Sure, plenty of fan films have translated the iconic plumbers’ 2D platforming to real life, but out-of-the-box thinking really goes out-of-this-world here. Nobody has yet dared attempt recreating this particular Mario installment’s unbounded 3D action… until now.
In the short, Mario and Luigi hop from planet to planet, stomping Koopas, skating on turtle shells, dodging an airborne Wario, and even running afoul a Princess Peach who isn’t quite as she seems. To say it’s impressive is a major understatement. It’s a real wonder of clever choreography and inventive camerawork.
In many ways, this short recalls the classic Buster Keaton flicks where surveyors’ tools were employed to make film editing a prop of slapstick. Indeed, the portion at the finale where the Bros ride sewer pipes into a planet and run simultaneously along its interior and exterior is a dazzling set-piece. In an era where “it’s CGI” explains every illusion, this one special effect will actually make you ask, “How did they do that?”
If our description of “Real Mario Galaxy” seems overly rhapsodic, you ought to go watch this behind-the-scenes feature on the short’s production. It isn’t just something they shot off quickly. The crew really put their heart and soul into it, demanding much of themselves technically, creatively, and even physically.
Hard work aside, what’d you think of this little, big fan film? Drop all your thoughts in the talkback.
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