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Super Mario Bros. (2012 film)
Mario Bros movie
Distributor(s) Paramount Pictures
Type Live Action
Genre(s) Action, Fantasy
Country of Origin United States
Walker Boone
Tony Rosato
Grey DeLisle
Hugo Weaving
Theatrical Release Date(s)
April 29th, 2012 (UK)
May 10th, 2012 (US)
May 14th (JP)
Age Rating(s)
PG-13 (US)
Original Language English
Budget $140,000,000.-
Box Office $401,000,000.-
Runtime 113 minutes
Series Nintendo Cinematic Universe Super Mario Bros.
Sequel(s) Super Mario Bros. 2 (2014 film)

Super Mario Bros. is a 2012 American CG-animated action film based off the video game series of the same name. It is directed by Joss Whedon. It is the first installment in the Nintendo Cinematic Universe. It stars the voice actors from the Mario 80's TV show, Walker Boone as Mario, Tony Rosato as Luigi. The only person from the show that did not return is the actor for Bowser. He is now done by Hugo Weaving, to make Bowser more menacing. It has been released in the UK on May 8, 2012 and in the U.S. on May 10th, 2012, and was released in Mario's native country, Japan, on May 14, 2012. It was an weak box office faliure, grossing just $401,000 through its entire theatrical run.


Scary Bowser

Bowser has been redesigned in this movie to make a scarier, meaner, and more vicious villain. The image was by a guy on deviantART.

Two brothers, Mario and Luigi, live in Brooklyn and run a plumbing company. They are called to fix someone's plumbing in their bathroom. But when they get there, they unknowingly discover a warp zone in the toilet. It is the reason why the toilet is clogged. But they accidentally activate it, and are transported into the Mushroom Kingdom. They are suddenly attacked by Goombas and Koopas. The brothers fight their way out of the army and escape. Then, they are met by Princess Peach (voiced by Grey DeLisle), who takes them into the castle. The princess listen to the Mario Bros. story, and she tells them everything that is going on. She also explains that she is being hunted by Bowser (Hugo Weaving). Bowser wants to kill the princess so he can steal the throne to the castle and rule The Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi is terrified, but Mario vows to protect the Princess from Bowser.

Later on, during the annual Mushroom parade, a time where the people celebrate the day of the creation of the Mushroom Kingdom, Bowser arrives with an army and viciously lays waste to the parade. He is then about to destroy the Princess, but Mario intervenes, much to Luigi's objections(he doesn't want Mario to get killed). Mario and Bowser fight, and Mario manages to repel Bowser, who warns Mario that they will meet again. Peach gives Mario and Luigi each a Fire Flower, a flower that gives them fire powers, as a token of her gratefulness.

Mario then decides to set up a "base of operations" as he says it. Luigi helps build a house with Mario next to the castle. Meanwhile, Bowser, still angry about his defeat, vows to destroy the pesky plumbers. His second-in-command, Kamek, suggests maybe they could steal the princess and they could come to him. Bowser agrees with Kamek's plan and orders his minions to get ready for another invasion in The Mushroom Kingdom. Bowser and his army go on a vicious rampage and destroy Toad Town and start laying siege to the castle. Mario and Luigi try to fight off the Koopas and Bowser, but it is no use. The castle is destroyed and Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach.

Of course, Mario and Luigi decide to rally the surviving Toads to join the upcoming battle. An army of Toads, led by Mario and Luigi, arrive at Bowser's castle and do battle. Bowser orders his minions to kill The advancing army and a battle ensuses. Mario and Luigi fight off wave after wave of Koopas and Goombas. Mario remembers the Fire Flowers Peach gave them, and tells Luigi to use them. They do, and gain fire powers. Using them, Mario and Luigi defeat the army of Koopas.

But it's not over yet. Bowser jumps into the fray, and battles Mario and Luigi. The Fire Flower power is useless against Bowser, because he can breathe fire. Bowser overpowers Mario and Luigi, but when it looks like Bowser is about to finish them off, the Toad Army jumps in and starts attacking Bowser by throwing stuff at him to keep him busy, and Mario and Luigi push Bowser into a lava pit, seemingly killing him. Peach decides to celebrate the Mario Bros. victory with a party at the castle, what's left of it anyways.

In a post-credits scene, a hand pops out of the lava, implying that Bowser survived his fall into the lava, hinting a possible sequel.


