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I did appreciate the shout out to Mario 3 — having the king be transformed into whatever. (mold??)
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.
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.
I hope it's only an online comic, because killing trees to print Super Mario movie comics should be punished with a firing squad.
That's a bit harsh, don'tcha think?
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
'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.
I can't say I blame him; Dennis Hopper was a scary dude.
Picture this in the next Mario game! :D
I think that if any song from that movie should be in a Mario game, it should George Clinton's "Walk the Dinosaur" cover.
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
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/
...Now I wish I had come back to check your links at the end of 2013!
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
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
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....
...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!"
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
You know, if you view this film as an adaptation of the original Mario Bros. arcade game, the film feels more on point.
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.
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.
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.
That makes sense from a certain perspective.
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).
I actually liked his performance ironically.
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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