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johnnyfog Actual Wrestling Legend from the Zocalo Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
Actual Wrestling Legend
Aug 7th 2012 at 1:16:49 PM

I did appreciate the shout out to Mario 3 — having the king be transformed into whatever. (mold??)

I'm a skeptical squirrel
Aug 7th 2012 at 3:29:06 PM

There's actually a metric ton of shout outs to the games, although the King being transformed is the most direct (and pretty much the only plot point in common with the games). The Spikes of Doom-covered walls in Koopa's headquarters are identical to these walls from Super Mario Bros 3 and I'm pretty sure the two mooks driving the garbage trucks are supposed to be Snifits. Also, I think the boots Bertha gives to the brothers are supposed to be Kuribo's Shoe. It's kind of weird that the people making the film were obviously so familiar with the source material, yet they made something completely different from it.

Prowler Caw! Caw! Relationship Status: It's so nice to be turned on again
Caw! Caw!
Aug 27th 2013 at 8:07:58 PM

Did you know that there's a comic book sequel made with consultation from one of the film's writers, Parker Bennett? 'Cause there is.

Aug 27th 2013 at 8:11:52 PM

I hope it's only an online comic, because killing trees to print Super Mario movie comics should be punished with a firing squad.

DrFurball Two-bit blockhead from The House of the Rising Sun Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Two-bit blockhead
Aug 27th 2013 at 9:11:11 PM

That's a bit harsh, don'tcha think?

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BagofMagicFood Second banana
Second banana
Aug 29th 2013 at 5:25:43 PM

I can't remember if this was a rumor or not, but is it true that the Mario and Luigi's Jerkass boss in the Brooklyn was initially planned to be Wario?
I don't know, but I read on the Mario Wiki that "In the Super Mario Bros. film, a character named Anthony Scapelli was thought to be based on Foreman Spike."

"Doorknobs: not actually that long a period of historical significance."
Dec 30th 2013 at 7:26:14 PM

Sorry for the necro-bump, but check these out!

http://www.smbmovie.com/SMBArchive/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1624 John Leguizamo's 20th anniversary greeting

http://www.smbmovie.com/SMBArchive/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1575 'New' Super Mario Brothers, a 20th anniversary Fan Edit.

http://www.smbmovie.com/SMBArchive/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1361 A FULL demo of Mojo Nixon's anti-Koopa song!

Also, I just found this out.

According to Mojo Nixon, who played Toad, Dennis Hopper's performance as Koopa legitimately scared him during the scene where Toad de-evolves. Toad freaking out as he's strapped into the chair wasn't acting.

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maxwellelvis Mad Scientist Wannabe from undisclosed location Relationship Status: In my bunk
Mad Scientist Wannabe
Dec 30th 2013 at 8:38:33 PM

I can't say I blame him; Dennis Hopper was a scary dude.

Of course, don't you know anything about ALCHEMY?!- Twin clones of Ivan the Great
Dec 30th 2013 at 9:29:16 PM

Picture this in the next Mario game! :D

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maxwellelvis Mad Scientist Wannabe from undisclosed location Relationship Status: In my bunk
Mad Scientist Wannabe
Dec 31st 2013 at 7:01:22 AM

I think that if any song from that movie should be in a Mario game, it should George Clinton's "Walk the Dinosaur" cover.

Of course, don't you know anything about ALCHEMY?!- Twin clones of Ivan the Great
Jan 3rd 2014 at 11:38:03 PM

Whoever played Iggy and Spike are great—they're really good at portraying two idiots XD

edited 3rd Jan '14 11:53:32 PM by lalalei2001

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Oct 16th 2017 at 11:36:53 PM

Sorry for the years-long bump, BUT i got back into the movie again and noticed something cool! When Daisy uses the light-gun communicator, the name of Koopa's city can be seen, as can the various systems the communicator taps into.

The SMB fansite also updated with restored, remastered trailers. http://www.smbmovie.com/

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BagofMagicFood Second banana
Second banana
Oct 17th 2017 at 12:15:50 AM

...Now I wish I had come back to check your links at the end of 2013!

"Doorknobs: not actually that long a period of historical significance."
Oct 17th 2017 at 12:29:26 AM

[up] Try the Internet Archive? D:

Mojo Nixon's song can be found here at least. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWJy7_lJs0o

EDIT: Here's the Fan Edit too. Originally it was to be much more extensive but they decided to go the minor-but-significant route. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfqyCpDfOk4

DOUBLE EDIT: here's the John Leguizamo interview! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5S0v_lrGlg

edited 20th Oct '17 7:42:46 AM by lalalei2001

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Aug 4th 2018 at 2:19:19 AM

Recently got back into the movie (again) and wondered if anyone has done THAT Infinity War meme with the merging/dissolving scenes from the SMB movie. It's kinda made for it.

