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This is the complete list of YMMV Tropes pertaining to Super Mario Bros: the animated Series. This will be periodically revised or updated. So stay tuned.
  • Awesome Art: The animation is still like something out of a Disney Renaissance film, and even includes more inventive backgrounds than before.
  • Awesome Music: David wise and Grant Kirkhope return in full might. This time with a fair portion of musical numbers.
  • Broken Base:
    • Whether or not the show is as good as the movie it follows up to is often a point of contention among fans. Though these feelings began to decline as the show progressed. Now most consider it on par with the film or even better.
    • The presence of season wide story arcs season 4 onward is also subject to contention. With some wishing to see a reutn to seasons 1-3's simpler storytelling. While other want to see what else could be done with these arcs.
  • Complete Monster: This incarnation of Wart is without a doubt one of the most depraved villains in the Mario franchise's history. Originally Bowser's paternal uncle, Wart always wished for a chance to take the throne, and kill those he felt would provide amusement by misery. As such, when his brother got in an argument with the Mushroom Kingdom over territory, he seized the chance, and invaded, killing anyone in his personal way. Eventually, he murdered his brother and became King as his nephew Bowser was too young. He eventually got in a three way sword fight between Bowser and King Henry of the Mushroom Kingdom, then killed Queen Melody and framed Bowser. When the Mushroom Kingdom used this as a rally cry to counterattack and begin using WMDs of sorts on the Koopa Kingdom, Wart appealed to the dark arts which he had studied for years behind his brother's back. Eventually summoning the demon Dainamo, who gave him infinite power but at the cost of his humanity. Wart eventually found a way to restore take other's humanity, and took the humanity of Bowser as he was going to be betrothed to Peach. When Bowser trapped him in Subcon as revenge, Wart them deprived Leena and Imajeen's parents of their humanity. In the current day, Wart keeps Bowser, who began to miss having family, in a dysfunctional relationship. Claiming to love him, but at the same time, verbally and physically abusing him.
  • Counterpart Comparison
    • After Subcon Rises Again. Mouser could be considered a G-Rated version of Professor von Kriplespac. Being a crippled, German-accented Rodent Villain who serves an evil king. But at the same time is secretly planning to take power for himself using a group of machines of sorts he's been building behind his master's back.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Captain Heckbeard and the Kayak Pirates. A group of seafaring pirates who travel in a large battleship and attack on kayaks with mounted machine guns. And are successful.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Prince Cream, the younger sibling of Peach, was typically a bit player mainly in roles focusing on her or Mario. But fans came to like him for his chipper and helpful personality. This led to him becoming a permanent member of the cast in early season two.
    • While the Koopalings in general were already fairly popular, Iggy and Lemmy are especially liked due to being the Token Good Teammates in the Koopalings.
    • Vivian maintains her status from The Thousand year Door. In no small part thanks to her story arc about being a more powerful sorceress to save the Mushroom Kingdom.
    • Prince Imajeen and Leena of Subcon. Mainly for being such trustworthy allies to Mario and Co. As well as their chemistry with each other.
  • Growing the Beard: The first half of season one is often considered slower and a common criticism the only interactions most characters outside Mario and co. (Marios, Peach, Daisy, Toad, and Yoshi) had were limited to the characters they had the closest relation to. As well as the fact that it did not introduce or explore many new ideas. This began to change starting in the second half and season two. When more characters from the extended Mario Universe., such as Vivian, Geno, Wario, and Waluigi were introduced. Then in the second season, Wart not only made a triumphant return. But Prince Imajeen and Leena of Subcon also came to be.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bowser full stop. First, he was born into a dysfunctional family. Next, his love, Princess Peach, couldn't be with him when Wart framed Bowser for Queen Melody's death. Then, when they did elope, Bowser was transformed into what he is now, frightening Peach away.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Several.
    • Wart crossed the line when he killed Peach's mother and blamed it on his nephew Bowser.
This ties in with my revision to the esch cummins act seen here.

1927: the PRR hires a Milanese Mechanical Engineer named Augusto Lombardi. Having seen the NYC Hudsons, they desire bigger and better engines, albeit still with interchangeable parts, which they require Lombardi to use on his first designs.

1928: Lombardi designs the U1 2-8-4, based on the I1. And the R2 4-8-4, based on the M1. Both are moderate successes. But are not built in quantity like other PRR steamers of the time. For this reason of the lack of interchangeable parts, Lombardi is given permission to make entirely new designs.

1929: Lombardi introduces a new method of locomotive numbering due to numbering system having once been random. The process dictates a letter for the motive power type (S for steam, E for electric, etc.), the class of the engine (L, K, M, I, etc.), and the engine’s number. For instance, L1 Mikado 520 would be referred to as “SL-520.” and K4 Pacific 1361 would be “SK-1361"

1930: After a few years, Lombardi announce that he will work with Baldwin and Lima to develop his next big project. A larger engine to replace the K4 Pacific in fast Passenger runs.

1933: SR-7100, the first R3 4-8-4, rolls out of Altoona. 300 would be originally built with the intent of replacing the K4 Pacific. However, they would instead supplement them often and end up on mixed traffic later in life.

1935: The first U2 2-8-4, SU-7400 rolls out of Altoona. The railroad envisions these engines to compliment the L1 Mikados and M1 Mountains in fast freight. With I1s and U1s roll on heavier, slower trains.

Late 30s: Lombardi builds the R3s and U2s in massive numbers. Unlike the past PRR engines, they have fewer interchangeable parts. but are still loved by crews and the PRR.

1938: The electrification of the NE Corridor is completed. Though some engines continue to venture as far as Harrisburg.

1940: Many prominent members of the Norfolk and Western brass begin replacing their PRR counterparts in preparation for merger. Which doesn't happen until 1978. Most significantly, William J. Jenks, president of the N&W, becomes a key advisor of Martin W. Clement of the PRR. 

1942: The PRR introduces the first two T1 duplexes. Along with them, they also build some streamlined 4-8-4s called R4s to serve as backup.

1945: The PRR builds the J1, T1, and Q2 engines.

1946-1950: The PRR begins modifying their facilities to be like those of is subsidiary Norfolk and Western. Allowing for a more efficient maintenance process than before. In addition, several more N&W J class steamers are built for use on the Pennsy. Under which they becomes the R5 class of engines. As such, engine like 611 or the fictional 622 become SR-611. Many more N&W types are built at Altoona and used on both railroads.

1957: The first K4, 1737, is retired and put on display at Northumberland, PA.

1957-1963: Most of the K4 Pacifics are retired. The good news is that among the ones preserved in this timeline are 5399 (my personal favorite of the class), 3768 (with rebuilt shrouding), 1120 (also with rebuilt shrouding), and 3847. Plus many more K4 Pacifics. Which become to Americans what the Black Five is to British enthusiasts.

1965: All PRR steam engines smaller than the M1 Mountains are retired. This includes the L1 Mikados, H series Consolidations, among others. Only the I1 2-10-0s and several switchers remain by 1976.

1966: The R2, U1, Q2, and T1 are all retired. Thankfully, several are preserved of each class.

1967: The PRR introduces the Keystone Limited, which supplements the Broadway Limited as a NY-Chicago train, albeit one running via the Panhandle Line through Columbus, OH and Logansport, IN.

Steam continues well until the 1980s. At which point the fleet is mainly R3s, I1s, M1s, and N&W engines. Plus a few K4s in preservation and L1s on branch line traffic.

Based upon the ideas of DaKardii. But with changes to make them closer to the games

I was spending alot of time writing the plot. But since I have revised it numerous times, I felt I should post the revised plot here.

Super Mario Bros. is a 2012 traditionally animated film produced by a collaboration of Disney, Steven Spielberg, Don Bluth (under a revived version of Bluth-Sullivan), and of course Nintendo. It is mostly based of the first 1985 game, but with many elements from later games like character design. 

The idea for a Mario had been circulating in 2005 by Sony. But this was eventually moved to Disney due to a fall-out between Nintendo and Sony Pictures. The script for the film was taken from an early draft for the infamous 1993 film, allowing the team to write a script relatively quickly. In casting the characters, the producers went an unconventional route, using professional voice actor cast that had few to no celebrities. The film's soundtrack was similarly unorthodox: it features a score by Rare composer Grant Kirkhope. All this, in addition to its tone, music, and 2D animation, led Nintendo to confiscate the rights from Sony when the latter tried to force several changes that would remove these elements.

Plot

Mario and Luigi Marchelli are two Italian-American plumbers from New York who own a struggling business called "Marchelli Bros. Plumbing." One day, they are working on a plumbing job. Luigi is talking about trying to find a girlfriend, while Mario is very cynical about women after Pauline, his love, ditched him three days before the wedding to hook up with their cousin, Rocco. Luigi's messing around when Mario isn't there. Which extends the job to three hours due to fixing the pipes, something that frustrates Mario. Mario is infuriated even further when Luigi gives money to a bum.

Later that night, Luigi has a nightmare that he's walking down a rainy street with a girlfriend; she points out a sapphire locket in a gutter, which Luigi retrieves for her, but a reptilian claw grabs her when he heads back to her. The next morning, he goes outside for some fresh air only to run into goons working for Eddie Pascal, a mob boss who loaned money to Mario so he can pay the bills. After the goons start hassling Luigi; Mario says he should be the brunt of the hassle, and claims he's got a big job the next day that'll pay Eddie off. The next day, however, Mario finds out that the engineer he's working for is also looking for bribes before he'll take the work, and after he calls Mario a "shrimp," Mario flies into a rage and tries to throw the engineer's expensive golfing equipment out the window, but is stopped.

The next day, Luigi entertains a group of children about a story of a fisherman and a genie (from Arabian Nights). The story goes like this: There was once a fisherman who discovered a genie in a bottle floating in the sea. When released, the genie, vengeful of his imprisonment, decides to kill his master. The fisherman outsmarts the genie, however, by tricking him into going back into his bottle to prove how powerful he is. He then throws the bottle back into the sea. After Luigi's finished telling this story, Mario approaches him. Luigi tells Mario that he got them a job at a church which will take two days. Mario is delighted until Luigi confesses that the job's for free. Mario is angry about this, but decides to do the job anyway because it's a church. 

While working, Luigi finds an green pipe-shaped well, with its lid laying on its side, in a locked off room in the church's basement. Luigi ponders wether to tell anyone or to simply place the lid on the well. Ultimately, he decides to see if it has dried up or not first, reasoning that it being dried would make the issue more serious if someone fell down. Luigi finds an unused bucket and rope that was conveniently nearby, then he lowers it into the well. He raises the bucket back up, and sees nothing wrong. He pours the bucket's contents to the earthen ground. He is then about to completely place the lid on the well when he sees a bright blue glow under the bucket, as well as a feminine voice calling for help. Luigi picks up the bucket and sees it is a sapphire emblem. However, Luigi assumes the voices and glow were hallucinations and puts the emblem in his pocket, hoping to pay off Pascal latter. 

However, Luigi then notices that the well's lid is coming off by itself. Luigi goes back to put it back on, but the broach emerges from his pocket and tries to go back down the well. Luigi then falls in when trying to hold on to the broach, and finds the well doubles as a magic portal to a strange land. On the shores of a small lake, he meets Toad, a mushroom like person, who invites him to his home. There, Luigi meets his wife Toadette and their friend, Yoshi. A green dinosaur like creature with a fairly chipper disposition. 

After Luigi asks a wide variety of questions, Toadette begins sobbing, and Toad confesses that they invited him not out of hospitality, but with the intention of betraying him to King Bowser Koopa. A large lizard creature who has only recently taken over their land Fungaria, better known as the Mushroom Kingdom. Yoshi further explains that Bowser killed off the royal family except for the oldest child, Princess Elizabeth Patricia; though it is also believed the king and the prince may still be out there somewhere. Bowser has ordered all to turn in any humans they come across so they can be interrogated on the royal family's whereabouts. But now that he has come to know and like a human, Toad repents his original intention and escorts Luigi back to the lake. Telling Luigi to simply swim back into the lake's center to reach the portal back home.

Luigi eventually returns stuck in the well, but he finds that Toad has also thrown an rope anchor into the portal, which he uses to climb up out of the well. When he comes up, Mario is angry about him seemingly gone missing for all that time. Luigi tries to explain everything about Toad and Yoshi, but Mario does not believe his story about another world inside the well, which is now found to be a normal, deep well. As such, he threatens to have Luigi pay the rent for several days. 

During the second day of the job, Mario notices Luigi sneak into the far basement. He follows him and jumps into the well. Whereupon he also ends up in the Mushroom World. When he climbs out, he sees a man named Mr. Koopa there, a tall fellow in a coat. Koopa claims he is a private eye, who was sent after a family of mushrooms and green lizard who are part of a local crime syndicate. The group has also come to harbor the Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, who is on the run for allegedly trying to murder her little brother. He requests Mario's help in tracking them down. Having often suffered at the hands and other criminals, Mario agrees to help where he can. Then he describes what Luigi told him. When the brothers finally reunite and return together through the well, Mario realizes that the trio Luigi met and the group Koopa described are one and the same. But he says nothing about it at all.

The next day, Luigi asks that they go to mass at the church they had been working at. At Luigi's insistence, the two sneak into the basement during communion, and enter the Mushroom Kingdom together. Luigi guides them to the Toad's house, but they find it ransacked, with the Toads and Yoshi outside being attacked by Piranha Plants. Luigi quickly saves them, and they fight of the Piranha plants. They free Toad, who along with Yoshi thank Luigi and introduce themselves to Mario, but they are interrupted when a large flying warship passes over.

The warship lands, allowing them to see that Bowser is aboard, along Toadette, who he seems to think is the Princess, and with various others- Koopa Troopas, Yeelahs (burly, bearded Mushroomers who serve in Bowser's Vichy-like militia), and Kamek. Bowser returns to his regular form, and Mario realizes he was the Bowser character Luigi described. Luigi is furious that Mario told Bowser about the Toads and Yoshi. But Mario keeps insisting he wouldn't have said anything if he knew who he was telling it to. At Toad's instance, the group tries to refocus their energy and rescue Toadette, but Bowser flies off in the ship and leaves two Yeelahs to kill them, but when Luigi shows them the locket, they bow down before the plumbers.

