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Marsupilami (Disney)

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This article is about the 1993 Disney version that originally was a segment of Raw Toonage. Youʼre probably looking for the 2000 French version with the same name.
Marsupilami (Disney)
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Whoa. What a very utterly disgusting way to bring Marsupilami to the screen.
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 30 Minutes
Country: United States
Belgium
Release Date: September 18 – December 11, 1993
Network(s): CBS (United States)
Canal J (France)
Created by: André Franquin
Distributed by: Buena Vista Television (USA)
Starring: Steve Mackall
René Auberjonois
Dan Castellaneta
Jim Cummings
Steve Landesberg
Tress MacNeille
Jason Marsden
Frank Welker
Samuel E. Wright
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13
Previous show: Raw Toonage (1992), Bonkers (1993)
Next show: The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1995)

Marsupilami is a half-hour American-Belgian animated television series that first appeared on television as a segment series of Disney's Raw Toonage, and was then spun off into his own eponymous show on CBS for the 1993–94 season. The show was based on the character from the popular comic book by Belgian artist André Franquin.

There were three segment series in the half-hour show — Marsupilami, Sebastian the Crab and then, the infamous Shnookums & Meat.

Bad Qualities

  1. The show barely stays true to original source material and none of the characters from the original comics with the only exception of Marsupilami, of course, are present in this show.
  2. Too much gross-out humor.
  3. Some painful moments of slapstick-comedy.
  4. Despite being a very lovable protagonist of the series, Marsupilami acts like a bad combination of a Bugs Bunny-type character (a crazy karmic trickster) and also a Beavis and Butt-Head-type of character (an all-American idiot).
  5. Maurice the Gorilla makes a very pointless comic relief character and serves nothing to the show other than gross-out jokes.
  6. Norman is an extremely unlikable and obnoxious antagonist and a terrible replacement for Bring M. Backalive.
  7. Due to several appearances by African fauna, the show feels more like it was set in Africa instead of South America (where the Marsupilami comics take place).
  8. The theme song is too noisy and clownish.
  9. Some people hated when Marsupilami speaks (which he didn't do in the original comics).

Good Qualities

  1. The animation and soundtrack are decent.
    • Speaking of the animation, aside from being animated decently, it is usually looking quite good.
  2. Some moments are funny at times.
  3. Few of the episodes are very good, due to the fact that Marsupilami doesn't co-star with Maurice and Norman.
  4. Great voice acting. Speaking of which, Marsupilami is finally able to say full sentences and speaks in English, thanks to his voice actor, Steve Mackall.
  5. Marsupilami made his first screen debut, prior to Raw Toonage.
    • Maruspilami is still a likable character despite his flaws.
  6. Does feature a few nods to the original French comics such as Marsupilami having a love for eating piranhas.
    • Despite this, Marsupilami's character design is very faithful to the comics.
  7. The Sebastian sketches are far funnier than the Marsupilami and the later on Shnookums and Meat sketches themselves.
  8. The show does have a cult following and became very popular in Europe and Belguim.

Trivia

  • As of now, all episodes of Marsupilami and the Shnookums and Meat segments are on YouTube with an exception of "Romancing the Clone", which was likely banned due to having references to homosexuality along with the Sebastian segments. "Romancing the Clone" was flagged by WMG (Warner Music Group) back in 2011, And Youtube user, DisneysBonkers028 was banned from YouTube for copyright infringement. As of March 5, 2021, Romancing the Clone has been reposted back by BuddyBoy600.
  • Several episode clips are featured on Pinata Farms. One of then is when he hosted Raw Toonage.

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