur BurghardtBorf
Mr. Friendly
13 Episodes
1984
Saturday Supercade
Ted Field SrTed Field Sr.Tex13 Episodes
1983
Saturday Supercade
Pat FraleyPat FraleyBingo13 Episodes
1984
Saturday Supercade
Marvin KaplanMarvin KaplanShellshock "Shelly" Turtle
Sidney Squirrel
26 Episodes
1983-1984
Saturday Supercade
Robbie LeeRobbie LeeQ*Tee
Q*Val
19 Episodes
1983-1984
Saturday Supercade
Sparky MarcusSparky MarcusDexter13 Episodes
1984
Saturday Supercade
Kenneth MarsKenneth MarsQuickclaw the Mountain Lion7 Episodes
1983
Saturday Supercade
Julie McWhirterJulie McWhirterQ*bertha
Q*Mom
Viper
19 Episodes
1983-1984
Saturday Supercade
Noelle NorthNoelle NorthRhonda7 Episodes
1983
Saturday Supercade
Jim PiperJim PiperSpace Ace13 Episodes
1984
Saturday Supercade
Peter RenadayPeter RenadaySpace Marshall Vaughn
Legrin
13 Episodes
1984
Saturday Supercade
BJ WardB.J. WardFanny Frog13 Episodes
1983
Saturday Supercade
Michael BellAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Jack DeLeonAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Alan DinehartAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Walker EdmistonAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Marshall EfronAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Al FannAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Teddy S. Field IIIAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Takayo FischerAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
June ForayAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Linda GaryAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Kelly GlenAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Joe HigginsAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Bob HoltAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
David LandsbergAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Lucy LeeAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Shawn LieberAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Tress MacNeilleAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Tysun McMullenAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Shepard MenkenAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Nancy MerwanAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Don MessickAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Tim RooneyAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Marilyn SchrefflerAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Avery SchreiberAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Hal SmithAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Steve J. SpearsAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
John StephensonAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Russi TaylorAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Herb VigranAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Janet WaldoAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Alan YoungAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984
Cameron YoungAdditional Voices13 Episodes
1983-1984

EpisodeSeasonAir DateEpisode Segments
1S01E01September 17, 1983Frogger - The Ms. Fortune Story
Donkey Kong - Mississippi Madness
Donkey Kong Jr. - Trucknapper Caper
Pitfall! - Pitfall's Panda Puzzle
2S01E02September 24, 1983Frogger - Spaced Out Frogs
Donkey Kong - Gorilla Gangster
Donkey Kong Jr. - Sheep Rustle Hustle
Pitfall! - Amazon Jungle Bungle
3S01E03October 1, 1983Frogger - The Who-Took-Toadwalker Story
Donkey Kong - Banana Bikers
Q*bert - Disc Derby Fiasco
Donkey Kong Jr. - Rocky Mountain Monkey Business
4S01E04October 8, 1983Frogger - Hydrofoil & Seek
Donkey Kong - The Incredible Shrinking Ape
Donkey Kong Jr. - Magnificent 7-Year-Olds
Pitfall! - Raiders of the Lost Shark
5S01E05October 15, 1983Frogger - The Great Scuba Scoop
Donkey Kong - Movie Mania
Q*bert - The Great Q*Tee Contect
Donkey Kong Jr. - The Ventriloquist Caper
6S01E06October 22, 1983Frogger - The Headline Hunters
Donkey Kong - Gorilla My Dreams
Donkey Kong Jr. - The Great Seal Steal
Pitfall! - Tibetan Treasure Trouble
7S01E07October 29, 1983Frogger - The Leg Croaker Story
Donkey Kong - Little Orphan Apey
Q*bert - Q*Ball Rigamarole
Donkey Kong Jr. - The Jungle Boy Ploy
8S01E08November 5, 1983Frogger - The Blackboard Bungle
Donkey Kong - Circus Daze
Donkey Kong Jr. - Junior Meets Kid Dynamo
Pitfall! - Masked Menace Mess
9S01E09November 12, 1983Frogger - Good Knight, Frogger
Donkey Kong - The Great Ape Escape
Q*bert - Crazy Camp Creature
Donkey Kong Jr. - Amazing Rollerskate Race
10S01E10November 19, 1983Frogger - Frake Me Out to the Ball Game
Donkey Kong - Apey and the Snowbeast
Donkey Kong Jr. - A Christmas Story
Pitfall! - The Sabretooth Goof
11S01E11November 26, 1983Frogger - I Remember Mummy
Donkey Kong - How Much is That Gorilla in the Window?
Q*bert - Thanksgiving for the Memories
Donkey Kong Jr. - Gorilla Ghost
12S01E12December 3, 1983Frogger - Here Today, Pawned Tomorrow
Donkey Kong - Private Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr. - Teddy Bear Scare
Pitfall! - The Pyramid Panic
13S01E13December 10, 1983Frogger - Hop-Along Frogger
Donkey Kong - Get Along Little Apey
Q*bert - Dog Day Dilemma
Donkey Kong Jr. - Double or Nothing
14S02E01September 8, 1984Donkey Kong - Sir Donkey Kong
Q*bert - Take Me Out to the Q*Game
Space Ace - Cute Groots
Kangaroo - Thunkfull of Trouble
15S02E02September 15, 1984Donkey Kong - The Pale Whale
Q*bert - Noser P.I.
Space Ace - Cosmic Camp Catastrophe
Kangaroo - Zoo for Hire
16S02E03September 22, 1984Donkey Kong - El Donkey Kong
Q*bert - Hook, Line, and Mermaid
Space Ace - Dangerous Decoy
Kangaroo - Bat's Incredible
17S02E04September 29, 1984Donkey Kong - New Wave Ape
Q*bert - Q*Historic Days
Space Ace - Moon Missile Madness
Kangaroo - The White Squirrel of Dover
18S02E05October 6, 1984Donkey Kong - Greenhouse Gorilla
Q*bert - Q*bert's Monster Mix-Up
Space Ace - Perilous Partners
Kangaroo - The Birthday Party
19S02E06October 13, 1984Donkey Kong - Hairy Parent
Q*bert - Game Show Woe
Space Ace - Frozen in Fear
Kangaroo - Having a Ball
20S02E07October 20, 1984Q*bert - The Wacky Q*Bot
Space Ace - Age Ray Riot
Kangaroo - The Tail of the Cowardly Lion
21S02E08October 27, 1984Q*bert - Q*Beat It
Space Ace - Wanted: Dexter!
Kangaroo - It's Carnival Time
22S02E09November 3, 1984Q*bert - Q*Urf's Up
Space Ace - Phantom - Shuttle
Kangaroo - Lost and Found
23S02E10November 10, 1984Q*bert - Little Green Nosers
Space Ace - Spoiled Sports
Kangaroo - Joey and the Beanstalk
24S02E11November 17, 1984Q*bert - Rebel Without a Q*Ause
Space Ace - Calamity Kimmie
Kangaroo - Zoo's Who
25S02E12November 24, 1984Q*bert - Looking For Miss Q*Right
Space Ace - Three-Ring Rampage
Kangaroo - The Egg and Us
26S02E13December 1, 1984Q*bert - The Goofy Ghostgetters
Space Ace - Infanto Fury
Kangaroo - The Runaway Panda