Saturday Supercade (1983–1985)

TV Series  |  TV-G  |   |  Animation, Family, Adventure
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Saturday morning cartoon series featuring the adventures of popular video game characters.

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Series cast summary:
 Mario (4 episodes, 1983)
 Donkey Kong (4 episodes, 1983)
Judy Strangis ...
 Pauline (4 episodes, 1983)
 Bones (3 episodes, 1983)
Ted Field Sr. ...
 Tex (3 episodes, 1983)
 Shellshock 'Shelly' Turtle (3 episodes, 1983)
Bob Sarlatte ...
 Frogger (3 episodes, 1983)
 Fanny Frog (3 episodes, 1983)
 Donkey Kong Junior / ... (3 episodes, 1983)
 Quickclaw (2 episodes, 1983)
Noelle North ...
 Rhonda (2 episodes, 1983)
Robert Ridgely ...
 Pitfall Harry (2 episodes, 1983)


Video games were exploding in popularity in the 1980s. Characters from several of the more popular games were featured in "Saturday Supercade," a weekly cartoon series perhaps most notable for being Donkey Kong's first starring appearance in a cartoon series. The famous gorilla starred in his own segment, this time as a well-meaning but slow-witted (and sometimes easily manipulated) gorilla who had escaped the circus; his trainer, Mario, and then-girlfriend Pauline (of whom Donkey Kong had a huge crush), tried to capture the large ape. Other segments included "Donkey Kong Jr.," the famous gorilla's young son who was aided in his search by his human friend, Bones; "Frogger," about an investigative amphibious reporter for the Swamp Gazette; "Pitfall," featuring the adventures of Pitfall Harry, his pet mountain lion Quickclaw and his niece Rhonda as they traveled through the forest in search of treasure; and "Q*Bert," about the misadventures of a teen-aged orange creature. The latter two... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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17 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Frank Welker did the voice of more characters (12) than the rest of the cast. See more »


[Mario and Pauline are running after Donkey Kong]
Pauline: [panting] Donkey Kong, wait! Don't you ever get tired of being chased?
Donkey Kong: [laughing and shaking his head] Nope.
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Saturday supercade time!
12 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Saturday supercade was a one hour show based on the best video games at the time. The shows changed each week. Here's what was on it.

DONKEY KONG--mario (from super mario), chases donkey kong around the world.

DONKEY KONG JR--Donkey kong's son is looking for his dad with the help of bones. A biker who is scared all the time.

Q-BERT--Q-bert is a teen who protects his town from a gang of snakes, with the help of a flying disk that the bad guys try to steal.

FROGGER--Frogger is a reporter who teams up with a girl frog, and a turtle who has everything you can think of in his shell.

PITFALL--Pitfall, his niece, and their pet quickclaw go looking for treasures.

SPACE ACE--Super hero space ace got zapped by a youth ray and changes to dexter, a nerdy little kid at the worst times.

KANGAROO--A mother kangaroo and her son stop monkey's from making trouble at the zoo.

I wish they would show this again. I have 2 full episodes on tape and would love to see the rest again.

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