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Super Mario Bros by TVsKyle Super Mario Bros by TVsKyle
So, why haven't they attempted to make a Mario cartoon since DIC's miserable efforts in the late 80s/ early 90s? Sonic's had more than his fair share, but not Mario. Everyone would watch that. I wish I could make it. This is what I'd want to use as my cast of regulars if I ever got to make one. That would be a dream gig. Even if I only got to do it as a comic. What would be really fun is making Mario shorts specifically for the Wii's Nintendo Channel. A boy can dream.

SMB ©2009 Nintendo

Dedicated to the memories of Captain Lou "Mario" Albano and Soupy "Donkey Kong" Sales.

EDIT: Hi everybody! First off, thank you so much for the overwhelming response to this piece. I worked very hard on it, and it's nice to know that you folks like seeing Mario this way.

I want to warn, however, that this is not the place to tell me your opinion of various Mario games nor is it a place to tell me about imaginary Mario anime that involves Waluigi and nudity.
Dig? A'thankyou.
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With absolutely nothing interesting to critique for the month of October, I seem to be destined to critique yet another Super Mario piece.

One thing that particularly peaked my interest, aside from the usual quality of your work, is the description. Basically it describes that this is what could be the outcome if you were to design a new Super Mario cartoon. Therefore, I try to keep this in mind, rather than to judge this solely on its own merits. I believe it's fair to presume that you wanted critiques to evaluate whether these designs could actually work as a TV series.

Since I've seen your animated work, including a full blown pilot for a series pitched to Nickelodeon, I can actually imagine these designs as moving characters. Your style of fast-paced storytelling would be perfect for something like Super Mario, since it usually doesn't go any further than "lol, Peach got kidnapped again". Judging from your selection of characters, it seems that the brothers and their ilk are going to have to deal with five villains, opposed to just Bowser, which I think is better than the whole new-setting-for-every-episode concept of the earlier shows. There could even be some rivalry amongst the villains, it practically writes itself.

Having seen the earlier shows, this seems to be a mix between the old and the new. The fact that they're all based on their more recent designs makes them more consistent. The inclusion of Wario and Waluigi adds abundant quantities of cartoon hilarity, especially since Wario's usually depicted in a typical anime setting. The inclusion of Daisy and Perry the freakin' talking umbrella removes Peach from the odd female role in the show, and gives her someone who will put her into silly trouble for sure.

The question remains if the current generation of gamers who grew up on the polished 3D designs of the Mario characters are going to accept these bold, asymmetrical 2D designs. You've got consistency on your side, that's for sure. It could be your advantage, and it has a strong, loyal fan base. Still, these designs are radically different, and the general public may not like it until they see the actual animation.

And with that, I end this critique before it runs out of hand. This is definitely one of those things that raises some interesting questions about 2D and 3D designs.
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That is one very brilliant, amazing, and interesting deviation! Kyle, you've done an awesome job with this piece! What a great idea you have conceived for a Super Mario cartoon series - your series, if it were greenlighted, would have an incredible fanbase and become the number-one, top-rated show on its slot on national cable television, just as "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show" was, at one point, the top-rated show for its own time slot.

With the characters shown in this illustration, among many others, this series would appear to span even the farthest reaches of the Marioverse, and use designs that are even more consistent than that miserable DiC cartoon trilogy. It looks like you're probably going to be writing storylines that will endeavor to prove to Mario fanatics that there's more to the franchise than just the usual "Bowser has kidnapped the princess" plots. I've outgrown video games myself, but if I were still obsessed with them as I was when I was a young lad, I'd be very much excited about this matter! I'd hope for a cast of thousands (including all the established Mario franchise characters and just as many newcomers), plus hordes of major plot twists and a few surprises to boot.

Your idea for a cartoon about the Marioverse has inspired me to create my own idea for a Super Mario TV show - a program which I've christened "The (All-New) Super Mario Super Extravaganza," whose title contains a friendly reference to the working title "Mario Extravaganza" which was given to the Super NES compilation cartridge "Super Mario All-Stars" when it was being developed. I'm presently working on tons of character and scenario concepts for that show; some of these can be seen in this gallery). Go see them for yourself - my character illustrations portray everyone from core Marioverse icons to those characters who simply aren't given the appreciation they deserve, and they also throw in tons of interesting original characters who feel like they really belong in the Mario universe and in the lives of one or more returning cast members.

Congratulations, Kyle! Your work is fantastic and very interesting! I give my regards to you, my good friend!
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mrbill6ishere Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
How's this for a cast?
Charles Martinet- Mario and Wario (same)
Jeff Bennett- Luigi and Waluigi (hints of Ace of the Gangreen Gang from PPG)
Cathy Cavadini- Peach (hints of Tanya Mousekavitz)
Jaleel White- Toad (higher pitch 90s Sonic)
Ben Diskin- Yoshi (No. 2 from Codename KND)
Jim Cummings- Bowser (Negaduck)
Kath Soucie- Daisy (Morgana from Darkwing Duck)
Frank Welker- Donkey Kong
Tom Kenny- Mouser (Ice King)
Tara Strong- Toadette (Bubbles)
Tress MacNille- Birdo (Babs Bunny)
Greg Cipes- Goombario (Beast Boy)
Jennifer Hale- Vivian (???)
Rob Paulsen- Wart 
All VAs voice assorted Koopas, Toads, Goombas, etc.