After a brief battle, Toad decides to take them to meet Natlow. A wizard who sees the locket, an heirloom of the royal family, but desires to prove their worthiness by sending them on a quest to the Pit of No Return where Bowser banished all their magical items, and he wants his magic wand back. Natlow also notes the Out Pipes on the map, which can get them to various places, even home, and also mentions the quest will make them infinitely richer. Mario likes both of those, but Luigi is interested in legitimately saving the day, and maybe getting the girl. Natlow sends his daughter, Peach, with them to keep them safe from any unfamiliar dangers. While a priest comes over to bless them on their journey, a Koopa spy sends all this information to Bowser.

It is revealed that Bowser wants to marry the Princess so he will be connected to the royal family, granting him the Crown of Invincibility, but she must willingly marry him. Kamek creates a box of chocolates that will make her fall in love with him, but she must eat them all for it to take absolute effect. Kamek also explains that the it's the only way to change her appearance as well as her feelings. Why Bowser wants the Princess' appearance to be altered is never explicitly revealed, but it is heavily implied that he once had a human form, and is ashamed of the fact. However, Bowser reveals that Toadette isn't Princess Elizabeth, explaining that he knew said princess long ago. Bowser orders Kamek to instead give Toadette alcohol- laced chocolates so she'll reveal the truth inadvertently.

A koopa troopa, receiving the note from the goomba spy, informs Bowser that the plumbers are still alive. He also infers that Peach, who he knows about from spies sent after Natlow, is with the plumbers. When asked why he pretended to think Toadette was the Princess, he explains it's part of his plan to capture the real princess. He proceeds to dispatch two Hammer Brothers to take care of them. While he sends two goombas to interrogate Toadette.

Mario, Luigi and Toad find a pipe that emits items "lost" in our world - pens, combs, shoes, etc, and they discover Mario's father's Swiss army knife, which was given to Luigi when he was a kid but lost. Mario's a bit pissy about that. They camp out there and Mario complains to the group about Luigi, and how having a brother is "like having a rock in your shoe you can never shake out. It's underwear that always keeps riding UP!". Toad gets annoyed with Mario's ranting and has Yoshi go with him to look for fruit the group can eat the next day. But Peach is offended by Mario's ranting and rebukes him for being ungrateful that he has a loving family. It then turns out that Luigi was pretending to be asleep and heard the whole thing. However, Luigi makes no mention of it. 

In the morning, the group are continuing on their way but Mario tries to lead them to an Out Pipe, infuriating the others. But they have no time to complain before Mugger and the Hammer Brothers attack on horses, prompting our heroes to flee via a carriage that is pulled by a talking horse. The Hammer Bros. are defeated by being pelted with fruit but the group's carriage crashes, and they hide out near a hag who claims she was made ugly by a spell and needs kissed by someone with a warm heart to cure her. She attempts to seduce Mario, but he rejects her advances. But he finally gives in when she offers to hide them from the approaching Mugger. Mario's kiss is insufficient as apparently his heart is too cold, but the hag hides them anyway. After Mugger leaves, Luigi, fed up with Mari's behavior, lets Mario to go home. Mario starts to walk off, but Peach prevents him from leaving, saying that she sees something in him that manifest in him having the will and courage to do the right thing. Mario is confused about this, but decides to stay.

In the morning, they meet a hag who claims she was made ugly by a spell from a friend of Bowser and needs kissed by someone with a warm heart to cure her; Mario's kiss is insufficient as apparently his heart is too cold. The group soon makes their way to the Pit of No Return. It's filled with traps, including Thwomps and Bob-Ombs, but they find the stockpile of magical items, though they can only take one; Toad takes magic mushroom powder that can break any spell, Peach takes a Starman, Luigi takes a "box of flight gear", while Mario takes Natlow's wand and attempts to sneak a gem with him, but is forced to give it up when a Boo Buddy nearly strangles him. 

They escape with their lives, only to run into some Troopas. Toad and Luigi are shoved down the Pit while Mario and Peach fight off the Koopa troops using a Super Mushroom and Koopa Troopa shells, respectively, and speed out of the forest on Yoshi, who came back during the battle. Luigi uses the flight gear (a Super Leaf) to gain raccoon ears and a tail to fly into a tunnel with Toad, but by that time Mario and Peach have fled and Bowser's crew have gone.

Mario says to Peach how he wished he could get some time alone from his brother, but now that he believes Luigi died in the Pit he knows now to wish for the wrong things. Mario tells Peach his back story:

  • Years ago, a then 17-year-old Mario had a bright future ahead of him. He was a star football player at his high school, he had completed Eagle Scout, and was being offered many scholarships. But he was forced to abandon it all when his father was killed in a car accident, and since his mother couldn't do all the work alone, he and Luigi had to to find a job often. Since then, he's been stuck as a measly plumber with no future, and his sweethearts have often abandoned him for fairly petty reasons.

Mario says he often took his frustration out on Luigi because if it weren't for him existing, Mario wouldn't have had to abandon his dreams. But now he regrets it all because he believes Luigi is dead. Mario starts sobbing and says he will never forgive himself.

Peach then tells Mario that he has learned his lesson and then tells her own backstory:

  • Peach was often fairly estranged from her family. The only true friend she had was her brother Cream, who was ten years younger than her. But Natlow barely paid attention to either of the two because he was so focused on trying to repair the nation after a severe power struggle (she also had many of her friends die in many of these power struggles). Not to mention keeping invader after invader at bay. 
  • She eventually fell in love with a foreign prince. But his kingdom became the next to attack Fungaria. They had tried to elope, but the Prince went insane, chasing Peach to run away. Mario tries to ask more about the prince, but she refuses to answer and goes on.
  • Cream eventually went missing and was presumed dead. Something Peach rues to this day, as she was supposed to look after him but was asleep at the time. Even worse is that she has heard rumors he is alive. But those sound too outlandish for her.
  • She also harbors resentment over the fact that Natlow constantly seemed to underestimate Bowser, and refused to try and fight Bowser off completely
  • Because of all this, her childhood and teenage years were lonely and regimented, and she harbors some resentment towards Natlow. She also harbors resentment over the fact that Natlow has been deliberately waging the rebellion in a way that the goal is not outright victory, but to hold the Koopa Kingdom off until the "prophesied ones," two people a soothsayer described, arrived to destroy The Koopas' plan. She also reveals that she personally does not believe in the prophesy, as she believes that prophesies are false constructs designed to gain power over others, and that self-determined destiny is what makes events happen. Hence why she strove to get Mario and Luigi to stay on the quest when the going got tough.
Mario and Peach realize that they have far more in common than previously thought, as they were both discontent with their family life and marginalized by society. Peach uses this as an excuse to try to kiss Mario, but he rejects her advances.

Natlow appears out of nowhere and reclaims his wand. The three head to Natlow's castle, but on the way Natlow is zapped by lightning in a storm and all that is left of him is ash and the ruby locket.

Peach plunges into grief, and confesses to Mario that she is the real Princess Elizabeth, and that Natlow is really King Henry. She also confesses that Toadette is not the lost princess that Bowser is looking for: she is. Peach tells Mario that she and The Toads are also childhood friends, and they are about the same age, with the Toads both being a bit older. When Bowser took over. Henry decided to trick Bowser by having Toad and Toadette hide out in the country side and have Bowser think that Toadette was in fact Princess Elizabeth by giving them the royal heirloom. Henry then disguised himself as a wizard and publicly (but not privately) changed his daughter's name to Peach to hide her from Bowser and still raise her as a future leader in the case something happened to him. This initially worked despite the fact Toadette lost the heirloom in a lake during a fishing trip she, Toad, and Yoshi were on. Mario, already angry over the fact that people are suffering because Natlow did what he did, is infuriated that Peach essentially stood by, and tells her if it wasn't for her cowardice, he wouldn't be in this mess and Luigi would still be alive. He leaves her alone to grieve, and says that he no longer needs her help, as she has done more harm than good.

However, Bowser and some Koopa Troops arrive, and abduct Elizabeth. Knowing because they fed the alcohol laced chocolate to Toadette, who they explain to have dropped off elsewhere. When asked how they found him, Bowser explains in a long monologue in the process he took to get Elizabeth.

  1. When he first invaded, Bowser made a series of deliberate follies to make Henry think Bowser was incompetent. This included stranding their own equipment on the wrong side of the river when they retreated. 
  2. Bowser made sure that King Henry thought he was stupid. Then he unleashed the true might of his army and completely overtook Fungaria.
  3. That way, when King Henry decided to tick him into thinking Toadette was Princess Elizabeth. he knew to to start looking for her, and contemplate what what to do next.
  4. When he kidnapped Toadette, he continued to play along with everyone's belief that he was as stupid as Henry thought. 
  5. Now that Toadette, who he knew wasn't the real Princess Elizabeth, was kidnapped, he continued to act like he thought Toadette was the Princess. Then he had Toadette interrogated on everything she knew.
  6. Bowser knew that the real Elizabeth would probably be part of the party going to rescue Toadette. Furthermore, he was able to deduce her identity easily. Simply comparing an amateur snapshot of her during the travels to one of her as a child.

After he explains how he tracked down Elizabeth, this exchange occurs.

  • Yoshi: Hey, no fair!
  • Bowser: It's not fair, it's elementary. So far, I'd say my only mistake was overestimating how many people he'd send. Instead of his entire army's might, he sent a tomato colored simpleton and a weak lizard. Just pathetic...

Mario tries to stop them, as does Yoshi. But they are unable and Elizabeth is taken away. Yoshi shouts "BOGUS!" as she is whisked away. 

Later, Luigi and Toad are in an underground cavern, and are being chased by a Monty Mole. They are saved when the bean Luigi bought starts growing into a beanstalk and takes them to the surface. Toad finds Toadette, who explains how she was interrogated then dropped of randomly when the real Elizabeth's whereabouts were deduced. 

Luigi then takes off, heading inside Bowser's castle nearby, but it's actually an illusion by Kamek and Luigi is kidnapped. The Toads try to head off and track down Mario. Eventually, they succeed when they hijack a narrow gauge steam engine, and drive it down a line until coming to a river where they find Mario and Yoshi and tell them what's going on. Mario decides to redeem himself and once he finds the castle, he saves Luigi by using the Starman to temporarily become invincible and knock out Kamek and the three Fire Bros guarding Luigi. As there are only three sets of armor to be worn, Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi take them and sneak into the real castle while The Toads develop a plan to cure Elizabeth.

Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi accidentally end up on stage during Bowser's bachelor party. Where a now fully transformed and brainwashed Elizabeth is present. The Marchellis and Yoshi are prompted to do a song and dance about how Bowser is adored. They are exposed, however, when Toadette accidentally uses the Mushroom Powder on Elizabeth too soon, restoring her to normal. Everyone of them are captured except Toad and Toadette, who escaped when Toadette made her mistake. But Elizabeth says that she is willing to marry Bowser if he spares the life of the man who she truly loves, Mario, along with everybody else's. Bowser accepts that deal, but on condition that The Marichellis, The Toads, and Yoshi stay in the dungeon until after the wedding, and then are banned from the kingdom.

In the dungeon, the brothers have a heart-to-heart where Luigi explains he wanted to leave Mario, but before their father died, he and their mother made him promise to look after Mario, as they feared that he only cared about his dreams, and he would grow bitter and hateful if things didn't go his way, and Luigi thinks he's failed in that task. He gives Mario the Swiss army knife back. In the morning, Toad and Toadette rescue them by poisoning the dungeon keeper with a Poison Mushroom, and Mario apologizes for unwittingly ratting them out to Bowser. But while escaping, they accidentally pull a lever that opens a trap door, sending them falling into a waterlogged chamber filled with Cheep Cheeps and Bloopers. Mario manages to fight them off with another Super Mushroom. Using his giant size, Mario begins smashing through the castle to get to the wedding.

Bowser starts the wedding, but our heroes don't foil it before Elizabeth says "I do," unknowingly granting Bowser the power of the Crown of Invincibility (both of them believe that the power is granted when they are pronounced man and wife). 

When Mario arrives, he and Elizabeth embrace. Mario begins to speak but Elizabeth asks to keep being called Peach. Peach tells Mario that the whole thing about her deciding to marry Bowser was a trick, and that she had faith that Mario would come back and defeat Bowser when his guard was down. While she is explaining this, Bowser puts the Crown of Invincibility on his head and becomes invincible. Mario fights Bowser and loses his Super power. Peach gives him a Fire Flower from her bouquet and he becomes Fire Mario for the first time. The fight between Mario and Bowser spills in a chamber with a rickety bridge over a sea of lava. 

Meanwhile, in the great hall, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Yoshi use Fire Flowers to fight off Kamek and Bowser's other minions. The battle soon also spills into the lava chamber, where Mario soon meets Bowser. On the bridge, Mario loses his firepower and is knocked off, but manages to grab a rope to safety. Remembering the story Luigi was telling the kids back in Brooklyn, he knows he can't use brawn to win this match.

He goads Bowser into making himself bigger and bigger. Bowser's Troopas think it's a trap to make him crush the platform he's on, so he floats into the air to rectify that, but Mario's real plan was to make the crown unable to fit on his head anymore. The crown falls off and Bowser returns to normal. He falls onto the bridge, splitting it in half, and seemingly falls into the lava. Mario jumps onto the half that is closer to where the other heroes are standing. He climbs up and grabs Peach's hand, but before she can pull him up, Bowser reappears, claws Mario in the legs and attempts to throw him down into the lava. Peach zaps Bowser with the ruby locket, causing him to lose his grip, pull Mario and Peach down with him, and for all three to start falling. Bowser teleports himself back to his own kingdom, which could indicate a possible return in a sequel. Yoshi suddenly reappears, and uses his tongue saves Mario and Peach before they could fall into the lava.

Kamek appears riding a stream of fire, and vows revenge before vanishing. Natlow reappears, having faked his death. He uses his wand to reveal himself as King Henry, who was believed to be gone. Returned to his kingdom, King Henry announces he will let his daughter explore both worlds as she pleases, as he has been able to get his son Oliver to return in case Peach is unable to be heir. He has also married a bartender called Ursula to help him rule over the Kingdom. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and The Toads are presented tiny medals, which disgusts Mario - he was expecting infinite riches. Henry explains he is infinitely richer - in his heart. Toad thinks he should return to his job at his general store, or perhaps become a private eye. As some people, including King Henry, have trouble pronouncing Mario's surname, Marichelli. Mario tells them to call them the “Mario brothers,” despite Luigi’s objections.

