Gritty Fan Film Turns Mario Into a Wheelchair-Bound Junkie

In this short film, the Mushroom Kingdom is just a fantasy, and being a hero is harder than it looks.

New York-based creative troupe, Captain Hippo, has reinterpreted everyone’s favorite videogame plumbers into the protagonists of a dark and violent drama set on the mean streets of Boston.

The film, called simply The Plumber, has a similar concept to There Will Be Brawl, which appeared on The Escapist back in 2009, but takes it in a different direction.

The Plumber ditches the fantasy elements – turning them into drug induced hallucinations – and sets the action firmly in the real world. Luigi is a simple plumber just trying to get by and support his brother Mario, who is a mentally handicapped drug addict. Peach is a call girl, and Bowser is a vicious thug who breaks the hands of people who cross him. Captain Hippo presents the piece as a trailer for a longer film, although it’s doubtful that’s really the case.

It’s a heck of a lot better than the actual Super Mario Bros. movie – not that that’s very hard – and well worth a watch. There’s some strong language though, so if you’re at work, it might be worth waiting until there’s no one else in the office.

Source: Kotaku

Recommended Videos

The Escapist is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Pokemon Sleep Fans Bid Farewell to Fourth Meal Thanks To Latest Update
Image of the Pokemon Sleep General Notices banner, with a textbox that says "No More Bonus Meals"
Read Article Fortnite Players Finally Found a Way to Get One Piece Into the Game
Sanji using Diable Jambe in One Piece.
Read Article Pokemon Fans Want a Dragon-Type Eevee in Legends Z-A But Will They Get It?
Eevee and the Pokemon Legends Z-A logo against a backdrop of Lumiose City
Related Content
Read Article Pokemon Sleep Fans Bid Farewell to Fourth Meal Thanks To Latest Update
Image of the Pokemon Sleep General Notices banner, with a textbox that says "No More Bonus Meals"
Read Article Fortnite Players Finally Found a Way to Get One Piece Into the Game
Sanji using Diable Jambe in One Piece.
Read Article Pokemon Fans Want a Dragon-Type Eevee in Legends Z-A But Will They Get It?
Eevee and the Pokemon Legends Z-A logo against a backdrop of Lumiose City