  • Charles Martinet - Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Wario
  • Jen Taylor - Peach and Daisy
  • Kenny James and Scott Burns - Bowser and Waluigi


Following the Critical and Box Office distaster that was the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie, Paramount Pictured managed to get their hands on the rights to Super Mario Bros. to make a reboot film about them in 2005. At first, Shigeru Miyamato, Mario's creator, was hesistant, remembering what happened with the last Mario Bros. movie. But Paramount Pictures showed them concept pictures and promised this film will do the Mario Bros. justice.

Paramount got the rights in 2005, and got future Avengers director Joss Whedon, to direct the film. Stephen Johnson finished the screenplay in 2006, and they originally intended for the film to be live-action, but Joss didn't want that because of the 1993 Mario Bros. film, and decided to make it a computer animated film.

They wanted to portray Bowser how he was in the game, but Joss decided to go even better. He said in an interview, "Imagine the stuff of nightmares. A savage beast so terrifying that he'd strike fear into anything willing to face him. That is what we want our Bowser to feel like. They got Hugo Weaving, who voiced Megatron in the Transformers trilogy, to voice Bowser, and they got Walker Boone, who voiced Mario in the 80's Mario TV show to voice Mario again in the film.

Filming began in 2010, 8 months before The Avengers, and was completed in 2011.

Then I lost the game


The film was released in the UK on May 8, 2012 and in the U.S. on May 10th, 2012, and was released in Mario's native country, Japan, on May 14, 2012.

Box office

The filmed was released in the United States on May 10, 2012. It was a box-office faliure, and earned #10 in the opening weekend, behind all films around that time, grossing just $67 thousand, as of May 11, 2012. On it's second weekend, it "Barfed" the box-office, grossing only $175 thousand in the United States alone.


The film was released in the UK on April 29, 2012. The film was a weak box-office faliure. During its opening weekend in the UK, Super Mario Bros. earned the number 10 spot and grossed $20 thousand. Since then, it has remained a box-office faliure, grossing $401 thousand, as of May 14, 2012. Then it was finally released in Japan, Mario's native country, on May 14, 2012, where it topped the box-office, and was critisized by Nintendo itself and Mario fans from Japan. It earned just $14 thousand on its opening weekend.

Critical Reaction

9009 Rated gave it 1/10. "The Bowser here looks awesome and the scripts great and all, but it was like the first Mario Bros film but Micheal Bay'd a little. Micheal Bay is fine but Mario is Jump,Power-up,roll, and nothing of destruction except Bomb-ombs. Whatever you say it. It doesn't fit."

Rotten Tomatoes said "[This] film had to be the worst video game adaption I have ever seen. It doesn't fit to the over exargerated and probaly cartoon style of the art of the games as it's too realistic for my tastes. There's little to no humour at all and there's too many action and explosions. Every minute had to include a little violence, and that's saying something for a guy who watched The Incredibles. I sringed the expired voice overs and Bowser's overated actor. In fact the 1993 film seemed a bit better than this s***."

Other Fantendo company owners gave it mostly 2.5. The highest rate it got was 3.7. So all out , the movie was given a "Rotten" rating.

Even Shigeru Miyamato, Mario's creator, showed hatred in the film, and admitted he saw it in a Tokyo screening, and disliked it.


On April 15, 2012, when asked during an interview if he was going to a sequel to Super Mario Bros., Joss said, "Well, it's tough. After a successful Nintendo film franchise, I don't know how we'd get Bowser out of the Federation Police jail. If we can find a way, sure, we'll do a sequel."

On October 14, 2012, it was recently announced that Bigbro223 (tbc) would direct the sequel.

But on January 3, 2013, they anounced that the sequel was officaly canceled due to protests and lack of intrest.

Home Media

Super Mario Bros. was officially released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 26, 2012 and sold over 2 thousand units.


The film was one of the worst selling films of 2012.

Joss said after the release "To be honest we kind of knew it was going to be a failure.

We initatly had Charles Martinet to be the voice of Mario (and consiquently, Luigi), but to boost Box Office sales we had to make it appeal to older mario fans, hence having Walker Boone instead. but it turns out that a large portion of the audience are children, and even more are more acustom to Martinet's voice than Boone's.

We also intended to have a few funny moments, hence the only true humourous part is at the begining. but we realised we were running out of time so we had to focus on the action.

Other than that we had fun working on the film. But what was someone thought was a masterpiece turned out to be a disaster for some one else. I think we should stick to the superhero movies."

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