A few days later, Peach is estatic to learn the Cream is still alive, having been raised by a woodcutter. The hag returns and kisses Mario, and like she said, she transforms into a beautiful red-haired woman, slightly younger than Peach. Mario is mesmerized, and Peach recognizes her as Princess Daisy Daisy, who she introduces. Though she makes it clear that she wants to be Mario's girlfriend. Luigi whispers something, and Mario says "I think you could do it if you tried." The movie ends with the Toads guiding Mario and Peach heading into the Out Pipe, ready for a new adventure. While Luigi and Daisy look on- only to realize they were holding hands with each other.

NOTE: This plot is largely copied and pasted from a synopsis of an early draft of the 1993 film's script, which can be found here. You can compare the two, and notice that in this version (the wiki page), there are renamed characters, new characters, and added subplots (as well as corrected grammatical errors).  

Cast

* indicates an actor who is still alive in the timeline where all this was real

  • Charles Martinet: Mario Marchelli
  • Rob Paulsen: Luigi Marchelli
  • Jodi Benson: Princess Elizabeth Patricia "Peach" Toadstool
  • Dean Stockwell: King Henry Christopher Toadstool
  • Carlos Alazraqui: Yoshi
  • Wayne Allwine*: Toad
  • Russi Taylor: Toadette
  • Jim Cummings: Bowser
  • Michael Bell: Kamek
  • Kath Soucie: Princess Daisy Minnie Call/ the Hag

A few other actors make cameos. Frank Welker voices Eddie Pascal (whose name is a jab at Amy Pascal, former chairperson at Sony). The church's pastor is played by Dermot Morgan* (a reference to his most famous role as the title character of Father Ted). While Desiree Goyette, who composed the music with her husband Ed Bogas, appears too, (as the reptilian dancer who performs for Bowser right before Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi stumble onstage in their knight disguises).

Production

Interest in making another Super Mario Bros. movie had been prevalent ever since a planned 1993 movie was cancelled due to disastrous developmental problems. In the meantime, several cartoons produced by the Jim Henson company and Marvel with Nintendo's involvement were produced.

However, a serious attempt did not begin until late 2005. At this time, Sony, which had been developing software for Nintendo ever since a CD ROM add on for the SNES in 1992, began exploring the idea of producing a computer-generated Super Mario movie that would be based off of the more modern games. After much persuasion, Nintendo decided to give Sony the rights to produce a Mario animated film.

Nintendo hired several people to start work on the film. To lead them, Nintendo had Yoshiaki Koizumi, a protege of series creator Shigeru Miyamoto supervised. Miyamoto recalled Koizumi asking for the job.

"He (Koizumi) was almost in tears asking us to have him supervise. I personally wouldn't know how to do a movie, given my preferred method of game design. So, with the film director dream he had when he first came, I thought he would be excellent for the job." - Shigeru Miyamoto, during an event celebrating the Mario franchise's 30th Anniversary.Prominent Nintendo director and producer Yoshiaki Koizumi was sent to oversee production of the film.

In the weeks that followed, more big-name animators were attached. Notably present was Gennedy Tartakovsky, who had worked on many shows for Cartoon Network, namely Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack. In late 2008, he was joined by Craig McCracken, who had created The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary friends. Also included were many old coworkers of their like Chris Savino, and Paul Rudish, and people who worked with Craig's wife Lauren Faust on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a movie of which was also originally considered for Sony. The group got together and started work on the film.

When describing what they planned, Gennedy described their current plans as such.

"We are mainly trying to seeing how the Mario world can be flogged to logical extremes. We have been debating all sorts of ideas. But our main idea is that we want to make sort a high fantasy or sciency thing, think of it as Batman in Narnia."

At first, the project went slowly but steadily. However, in early 2009, progress came to a complete halt, and Nintendo confiscated the rights to their IP from Sony. The details were later leaked in the 2014 Sony hack. Along with these hacks included some private emails Gennedy sent to the higher ups at Nintendo proper. At first Gennedy made cryptic comments publicly. Making them seem like they were just bitter about issues that stalled production. Their statements alone seemed a bit unreasonable to many. As production on these things happened all the time. 

However, these leaks further elaborated on the details of what had been going on, and why the group was so upset. During the time Gennedy and his team had been writing the drafts and other early ideas for the films, things had gone downhill for them. 

The details were found in emails Gennedy sent to Nintendo higher ups, namely a January 3, 2009 which tagged Koizumui. Gennedy complained that Sony executives had issues with the film as it was originally put together. They objected to…

  • Several jokes and plot points involving risque notions. Most significantly, the scene where Toadette was ordered to be tricked by being fed alcohol-laced chocolate.
  • The use of professional voice actors instead of celebrities.
  • The original soundtrack by Grant Kirkhope and David Wise.
  • The "misogynist implications." That is, the fact both Peach and Toadette, the only two major females, are kidnapped at certain points.
  • The film being "too dark" for children, which they wanted the film marketed to mainly.
  • Their unwillingness to go for a large budget.
  • The team's extreme unwillingness to do a test screening.

More complications arose because of Disney, who had been granted the rights to use Nintendo characters in Wreck it Ralph and its sequel. In general, things had gone to hell for the entire group. Indeed, the film soon fell into development hell.

A miracle finally came in late 2010. When Stephen Spielberg arrived on the scene. Spielberg was convinced that the project was viable not as a computer-generated film, but as a traditionally-animated one. 

He successfully convinced Nintendo to work with Disney and revive the project, and convinced his old animation partner, Don Bluth, to come out of retirement. The two had previously worked together on An American Tail (1986), and The Land Before Time (1988). Bluth had previously been a Disney animator himself, who had left in the 1980s after feeling dissatisfaction with its direction at the time. Spielberg also convinced Disney to continue the use of traditional animation after the lackluster performance of The Princess and the Frog (2009). 

The making of the movie was led by Koizumi, Spielberg, Bluth, Gennedy, Craig, Bluth's longtime animation partner Gary Goldman, and Disney Animator James Lopez, who worked on an independent project, a steampunk adventure film called Hullabaloo, alongside Bluth at the same time Super Mario' Bros. was being produced. After Super Mario Bros. was released, Spielberg and Craig joined the production of Hullabaloo as well, and that film was released by Disney on November 21, 2015. 

Meanwhile, Spielberg hired ILM (the company that created the special effects for the Star Wars films, E.T., the Jurassic Park films, Titanic, the Avatar films, and the Harry Potter films) to do the special effects. Spielberg's goal was to achieve unprecedented special effects: the "cartoonizing" of live-action effects, which Spielberg compared to "moving paintings.” 

In addition, Spielberg proposed John Williams (composer of the Jaws films, the Star Wars films, E.T., the Jurassic Park films, and the first three Harry Potter films) to compose the score. However, Koizumi got Spielberg to let them keep Wise and Kirkhope. Bluth was initially skeptical, but agreed after hearing their work for Rare franchises.

Grant Kirkhope recalls his excitement when Don Bluth chose to approve his work for the film.

The moment David and I learned Bluth had issues, we thought were pretty much boned. But in the end, he actuially liked the stuff I made. And he apparently liked the stuff I made for Project Dream before it became Banjo-Kazooie. Even better is not only we go to stay. But afterwards, Bluth came and asked me if I wanted to compose for his own projects. Of course my alleigiance was to Rare. But I'm still pleasantly surprised it went well in the end.

In addition, the fact that they were working at Disney meant the crew had the chance to use an early draft for the 1993 film. Which allowed them to rewrite the story faster than otherwise. Now, the film would be ready by late 2012. Though Disney requested they instead have it in early 2013.

At first, the Disney executives tried to force similar changes to Sony. But John Lasseter ordered them to back off. As he knew Nintendo would just try to confiscate the rights again. above from that he was personally satisfied with the final product. In the end, the Disney executives were disappointed and were reluctant to do any screening for critics. Especially considering the unwillingness of the crew to do any revisions to the final product. But they were pleasantly surprised when many did indeed like it.

Deleted Scenes

  • When Luigi first enter the Mushroom Kingdom, and before meeting Toad, he gets on to shore, where he sees Mushroom Kingdom wildlife in the form of aquatic animals and muppet-like creatures. To the tune of Click Clock Wood, Spring from Banjo Kazooie, several antics go on amongst them until a duck notices Luigi and screams "A HUMAN!" Causing them to run away. This scene was later completely animated as a bonus feature, and a version of the film with the scene was included in the film's DVD release. Akin to Human Again being animated for a rerelease of  Beauty and the Beast.
  • An alternate take of the epilouge where Peach continues to be called Elizabeth until the last scene.
  • A scene where when Mario first enters the kingdom with Luigi, Toad, Toadette and Yoshi are in their house when they arrive. But they are still preparing to leave.
  • Several scenes of Ursula, which indicate she may have had a bigger role once.
  • An alternate take of the final scene. In which the woman who was turned into a hag and Princess Daisy were seperate characters. As well as Cream having a side conversation with Peach about how he wanted to get to know Mario even more. Which apparently foreshadowed Cream replacing Luigi once the latter eventually living in Sarasaland.
    • On the subject of Cream, and earlier draft would have started with him being under the guise of a normal kid who Mario was helping on an Eagle Scout Project when he disappears into the Mushroom Kingdom. Which would cause the events of the film.

Release, Box Office, and Awards

The film premiered in New York on October 18, 2014, in a major night for fans of the Big N. Disney had considered giving it a quieter premier, but Nintendo insisted otherwise. In addition to the cast and crew doing the usual red-carpet event, many people involved in the production showed up as guests and did photo-ops with the fans. Meanwhile a "Mario" convention was held next door to the theater, with tens of thousands of fans attending, and with the cast appearing for a press conference after the screening was over.  In the months preceding the film's release, it recieved quite a bit of coverage for its many unorthodox production methods. Which only helped fuel interest in the film. In addition, voice actress Tara Strong and Billy West praised the writers for their decision to hire professional voice actors rather tan celebrities. They heavily promoted the film on their coial media for this reason, which led to even more interest among the non-gamer crowd. Nintendo themselves also heavily pushed for its success. Promoting it in such was a free pre-orders for those who bought tickets across the country. The film was released worldwide on October 23, 2014. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $85.2 million domestically and $154.3 million worldwide. Ultimately, it grossed $538.7 million domestically and $975.0 million worldwide, making it the third-highest grossing movie of 2013 domestically and the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2013 worldwide. 

The film was critically acclaimed, ranking 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 4 stars out of 4 on Roger Ebert's website. Doug Walker, the creator of the webseries The Nostalgia Critic,  famously described the hard history that the production suffered. And its eventual success. Referring to it as "The Carlie Brown Christmas of Video Game Adaptations."

The film was successful at the Oscars, recieving siz nominations and winning three (not counting the Special Achievement Award):

  • Best Animated Feature (nominated)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (won)
  • Best Original Score (nominated)
  • Best Sound Mixing (won)
  • SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dean Stockwell for Outstanding Vocal Work

DVD/Blu-ray Release

A DVD release of the film took place March 2, 2014. The release contasins various bonus features among them bering the obligatory trailers. Plus inverviews with the cast and crew. And most importantly, scenes from earlier versions of the film. Some deleted scenes from later reevisions of the film had parts their animation completed.

In addition, the DVD has several commentaries for the film. Mainly about production and the like.

    Draconian restrictions on my school owned laptop mean I can't add much stuff due to resulting issues. But I still have some ideas on the works.
    I originally was going to draw these character ideas out like DaKardii did. But I decided to just get it over with instead. So here goes.

    MARIO

    Full Name: Mario Marchelli 
    Voice: Charles Martinet
    Personality: Life has molded him into a very tough (and somewhat bitter) man. He doesn't do plumbing out of passion, but out of the need to survive financially. He is very skeptical about falling in love, as he was once engaged but his fiance left him just days before the wedding. He has to deal with the Mafia and corrupt politicians on a regular basis. And on top of all that, he has to deal with his brother Luigi, who he often considers to be rude and easily distracted. But when he and Luigi accidentally discover the Mushroom Kingdom, their lives will change forever. Will his experience there make him a kinder and happier person?
    Notes:
    • This version of Mario is a bit closer to his early version. As such, I picture Charles Martient changing his voice somewhat. I was personally thinking he could just do a semi-impression of the Fonz.
    • I was imagining that in later animated films and TV shows, the team he goes with to save the day would change each time. One team would be like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and have Luigi (who would sometimes be the Dick Grayson to Mario's Bruce Wayne), Toad, and Yoshi. 