xaviir20 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Student Artist
Awesome cartooning well done.
OraTheRebelKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing of the Super Mario crew XD
DashTheHedgedog Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student
This is amazing!!!!! :iconluigiplz:
1popenamoon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
NyaFiya Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love how Wart looks. XD
KatrinaIorio Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
I would totally watch this. I remembered when I watched the 80s mario cartoon on netflix, and I just stood there like "WTF did I just watch and WTF did DIC do to my favorite video game fanchise WWWWWWTTTTFFFFFFF?!" BUT THIS. I'd love if you could be able to make a cartoon like this, and I'm sure the rest of the video game community would too. Even if it isn't a particular game I like, I as a gamer adore seeing a show about a video game.
KatrinaIorio Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
And who knows? If you made a short 5-minute pilot episode, I know the community would love to see it. 
If a video about mario being a d*ck and luigi being sweet (…) can get famous, I am sure a well thought out, well designed, well drawn, well animated show can too.
Cheetogod Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it is a great idea! Also, GREAT job on the drawing.
TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Student Writer
DiC isn't THAT bad, it was cute and charming for what it was, at least in my opinion, they tried, could've at least came up with better names for the koopalings and you know...did them in the right age order but eh
FutureZootopiaFan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Writer
The whole crew? Yes!
MastarMudkip Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What was so bad about the DiC cartoons? They were better than the OTHER Mario cartoon/live action thing.
TVsKyle Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Filmographer
DIC made all of those. 
MastarMudkip Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
DiC didn't make the horror known as the Super Mario Bros. movie.
TVsKyle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
There's plenty of room for all of those things to be terrible. 
Nagzilla Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
waluigi is my fave in this one tbh
LilMegFish Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
This is wonderful and every character oozes charm and personality!
TVsKyle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
TheBechtloff Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
This would make a fantastic Mario show. I love how you've included so man villains, I can just imagine, Bowser, Wart, Donkey Kong, and Warrio factions all at war with each other as well as Mario and crew. The art style reminds me of Ren and Stimpy, minus the gross out crap. This is just a fantastic piece.
MatoosaurusRex Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
AMAZING! :D if they made a new Mario cartoon and used your designs I'd flip! :D I'm a big fan of the designs they look similar to the style of a Cartoon Network animation! Keep up the good work! :)
DullVivid Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Each of these characters look so wacky and abstract; superb work on this! I cannot get over Waluigi's face.
TVsKyle Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
MidMorningStar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Still attempting to remember the purple girl with the stripey hat...
TVsKyle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
MidMorningStar Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh thank you
YooHooNuthinNew Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Birdo'sexpression is just FASCINATING
heroud Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
John K :)
TVsKyle Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Kyle C, actually.
Bomberdrawer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
cool :)
lolploop11 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Artist
ShinyRainbowMario Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Sumac-Dalek Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I can only think of one reason Vivian would be drawn in the position she's in...
TVsKyle Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm just gonna go ahead and block you now and save us both a lot of trouble. You're welcome.
Sister7777 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I wish mario is a cartoon
TheBechtloff Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
This is really great. It almost looks a little like Ren and Stimpy in it's art style. I would totally watch this cartoon.
dworldmoney Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
This cartoon would be amazing!
IrishBecky Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Man! You're versions of the Mario characters are more awesome than the actual characters. ;)
cjn5555 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
mariotheninjaofstars Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Could you name the characters please?
Riding-On-Rainbows Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
From Top To Bottom;

Princess Peach, Princess Daisy,
Toad, Toadette, Mario
Bowser, Donkey Kong, Goombario

Wario, Waluigi,
Luigi, Yoshi, Birdo,
Vivian, Mouser, Wart.
keyofawesomefangirl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
they look so cute
Mariomuffin64 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Heh, It looks like one of the 90's (Am i right?) Cartoon shows.
TruExtent Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Please tell me the Goomba with a hat is a good guy. Or at least it's like a pet to Toad in a world where Goombas and Toads get along. He's my favorite. =) (I always like the simplest of things.)

In other words of commenting, this style is SO out there. I like it a lot! If however there was a cartoon using this style, no character should stop moving for more than a few frames; not seconds. These guys are too expressive for single frame to be repeated over and over. I'm going way to much into this....

Anyways the only bad thing I want to say about this is Yoshi's eyes as I always imagined them as wide open (no eyelids...) and looking straight on at something. But getting over my personal preference, it still works alright.

Great piece!
MrFH Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
That Goomba is Goombario he is Mario's first partner from the RPG game Paper Mario.
TVsKyle Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
TruExtent Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Okay, hands down, your version is better. he is so much happier here. and enthusiastic. i'm also guessing i should play this paper mario. (after the old GBA games i got recently.... and that one Wii game.... and.... SHINY 3DS XL w/ NEW PAPER MARIO!!!)
TVsKyle Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The Paper Mario series is amazing. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is my favorite game of all time.
TheAnimationGod Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Artist
Actually, a Mario comic doesn't have to be a dream. even though it's not official Mario artwork, it's still as entertaining as the real deal. this my friend, is called fanart fandom. wait no longer for the game/cartoon companies to spew out the goods, just do it! I'm a comic book artist by the way, and I have major plans to start a separate Mario and Sonic fanart comic series and other fantasy series involving my favorite characters. I happen to be a HUGE Gorillaz fan and I've already started a series about Murdoc's unusual adventures. it's quite a lot of effort to put into because I'm the only one drawing and coloring all my fanart. I'd get some help on it but it wouldn't have that distinct linework or coloring to it. I have 11 official front issue covers but I've gotten so far up to issue 2. later on after Christmas/next year, I'll be ripping to go on the series and my other projects too. there's a story plot for every issue so check em out!:[link]

and my other fanart: [link]
HolderofTruth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's wonderful!!!!
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