Disney's "Super Mario Bros."
Disney's "Super Mario Bros."
Its been 25 years since Nintendo's pipe fixing, pasta loving, princess saving Italian mascot hit the big screen, and we all know how that went. Long story short, 1993's "Super Mario Bros." live action movie was a cinematic disaster that deserves every bit of soul crushing hatred that it receives. So when Nintendo announced that they were finally gonna bring "Super Mario Bros." back to the big screen, this time in the form of a computer animated adaptation, I could not have been more happy. That was until I heard which studio was put in charge. Due to Nintendo's partnership with Universal for Nintendo's new "Super Nintendo World" theme park at Universal Studios, that unfortunately meant that the new "Super Mario Bros." animated movie will be in the hands of Universal's animation company, Illumination Entertainment. Yes. The same studio who are best known for films like the "Despicable Me" trilogy, "The Secret Life of Pets", "Sing" and most recently, the 2018 adaptation of Dr. Sues's "The Grinch". The reason Illumination Entertainment is a horrible choice for an animated "Super Mario Bros." movie, is because Illumination prioritizes quick and easy money over passionate hard work. All their animated movies are made with as little of a budget as humanly possible and because of that, all their animated movies tend to look identical to each other, and all feel very cheap. They also prioritize merchandise over the movie said merchandise is based on. Because of this, I fear that Illumination's "Super Mario Bros." movie will be a passionless, merchandise prioritizing cash grab, and I don't want to see that happen to gaming's biggest icon. Especially after what happened in back in 1993. If you ask me, I think the ideal studio for a "Super Mario Bros." animated movie is none other then the company that gave birth to the animation industry, Walt Disney Animation Studios (or Walt Disney Feature Animation as they were formally known as). Now some of you might be asking "Why Disney? Weren't they responsible for the 1993 Mario movie?" Not exactly. The 1993 "Super Mario Bros." film was distributed by Hollywood Pictures, which was a branch of the Walt Disney Company, much like studios like Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and most recently, Fox are also branches of the Walt Disney company. However, imagine an animated "Super Mario Bros." movie that was produced at Disney's in house animation studio. Imagine how creative the Mushroom Kingdom would look if it were portrayed by Disney? I'd imagine it would be like a combination of "Alice In Wonderland" (the animated version, not the Tim Burton version) and "Peter Pan", with a pinch of "Tangled". Not only that but imagine if in edition Charles Martinet as the title brothers, but you also have Jodi Benson (the voice of Ariel) as Princess Peach, Robby Benson (the voice of the beast from "Beauty and the Beast") as Bowser, and I'm not sure who should voice Toad. Either Tara Strong (the voice of Unikitty) or John Stocker (who was actually the voice of Toad in "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show"). You could also sprinkle in a few Disney references and cameos. For example, you could have Oliver and Dodger from "Oliver and Company" in the Brooklyn New York scenes at the beginning of the movie, or you could have Ariel and Flounder make a cameo in the water levels, and during the scene where Mario and Luigi fall through the portal that leads to the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario could say "Now I'm-a-know how Alice feels!". As for the musical score, simply combine the iconic melodies of Koji Kondo with the song writing talent of Alan Menken (who's best known for famous Disney songs such as "Part of Your World", "Be Our Guest", "Friend Like Me" and "Hellfire".) And to top it all off, get the two most famous directors at Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Musker and Ron Clements, who have done several animated movies for Disney including, "The Great Mouse Detective", "The Little Mermaid", "Aladdin", "Hercules", "Treasure Planet", "The Princess and the Frog", and "Moana". John and Ron would be PERFECT for "Super Mario Bros." as they have enough creative energy to bring the Mushroom Kingdom to life, but not without a little bit of creative input from Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto would supply John and Ron with the core foundations of the world of Mario, and they would be in charge of portraying it in a Disney animated movie. However there still exists a bit of a road block. That being in the form of Princess Peach. Nintendo probably wouldn't be okay with Princess Peach being part of the "Disney Princess" line. How to get around this? Simple. Have Nintendo control the merchandising, while Disney only has rights to work on the movie. To give an example of this could all work out, I actually wrote a rough draft, though its more like a prologue, and I admit its not perfect and could use a few tweaks, but here it is anyway.