    LUIGI

    Full Name: Luigi Marchelli 
    Voice: Rob Paulsen
    PersonalityThis version of Luigi is a bid ruder and far more sharp-tongued than other incarnations. He is still less willing to fight than Mario, but he more than makes up for that and his aforementioned sharp-tongued nature by being far more confident and generally happier. As mentioned, he is often the first to make a joke out of an exceptionally bad situation. However, when called to task, he tends to be really committed to finish that task. So when he and Mario accidentally end up in the Mushroom Kingdom, will his determination survive the biggest test it has ever faced? 
    Notes:
    • Some have questioned why I would change keep Charles as Mario but not as Luigi. The main reason is that I wanted to further diverge the characters. Besides that, I feel Rob would capture the Yakko Warner like attitude of Luigi perfectly. In addition, I was thinking that possible later films would feature the Marios, Toad, and Yoshi in a matter akin to TMNT. Where Luigi would be the stand in for Raphael. Where I also got the idea of Rob Paulsen

    PRINCESS PEACH

    Full Name: (Princess) Elizabeth Patricia "Peach" Toadstool 
    Voice: Catherine Cavadini
    PersonalityLike Mario, life has been tough to her, as she bears the responsibilities of helping her father (who isn't exactly the most competent man in the Mushroom Kingdom) in his struggle in taking back his kingdom from King Koopa, often risking her life in the process. As long as you don't do or say something stupid, expect her to show loyalty, compassion, and motherly-like affection when you need it. Even if she is of just slightly above average, she knows everything about the kingdom like the back of her hand, and can guide you through it when needed. A loving figure and a brilliant fighter, her kindness and strength are just as appealing to men as her beauty. But for the most part, she is inattentive to what men think of her. She'll settle down when she meets a man that she truly identifies with.
    Notes
    :
    • You may wonder where I got the idea of Catherine. The short answer is I feel she could use more places to show off her talent. The long answer is I decided on it from a voice demo she posted on her SoundCloud. Specifically, I was thinking the very last voice. 
    • Also, I would have her wear two different dresses from time to time. One being her usual dress. The other being a dark blue palette swap with an emerald broach instead of the normal sapphire one.
    • As mentioned under Luigi, I was imagining that in later animated films and TV shows, the team Mario goes with to save the day would change each time. The team Peach is one would be one like in The New Batman Adventures (on the subject, they really shouldn't have changed any of the costume colors on anyone, except Batgirl). Anyways, Peach herself would be the stand in for Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, while her vaguely pre-teen sibling Cream (detailed below) would be like Tim Drake/ Robin II.
    • Her theme would be the theme for Peach's castle, as redone by Grant Kirkhope:

    PRINCE CREAM

    Full Name: (Prince) Oliver "Stanley" Toadstool 
    Voice: Jeremy Shada
    Personality: The pre-teen brother of Peach, Cream spent much of his very early childhood until he was seven, and Peach was 19. He had grown to be border on worshiping the kind and caring Peach. Though for some reason he didn't know, their relative, Prince Harold of the Water Land, thought he was just a gullible child. Cream had been sent with his mother to live in Isle Delfino when Bowser took over and he was seven. However, while there, his and Peach's mother was mysteriously found drowned on the beaches of Delfino Plaza. Though police never found a cause, theories believe she was murdered by the goons of a local mob boss. Or even Wart, as she allegedly led Cream in Subcon once. While he was initially devastated and often in tears about it, Cream eventually cheered up after a long while after he finally returned home and reunited with his beloved sister. He also became very aquainted with Mario, who eventually had taken up the super-hero nickname of "The Flame," while Luigi also took up an alias of "The Green Thunder," a nod to Super Paper Mario. Cream later joins them in their quests against the evils they face as the alias "The surfer."
    Notes
    :
    • I am thinking if Jeremy Shada turns out to be too old for the role, I'd get one of Lincoln Loud's actors. Probably Grant Palmer.
    • I was thinking for him, Grant Kirkhope could take Tooty's theme from Banjo Kazooie, and maybe give it modifications to become his theme.

    Another rewrite of DaKardii's ideas. Remade to include some new characters, and ideas to make it longer in lenghth.

    Super Mario Bros. 2 is a 2016 traditionally-animated film produced by a collaboration of a revived Sullivan Bluth Studios, Disney, and Steven Spielberg. Released on August 9, 2016, it is mostly based off of the 1988 Super Mario Bros. 2 video game, but it does borrow a few elements from other Mario games, cartoons, and movies.

    Plot

    We join the Marios and company three years after the events of the first film. Over time, many changes have occurred. Mario and Luigi, excited about their adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom, have told the whole world about it. Contact between the Mushroom Kingdom and our world has dramatically increased as a result. The Warp Zones been expanded to allow the kingdom to be accessed by almost anyone. 

    Many businesses from around the world have invested in the resource-rich kingdom, causing it to rapidly industrialize into a society akin to a fusion of America and late 1950s Western Europe. Mario has become a rich man, not only due to him receiving royalties due to the success of the Super Mario Bros. video game, which one man (Miyamoto’s author avatar), came up with as an idea. But also because he has expanded his plumbing company into a construction corporation that has dominated the construction of the Mushroom Kingdom's infrastructure. The people of the kingdom have trouble pronouncing his surname, Marichelli. So Mario tells them to call them the “Mario brothers,” despite Luigi’s objections.

    However, he hasn't taken much advantage of his new wealth. He still owns his old apartment for nostalgia purposes, still owns the Mario Bros. van, and often helps his employees in building new pipes for the kingdom. Luigi, meanwhile, has begun to date Princess Daisy of nearby Sarasaland. They mainly reside in Sarasaland with Daisy’s parents (and Luigi occasionally helps Mario). 

    While his father Toadsworth became Prime Minister, Toad enlisted in the military, then eventually became the sergeant of a local militia known as the Toad Brigade. However, they are mainly stuck to doing odd jobs such as maintenance of equipment and ceremonial marches, much to his dismay. Yoshi is also living in the Kingdom, and usually works as Toad’s steed in battle training. Though he often tends to join Mario in his work as the strong man of the group.

    After a dinner date at a business function goes bad, Mario and Peach, who have been dating for the last few years, get into a heated argument. Peach is angry over Mario seemingly becoming increasingly vain, greedy, and demanding of extravagance over his new lifestyle, and demands that he start living a more simple life if their relationship is to survive. Mario eventually gives in, and along with Peach, Toad, and Yoshi, decide to start doing more simple outings. Starting with a time at a rental cottage with Peach’s younger sibling, Oliver Stanley “Prince Cream", alongside Luigi, Daisy, Toad and Yoshi.

    Meanwhile, Mario plans to propose to Peach at the cottage. But things go wrong the first night while playing a spoof of Apples to Apples. During the actual game, Cream is new to the game, which means Peach often has to stop so she can explain the rules to him. Daisy and Peach also insult each other due to perceived shortcomings, like how easily Peach was kidnapped in the first film, or how Daisy was turned into an ugly hag. Meanwhile, Luigi repeatedly cheats by claiming he saw Bowser out of a window behind everyone else. Then reading the deck of cards, something that severely annoys Mario. However, Mario himself also cheats, for instance, when Daisy describes the story of a friend she lost to a disease, he uses consoling her as an excuse to peek at her cards, which he plans to steal and replace when Luigi attempts another one of his tricks. Only Toad and Yoshi seem to truly enjoy themselves. As they mostly talk about things like their daily life, or experiences in the past.

    Suddenly, the area around the cottage experiences tremors like that of an earthquake, which disrupts their game. After the quake, Mario says someone should go investigate. Luigi claims to be too scared, something that Mario agrees with, so Toad and Yoshi volunteer to go. Luigi then reveals he was faking so he can steal some of their cards and then give them inferior ones. While he uses the cards he stole.

    When Toad and Yoshi arrive. They see a large figure in a canoe with a shorter thinner one. Yoshi assumes it is bowser and Kamek. But Toad is more skeptical. They go on to the pier, and hear the two figures. One, a german-accented character, asks his superior if they really should use “Elizabeth” as “the prince’s” bride. But the bigger thing, speaking with a deep English accent, insists on it. Explaining that the smaller figure will bait Peach (whose real name is Elizabeth mind you), out of the house, where the small figure will capture her. Toad and Yoshi start approaching the end of the pier to get a better look, but are seen by the pair. Both are shot at with bullet bills, so the duo bolts back to the house.

    The second figure, revealed to be a mouse like character, runs after them, firing bullets rapidly. But the big figure tells him to quit because Toad and yoshi botched it up. Upon reaching the house, the duo rushes inside to warn the others. The mouse then develops a large warhead to destroy them all before going back to his boss. Almost everyone sees the mouse creature, and leave at once with Toad and Yoshi, but Cream, believing it to be another trick, stays put and is caught when the cottage is blasted. The minion returns to the lake, and strangely disappears. 

    The next morning, the gang observes the damaged state of the cottage. They witness Cream emerge from the ruins, horrifically burned and in clear agony. After one deep breath, he falls to the ground, dead. Peach almost immediately breaks down crying, while Daisy tries desperately to comfort her. While Yoshi is outraged by this turn of events and swears revenge. He calls for some members of the group to track down who shot the fatal warhead, and kill that person. The Marios and Toad agree to go, as does Peach when she eventually calms down.

    The group of four starts by investigating the nearby lake. They do not see any sign of anyone having been there. But Mario then sees a canoe out on the lake. Which, in a reference to a deleted scene in The Ring, he reels in only to find… nothing. Luigi then sees what looks likes a tsunami coming onto the shore, as well as a whirlpool in the far off distance. Mario and Toad don’t believe him, but Peach sees it too. Before anyone can truly react, the waves crashes into them and pulls them into the ocean. Daisy and Yoshi try to save them, but are ultimately forced to escape. Daisy and Yoshi run to the castle to get help, and call someone to take Cream’s dead body away. 

    Meanwhile, Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad -wake up trapped in an underground cave. While trying to find a way out, Mario stumbles upon a mysterious door. He opens it, and it sucks the four in. They fall and land on another hill. While walking down and trying to figure out where they are, they are attacked by a gang of Shy Guys. They fight off the Shy Guys after pulling giant vegetables out of the ground and throwing them at them. A storm begins to build up and the four are forced to spend the night in a damp cave. Before going to sleep, an angry Luigi tells Mario that this whole thing is his fault, since it was his idea to go to the cottage and it was him who opened the door, and because of him, they may never see their friends again. Mario responds by saying that if Luigi hadn’t lied about Bowser or some other returning, Cream would still be alive, and they wouldn’t have to go and investigate what happened. This causes the two to get into an argument over who should be most to blame, but this stops when Toad tells them to shut up. Then Peach begins to rant at the two caring more about a card game than the fact a child, her own brother no less, was brutally killed, but Toad come to Mario's defense, agreeing with Mario’ point about how Cream would have saved himself if he had reason to believe the explosion was coming, something he lost after Luigi lied. But then Toad does stop Mario from beginning to further insult Luigi. Everyone goes to sleep angry at each other. 

    The next morning, the group sets out to try to find a way back to the Mushroom Kingdom. While walking across a desert, they are ambushed by an Arabian-looking man on a horse. The man challenges Mario to a fight and tries to seduce Peach. Angered, Mario accepts his challenge. The man wields a sword, but Mario manages to disarm him after a short fight and pins him to the ground. Before Mario can knock him out cold, they man pleads for mercy. He introduces himself as Prince Imajeen of Subcon. Peach is shocked, as is Toad, and the former then proceeds to tell Mario and Luigi about how Subcon was a civilization that once co-existed with the Mushroom Kingdom but mysteriously disappeared after it sank into the ground centuries ago. 

    It had been lost for so long that many in the Mushroom Kingdom believe that the story is a myth, something that Toad admits he himself believed. But if what Imajeen says is true, then not only is the story not a myth, but a historical moment in Mushroom Kingdom history may have just happened. Imajeen joins the group. He and Peach ride on his horse through the desert while, Mario, Luigi, and Toad walk next to them. Imajeen entertains Peach with the stories about how he vanquised various monsters with ease. Peach, Luigi, and Toad are impressed and come to like Imajeen; Mario does not, as he feels that he is trying to make a move on Peach. Imajeen also tells her his current predictament: The evil sorcerer Wart has taken over the kingdom and imprisoned his parents and his love, the beautiful maiden Leena. Toad ask what this Wart looks like, then finds out it was the large figure he saw on the lake last night. Peach, more than determined to avenge Cream after this, offers to help Imajeen defeat Wart, and Imajeen promises to do what he can to make sure the four make it back to the Mushroom Kingdom in return. Meanwhile at his castle, Wart is watching the group through a crystal ball. He sees Peach and laughs evilly as he says that she would make a fine bride for Imajeen. His assistant, Birdo, laughs nervously at the idea.

    Imajeen leads the group to a giant factory. Imajeen says that the factory is run by Wart's number one minion, Mouser. Mouser is a pyromaniac, German-accented mouse who wears 1960's-style sunglasses and has a giant storage of bombs in his factory. If the bomb storage is reached and detonated, the factory would be destroyed, the slave labor would be freed, and enough people would be brought together to form a rebellion against Wart. Imajeen hatches a plan to get inside the factory. 

    The plan is Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Imajeen would then be tied up to pretend that they are slaves to be sold. The five would go inside, Mario would pretend that he was a slave salesman wanting to make a bargain, and arrange a personal meeting with Mouser. While the fake baragaining was taking place, Toad, the only one small enough to fit in it, would open up the air vent in Mouser's office and sneak through the vents to try to find the bomb storage, as all the rooms in the factory have air vents. Toad would light one of the bombs, escape back to the office before the bombs detonated, and then Mario would knock Mouser out and they would all escape before the factory collapsed on them. Mario is suspicious about this plan, as he doesn't know how Imajeen would know that the factory's rooms all have air vents. An annoyed Imajeen tells Mario that the factory was built before Wart took over and it was built according to the kingdom building codes. Mario doesn't seem satisfied with that answer, but Peach reassures him that Imajeen can be trusted and that everything's going to be okay.

    Mario and the others go along with Imajeen's plan and go inside the factory. Inside, Mario asks the Snifit receptionist for access to Mouser. He is denied access because he doesn't have a prior appointment. This starts a heated argument between Mario and the Snifit that would've escalated into physical violence had Mouser not walked in at the last second. Mouser allows the group to go through. Toad, however, recognizes Mouser as the figure that killed Cream, which makes Peach overjoyed at the prospect of revenge on him, much to Toad and Luigi’s discomfort. 

    Inside Mouser's office, Mario and Mouser bargain the amount of coins Mouser has to pay for the "slaves." While this discussion is going on, Toad unties his ropes and sneaks into them when Mouser isn't looking. After running into a few dead ends, Toad eventually finds the bomb storage. When trying to light a bomb with matches he happens to have on him, he accidentally another one off the shelf, causing it to hit the floor with a loud thud. The door to the vault begins to be unlocked. Knowing that he has been caught, Toad grabs several bombs and lights them. When the door is opened by several Snifit security guards, Toad throws the bombs at them and blow them up. Toad runs out of the vault and encounters several more snifit security guards and fights them off by knocking one of them out cold and using him as a machine gun by squeezing his stomach. He gets back to the office through the front door just as the vault explodes.

    Mario knocks Mouser out cold and the five run out of the office and lock Mouser inside. The five run onto a platform above the main factory floor and tell the slaves that they are free, for the factory is about to be destroyed. Imajeen gives a short, encouraging speech about the future that awaits them if they rebel now, after the slaves seem to be discouraged at first. The slaves revolt and beat up their overseers, and run out of the main floor to their freedom. After the last one leaves, the roof begins to cave in before Mario and the others could themselves escape. Thinking fast, Imajeen picks up a potion sprout in the floor and creates a door to SubSpace. Everyone except Luigi manages to get inside the door. Luigi is hit in the head by a piece of debris and, while dizzy, falls off the platform. 

