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Super Mario Brothers: Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach

Sûpâ Mario Burazâzu: Pîchi-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!
1986 / 60m - Japan
Adventure, Comedy - Animation
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With the new animated Mario Bros film making big bucks these days, I figured it would be fun to seek out one of the older animated attempts. Rescue Princess Peach is at least way more in line with what I expected from a Mario film. It's incredibly simplistic, but filled to the brim with typical Mario tunes and references.

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The plot might even be more barebones than its current incarnation, so be warned. Mario is looking for the Triforce, which will help him save Princess Peach from the nefarious Bowser. He kidnapped the princess because he wants to marry her. The princess isn't the least bit interested and relies on Mario to save her from this predicament.

The animation is pretty basic, and so is the plot, but as the film is only 60 minutes long that's not too much of an issue. The pacing is slick, the retro charm is full-on present and there isn't an 80s pop soundtrack just to appease some or other Western audience. It's clearly not the greatest film ever made, but people looking for Mario nostalgia might actually be better off watching this one.