TITLE: "Super Mario Bros"
STUDIO: Walt Disney Animation Studios
DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
DIRECTORS: John Musker and Ron Clements
PLOT SUMMERY: Many years ago, the Mushroom Kingdom and the Koopa Kingdom were at war with each other. The original ruler, King George Toadstool (played by Keith Wickham) tried to make peace with the tyrannical King Bowser Koopa The First (Played by Jonathan Freeman), but the ruthless koopa refused, killing King George Toadstool in the process. (Its a Disney movie, so of course one of the parents has to die). His wife, Queen Melody Toadstool (played by Nicole Oliver) witnessed the death of her husband and decided that the best solution was to send her daughter, Princess Peach Toadstool to the another world, where she would be safe. She gave her a necklace that contained a picture of her parents so she wouldn't forget them. With one last tearful goodbye, Princess Peach is sent to another world where she would be safe. That place turned out to be the real world. Specifically New York City, where she spent her entire childhood in a foster home. While she missed her home in the Mushroom Kingdom, she became used to life as an average American, and went by the name of Roxanne. However, King Bowser Koopa The First's son witnessed his father die in the war and vowed revenge against the Mushroom Kingdom and the Toads that inhabit it. We then fast forward 20 years to present day, (This movie takes place in in the year 1985) as we meet our main protagonist. A down on his luck, but still optimistic, bright eyed, 25 year old Italian plumber named Mario, and his timid 23 year old brother, Luigi. After his break-up with his ex-girlfriend, Pauline, Mario met Roxanne (Peach) (who is now voiced by Jodi Benson) who is now 25 years old and gets the hots for her. However he wasn't sure if she was into plumbers, but after he and Luigi were called to her apartment room to fix her kitchen sink (they both live in the same apartment building, but Mario lived on the top floor, while Peach lived on the middle floor), Mario decides to finally ask Roxanne out for a date at Grimaldi's Pizzeria, to which Roxanne says yes. Luigi, not being very good with women, decides to stay at the apartment and play on Mario's Atari 2600. At first things go along very well on Mario's little pizza date as Mario and Roxane talk endlessly. Mario expresses that he's had a crush on Roxanne for quite a while and was surprised to find that Roxanne has been rather fond of him as well and liked how optimistic he was and liked his energy and the fact that he knew how to treat a lady, even if he wasn't perfect about it. At first, Mario thinks he's finally got it maid. After their dinner date, they take a walk down the streets of Brooklyn, enjoying the city sights, as they go back to Mario's apartment and go onto the roof as they see an entire view of the city. However just as Mario is about to make his move, they see a street gang of mobsters approach Mario's apartment door. Mario looks to see who it is, but it turns out that they want Roxanne and start trying to bust the door down. Mario tells Luigi and Roxanne to hurry down to the basement to hide, while Mario tries to fight them off but to no avail. They eventually find Roxanne and grab her. We then enter a chase scene where Mario and Luigi chase the mobsters down into the public sewers where they see the mobsters escape into a magical portal hidden within an unknown pipe. Mario tries to stop them, but the portal closes, leaving Mario and Luigi stuck outside the pipe. Mario becomes incredibly heart broken and has a hard time walking away form what happened. He tried to unclog what he thinks is an invisible blockage in the pipe, but it was no use. However, Roxanne left behind her crystal blue necklace. Mario holds onto it so he would have something to remember his would be girlfriend by. The next day, Mario can't seem to focus on his plumbing duties after what happened last night. Luigi tries to convince him to get over it, but Mario can't as he knew there was something odd about the pipe the mobsters escaped into. He was determined to find out and rescue Roxanne. Meanwhile a mysterious boy who was lurking through the city, noticed Roxanne's necklace and snags it. Mario takes notice of this and he and Luigi chase him into the sewers. They corner him as they see him use the necklace to open the mysterious pipe and enter through it. Mario's about to race through the portal, but Luigi grabs his shirt and tells him that there might be danger and he doesn't want to lose his brother as he didn't know what was on the other side. Mario however doesn't listen and races through the portal. Luigi being nervous about this eventually races into the portal after Mario. They fall down a massive colorful passage before bursting out of a colorful pipe before falling through the roof of a castle as they are knocked out. When they wake up, they find themselves in a throne room and find the boy who stole Roxanne's necklace. The boy turns out to be a anthropomorphic mushroom named Kinopiko (but he prefers to be called Toad) as he along with his mushroom parents who were servants to Roxanne (Peach), explain to the Mario and Luigi that they have been warped to the Mushroom Kingdom. A land filled with anthropomorphic mushrooms and riches beyond your wildest dreams. They explain to Mario that Roxanne's real name is actually Princess Peach Toadstool, and how she was sent to the real world for her own safety and that those mobsters were actually minions or the koopa army, led by King Bowser Koopa The Second (played by Robby Benson) and how he plans to marry Peach and take over the Mushroom Kingdom and turn it into a land of anguish and suffering so he can have world domination and avenge the death of his father. They explain that many have tried to overthrow Bowser, but all have failed, and that the only way to dethrone Bowser is with the use of three mystical mcguffins that will bring an end to Bowser's wrath. The mushroom of growth, the fire flower, and the star of invincibility. Realizing what's at stake, decides to set off and rescue Princess Peach. They aren't sure he's up for it, but Mario insists as he not only wants to get his girl back, but also save her home land. Luigi isn't too keen on this journey, but reluctantly accepts the quest as well. Toad wants to go as well, but his parents initially won't let him because he's too young, but he insists as well because hhe has been a loyal friend to Peach and wants to help the Mario Brothers on their journey. They reluctantly say yes and agree to let him join Mario and Luigi. But before they set off, Toads's parents warn them that Bowser has an army of Goombas, Koopa Troopas, Piranha Plants, Bullet Bills, and Hammer Bros and will use them to make mince meat outta the Mario Broethers. Mario accepts the warning and off our trio go on their great mission to save Princess Peach.
So what'd ya say? Lets give Mario the cinematic adventure he rightfully deserves!