    The rest of the group doesn't notice Luigi's missing until after they pick up a Starman and some coins inside the SubSpace room. After the potion expires, Mario, Peach, Toad, and Imajeen appear on a pile of rubble that used to be the factory in a giant poof of smoke. Mouser then crawls out from under the rubble and begins throwing bombs at the group and the escaped slaves in a furious rage. He is quickly defeated when Peach, determined to avenge Cream, pounces on him and prevent him from throwing the bombs in time, causing him to yelp in pain and run away into the desert. Everyone except Mario celebrates, as he is worried about Luigi. Imajeen begins organizing the rebellion at the bottom of the rubble pile while Mario, Peach, and Toad begin digging through the pile to find Luigi. Meanwhile, Wart is once again watching the group through his crystal ball. He is furious that Imajeen destroyed Mouser's factory. He says that the potion must be wearing off and that it is time that he set out and give Imajeen another one. 

    Luigi, who was knocked unconscious by him getting hit in the head, wakes up in a damp, poorly-lit corridor that has water up to his ankles and an entrance blocked off by debris. Instead of trying to remove the debris, he walks futher down the corridor to find another exit. As he goes deeper into the corridor, he finds a bunch of human bones lying around. He then comes face to face with Clawgrip, a giant, man-eating crab that disobedient slaves of Mouser were thrown to as a form of execution. Clawgrip vows to eat Luigi and begins throwing large boulders at him. Luigi runs back the other way to avoid being smashed by Clawgrip's boulders, but is cornered at the pile of debris. When one of the boulders hits the wall of debris, the debris slides further into the room and opens a small exit that Luigi can climb through from below. Luigi climbs up to the top, and then tricks Clawgrip into throwing boulders at the increasingly unstable pile of debris, until it collapses and crushes the room, killing Clawgrip. Luigi finds himself at the surface and begins looking for the others. After a short search, he finds them. Mario cries tears of joy that Luigi is okay.

    Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Imajeen, and the rebels leave the desert region of Subcon and enter the snowy mountain region. They set up camp at the summit of one of the mountains. The rebel camp holds an elaborate victory feast in celebration of the destruction of Mouser's factory. During the feast, Imajeen attempts to seduce Peach again. Mario sees this and loses his temper, telling Imajeen to back off. Peach defends Imajeen and says that he was only being nice. Mario refuses to buy that, and accuses Peach of cheating on him with Imajeen. Peach angrily denies this, and she and Mario get into a heated argument that ends with Mario walking away and Peach running into her tent, sobbing. Luigi and Toad witness this and comfort Peach. Luigi reminds Peach that Mario is hot-tempered, and says that he probably didn't mean what he said and will come back and apologize soon. Peach cheers up at first, but then remembers an old picture she had Luigi put in his pocket. She pulls it out. But sees it is one of her and Cream, at which point Toad finally tells her to let it out. Whereupon which point she cries again.

    Meanwhile, Mario is descending the mountain by himself. He eventually runs into Tryclyde, a giant, three-headed, fire-breathing snake who is setting up camp with multiple Flurries. The flurries capture Mario and bring him to Tryclyde, who interrogates him. Mario reveals his identiy and who he was travelling with, not knowing that Tryclyde is one of Wart's spies. Tryclyde thanks Mario for providing the information Wart needed, and tells him that he will now die. The Flurries attempt to bind Mario, but Mario easily over powers them and throws them at Tryclyde's fireballs, incinerating them. Tryclyde tries to do Mario in himself, but is defeated when Mario tricks Tryclyde into tying his heads in a knot. Mario then knocks Tryclyde off a cliff, killing him. Mario decides to head back to the rebel camp to alert Imaj-een that one of Wart's spies was on the mountain, not noticing the campfire set up at Tryclyde's camp transform into Fryguy and trying fly away to alert Wart.

    Before Mario can get back up to the camp, he is struck by a bright ray of light coming from the sky and is knocked unconscious. He then has a vision where he sees the following images:

    • A young prince meeting and falling in love with a princess;
    • The young lovers's fathers, the kings, arguing over territory;
    • The prince and his uncle fighting in a battle that he does not want (alongside what appears to be various Mario enemies and against both humans and Toadstoolians);
    • The prince being forced to execute the princess' brother on orders of his uncle;
    • The prince sneaking away to what appears to be King Natlow's castle, looking for the princess, only for him to be driven away by a young Natlow, who is still known as James at this point;
    • The prince's father being forced to sign a humiliating treaty of defeat, while the prince’s uncle seethes in fury;
    • The prince’s uncle murdering his father in his sleep;
    • The uncle launching an invasion of the Mushroom Kingdom, which the prince is forced to join;
    • The prince fighting James, during which a loose warhead accidentally kills some children who were trapped in the crossfire;
    • James swearing to his people to put the safety of children above all others fro then on, and tearfully apologizing for their accidental death
    • The uncle sitting on the throne amid carnage, while the prince is complete terror as he slowly transforms into a familiar green and yellow beast. Likewise, the uncle, who is laughing sadistically, turns into a frog-like beast. However, the angry green and yellow beast attacks him, and manages to banish him by trapping him in a sinkhole, 
    • the price is finally back in his throne room, weeping and screaming in rage 

    Back in the present day, Peach is worried that Mario has not returned. She and Imajeen set out to find him. Before they leave, they tell Luigi and Toad to stay at the base with the rebels. Luigi is annoyed by this, and after they leave, he decides to follow them, leaving Toad behind to watch the rebels alone. After a long search, Peach and Imajeen find Mario just as he is regaining consciousness. Imajeen apologizes to Mario for his behavior and admits that he was indeed trying to seduce Peach. The reason why is because he was under the control of a potion Wart administered to him while taking over the kingdom. The potion was supposed to have Imajeen fall for the first woman he saw after being given it. Once he saw her, he would take her to Wart, where Wart would have them be married and sent them away from the Subcon forever so he could rule it. 

    However, for reasons unknown, he was able to remain partially in control of his faculties and still oppose Wart's rule and love Leena. Hence the reason he still sabatoged Mouser's factory and freed the slaves even after being given the potion. Now, the potion has stopped working completely, and Imajeen is completely back to normal. Imajeen says he wants Mario to be his friend and would do anything to have his love, Leena back, and have Mario and Peach reconcile. Mario and Peach share a passionate kiss. Mario then tells Imajeen that they have to go back up to the camp and move it immediately, because he ran into one of Wart's spies and that Wart was nearby. He also tries to tell Peach about his vision, but before he can, Wart arrives with Mouser, Fryguy, and some Shy Guys and Snifits. Mario, Peach, and Imajeen are captured and taken to Wart's castle.

    Luigi witnesses all this and quickly runs back up to the camp. He warns Toad and the rebels that Wart had just captured Mario, Peach, and Imajeen and is now on his way to destroy the camp. Luigi, Toad, and the rebels quickly move away to another location before Wart could catch up to them. When Wart arrives at the former campsite, he gives up and goes back to the castle. At Wart's castle, Mario is sentenced to be tortured and then turned into a gold statue as a wedding gift for Peach and Imajeen. Imajeen is given another potion and now is completely in love with Peach. Birdo takes Peach to a dungeon to prepare her for the wedding while Mario is dragged away to the torture chamber. 

    Meanwhile, Luigi, Toad, and the rebels arrive outside Wart's castle, preparing to attack it. The castle is on top of a giant cloud, so instead of attacking the traditional way, they attack from below to throw Wart's minions off guard. After defeating an army of Wart's minions in the basement, Toad and Luigi split off from the rebels to look for Mario. They ascend a tall tower filled with Shy Guys, Snifits, Amps, and spiked platforms before finding the torture chamber. Mario is suspended by a chain over Fryguy. Mouser repeatedly adjusts Mario's height to both get Mario as close to Fryguy as possible without actually burning him, and to psychologically torture Mario. Luigi uses the Starman found in Subspace earlier, and uses his invincibility to extinguish Fryguy. Toad knocks Mouser out cold and frees Mario. The three then escape the torture chamber and try to find Peach. 

    Meanwhile, Peach is in a cell with Birdo. Birdo forces Peach to drink what Peach thinks is a love potion that would make her fall in love with Imajeen and become permanent when they married, but it turns out to be just water. She asks Peach to tell her why she came to Subcon. At this point, Peach finally breaks down. Telling Birdo all about how Mouser killed Cream, and how she arrived for revenge. She now feels lucky she didn’t go inane at that point. Especially after all the drama with Mario and beforehand.

    Birdo then reveals her true identity: She is none other than Leena, the maiden Imajeen is in love with. She explains that Imajeen and her were to be married but then Wart appeared and took over the kingdom. Wart used a magic genie lamp that can be used only by people of royal descent (Wart rubbed the lamp after he crowned himself king, so he counts as royalty) to turn Imajeen's parents into fairies and Leena into a Birdo. Imajeen's parents were locked away in a jar to rot while Leena was forced to become Wart's servant. Wart had her make both potions that made Imajeen fall in love with Peach. The first time, she deliberately diluted it to make it have the effects it actually had. The second time, she didn't dillute the potion and instead gave Peach water to prevent Wart from becoming suspicious. Peach and Leena try to leave the cell, but before they could, A stone mask-like face on the cell wall comes to life. The mask calls himself Phanto, and says that he is going to destroy Leena, and then tell Wart of her treachery. Leena easily destroys Phanto with a fireball, and she and Peach leave the cell to go to Wart's throne room.

    In the hall leading into the throne room, Peach and Leena run into Mario, Luigi, and Toad. They tell them what is going on and instruct them that when Wart finds out Peach isn't in love with Imajeen, they attack. Peach and Leena enter the throne room via the Hawkmouth entrance. After they enter, the Hawkmouth closes the hole in the wall behind him leading to the throne room, trapping, Mario, Luigi, and Toad in the previous room. It says that it is determined to prevent Peach and Leena's plan from working, and that by destroying Mario, Luigi, and Toad, it will cause Peach and Leena's plan to easily fail and Peach to be forced to marry Imajeen. Mario, Luigi, and Toad manage to defeat the Hawkmouth by throwing Mushroom Blocks at it, and enter the throne room. As planned, when Peach refuses to say "I do," they reveal themselves to Wart. 

    Wart shoots bubbles and Imajeen throws giant vegetables at Mario, Luigi, and Toad. Imajeen and Mario sword fight while Luigi and Toad dodge the bubbles and vegetables and throw them back to distract Wart while Peach and Leena sneak into the room behind Wart's throne to try to find the magic lamp. Inside, they find the lamp, but they also find Mouser. Mouser is defeated when Leena lights his bombs with her fireballs, then Peach throws one she had for safe keeping at him. Causing them to all go off at the same time and destroying the room. Peach and Leena run out with the lamp and the jar containing Imajeen's parents. Mouser is not seen again after this explosion, implying that he may have been killed. While Leena and Imajeen’s parents rejoice, Peach stares at the direction of the room she escaped. Satisfied to have revenge on the villain who murdered Cream in cold blood.

    Peach rubs the lamp and meets Taj the Elephant Genie (the same genie from Diddy Kong Racing) comes out. Peach wishes for Wart's magic to be undone, and her wish is granted. Leena is turned back into a human, as are Imajeen's parents. The love potion in Imajeen instantly wears off. Wart, who used Imajeen's parents' and Leena's humanity to make himself look more like a regular frog, transforms into his true form: a demonic, crocodile-like creature. Mario punches Wart out the a window in the throne room, causing Wart to seemingly fall to his doom. 

    Imajeen embraces his parents and shares a kiss with Leena. Mario decides now is the time to ask Peach to marry him, but before he could ask, Wart suddenly reappears, having transformed into a giant crocodile. He begins destroying the castle, intent on crushing Mario and company like bugs. They barely manage to escape from the castle, and they and the rebels defeat Wart once and for all by throwing giant vegetables into his mouth, causing him to choke and fall off the cloud foundation, and presumably die (though of course he isn’t dead yet). The residents of Subcon celebrate, having been freed. Later, at Imajeen's palace, Imajeen's parents give Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Imajeen, and Leena medals for their bravery. Mario asks Taj for one more wish, and that a permanent door to the Mushroom Kingdom, which appears on top of the same hill where Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad first entered Subcon. But before leaving, Peach asks the royal to let them use Taj for a brief moment.

    Back in the Mushroom Kingdom, a Toad brgade rowing in the lake to try to find Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad. A few members begin to lament that they think their beloved Captain is gone forever. Natlow is sitting on a rock near the cottage’s ruins, in despair over his only son’s death, and believing that his son’s death means he has failed in his promise to protect children in general. Just as they are about to give up, a door appears in a tree on the hill. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, the Subcon Royal Family, and Taj emerge. Peach hugs Natlow and Ursula, while Luigi hugs Daisy. Peach asks where Cream’s body has been taking. With Daisy explaining that an ambulance has finally come to take it to the morgue. She advises Peach go to see Cream one last time. Peach enters the ambulance, taking Taj with her. Once inside the ambulance, Peach tell Taj to bring Cream back. Taj finds a small hole in the body bag. Just as the rest of the gang, Natlow, and Ursula arrive, Taj enters the body bag and uses his trunk to pump air into Cream. Restoring him to being alive and fully healed, as soon as Cream emerges from the body bag, he and Peach embrace. While the other cheer happily at the sight of their resurrected friend. 

    Peach tells Natlow and Ursula about their adventure in Subcon. Yoshi meanwhile meets an actual Birdo (as in, not a transformed maiden) and is in love. Natlow says that the rediscovery in Subcon is something that must be celebrated with a grand ceremony and feast. Later, in Natlow's castle, Imajeen and Leena are married. After they exchange vows, Natlow announces that he plans to federalize the Mushroom Kingdom into seven kingdoms (the same ones from Super Mario Bros. 3) and one capital district (Toad Town), and that Imajeen and Leena are to be appointed King and Queen of Desert Land. Mario proposes to Peach, and while she doesn’t say “yes,” she does say “eventually". After a while, they passionately kiss, and everyone cheers. Mario then turns to Imajeen and, in a parody of the last line in Casablanca, says "Imajeen, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Everyone laughs, and the credits roll.


