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About The Super Mario World TV Series
Mama Luigi is a YouTube Poop/DeviantArt meme based upon the final cartoon of the Super Mario World cartoons, which originally aired in 1991. It was paired with Captain N The Game Master, and was cancelled along with it. The show was based upon the videogame Super Mario World, and was preceded by The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. These earlier cartoons were based upon the videogames Super Mario Bros. 3 and [the original] Super Mario Bros., respectively.
The final cartoon of the series, entitled “Mama Luigi”, features Luigi explaining to Yoshi how he found him. While the episode in itself is not particularly memorable, it does have some very memorable quotes, including “Like they say in Brooklyn, early to bed, early to catch the worm. Or is it the bagel?” and “Now I know how a meatball feels!”.
But the most memorable quote comes at the end of the episode. Luigi has found a baby Yoshi, who keeps calling him “mama”. While Luigi is made fun of by Mario, in the end, baby Yoshi helps beat Bowser, the villain of the series, which leads to Luigi accepting the title of Mama Luigi.
Mario: “You didn´t tell me that you were bringing a secret weapon, Luigi.”
Luigi: “That´s Mama Luigi to you, Mario!”
For some inexplicable reason, Luigi makes an odd wheeze-like noise immediately after the above line. What this is supposed to be or why it was included in the final recording, let alone the script, is unknown, but it seems to have contributed to the quote’s exploitability.
Rediscovery and rise to memehood
Around September 27, 2004, Bryan Mulheran, a member of the Yoshi fan site Yoshiart.com, recorded all the episodes of the Super Mario World TV show from the UK satellite Channel ‘Pop’ and encoded them for upload on the site. They could be downloaded, but it took a full 2 years for the video to get reuploaded to YouTube.
On July 3rd, 2006, YouTube user LilKaria was the first to upload the full cartoon to YouTube.
“Mama Luigi” has become one of the more popular themes of YouTube Poop, which in turn inspired DeviantArt users to create their own “Mama Luigi” fan art.
You can also view it on YouTube: