What Inspired The Movie? Animated Movie
The Abandoned Script Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel
In my opinion, that script would have had the potential to be a great Mario film, but unfortunately, Lightmotive already chose the husband and wife team Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel to direct the film. What a big mistake! Because they would water down the story and make the cheese of a film that we all know up until this day.
Lightmotive originally approached Danny DeVito to both direct the film and play as Mario. And the hilarious part is that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Keaton were approached for the role of King Koopa. When I read that I just laughed my ass off seeing that Koopa would be played by Terminator or the Batman, I just could not stop laughing for like five minutes even if I continued reading it. I always thought that Danny DeVito would play a great Mario, but unfortunately he passed on the project along Arnold and Keaton. After the three left the project, Tom Hanks was assigned to play Mario, but was fired after he asked for too much money. It was a good call, because, how in God’s name you’re going to hire a high ranking actor to play as Mario? The director would go broke before he would film the first scene.
Producing the Movie Mario Bros in their original suits
Nine writers had worked on the film, and rewrites would continue long after the camers started rolling. The script ballooned into a rainbow of confusion as the production crew was continually handed new color-coded daily edits. The late Dennis Hopper told Chicago Tribune in 1992 the following "The script had probably been rewritten five or six times by the time I arrived here."
The propaganda of Dinohatten's sole dictator, President Koopa, was all over the city. However, certain references to games were there like names of items and lesser enemies from the games such as Bob-omb, Big Bertha, Boom Boom and the Mushrooms that were called "fungus". The Mushrooms were recurring power ups that allowed the brothers to grow in the games, but these ones instead of making them grow, would be of help against Koopa's de-evolving weapons and even entrusting them with the Bob-Omb.
The Cast and Characters Bob Hoskins as Mario
A memorable scene is when the Goombas started dancing in the elevator, it was until the drill sergeant put them at attention. A Goomba that remained a good guy was Toad.
Yoshi in the games was always a mounted dinosaur and Mario and Luigi's most trusted and faithful companion. Yoshi would later be playable in his own games such as Yoshi's Cookie and Yoshi's Island.
The Disastrous Reviews
And in conclusion, I believe that most video games don't deserve the same fate as Mario Bros and other video games that were adapted into movies. Although some movies like Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil 1 and 2, and Silent Hill were good, the majority of other adaptations like Street Fighter, Doom, Max Payne and Hitman were disastrous just like Super Mario Bros. When I saw this movie as a kid I liked it, but years later as I grew up, I was like "This is not like Mario at all". This movie is a disastrous, cheesy movie, and I am VERY sure that Nintendo learned it's lesson after that.
God Bless and Play Hard Gamers!