    Cast

    * indicates an actor who is still alive in the timeline where all this was real

    • Charles Martinet: Mario Marichelli
    • Rob Paulsen: Luigi Marichelli
    • Catherine Cavadini: Princess Elizabeth Patricia "Peach” Toadstool
    • Wayne Allwine*: Toad
    • Phil LaMarr: Imajeen
    • Kath Soucie: Leena (both human and birdo forms)
    • Hank Azaria: Taj the Elephant Genie
    • Lara Jill Miller: Princess Daisy Minnie Call
    • Jeff Bennett: Yoshi
    • Jill Taley: Birdo
    • Jeremy Shada: Prince Oliver Stanley “Cream” Toadstool
    • Dean Stockwell: King James Christopher “Natlow” Toadstool
    • Ann-Margret: Queen Ursula Toadstool
    • Ben Kingsley: Wart
    • Thomas Kretschmann: Mouser
    • Don Messick*: Toadsworth

    Flashback Voice Actors:

    • Christian Bale: The Prince
    • Isla Fisher: The Princess
    • Ben Kingsley: The Prince’s Uncle
    • Michael Gambon: The Prince’s Father
    • Ian McKellen: The Princess’ Father
    • Leonardo DiCaprio: Young King James
    • Ben Diskin: The Princess’ Brother

    In addition, members of the Toad brigade were voiced by a few voice actors. Namely Gregg Berger as Ron (the red Toad), Barry Gordon as Brody (the Blue Toad), Maurice Lamarche as Geoferry (the green Toad), Tom Kenny as Snoozy (The yellow Toad), David Kaufman as Dylan (the purple Toad), and Cam Clarke as Rex (a new, orange Toad). These characters were never named in the film, and the actors were cast because they were minor, but the producers wanted distinct voices for each. LaMarr also voices an avatar of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto at the start of the film.


    Production

    After the success of the 2013 movie. The production team came together to discuss further plans for an adaptation of the USA version of SMB2. During development, they had considered brining in Yoshi and Daisy to provide roles. But in the end, they decided to just feature the same cast as SMB 2 for the sake of simplicity. 

    Miyamoto, who had some role in the first film's production, was largely absent this time. When asked why, Miyamoto responded.

    I feel Mario adaptations need to try and stand out on their own merits. This is the main reason why I personally disliked the Archie Comics pitch. After seeing how the producers did so well in their creativity the first time, I decided to let them try and make this stand out from the original game more.

    When describing the beginning part of the film, Tom Ruegger talked about the creation of the ideas for it, namely the cottage scene's inspiration from Rare's 2000 game Banjo Tooie.

    Mark McCorkle had played a few parts of Banjo-Toole. He was a fan of the first game, and we actually heard about him crying when he saw Bottles the Mole die. Because the witch killed him. We had planned to use Peach’s brother as a Tim Drake to Mario’s Bruce Wayne in the future. But we decided to include him dying so the gang will have a deeper reason to eventually end up in Subcon.

    Don Bluth gave some thoughts on the opening as well. 

    I had seen The Ring recently at the time. So we suggested maybe having the dreary, and ultimately tragic cottage scene have sort of a blue tint. Of course, we decided to make it rainy to make the mood sadder.

    Grant Kirkhope, who composed with fellow RareWare musician David Wise had this to say.

    I was already surprised that Disney was so generous in marketing the film. Especially because of why the producers got bogged down at Sony. But when I first heard it did well enough to warrant a sequel. I literally though I was going to shit myself. This time, composing was a bit trickier, because David and I had to work to make themes for specific environments. But thankfully, David and I pulled through. It certainly helps that the folks at Rare had hired some new musicians at the time. Then, I nearly shit myself again when we learned they were going to use Taj from Diddy Kong Racing as a character. Overall, we were surprised with what happened.

    Meanwhile, due to the complexity of the environments in Subcon as opposed to that of the Mushroom Kingdom, in order to save time, the number of animators who specialized in doing certain evnironments ended up being more than double than the amount used for the first film. 

    The flashback voice actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, and Christian Bale had all been proposed for Mario, Peach, and Bowser during the first film's development at Sony. Ruegger decided to have a little treat for the workers and let them meet the stars. Likewise with the English actors playing the father characters.

    The final scenes to be made were the flashback scenes. This was done on purpose in order to keep them secret from the cast members who were not in the scenes, out of fear that they would drop spoilers. After the rest of the cast left, Charles Martinet and Ben Kingsley secretly recorded their lines, alongside the actors in the flashback scenes that were never on set as the same time as the rest of the cast. Grant Kirkhope and David Wise were also told about the flashbacks, but according to Grant... 

    They said they would replace us with someone else if we spilled the beans. They also promised to bay an additional $20 for not telling.

    Reception

    The film was highly successful at the box office, bringing back $809.4 million in the United States and Canada and $1.687 billion worldwide against a $275 million budget. The film received much acclaim, and has been considered by some what the standard for a modern 2D Animated Film should be.

    In 1948, the Esch Cummins act finally finished being constantly revised by the government to this form:  Esch Cummins ActIn 1920, Congress passed the Esch-Cummins Act. This Act (officially called the Transportation Act of 1920) not only returned the railroads back to the private sector from USRA control during WWI, but it also instructed the Interstate Commerce Commission to create a plan to consolidate the railroads of the United States into a limited number of systems to preserve competition between the railroads. That last point is extremely crucial in understanding this. In 1929, the ICC released its initial plan, listing mainly the Class I railroads. All railroads Class II or lower would be merged into the railroad that they had a majority connection with. The plan included the following:
    Boston & Maine: Bangor & Aroostook; Delaware & Hudson; Maine Central
    New York, New Haven & Hartford: Lehigh & Hudson River; Lehigh & New England; New York, Ontario & Western
    New York Central: Chicago, Attica & Southern; Rutland; Virginian
    Pennsy

    As revised, ICC board member Sam Dickenson (our reality's SD80MACfan ) Gave the following roads to the Southern Railroad System.

    Columbus & Greenville; Florida East Coast; Mobile & Ohio; Norfolk Southern; 33% of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis; Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville (Chiago- Monon- Louisville line); Tennessee Central (East of Nashville)

     Consolidation of the railroads into the ATSF finally finished after a halt during World War 2. In this timeline, Francoist Spain replaces Japan, which was a colony of Portugal (Which Spain invaded) in this timeline. Immediately after the consolidation was finished, however, the ATSF took no time in absorbing them into their operations. This paved way to the following events.

    New Lines

    After the act's passing phases, the Southern began to have issues with the NC&StL. Traffic was shared among all three southern roads on this line. Which nnoyed all three. The result was that the Tennessee government agreed to help the IC and Southern get their own lines. 

    Nashville- Memphis: The is line was built so the Southern could reach memphis on its own. It was built so the midpoint was in Jackson, TN. However, the line dipped further south than the NC&StL line, serving Franklin before going to Centreville and then Jackson

    Ozone, TN- Chattanooga: This line was built for the sake of a Nashville to Atlanta line. It was quicker to build than the Nashville- Memphis line. Which was not finished until 1956.

    New Trains

    The Missouri Palm (St. Louis- Louisville- Chattanooga- Atlanta- Jacksonville- Miami)
    The Chicago Palm (Chicago- Louisville- Chattanooga- Atlanta- Jacksonville- Miami)
    The Capitol Palm (DC- Charlotte- Savannah- Jacksonville- Miami)
    The Tennesseean (DC- Roanoke- Knoxville- Nashville- Memphis)
    The Music Palm (Nashville- Chattanooga- Atlanta- Jacksonville- Miami)

    Locomotives

    The SOU kept most of its subject's engines under their wing. But of note are the Florida East Coast Mountains.

    The SOU saw them as brilliant supplements to the PS-4 pacifics. The result was that all three FEC locomotive classes of 4-8-2 were classified Ts-2 through Ts-4. Also worth noting is that none were sold. Rather, ALCO instead simply used them as the basis for Mountains they built for the Western Pacific (latter MoPac), SSW (later SP), and Mexico. As well as the Florida East coast.

    The Norfolk Southern 2-8-4s also inspired a new class of Southern Berkshires for freight. Known as Chattanoogas, the new 2-8-4s were essentially these 2-8-4s with various mods and upgrades.  

    Based upon the ideas of DaKardii. But with changes to make them closer to the games

    I was spending alot of time writing the plot. But decided to just give up and leave the plot holes there. You guys can think of your own ways to finish the job.

    Super Mario Bros. is a 2013 traditionally-animated film produced by a collaboration of Disney, Steven Spielberg, Don Bluth (under a revived version of Bluth-Sullivan), and of course Nintendo. Released on October 18, 2013, it is mostly based off of the original 1985 Super Mario Bros. video game, but it does borrow a few elements from other Mario games, namely the designs of several characters.

    Plot

    Mario and Luigi are two Italian-American plumbers from New York who own a struggling business called "Marchelli Bros. Plumbing." They are working on a plumbing job. Luigi is talking about trying to find a girlfriend, while Mario is very cynical about women after Pauline, his love, ditched him three days before the wedding to hook up with their cousin, Rocco. Luigi's messing around when Mario isn't there extends the job to three hours due to fixing the pipes, something that infuriates Mario. Mario is infuriated even further when Luigi gives money to a bum.

    Later that night, Luigi has a nightmare that he's walking down a rainy street with a girlfriend; she points out a sapphire locket in a gutter, which Luigi retrieves for her, but a reptilian claw grabs her when he heads back to her. The next morning, he goes outside for some fresh air only to run into goons working for Eddie Delpino, a mob boss who loaned money to Mario so he can pay the bills. After the goons start hassling Luigi; Mario says he should be the brunt of the hassle, and claims he's got a big job the next day that'll pay Eddie off. The next day, however, Mario finds out that the engineer he's working for is also looking for bribes before he'll take the work, and after he calls Mario a "shrimp," Mario flies into a rage and throws the engineer's expensive golfing equipment out the window.

    The next day, Luigi entertains a group of children about a story of a fisherman and a genie (from Arabian Nights). The story goes like this: There was once a fisherman who discovered a genie in a bottle floating in the sea. When released, the genie, vengeful of his imprisonment, decides to kill his master. The fisherman outsmarts the genie, however, by tricking him into going back into his bottle to prove how powerful he is. He then throws the bottle back into the sea. After Luigi's finished telling this story, Mario approaches him. Luigi tells Mario that he got them a job at a church which will take two days. Mario is delighted until Luigi confesses that the job's for free. Mario is angry about this, but decides to do the job anyway because it's a church.

    While working, Luigi finds an open well, with its lid laying on its side, in a locked off room in the church's basement. Luigi ponders wether to tell anyone or to simply place the lid on the well. Ultimately, he decides to see if it has dried up or not first, reasoning that it being dried would make the issue more serious if someone fell down. Luigi finds an unused bucket and rope that was conveniently nearby, then he lowers it into the well. He raises the bucket back up, and sees nothing wrong. He pours the bucket's contents to the earthen ground. He is then about to completely place the lid on the well when he sees a bright blue glow under the bucket, as well as a feminine voice calling for help. Luigi picks up the bucket and sees it is a sapphire 
    emblem. However, Luigi assumes the voices and glow were hallucinations and puts the emblem in his pocket, hoping to pay off Pascal latter. 

    However, Luigi then notices that the well's lid is coming off by itself. Luigi goes back to put it back on, but the broach emerges from his pocket and tries to go back down the well. Luigi then falls in when trying to hold on to the broach, and finds the well doubles as a magic portal to a strange land. On the shores of a small pond, he meets Toad, a mushroom like person, who invites him to his home. There, Luigi meets his wife Toadette and their friend, Yoshi. A green dinosaur like creature who speaks in surfer lingo, akin to most versions of Michaelangelo. 

    After Luigi asks a wide variety of questions, Toadette begins sobbing, and Toad confesses that they invited him not out of hospitality, but with the intention of betraying him to King Bowser. Bowser has only recently taken over their land, the Mushroom Kingdom. The entire royal family, whose patriarch is King James, has gone into hiding or missing. Toad himself knows that the King and Queen's children, a daughter and son, are still around. Though only the Princess, named Elizabeth Patricia, has their whereabouts known. Bowser has ordered all to turn in any humans they come across so they can be interrogated on the royal family's whereabouts. But now that he has come to know and like a human, Toad repents his original intention and escorts Luigi back to the pond. Telling Luigi to simply swim back in to reach the portal back home.

    Luigi returns to the church and finds that only a few seconds have passed in normal time during his absence. Mario does not believe his story about another world inside the well, which is now found to be a normal, deep well.

    During the second day of the job, Luigi again passes into the Mushroom Kingdom. This time Mario follows him when Luigi doesn't come up to return home for the day. He is tricked into entering the well. Then he meets Luigi, who explains everything about Toad and Yoshi. The mushroom friends urge the Marios to escape before they're attacked by Piranha Plants they flee with Yoshi and Toad and find safety again, but are interrupted when a large flying warship passes over.

    The warship lands, allowing them to see that Koopa is aboard, along Toadette, who he thinks is the Princess, and with various others- Koopa Troopas, Yeelahs (burly, bearded Mushroomers who serve in Koopa's Vichy-like militia), and Kamek. Koopa returns to his regular form. The group tries to rescue Toadette, but Koopa flies off in the ship and leaves two Yeelahs to kill them, but when Luigi shows them the locket, they bow down before the plumbers.

    After a brief battle, Toad decides to take them to meet Natlow. A wizard who sees the locket, an heirloom of the royal family, but desires to prove their worthiness by sending them on a quest to the Pit of No Return where Bowser banished all their magical items, and he wants his magic wand back. Natlow also notes the Out Pipes on the map, which can get them to various places, even home, and also mentions the quest will make them infinitely richer. Mario likes both of those, but Luigi is interested in legitimately saving the day, and maybe getting the girl. Natlow sends his daughter, Peach, with them to keep them safe from any unfamiliar dangers. While a priest comes over to bless them on their journey, a Koopa spy sends all this information to Bowser.

