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''Sorry Mario, but the movie itself is in the other castle!'' - Toad

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: Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!) is a 1986 anime kids film based on the Super Mario Bros. video game by Nintendo. Directed by Masami Hata (also directed Ringing Bell and Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland) and produced by Masakatsu Suzuki and Tsunemasa Hatano, the plot centers on Mario and his brother Luigi, who go on a quest to save Princess Peach from the evil King Koopa Bowser.

It is notable for being the first movie based on a video game, until it was been predating the live-action version by seven years as the first movie ever based on the video game.


Mario and Luigi go on a quest to save Princess Peach after she's kidnapped by Bowser and taken into Mario's TV.

Why It-a Rocks[]

  1. Very creative animation and backgrounds by 1980's standards.
  2. Likable characters such as Mario, Luigi, Kibidango, Princess Peach and even Bowser.
  3. Catchy music numbers, such as "Doki Doki Do It!", which was made specially for this movie and even had it's own single.
  4. Showed respect to the source material.
  5. It was the first time where Bowser tries to marry Princess Peach, second was in mh:Awesomegames:Super Paper Mario and third was in the popular Nintendo Switch game mh:Awesomegames:Super Mario Odyssey.
  6. Many funny moments like Luigi tricking the Hammer Brother to escape.
  7. Bowser going to marrying Peach on Friday the 13th is very creative (the original game also was released at Friday the 13th).
  8. The end credits song, while extremely sad and depressing, is not as horrible as the ending. (see BQ#2)
  9. The post-credits scene with Bowser in real world is hilarious.
  10. It is the very first animated movie based off a video game.

Bad Qualities[]

  1. While the voices of the characters are okay, Peach's voice is incredibly painful to hear. Bowser is voiced by a female, despite the game confirming that Bowser is a male, however, Bowser's voice actress does an incredibly good job, and it sounds like Bowser is being voiced by a male.
  2. The ending is terrible. To put it briefly, Kibidango transforms into a human prince named Haru, who is then revealed that he will always be with Peach no matter what, meaning that Mario won't be able to be with Peach like he wanted, this ending is one of the, if not, the most panned scene of not only the film, but also all of the Mario franchise, and is the main reason why the film doesn't have a lot of extremely positive reviews. Haru was removed from any other future Mario media and the movie isn't canon, proven by the fact that Mario and Luigi were raised in the Mushroom Kingdom and not outside the game as shown in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, as well as Mario and Peach are actually a couple.
  3. Some moments can have really poor grasp of the source material. Examples are a dog helping Mario on his adventures; and Luigi having a blue cap and yellow shirt, rather than a green cap and green shirt.
  4. A couple things from the movie are really confusing, how can a sailboat fly in the sky if it can just float in the water?
  5. The movie somewhat feels a little similar to the 1974 film "Jack and the Beanstalk"'


  • Mario and Luigi are portrayed as grocery store owners at the start of the movie instead of plumbers, like in the first few games of the franchise, and the three television shows.
  • This film used to be lost media, but later it was found on February 11, 2007.