|1983 ad for the CBS line-up.|
In 1983, CBS was looking to get in on the video game craze and to combat ABC’s Pac-Man produced by Hanna-Barbera. Figuring to hedge their bets, they licensed several gaming properties and commissioned former Hanna-Barbera employees Joe Ruby and Ken Spears to handle it through their company Ruby-Spears Productions. The resulting series was Saturday Supercade. Making up the Supercade every week were segments based on Frogger, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr., while Q*bert and Pitfall! rotated weekly.
|Junior and Bones.|
Donkey Kong Jr. aired concurrently to Donkey Kong and featured Junior (Frank Welker) travelling from the jungle to see his father, Donkey Kong (Soupy Sales), in the circus. Learning of his escape and desperate to find him, Junior partnered with clumsy biker, Bones (Bart Braverman), and took off on Donkey Kong’s trail. Ken Boyer and Patrick A. Ventura created the character models that adapted the cabinet artwork into cleaner television stars. The theme music was created by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban.
|Height comparison character model sheet.|
Originally posted in 2017. Updated in 2020.