    It is revealed that Koopa wants to marry Toadette so he will be connected to the royal family, granting him the Crown of Invincibility, but she must willingly marry him. Kamek creates a box of chocolates that will make her fall in love with him, but she must eat them all for it to take absolute effect. Initially, Koopa is infuriated that the chocolates will not have an immediate effect, but forgives Kamek when he is told that the it's the only way to change Toadette's appearance as well as her feelings. Why Koopa wants Toadette's appearance to be altered is never explicitly revealed, but it is heavily implied that he once had a human form, and is ashamed of the fact. 

    A koopa troopa, receiving the note from the goomba spy, informs Koopa that the plumbers are still alive. However, Bowser then reveals that he knows Toadette isn't Princess Elizabeth, and also infers that Peach, who he knows about from spies sent after Natlow, is with the plumbers. He proceeds dispatches two Hammer Brothers to take care of them. While he sent two goombas to interrogate Toadette.

    Mario, Luigi and Toad find a pipe that emits items "lost" in our world - pens, combs, shoes, etc, and they discover Mario's father's Swiss army knife, which was given to Luigi when he was a kid but lost. Mario's a bit pissy about that. They camp out there and Mario complains to the group about Luigi, and how having a brother is "like having a rock in your shoe you can never shake out. It's underwear that always keeps riding UP!". Toad gets annoyed with Mario's ranting and has Yoshi go with him to look for fruit the group can eat the next day. But Peach is offended by Mario's ranting and rebukes him for being ungrateful that he has a loving family. It then turns out that Luigi was pretending to be asleep and heard the whole thing. However, Luigi makes no mention of it. 

    In the morning, they meet a hag who claims she was made ugly by a spell and needs kissed by someone with a warm heart to cure her; Mario's kiss is insufficient as apparently his heart is too cold. The group soon makes their way to the Pit of No Return. It's filled with traps, including Thwomps and Bob-Ombs, but they find the stockpile of magical items, though they can only take one; Luigi takes magic mushroom powder that can break any spell, Peach takes a Starman, Toad takes a "box of flight gear", while Mario takes Natlow's wand and attempts to sneak a gem with him, but is forced to give it up when a Boo Buddy nearly strangles him. 

    They escape with their lives, only to run into some Troopas. Toad and Luigi are shoved down the Pit while Mario and Peach fight off the Koopa troops using a Super Mushroom and Koopa Troopa shells, respectively,and speed out of the forest on Yoshi, who came back during the battle. Luigi uses the flight gear (a Super Leaf) to gain raccoon ears and a tail to fly into a tunnel with Toad, but by that time Mario and Peach have fled and Koopa's crew have gone.

    Mario says to Peach how he wished he could get some time alone from his brother, but now that he believes Luigi died in the Pit he knows now to wish for the wrong things. Mario tells Toadstool his back story:

    • Years ago, a then 17-year-old Mario had a bright future ahead of him. He was a star football player at his high school, he had completed Eagle Scout, and was being offered many scholarships. But he was forced to abandon it all when his father was killed in a car accident, and since his mother couldn't do all the work alone, he and Luigi had to to find a job often. Since then, he's been stuck as a measly plumber with no future, and his sweethearts have often abandoned him for fairly petty reasons.

    Mario says he often took his frustration out on Luigi because if it weren't for him existing, Mario wouldn't have had to abandon his dreams. But now he regrets it all because he believes Luigi is dead. Mario starts sobbing and says he will never forgive himself.

    Peach then tells Mario that he has learned his lesson and then tells her own backstory:

    • Peach was often fairly estranged from her family. The only relatives she truly knew were her younger brother, Oliver Stanley (nicknamed Cream), and her cousin Daisy, the Princess of nearby Sarasaland. But Cream was sent away to live in a safer place and Daisy had to return to Sarasaland, but is also missing. While her mother was sent to live with Oliver. Her father often had too much work to do, namely working on ways to improve his country's defenses after a bad civil war beforehand. She also harbors resentment over the fact that Natlow constantly seemed to underestimate Bowser, and refused to try and fight Bowser off completely.

    Mario and Peach realize that they have far more in common than previously thought, as they were both discontent with their family life and marginalized by society. Peach uses this as an excuse to try to kiss Mario, but he rejects her advances. Natlow appears out of nowhere and reclaims his wand. The three head to Natlow's castle, but on the way Natlow is zapped by lightning in a storm and all that is left of him is ash and the ruby locket.

    Peach plunges into grief, and confesses to Mario that she is the real Princess Elizabeth, and that Natlow is really King James. She also confesses that Toadette is not the lost princess that Koopa is looking for: she is. Peach tells Mario that she and The Toads are also childhood friends, and they are about the same age. When Koopa took over. James decided to trick Bowser by having Toadette hide out in the country side and have Bowser think that Toadette was in fact Princess Elizabeth. James then disguised himself as a wizard and publicly (but not privately) changed his daughter's name to Peach to hide her from Bowser and still raise her as a future leader in the case something happened to him. 

    However, Bowser and some Koopa Troops arrive, and abduct Elizabeth. Knowing because they had interrogated Toadette before, who they explain to have dropped off elsewhere. When asked how they found him, Bowser explains in a long monologue in the process he took to get Elizabeth.

    1. When he first invaded, Bowser made a series of deliberate follies to make James think Bowser was incompetent. Bowser ordered that the eventual victory of his army seem as based on luck as possible.
    2. Bowser made sure that King James thought he was stupid. 
    3. That way, when King James decided to tick him into thinking Toadette was Princess Elizabeth. he knew to to start looking for her, and contemplate what what to do next.
    4. When he kidnapped Toadette, he continued to play along with everyone's belief that he was as stupid as James thought. Which he did by referring to Toad as Cream, and acting as if his father Toadsworth was the king.
    5. Now that Toadette, who he knew wasn't the real Princess Elizabeth, was kidnapped, he continued to act like he thought Toadette was the Princess. Then he had Toadette interrogated on everything she knew.
    6. Bowser knew that the real Elizabeth would probably be part of the party going to rescue Toadette. Furthermore, he was able to deduce her identity easily. Simply comparing an amateur snapshot of her during the travels to one of her as a child.

    After he explains how he tracked down Elizabeth, this exchange occurs.

    • Yoshi: Hey, dude! No fair!
    • Bowser: It's not fair, it's elementary. So far, I'd say my only mistake was overestimating how many people he'd send. Instead of his entire army's might, he sent a tomato colored simpleton and a weak lizard. Just pathetic...

    Mario tries to stop them, as does Yoshi. But they are unable and Elizabeth is taken away. Yoshi shouts "BOGUS!" as she is whisked away. 

    Later, Luigi and Toad are in an underground cavern, and are being chased by a Monty Mole. They are saved when the bean Luigi bought starts growing into a beanstalk and takes them to the surface. Toad finds Toadette, who explains how she was interrogated then dropped of randomly when the real Elizabeth's whereabouts were deduced. 

    Luigi then takes off, heading inside Bowser's castle nearby, but it's actually an illusion by Kamek and Luigi is kidnapped. The Toads find Mario and Yoshi and tell them what's going on. Mario decides to redeem himself by using the Starman to temporarily become invincible and knock out Kamek and the three Fire Bros guarding Luigi. As there are only three sets of armor to be worn, Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi take them and sneak into the real castle while The Toads develop a plan to cure Elizabeth.

    Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi accidentally end up on stage during Bowser's bachelor party. Where a now fully transformed and brainwashed Elizabeth is present (How she was able to be transformed so quickly is never explained in the film. But Bluth simply stated that Kamek injected her with a formula when she was asleep). The Marios and Yoshi are prompted to do a song and dance about how Bowser is adored. 

    They are exposed, however, when Toadette accidentally uses the Mushroom Powder on Elizabeth too soon, restoring her to normal. Everyone of them are captured except Toad, who escaped when Toadette made her mistake. But Elizabeth says that she is willing to marry Bowser if he spares the life of the man who she truly loves, Mario, along with everybody else's. Bowser accepts that deal, but on condition that The Marichellis, The Toads, and Yoshi stay in the dungeon until after the wedding, and then are banned from the kingdom.

    In the dungeon, the brothers have a heart-to-heart where Luigi explains he wanted to leave Mario, but before their father died, he and their mother made him promise to look after Mario, as they feared that he only cared about his dreams, and he would grow bitter and hateful if things didn't go his way, and Luigi thinks he's failed in that task. He gives Mario the Swiss army knife back. In the morning, Toad rescues them by poisoning the dungeon keeper with a Poison Mushroom, but while escaping, he accidentally pulls a lever that opens a trap door, sending them falling into a waterlogged chamber filled with Cheep Cheeps and Bloobers. Mario manages to fight them off with another Super Mushroom. Using his giant size, Mario begins smashing through the castle to get to the wedding.

    Bowser starts the wedding, but our heroes don't foil it before Elizabeth says "I do," unknowingly granting Bowser the power of the Crown of Invincibility (both of them believe that the power is granted when they are pronounced man and wife). 

    When Mario arrives, he and Elizabeth embrace. Mario begins to speak but Elizabeth asks to keep being called Peach. Peach tells Mario that the whole thing about her deciding to marry Koopa was a trick, and that she had faith that Mario would come back and defeat Bowser when his guard was down. While she is explaining this, Bowser puts the Crown of Invincibility on his head and becomes invincible. Mario fights Bowser and loses his Super power. Peach gives him a Fire Flower from her bouquet and he becomes Fire Mario for the first time. The fight between Mario and Koopa spills in a chamber with a rickety bridge over a sea of lava. 

    Meanwhile, in the great hall, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Yoshi use Fire Flowers to fight off Kamek and Koopa's other minions. The battle soon also spills into the lava chamber, where Mario soon meets Bowser. On the bridge, Mario loses his firepower and is knocked off, but manages to grab a rope to safety. Remembering the story Luigi was telling the kids back in Brooklyn, he knows he can't use brawn to win this match.

    He goads Bowser into making himself bigger and bigger. Koopa's Troopas think it's a trap to make him crush the platform he's on, so he floats into the air to rectify that, but Mario's real plan was to make the crown unable to fit on his head anymore. The crown falls off and Bowser returns to normal. He falls onto the bridge, splitting it in half, and seemingly falls into the lava. Mario jumps onto the half that is closer to where the other heroes are standing. He climbs up and grabs Peach's hand, but before she can pull him up, Bowser reappears, claws Mario in the legs and attempts to throw him down into the lava. Peach zaps Bowser with the ruby locket, causing him to lose his grip, pull Mario and Peach down with him, and for all three to start falling. Bowser teleports himself back to his own kingdom, which could indicate a possible return in a sequel. Yoshi suddenly reappears, and uses his tongue saves Mario and Peach before they could fall into the lava.

    Kamek appears riding a stream of fire, and vows revenge before vanishing. Natlow reappears, having faked his death. He uses his wand to reveal himself as King James, who was believed to be gone. Returned to his kingdom, King James announces he will let his daughter explore both worlds as she pleases, as he has been able to get his son Oliver to return in case Peach is unable to be heir. He hs also married a bartender called Ursula to help him rule over the Kingdom. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and The Toads are presented tiny medals, which disgusts Mario - he was expecting infinite riches. James explains he is infinitely richer - in his heart. Toad thinks he should return to his father Toadsworth, and maybe begin working as a solider or police officer. As some people, including King James has trouble pronouncing Mario's surname, Marichelli. Mario tells them to call them the “Mario brothers,” despite Luigi’s objections.

    A few days later, Peach introduces them to her brother, 12-year old Oliver, nicknamed Cream. The hag returns and kisses Mario, and like she said, she transforms into a beautiful red-haired woman, slightly younger than Peach. Mario is mesmerized, and Peach recognizes her as Daisy, who she introduces. Though she makes it clear that she wants to be Mario's girlfriend. Luigi whispers something, and Mario says "I think you could do it if you tried."

    Cast

    * indicates an actor who is still alive in the timeline where all this was real

    • Charles Martinet: Mario Marchelli
    • Luigi Marchelli: Rob Paulsen
    • Catherine Cavadini: Princess Elizabeth Patricia "Peach" Toadstool
    • Lara Jill Miller: Princess Daisy Minnie Call/ the Hag
    • Dean Stockwell: King James Toadstool
    • Wayne Allwine*: Toad
    • Russi Taylor: Toadette
    • Jeff Bennett: Yoshi
    • Jim Cummings: Bowser
    • Michael Bell: Kamek
    A few other actors make cameos. Frank Welker voices Eddie Pascal (whose name is a jab at Amy Pascal, former chairperson at Sony). The church's pastor is played by Dermot Morgan* (a reference to his most famous role as the title character of Father Ted). While Desiree Goyette, who composed the music with her husband Ed Bogas, appears too, (as the reptilian dancer who performs for Bowser right before Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi stumble onstage in their knight disguises).


    Production

    Interest in making another Super Mario Bros. movie had been prevalent ever since a plan 1993 movie was cancelled due to disastrous developmental problems. In the meantime, several cartoons produced by the Jim Henson company and Marvel with Nintendo's involvement were produced.

    However, a serious attempt did not begin until late 2005. At this time, Sony began exploring the idea of producing a computer-generated Super Mario movie that would be based off of the more modern games. After much persuasion, Nintendo decided to give Sony the rights to produce a Mario animated film.

    Nintendo hired several people to start work on the film. To lead them, Nintendo had series creator Shigeru Miyamoto supervise. They also hired Tom Ruegger, known for his work on Warner Bros. Animation in the 1990s. Most notably Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs.  In the weeks that followed, more big-name animators were attached. Notably present were Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley. both of whom created and cooperated on Kim Possible for Disney Channel. All three soon got together and started work on the film.

    When describing what they planned, Tom described their current plans as such.

    We are mainly trying to seeing how the Mario world can be flogged to logical extremes. We have been debating all sorts of ideas. But Mr. Schooley really gave us the ultimate design we are hoping for. That being we are trying to make what you could call "Batman in Narnia."

    At first, the project went slowly but steadily. However, in 2009, progress came to a complete halt, and Nintendo confiscated the rights to their IP from Sony. The details were later leaked in the 2014 Sony hack. Along with these hacks included some private emails Tom sent to the higher ups at Nintendo proper. At first, the trio of Tom, Mark, and Bob made cryptic comments publicly. Making them seem like they were just bitter about issues that stalled production. Their statements alone seemed a bit unreasonable to many. As production on these things happened all the time. 

