Mario of the Apes (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
"Mario of the Apes" is the forty-second episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! from DiC Entertainment's Super Mario cartoon trilogy. Its corresponding live-action segment is "Chippie Chipmunks".
While trying to catch Koopa in Jungleland, Mario suffers from amnesia, and is convinced by an ape couple that he is their child. This episode’s plot is based upon the novel Tarzan of the Apes.
Why It Rocks
- This episode is a good parody of Tarzan, and an interesting one too. Mario gets amnesia after a brutal fight with King Koopa, and he happened to land in the tree house of an ape couple, June and Ward, who actually parody Tarzan’s real parents, and take Mario in as their son, and name him Marzan, and Mario becomes a funny parody of Tarzan. This is while he has amnesia, so the heroes need to have him remember them again.
- Great voice acting, and is also one of the few times where Toad’s voice is passable.
- The animation in this episode is brilliant, as is the case with many series produced by DiC Entertainment.
- A lot of funny moments, some of which even spawned internet memes, such as the montage about Mario being Marzan.
- The part where Luigi dances.
- There are a lot of memorable quotes, such as Luigi’s "A meatball memory motivator" line.
- All of the action sequences are both thrilling and exciting at the same time.
- King Koopa is a very funny villain in this episode, and even has some very funny lines of dialogue too.
- His minions, the Shy Guys, were also pretty funny.
- Mario is still a great hero, even while in his Marzan phase.
- Even if they didn’t realize he’s an adult, June and Ward were still nice enough to take care of Mario until he got his memory back.
- Good ending where Mario gets his memory back and King Koopa’s hilarious defeat.
- "Mario’s always gone ape for meatballs."
- June and Ward, while still nice characters, didn’t realize Mario was an adult.
- Mario did eat the sandwich that blocked the Cobrat’s mouth. While it was funny to see Mario’s love for food, this was kind of gross since Cobrat’s mouth touched it first.
"Mario of the Apes" got mixed reviews from critics, and positive reviews from audiences and fans of the Super Mario franchise. It holds a 5.9/10 rating on IMDb.com.