|Rated: "General Audiences" (manufacturer's advisory)|
Starring: Cyndy Preston, Jonathan Potts, and Tabitha St. Germain
Released: September 8 - December 1, 1989 (original TV premieres) / October 18, 2005 (DVD)
Features live-action segments from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. Based on the popular Nintendo video game franchise.
The Good: For a product of its time, the animation and graphics within this series are really good, as is the voice work. Despite the stories being a bit short, these episodes mostly held my interest until the end. While adventure may have been the main focus, the makers added in some humor as well, which was a nice touch.
The Bad: While the production values were great, the overall feel is a bit lackluster. The live-action Mario segments are just dumb; one of them features Inspector Gadget! Also, a lack of English subtitles or closed captions make this inaccessible for deaf or hard-of-hearing people, unless they have an interpreter handy.
- Sex: Much discussion is made of Link and Zelda kissing, and they almost do several times. A live-action Mario segment features a girl with a crush on the infamous plumber. 4/5
- Nudity: Zelda is seen in a (one-piece) bathing suit and in an off-the-shoulder, low-cut dress once; Sprite (a fairy) wears a short skirt that is also slit on the sides, and is seen in a low-cut outfit just once; Link is seen in a nightshirt a few times; one episode features shirtless guys at a distance. 3/5
- Language: Name-calling; nothing more. 4/5
- Violence: Fantasy violence is seen throughout, mostly with Link using his sword to shoot enemies who just magically disappear and usually respawn later. No blood or gore is seen. 3/5
- Drugs: None. 5/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: Ganon and his minions could be scary to some kids; Link and Zelda find themselves in many perilous situations. 3/5
- Other: Magic is used throughout the series; a live-action Mario segment features a psychic holding a séance. 3/5