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Cool Videos: Super Mario Bros. re-imagined in 4 gritty short films

Nov. 14, 2013by: Eric Walkuski

Evan Daugherty, the screenwriter behind SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and the upcoming DIVERGENT, has taken it upon himself to give the beloved characters from Super Mario Bros. the "gritty reboot" treatment with "The Four Players", four short films made in conjunction with online multichannel network Maker Studios.

The first two have been released and can be seen below. The first, titled "The Fixer", focuses on Mario, while the second, "The Addict", takes a look at Luigi. The next batch, "The Star", about Princess Peach, and "The Soldier", focusing on Toad, will hit Friday No word on whether or not we'll ever see Yoshi get his own.

The question is, is this prelude to a new feature film? Can we even fathom such a thing?


"The Fixer"


"The Addict"

Extra Tidbit: Are you digging this new vibe for the Super Mario Bros.? Would you like to see these extended into a feature?
Source: YouTube

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1:29AM on 11/16/2013
Accents were awful. Took me out of the experience.
Accents were awful. Took me out of the experience.
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2:38PM on 11/15/2013

I love the games, but . . .

. . . I'd rather have a "Legend of Zelda" movie.
. . . I'd rather have a "Legend of Zelda" movie.
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7:12AM on 11/15/2013
I like the Mario and Luigi ones. The video featuring Toad is interesting but. . .odd, and the Peach video is just absolutely terrible.
I like the Mario and Luigi ones. The video featuring Toad is interesting but. . .odd, and the Peach video is just absolutely terrible.
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1:44PM on 11/14/2013
Interesting I guess but it seems a lot like why the film was so bad. It tries to be too dark and bad ass for a Mario Bros. video. It has no feeling of the games whatsoever. I don't think gritty and realistic is what people will flock to for a Mario flick, so no I would not want to see this as a feature film or even anything.
Interesting I guess but it seems a lot like why the film was so bad. It tries to be too dark and bad ass for a Mario Bros. video. It has no feeling of the games whatsoever. I don't think gritty and realistic is what people will flock to for a Mario flick, so no I would not want to see this as a feature film or even anything.
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1:39PM on 11/14/2013

Cool

These are really fun for what they are, but they could never sustain a web series, let alone a feature. These work so well because they only hint at the fantastical elements of it.
These are really fun for what they are, but they could never sustain a web series, let alone a feature. These work so well because they only hint at the fantastical elements of it.
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1:20PM on 11/14/2013
This is awesome. I want to see more!
This is awesome. I want to see more!
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1:10PM on 11/14/2013
I love the Mario one. The training montage nails it. I'd love to see this as anything, web series, TV series, straight to video feature. It's so ridiculous that it just might work.
I love the Mario one. The training montage nails it. I'd love to see this as anything, web series, TV series, straight to video feature. It's so ridiculous that it just might work.
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