Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!

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Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!
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Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen!
Directed by Masami Hata
Produced by Masakatsu Suzuki
Tsunemasa Hatano
Written by Hideo Takayashiki
Based on Super Mario Bros. 
by Nintendo
Music by Toshiyuki Kimori
Production
  company
Holly Planning Production
Grouper Production
Horipro
Nippon Television Music
Distributed by Shochiku-Fuji Company
VAP (VHS)
Release date(s) July 20, 1986[1]
Running time 60 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! (スーパーマリオブラザーズ ピーチ姫救出大作戦! Sūpā Mario Burazāzu: Pīchi-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen!?) is a 1986 anime film based on the Super Mario Bros. video game. Directed by Masami Hata and produced by Masakatsu Suzuki and Tsunemasa Hatano, the plot centers around Mario and Luigi, who get stuck in a Family Computer video game and must save Princess Peach from King Koopa. It is notable for being the first movie based on a video game, predating the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie by seven years.

Although the film was released on VHS by VAP video, it was never released outside Japan, on official DVD or into any other language. The VHS is very hard to find even in Japan, and has reached high prices on auction sites. Bootlegs of the VHS however do exist, and have been transferred to DVD. A soundtrack and manga adaptation of the film were published in Japan around the same time as the film's release, though neither are easy to acquire.

Plot[edit]

One night, Mario was engrossed in his Family Computer game. Suddenly, the picture goes out and a girl appears on the TV screen crying for help from the enemies attacking her and jumps out of the TV. After the enemies leave, the girl introduces herself as Princess Peach just in time for King Koopa to appear on the TV screen and begin to come out of the TV. Mario tries to take him on, but is soon defeated by him and he grabs Princess Peach and takes her into the TV. Mario then discovers a small necklace that Peach left on the floor.

The next day while the brothers are working as grocery store clerks, the necklace that Peach dropped becomes a matter of concern for Mario. Luigi immediately notices the broach and regards it as the "Visionary Jewel from the Country of Treasure". Soon, Kibidango, a small dog-like entity, wanders into the store and snatches the necklace from Mario. Mario and Luigi pursue after Kibidango into the Mushroom Kingdom.

When the Mario brothers arrive at the kingdom, a large Mushroom Sennin tells them that Koopa has taken over the kingdom and is turning the helpless citizens into blocks and that on Friday the 13th, Koopa will marry Peach. By finding the three powers, the mushroom of strength, the flower of courage, and the yellow star of invincibility, the Mario Brothers will be able to defeat Koopa and save Princess Peach.

Throughout the many perilous obstacles, Mario finally finds all the three powers by Friday the 13th. When night arises, the wedding of Koopa and Peach begins to take place. Mario arrives and defeats Koopa enlisting the help of the three powers, and Koopa's magic is destroyed, bringing back the Mushroom Kingdom that was before Koopa came along. Mario gives Peach's broach back to her, which reveals Kibidango's true identity, Prince Haru of the Flower Kingdom, who says that Koopa transformed him into an animal. He then tells Mario and Luigi that he and Peach are betrothed to each other and are fated to marry no matter what. Although heartbroken at first, Mario decides to leave the Mushroom Kingdom and allow Peach to marry Prince Haru as was previously planned. Following a tearful farewell from Princess Peach, the credits consist of Mario and Luigi leaving the Mushroom Kingdom and making their long journey home. After the credits, Mario and Luigi smile and wave to the audience, evidently a good-bye to theater patrons, as they enter a pipe with the Grouper Productions logo superimposed on it.

The film then cuts to a segment in which Miss Endless, a customer of Mario Grocery, visits the grocery store, only to discover that Koopa and his minions work at the shop now. Miss Endless is visibly overjoyed with better service and cries out as the background changes blue and the words "GAME OVER" appear while the Super Mario Bros. "game over" music plays.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Voice actor
Mario Toru Furuya
Luigi Yū Mizushima
Princess Peach Mami Yamase
King Koopa (Bowser) Akiko Wada
Prince Haru Masami Kikuchi
Mushroom Hermit Kōhei Miyauchi
Jugem (Lakitu)
Miss Endless
Junko Hori
Hammer Bros. Keaton Yamada
Kibidango Shigeru Chiba
Kinopio (Toad) A Yuriko Yamamoto
Kinopio (Toad) B Hiroko Emori
Kuribō (Goomba) A Hiroko Maruyama
Kuribō (Goomba) B Kazue Komiya
Patapata (Paratroopa) parent Reiko Nakano
Patapata (Paratroopa) child Hiromi Ōnishi
Chiemi Matsumoto
Maki Itō
Nokonoko (Koopa Troopa) A Tetsuo Mizutori
Nokonoko (Koopa Troopa) B Masaharu Satō
Priest Jōji Yanami

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack consists of these songs, among others:

  • Adieu My Love (アヂュウマイラブ Adyuumairabu?)
  • Crystal Ball (水晶玉 Suishoutama?)
  • Doki-Doki Do It! ~ Sukisukikurakura Hen ~ (Compilation)
  • Doki-Doki Do It! ~ Bishittobashitto Rock 'n Roll Gakkou Hen ~ (School Compilation)

Additionally, the film uses music and sound effects from the video game Super Mario Bros. An LP was also released.

Production[edit]

In 1986, Mario was already popular in Japan so Grouper Studios produced a Mario movie. To advertise the anime, they released Mario phone cards, watches, rice containers, ramen noodles, a manga and a soundtrack. On July 20, 1986, the anime came out in theaters across Japan. How much it grossed and what reviews it got remain unknown. VAP Video later released the film on rental cassette. It was never released on DVD nor dubbed in another language and never released in North America or any other International country and the only means of viewing this anime is video streaming sites such as YouTube. Due to its obscurity, it remains one of the rarest films to this day.

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