Fan filmmakers tackle Mario

Is Mario doomed to a life lived exclusively in pixeldom? In 1993, the answer should have been “yes.” Why 1993? That was the year the Super Mario Bros. movie was unleashed upon the world. We’ve covered this train-wreck of a movie a couple times, and it’s tempting to imagine its scriptwriting process involved someone’s assistant taking a dump on a stack of formerly pristine paper and then writing “The End” at the bottom (although the real story’s arguably more insane).

Above: Dino Dennis Hopper and some lame mystical meteorite weren’t enough to sink this ship. The good, old-fashioned epic fail of a storyline did that job just fine

So Hollywood dropped a turd and basically frakked up a whole game franchise’s potential for film. Nothing new there. That’s why we’ve turned to YouTube. Can fan-made videos entertain and inspire us, and prove that Mario is ready for reality? Let’s find out.

World 1-1

Rundown: A Japanese troupe on a game show brings the original Super Mario Bros. (and some additional craziness) to life using a common technique of live actors with props against a black cloth.

Reality Readiness: Mario and Koopa look a little spastic using this method, but it’s a pretty amazing trick the actors pull off and a lot of fun to watch. We’ll give them a B-plus. And if you liked that, you may also enjoy this deliberately half-assed Mario interpretation from a Dutch anti-piracy ad:

Stereotyping 101: All Italians eat mushrooms and fight giant barrel-throwing gorillas

Rundown: The Italian Anti-Defamation League has a message for us: Mario is an offensive stereotype. “Italians do not jump on mushrooms and get powerful and glowy,” says their spokesman. But no matter how much they may argue, they can't escape their 8-bit heritage. If they don’t stomp on our goombas and defeat our apes, then who will? Obamagirl? No, her special ability is galvanizing the electorate. That, and looking good for the camera.

Reality Readiness: Though they doth protest too much (about one minute too much, actually), these two would-be Mario brothers and their princess eventually turn a tired gag into something surprisingly funny.

It’s a hard giant-green-boot life

Rundown: In a two-dimensional videogame, hopping around in a big green shoe is a piece of cake. What could be simpler? But in the real word, it’s a different ball game. Kuribo’s Shoe gets a whole lot of attention, but not much love, unfortunately.

Rundown: Mario and Luigi like nothing more than romping and jumping around the city. Sounds fun, right? Well, it’s annoying the hell out of everyone else. Someone has to put an end to their plumberly shenanigans…

Reality Readiness: The video creators from Mega64 show us that Mario might not be ready to be a responsible, tax-paying, law-abiding citizen just yet.


  • 4fromK - January 28, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    i never found there will be brawl funny... worst thing on escapist
  • Conman93 - January 8, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Mega 64 are the best! I saw one called inglourious plumbers( a parody of inglourious basterds) That was pretty good No seth McFarlene one...
  • SmashEd - January 8, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    I agree. No TWBB is a dissapointment. Sure Luigi had the main role, but Mario played a large part and Paul did a fabulous job in the role. Aside from that, great article. You can make it up by doing a "Creepist Explicitve Kirbys Ever". Put TWBB's Kirby as number 1 and all is forgiven. Seriously. He gives you nightmares.
  • eeaghk2112 - January 8, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    I was also a little disappointed in Brawl's non-inclusion as well. Granted, Luigi's probably more the main character of that story than Mario, but that was the first thing I thought of when I saw the title.
  • Cjirra - January 8, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    The interactive flash video at explains all the similarities in the Mario/Communism subject. I'm also very dissappointed you guys didn't know about There Will Be Brawl. It takes on more than just Mario and Luigi but it mainly focuses on them. You guys should update the article with There Will Be Brawl since it is very popular and extremely good.
  • Kenzo - January 8, 2010 4:21 a.m.

    I lol'd at the guy in the kuribo's shoe.
  • Appsro - January 8, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    What, no Mad Mad Mario? (shameless self promotion) But seriously some of these were fun. World 1-1 is the best I think. Those guys put some serious thought and work into making that as cool as it was.
  • Silvermech - January 8, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    There was a video involving Mario and Luigi on, it was pretty funny. Luigi broke some kid's piggy bank, and said he was close to getting an extra life.
  • DarkPaladin - January 8, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    Another one disappointed with the exclusion of There Will Be Brawl. Paul Duraso did a fantastic job as Mario in that.
  • RegalNick - January 8, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    Srsly. you dropped the ball on that one. There will be brawl is amazing
  • bl00dyvalen7ine - January 8, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    DUDE!!! Where the hell is There Will Be Brawl?!?!?
  • nik41507 - January 7, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    truly amazing
  • NightAce84 - January 7, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    Yeah Mega64! I'm a huge fan.
  • Cyberninja - January 7, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    the mega64 ones were the best
  • Xplosive59 - January 7, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    lolz the last one is like mario meets eastenders
  • ezekielzero - January 7, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    good article remember seeing the communist one a while ago on newgrounds. could this be first?

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