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An hourlong AnimatedAnthology of shorts, produced by Creator/RubySpears for Creator/{{CBS}}, based on early 1980s video games. As might be expected with the limited amount of plot in the games of that era, the stories diverged wildly from the games out of sheer necessity. The following games were featured:

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An hourlong AnimatedAnthology of shorts, produced by Creator/RubySpears for Creator/{{CBS}}, based on early 1980s video games.games from the UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames. As might be expected with the limited amount of plot in the games of that era, the stories diverged wildly from the games out of sheer necessity. The following games were featured:


* EarlyAdaptationWeirdness: The ''Donkey Kong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior'' segments barely resemble either the ''Mario'' or ''DK'' universe we know today. For example, Mario uses his original ''Donkey Kong'' design and is related to Pauline.

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* EarlyAdaptationWeirdness: The ''Donkey Kong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior'' segments barely resemble either the ''Mario'' or ''DK'' universe we know today. For example, Mario uses his original ''Donkey Kong'' design and is related to Pauline.


* BrattyHalfPint: Donkey Kong Jr. is basically [[ScoobyDoo Scrappy-Doo]] turned into a powerful monkey.

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* BrattyHalfPint: Donkey Kong Jr. is basically [[ScoobyDoo [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Scrappy-Doo]] turned into a powerful monkey.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The ''Donkey Kong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior'' segments barely resemble either the Mario or DK universe we know today.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyAdaptationWeirdness: The ''Donkey Kong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior'' segments barely resemble either the Mario ''Mario'' or DK ''DK'' universe we know today.today. For example, Mario uses his original ''Donkey Kong'' design and is related to Pauline.


* ''[[VideoGame/QBert Q*bert]]''[[note]]the closest the show came to faithfully reproducing elements from the original game, with its trademark block hopping (complete with the original sound effects), "swear" bubbles and flying discs.[[/note]]

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* ''[[VideoGame/QBert Q*bert]]''[[note]]the ''VideoGame/QBert''[[note]]the closest the show came to faithfully reproducing elements from the original game, with its trademark block hopping (complete with the original sound effects), "swear" bubbles and flying discs.[[/note]]


* RelatedInTheAdaptation: Pauline was Mario's ''niece'' in this cartoon (as opposed to his girlfriend); this would prove HilariousInHindsight when ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' debuted later, with Luigi's first appearance.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The ''Donkey Kong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior'' segments barely resemble either the Mario or DK universe we know today.


This series was unusual in that it collected characters from different video game companies. The character most obviously lacking, of course, was VideoGame/PacMan, who had premiered the previous year in [[WesternAnimation/PacMan his own competing show]] Creator/{{ABC}}.

Each game appeared to exist in its own universe, with the exception of the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior'' stories, which shared one (though they didn't overlap).

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This series was unusual in that it collected characters from different video game companies. The character most obviously lacking, of course, was VideoGame/PacMan, who had premiered the previous year in [[WesternAnimation/PacMan his own competing show]] on Creator/{{ABC}}.

Each game appeared to exist in its own universe, with the exception of the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' ''Donkey Kong'' and ''Donkey Kong Junior'' stories, which shared one (though they didn't overlap).


* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: The same three crocodiles harassed Pitfall Harry in every episode; [[PersistentPredator He claimed they followed him everywhere.]]

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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: The same three crocodiles harassed Pitfall Harry in every episode; [[PersistentPredator [[SuperPersistentPredator He claimed they followed him everywhere.]]

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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: The same three crocodiles harassed Pitfall Harry in every episode; [[PersistentPredator He claimed they followed him everywhere.]]

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* BoisterousBruiser: Donkey Kong.


* RelatedInStory: Pauline was Mario's ''niece'' in this cartoon (as opposed to his girlfriend); this would prove HilariousInHindsight when ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' debuted later, with Luigi's first appearance.

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* RelatedInStory: RelatedInTheAdaptation: Pauline was Mario's ''niece'' in this cartoon (as opposed to his girlfriend); this would prove HilariousInHindsight when ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' debuted later, with Luigi's first appearance.


* AdaptationalHeroism: In ''[[VideoGame/QBert Q*bert]]'' (the video game) Sam and Slick are enemy characters, undoing Q*bert's work by changing the blocks back to their original colors. In the cartoon, they're good guys.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: AdaptationalHeroism:
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In ''[[VideoGame/QBert Q*bert]]'' (the video game) Sam and Slick are enemy characters, undoing Q*bert's work by changing the blocks back to their original colors. In the cartoon, they're good guys.



* InterspeciesRomance: Between Donkey Kong and Miss Persimmon in "Gorilla My Dreams", [[BlindWithoutEm after she loses her glasses.]] Averted in the end, however, when she ends up falling for the ship's captain.

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* InterspeciesRomance: InterspeciesRomance:
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Between Donkey Kong and Miss Persimmon in "Gorilla My Dreams", [[BlindWithoutEm after she loses her glasses.]] Averted in the end, however, when she ends up falling for the ship's captain.captain.
** DK also has a major crush on Pauline.


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* RelatedInStory: Pauline was Mario's ''niece'' in this cartoon (as opposed to his girlfriend); this would prove HilariousInHindsight when ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' debuted later, with Luigi's first appearance.


* InterspeciesRomance: Between Donkey Kong and Miss Persimmon in "Gorilla My Dreams". Averted in the end, however, when she ends up falling for the ship's captain.

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* InterspeciesRomance: Between Donkey Kong and Miss Persimmon in "Gorilla My Dreams". Dreams", [[BlindWithoutEm after she loses her glasses.]] Averted in the end, however, when she ends up falling for the ship's captain.


* OncePerEpisode: In the ''Donkey Kong'' segments, the titular character grabs Pauline, and it is up to Mario to save her.

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* OncePerEpisode: In the ''Donkey Kong'' segments, the titular character grabs Pauline, and it is up to Mario to save her. However, in some episodes, Pauline is captured by the BigBad of the episode, meaning that it's up to Donkey Kong to save Pauline.

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