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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
Kyoto Animation
Grouper Productions
Horipro
Nippon Television Music
Distributed by Shochiku-Fuji Company
VAP (VHS)
Release dates
July 20, 1986[1]
Running time
60 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! (Japanese: スーパーマリオブラザーズ ピーチ姫救出大作戦! Hepburn: 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 on Mario and Luigi, who get stuck in a Family Computer video game and must save Princess Peach from Bowser. It is notable for being the first movie based on a video game, predating the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie by seven years.

The film was released on VHS and Betamax by VAP video, but it was never released outside Japan, on official DVD, nor was it dubbed into any other language. A soundtrack and manga adaptation of the film were published in Japan around the same time as the film's release.

Plot[edit]

The film opens with Mario playing his Family Computer game. Suddenly, Mario witnesses a girl on the TV screen crying for help from the enemies attacking her and escapes by jumping out of the TV. After the enemies left, the girl reveals herself as Princess Peach. Just then, Bowser appears and jumps out of the TV. Despite Mario's battling attempts, Bowser successfully captures Peach, and takes her back into the TV. Shortly afterwards, Mario discovers a small necklace that Peach left on the floor.

The next day while he and Luigi are working at a grocery store, they realize the necklace that Peach dropped becomes a matter of concern for Mario. Luigi then 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, prompting he and Luigi to pursue him into the Mushroom Kingdom.

When the Mario Bros. arrive, a large Mushroom Sennin admits that Bowser has taken over the kingdom and is turning the helpless citizens into blocks. He also reveals that Friday the 13th is the marriage between Bowser and Peach. The mushroom advises the Mario Bros. to find the three powers; the mushroom of strength, the flower of courage, and the yellow star of invincibility, in order to defeat Bowser and save Peach.

After overcoming the many perilous obstacles, the Mario Bros. eventually acquire all the three powers by Friday the 13th. That night, Mario arrives at Bowser's castle just as the wedding of Bowser and Peach started. With the help of the three powers, Mario successfully defeats Bowser, and his magic is destroyed, turning the Mushroom Kingdom back to normal. When Mario gives Peach's necklace back to her, Kibidango arrives in his true form, Prince Haru of the Flower Kingdom. Haru admits that it was Bowser who turned him into Kibidango. He also reveals to the Mario Bros. that he and Peach are betrothed to each other and are fated to marry no matter what. Heartbroken, Mario decides to leave the Mushroom Kingdom to allow Peach to marry Haru as previously planned. After a tearful farewell from Peach, the Mario Bros. are seen leaving the Mushroom Kingdom, making their long journey home as the credits roll. In the first post-credits scene, the Mario Bros. wave good-bye as they enter a pipe that says, "Grouper Productions".

In the second post-credits scene, a customer who appeared earlier in the film visits the grocery store, only to discover that Bowser and his minions are now working as punishment. She 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
Bowser Akiko Wada
Prince Haru Masami Kikuchi
Mushroom Hermit Kōhei Miyauchi
Lakitu
Miss Endless
Junko Hori
Hammer Bros. Keaton Yamada
Kibidango Shigeru Chiba
Toad A Yuriko Yamamoto
Toad B Hiroko Emori
Goomba A Hiroko Maruyama
Goomba B Kazue Komiya
Paratroopa parent Reiko Nakano
Paratroopa child Hiromi Ōnishi
Chiemi Matsumoto
Maki Itō
Koopa Troopa A Tetsuo Mizutori
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 Adyū Mai Rabu?)
  • Crystal Ball (水晶玉 Suishō Tama?)
  • Doki-Doki Do It! ~ Sukisukikurakura Hen ~ (Compilation)
  • Doki-Doki Do It! ~ Bishittobashitto Rock 'n Roll Gakkō Hen ~ (School Compilation)

Additionally, the film uses music and sound effects from the video game Super Mario Bros. An LP was 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 remain unknown. VAP Video later released the film on retail VHS and Betamax cassettes. 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.

Reception[edit]

The film's original reviews are left generally unknown. The film holds a 5.7/10 on IMDB.

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