Fans Restore Legendary Super Mario Bros. Animated Film From 1986
The group known as FemboyFilms recently released a restored version of the legendary Super Mario Bros: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! The movie was originally screened in theaters across Japan before being released on VHS and Betamax in 1986. The anime has long been thought to be more or less lost, but fans of the franchise are now able to enjoy the movie in 4K thanks to FemboyFilms.
Super Mario Bros: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! was directed by Masami Hata and produced by Masakatsu Suzuki and Tsunemasa Hatano. The plot revolves around Mario and Luigi embarking on a quest to save Princess Toadstool from King Koopa. The anime is known for being the first movie based on a video game apart from Running Boy: Star Soldier's Secret which came out on the very same day.
“Bing, Bing, Wahoo! Get ready for an adventure of super proportions,” FemboyFilms announced. “This is our 4K Restoration of the 1986 animated film Super Mario Bros: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! which for us has been months in the making, but for other fans who'd known about it much earlier, years in the making. We are honored to be the ones to restore this film to get it looking the best it ever has and likely the best it ever will.”
FemboyFilms went through a lengthy restoration process in order to get the aging movie looking sharp. “This comes from a 16mm reduction print likely used for small, local screenings back in the day when it was released. It's likely one of the if not the only surviving print in the world.” The group went on to describe how the print was “very dirty and had some pretty terrible splices around the reel changes. However, we were able to clean it up super nicely although some scratches were unable to be completely removed.” There were apparently “thousands of individual pieces of debris” which had to be manually removed.
While the group can take credit for the final product, FemboyFilms had some help during the process of restoration. Someone going by the name of Carnivol contributed the original print and another person calling themselves Quazza “color corrected the entire film using various references like the movie manga and promotional materials.” These were provided by the video game preservation society called Forest of Illusion.
When it comes to color, FemboyFilms points out that “colors on one shot would be completely different from the next, so overall consistency was not the top priority. The primary focus was to make sure red and blue hues stayed within certain ranges because those are the prominent stand out colors for most of the movie.” The group noted that “as a result of all this, some compromises had to be made to reach this happy medium, but we feel it is a pleasant, vibrant looking result.”
As for the sound, a pair of people going by Tanks and Nappasan collaborated on a “brand new audio capture for this release using the original VHS as a source. What resulted was the best audio quality this film has ever seen.”
FemboyFilms points out that “a brand new subtitle track was also created for this release,” noting how the anime now has “possibly the best subtitles for the film ever made.” These were put together by someone calling themselves Nemu with "title styling help from SakoeraTyan and splendid translation fixing by Bluesun and Nappasan. The songs were newly translated by Nemu as well using the official lyrics in the vinyl record booklet, courtesy of a scan by MartyMcflies.”
This comes in the wake of news that a speedrunner going by the name of Kosmic has managed to get more than ten coins from the multi-coin blocks in Super Mario Bros. by timing their jumps just right. Kosmic notes that multi-coin blocks “don’t have a fixed amount of coins you can get from them. The maximum number you can get depends on how many times you can jump into the block within a certain amount of time.” The speedrunner was apparently able to get a total of 16 coins out of a single multi-coin block.
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