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Recalling the time that I suddenly realized that the closing theme of "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show," "Do the Mario," is just a description of Mario's running animation ("Swing your arms from side to side ... Take one step, and then again").

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despite this, albano does not actually take many steps during the number, even though he wildly swings his arms the entire time

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some day i want to write, like, a graduate-level thesis on the "super mario bros. super show." it's such an objectively AWFUL SHOW, and yet is a cultural touchstone for people of a certain age.

and maybe the reason why isn't all that complicated: nintendo ruled the fucking world.

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