My back is killing me right now. I think I slept on it wrong. Man, I'm falling apart lately! Must be this old age kicking in. I guess I'll star buying my 'Just for Men' in preparation for my grey beard! See you in a few, short hours.
The Super Mario Bros. live-action movie isn't really the best representation of the franchise. It has gained cult status over the years for just how 'off the mark' it is, but the original debut was met with a lot of upset fans. I remember seeing the movie in the theaters, and while it was cool to see Mario and Luigi on the big screen, I still knew the film wasn't really any good. At least, not 'good' in the sense of a traditionally enjoyable film!
As a matter of fact, I actually preferred the Super Mario Bros. Super Show. Whenever I came home from school, I rushed to the TV to turn on the live-action TV series. It was such an odd mix of entertainment, bringing together live-action Mario Bros. skits and animated segments with the Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. The live-action content was cheesy but harmless. The animated content was the real draw for me.
Things got even better when the Mario Bros. got another cartoon series based on Super Mario World. It definitely took a few liberties with the franchise, but it was the closest adaptation of the games that we had gotten yet. I really enjoyed the cartoon and looked forward to it every Saturday morning. That's the kind of stuff I wanted to see take the big screen. A huge, colorful, animated Super Mario feature film.
It has certainly taken long enough, but it seems like my dream is becoming a reality. The rumor out there right now is that Sony and Nintendo are teaming up to make this feature happen. It sounds like it'll be a CG film, and while I'd rather it be traditionally animated, I have no issue with CG. I'm just pumped to hear an official announcement on this film! That is, if it really does exist.
Let's say that this project is the real deal and will be confirmed soon. I'd love to hear what you think of the idea. Are you down for an animated Mario Bros. feature film, or do you think the franchise should be left to just games? Leave a comment and let us know!