I also headcanoned the bar lady Bertha punches out is named Wendy, cause game references. A neat detail I noticed is that Koopa keeps his hands at chest level and curls his fingers like a Tyrannosaurus's hands.

Also "Luigi...It's a MUSHROOM." is one of my favorite lines from the movie. XD

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TobiasDrake Exposition Dragon from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Aug 4th 2018 at 7:39:20 AM

A neat detail I noticed is that Koopa keeps his hands◊ at chest level and curls his fingers like a Tyrannosaurus's hands.

That is a neat detail. I wonder if that was the director's input or if Hopper just did that himself?

Hopper has stated in an interview that he did the film for a paycheck....

I made a picture called Super Mario Bros., and my six-year-old son at the time he's now 18 he said, 'Dad, I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros.?' and I said, 'Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,' and he said, 'Dad, I don't need shoes that badly.'

...but he is pretty clearly hamming it up for the lulz on camera, so I wouldn't put it past him. Often when a great actor is forced to play a role they don't want to do, they'll make it fun for themselves by overacting to absurd proportions, and we can definitely see Hopper doing that. He and John Leguizamo (Luigi) are the only actors who legitimately seem to be enjoying themselves in this production.

So I wouldn't put it past Hopper to be like, "I'm playing a T-Rex Man? Alright, I know what I'm doing with my hands!"

Drake's Razor: Never attribute to cold unfeeling logic that which can be equally explained by emotional outburst.
Oct 17th 2018 at 1:21:44 AM

I found a four page Nintendo Power article about the movie. It's the only time they're ever nice to it. XD

I also got to see the movie on Region 2 Blu-ray recently. It was tons of fun!

EDIT: Also I wrote a fanfic about the movie. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13103783/1/

Edited by lalalei2001 on Oct 26th 2018 at 11:48:40 AM

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Brandon Fan of Summer (actress, not the season) Relationship Status: I want you to want me
Fan of Summer (actress, not the season)
Feb 26th 2019 at 4:19:15 PM

You know, if you view this film as an adaptation of the original Mario Bros. arcade game, the film feels more on point.

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TheWhiteWolf The Hero of Skill from USA Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Hero of Skill
Feb 26th 2019 at 11:03:12 PM

I can't believe Shigeru Miyamoto preferred this to Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!, though. This movie is really, really, bad.

"The grass was greener/The light was brighter/With friends surrounded/The nights of wonder"
firewriter Bulla to Earthlings, Echalote to Saiyans.
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Feb 26th 2019 at 11:19:52 PM

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Maybe he likes it in a So Bad, It's Good way. Or maybe because he hates the ending where Princess Peach ends up with a never mentioned fiance.

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Brandon Fan of Summer (actress, not the season) Relationship Status: I want you to want me
Fan of Summer (actress, not the season)
Feb 26th 2019 at 11:39:17 PM

Actually, I think he said once that the Anime tried to shoehorn the game's elements in a very clumsy manner, while the live action film took liberties in a better attempt to feel like an actual movie.

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Bulla to Earthlings, Echalote to Saiyans.
Feb 26th 2019 at 11:57:12 PM

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That makes sense from a certain perspective.

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Erin582 "My love here comes the rain..." from Over the hills and far away Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
"My love here comes the rain..."
Feb 28th 2019 at 5:19:58 PM

Maybe it's the Nostalgia Filter talking, but this film holds a place in my heart. I loved anything Super Mario Bros at the time and I was glad to see it. Me and my family saw it in theaters the day of our new family portrait. It made me a fan of Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper (RIP to them both), Samantha Mathis and John Leguizamo (and caused me and my sister to develop crushes on him).

"Heeey, come crawl with me, like a turtle out to the bay..."
Mizerous Zappy Zappy Lady from Normura Land Relationship Status: Brewing the love potion
Zappy Zappy Lady
Feb 28th 2019 at 5:57:06 PM

I actually liked his performance ironically.

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Protagonist506 from 'MURICA Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Mar 1st 2019 at 10:37:26 AM

The idea of a serious, Live Action Mario Bros is pretty salvageable. The problem is that they went with a rather bizarre almost cyberpunk-feeling take on the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario, in my opinion, should be more like a surreal Portal Fantasy or Planetary Romance.

Actually, I did once conceive of the idea of making a fanfic that was a slightly more serious take on the Mario Universe, and what I came up with was kind of similar to John Carter. The idea was that Mario is a polymath who keeps changing jobs, and tends to drag his brother with him wherever he goes. One day, while trying to work as a plumber, he finds a portal to another planet. This planet has less gravity than Earth does, so him and his brother can moonjump. Over the course of the story, the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom becomes smitten by Mario, and they end up getting caught in the war between the Mushroom Kingdom and the Koopas.

To be fair, I'd want to portray the Mushroom Kingdom as a very surreal, yet beautiful place. You would probably need better special effects for that than what existed in the early 90's.

Edited by Protagonist506 on Mar 1st 2019 at 10:38:25 AM

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