    However, these leaks further elaborated on the details of what had been going on, and why the trio was so upset. During the time Tom and his team had been writing the drafts and other early ideas for the films, things had gone downhill for them. 

    The details were found in emails Tom sent to Nintendo higher ups, namely a March 3, 2008 which tagged Shigeru Miyamoto. Tom complained that Sony was essentially forcing them at gunpoint to make various changes the were vehemently unhappy about. Among other things, Sony objected to…

    • Charles Martinet reprising his role as Mario. 
      • That said, they did ask Charles to rework Mario's voice. To which he responded by reworking it into one akin to Henry Winkler as the Fonz from "Happy days."
    • The lack of celebrity voice actors in general. (Dean Stockwell was cast long after the project moved to Disney)
    • The original soundtrack by Grant Kirkhope and David Wise (known for their work on RareWare games)
      • In fact, Miyamoto deliberately hired VGM composers due to his desire to have some one he felt "could flawlessly translate Mario music to film"
    • The humor the team went for (largely around satire of various cliches of both games and cartoons, as opposed to say, pop culture)
    • Their unwillingness to go for a large budget (Tom preferred to "build up," and go cheap where possible.)

    More complications arose because of Disney, who had been granted the rights to use Nintendo characters in Wreck it Ralph and its sequel. Plus, they also had acquired Marvel, who had a big part in the development. In general, things had gone to hell for the entire group. 

    A miracle finally came in 2010. When Stephen Spielberg, the former superior of Tom Ruegger, arrived on the scene. Spielberg was convinced that the project was viable not as a computer-generated film, but as a traditionally-animated one. 

    He successfully convinced Nintendo to work with Disney and revive the project, and convinced his old animation partner, Don Bluth, to come out of retirement. The two had previously worked together on An American Tail (1986), and The Land Before Time (1988). Bluth had previously been a Disney animator himself, who had left in the 1980s after feeling dissatisfaction with its direction at the time. Spielberg also convinced Disney to continue the use of traditional animation after the lackluster performance of The Princess and the Frog (2009).

    The making of the movie was led by a whopping seven people: Spielberg, Bluth, Ruegger, McCorkle, Schooley, Bluth's longtime animation partner Gary Goldman, and Disney Animator James Lopez, who worked on an independent project, a steampunk adventure film called Hullabaloo, alongside Bluth at the same time Super Mario' Bros. was being produced. After Super Mario Bros. was released, Spielberg and Ruegger joined the production of Hullabaloo as well, and that film was released on November 21, 2015. 

    Meanwhile, Spielberg hired ILM (the company that created the special effects for the Star Wars films, E.T., the Jurassic Park films, Titanic, the Avatar films, and the Harry Potter films) to do the special effects. Spielberg's goal was to achieve unprecedented special effects: the "cartoonizing" of live-action effects, which Spielberg compared to "moving paintings.” 

    In addition, Spielberg proposed John Williams (composer of the Jaws films, the Star Wars films, E.T., the Jurassic Park films, and the first three Harry Potter films) to compose the score. However, Miyamoto got Spielberg to let them keep Wise and Kirkhope. Bluth was initially skeptical, but agreed after hearing their work for Rare franchises. Meanwhile, a tv special series was planned with the same cast and crew as this film. But these specials will be detailed later.

    Release, Box Office, and Awards

    The film premiered in New York on October 18, 2013, in a major night for fans of the Big N. Disney had considered giving it a quieter premier, but Nintendo insisted otherwise. In addition to the cast and crew doing the usual red-carpet event, many people involved in the production showed up as guests and did photo-ops with the fans. Meanwhile a "Mario" convention was held next door to the theater, with tens of thousands of fans attending, and with the cast appearing for a press conference after the screening was over. 

    The film was released on October 18, 2017. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $85.2 million domestically and $154.3 million worldwide. Ultimately, it grossed $538.7 million domestically and $975.0 million worldwide, making it the third-highest grossing movie of 2017 domestically and the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2017 worldwide. 

    The film was critically acclaimed, ranking 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 4 stars out of 4 on Roger Ebert's website. 

    The film was successful at the Oscars, recieving siz nominations and winning three (not counting the Special Achievement Award):

    • Best Animated Feature (nominated, naturally lost to Frozen)
    • Best Adapted Screenplay (nominated)
    • Best Original Score (won)
    • Best Picture (nominated)
    • Best Sound Mixing (won)
    • SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dean Stockwell for Outstanding Vocal Work
    My hopes:
    • Less celebs turning out to be predators
    • A GOP takeover of Congress  in the midterms (I really want Roe v Wade overturned)
    • Start looking for aq job
    • Learning how to drive
    Part 1: The Primary cast

    These are all the characters who'd appear regularly in my idea for Super Mario Bros: The animated series

    CharacterMario Marichelli
    Actor: Charles Martinet
    Rationale: Of all the Mario actors it's the most criminal to replace Charles. At least as Mario, with the others, it's another story as you'll soon see. His and Luigi's surnames are inspired by the alleged lore of "Mario" being their surname, which I found rather ridiculous. Furthermore, I'd imagine Mario's character being like that of The Fonz in Happy Days. He is basically the "cool guy" of the group. And while he works to maintain his reputation as the tough hardass, he is also a loyal friend to all he is friends with, and even some enemies.

    Character: Luigi Marichelli
    Actor: Rob Paulsen
    Rationale: I first want to make it perfectly clear that I think Martinet does fine as Luigi. Normally, I'd cast Martinet for the role again. But I didn't because of the reason that my characterization of Luigi is different from what most people think of for him. I have come to imagine Luigi as some sort of further contrast to Mario beyond bravery. Where Mario is a no-nonsense kind of guy, like in the Super Mario Adventures comic, I imagined Luigi being some sort of joker akin to Yakko Warner, hence me getting Rob in on the role. 

    Character: Princess Elizabeth Patricia "Peach" Toastool
    Actor: Catherine Cavadini
    Rationale: I had originally considered Jodi Benson for the role. But I wanted to spend more money on hiring talented writers. That said, Catherine can likely pull it of, as this demo could tell. For the record, listen to the last one in the recording for an idea of what I want.

    Character: Princess Daisy Minnie Call
    Actor: Kath Soucie
    Rationale: This idea came to me seeing a Little Engine That Could adaptation from the 90s. Where Kath voices the title character, which feels like a near perfect fusion of her voice from the N64 era and today. Here, Daisy's name comes from Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Flora Call (Walt disney's mother).

    Character: Toad
    Actor: Barry Gordon
    Rationale: I imagined the Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Yoshi as a team akin to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Where Toad would serve a role similar to Donatello. If he were still alive, I'd cast Wayne Allwine in this role. But he isn't (though I did create an alternate reality for my ideas where he still was alive). Anyways, since Allwine's dead, I had to think of another character that was somewhat high pitched. But not to the point of annoyance. Barry Gordon's Donatello voice feels like a great way to capture such voice. 

    Character: Yoshi
    Actor: Loren Lester
    Rationale: Similar to how I imagined toad as being like Donatello, I imagined Yoshi as being like Michaelangelo. In that they are the fun loving goof-offs, the "party dudes" to quote the 1987 series theme. I once though of Billy West for the role. Since his voice is rather goofy in the early half of his show, but that wasn't my best idea as I wanted Yoshi to sound more human. So I instead got Loren Lester, the DCAU Dick Grayson. 
    Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of work. But I have had finals. But I have some plans for over Christmas break.

    IDEAS FOR A MARIO ODYSSEY SEQUEL.

    That's right, I haven't played it yet. But I'll be giving ideas anyway. Since I'll soon have it.

    Just keep looking and I'll have it all ready.
    A revised version so the are made in the 50s.

    I should note that in this timeline. Steam engines were still widely used across the world until into the 21st century, alongside plenty of diesels for faster trains. With modifications to fuels for better environmental impacts. I'm guessing that in some cases, steam would live into the mid 2020s.

    The Dickinson Act, passed in 1929 and finished in 1948, consolidated the US railroads in accordance with which lines fit best. The railroads continued operating fairly well in passenger and freight markets. 

    But as rail traffic made a renaissance beginning in the 1980s, the flaws became more apparent. The fact railroads tended to share certain important lines complicated the movement of traffic. 

    One such example was the former Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis. Which had been split among the Atlantic Coast Line, Southern, and Illinois Central. The fact all three railroads had to share a line they all used heavily annoyed them to no end. As conflict with those lines over who operated which trains through and when sprouted. 

    In 1947, President Truman announced plans to actively collaborate with the railroads which shared lines. So to help them get their own lines where they wanted them. Also marking the first building of major US rail lines in years. These are all the new lines that were created under this new plan. With most being in the South. They also agreed to help railroads who didn't share lines but still wanted new ones. often working with local governments to help the railroad's dream come to be. 

    These lines continued construction until it was completed in the late 50s. Despite President Eisenhower being somewhat partial to the development of road travel.

    Railroad: Southern Railroad
    Line: Otter Creek- Chattanooga, TN
    Dates of construction: 1949
    Description: For simplicity’s sake, this was the first line created in the process. The Southern had often complained about how dwarfed it felt in Midwest- Florida Pullman traffic. The IC and ACL had lines that directly served Nashville unlike the Southern, which could only run a Pullman over the NC&StL, which was also served by the two competitors. The result is that the Southern wanted its own line to link Chattanooga and Nashville. The solution was to build a line from the former Tennessee Central at Otter Creek, TN. Then building a short way to the Southern yard at Chattanooga. 

    Railroad: Southern Railroad
    Line termini: Nashville- Memphis, TN
    Dates of construction: 1952
    Description: The Southern also had rerouted the Tennessean, its Washington- Memphis train via the TC and the NC&StL. They once again wanted to have their own line to the two cities. The result was a line that went from Nashville to Linden, then to Jackson and Germantown before reaching Memphis.

    Railroad: Illinois Central
    Line: Nashville, TN- Atlanta, GA
    Dates of construction: 1951
    Description: The IC also wanted its own line instead of using the NC&StL. This line was, as a result built. The line follows the NCStL until Murfreesboro, TN. Where it diverges to McMinnville. Then it continues to Chattanooga, where it ends at the former Central of Georgia yard. But then, it continues into Georgia to Rome. Then via Marietta and Smyrna to Atlanta. 

    Railroad: Illinois Central
    Line: Albany, GA- Jacksonville, FL
    Dates of construction: 1955
    Description: The IC also wanted its own single line from the Midwest to Florida (those Southern roads sure were greedy). This line was, as a result built. The line begins at Albany, then goes to Valdosta, GA. Then runs alongside the Southern straight to Callahan, FL. Where trains then go to Jacksonville.

    Railroad: Illinois Central
    Line: Birmingham, AL- Jackson, MS
    Dates of completion: 1956
    Description: This line gave the IC its own DC- New Orleans roue in competition with the ACL and SOU.

    Railroad: Illinois Central
    Line: Washington DC- Richmond, VA
    Dates of completion: 1956
    Description: This IC line gave the railroad its own entrance into the National Capital. Though it followed the ACL's ex- RF&P most of the way, it let the IC have its own facilities instead of sharing those with the ACL.

    Railroad: Santa Fe
    Line: Belen- Las Vegas, NM
    Date of completion: 1948
    Description: The ATSF wanted to improve its own mainline through New Mexico by getting it into Santa Fe. This led to the creation of this line. Which begins at belen, heads the Albuquerque and Santa fe, then terminated with the ATSF mainline at Las Vegas, NM. The Railrunner Commuter Service runs the line from El Paso to Belen to Santa Fe over this line. The original mainline through Lamy, NM was eventually abandoned in 1996. As was the line that bypassed Belen from Albuquerque.

    Railroad: Great Northern Pacific
    Line: Tin Cities- Madison, WI
    Date of completion: 1948
    Description: This line was made so the GNP wouldn't need track age rights over the Milwaukee Road, or the Union Pacific's C&NW line.

    Railroad: Nickel Plate
    Line: Cleveland- Cincinnati, OH
    Date of completion: 1950
    Description: The NKP wanted its own NYC to Cincy line like most other Midwest carriers. So it built from Lorain, OH. Then it went down to Columbus. But it also by passed the city of Dayton to end in Cincy. 
    In the timeline of a bigger and better Nintendo, Nintendo bought an initial 49% stake in Rare. However, after the success of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy on the SNES, Nintendo bought and additional 6% stake. Giving Nintendo a 55% stake in the company. The American Third Party Developer Activision soon acquired the remaining 45% stake in the company. Which allowed for Rare to make the following games. 

    Gamecube:
    Banjo-Threeie (2002): The last game where Gruntilda is the main villain
    Conker's Worse Fur Day (2003)
    Kameo (2005)
    Donkey Kong 128 (2005)
    Donkey Kong Racing (2002)
    Diddy Kong Racing adventure (2004)
    Grabbed by the Ghoulies (2002)
    Perfect Dark Zero (2003)
    Dinosaur Planet (2005)
    Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Last stand (2006): Also on Wii

    DS
    Diddy Kong Racing 3 (2007)
    Banjo Kazooie: The Last Straw (2005)
    Banjo- Donkey: A DK/BK crossover (2006)
    Mario vs. Donkey Kong: March of the Minis (2006)
    Mario vs Donkey Kong: The Minis March Again (2009)
    Viva Piñata: Rocket Paradise (2008)
    Astro Mouse (2004)

    Wii
    Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Last stand (2006)): Also on GCN
    Viva Piñata (2006)
    Timber the Tiger (2011)
    Jet force Gemini 2 (2007)
    Perfect Dark Three (2007)
    Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
    Jetpac refueled (2009)
    Nuts and bolts (standalone, as opposed to a BK title) (2008)
    Banjo Kazooie: The Capital B (2011), (this timeline's Yooka Laylee)

    3DS
    Dream (2011)
    Banjo Kazooie 3D (2012)
    Banjo Tooie 3D (2016)
    Banjo- 3Die (2015): Gruntilda makes a brief cameo after several years
    Diddy Kong Racing 3D (2013)
    Conker Uncut (2014)
    Mario vs DK: Mini-Land Mayhem (2011)
    Mario vs DK: Minis on the Move (2013)

    Wii U
    Killer Instinct (2013) Battle Toads is Back (2012)
    Kameo 2 (2015)
    Banjo Kazooie: Grunty's Return 
    (2014): Gruntilda makes her return as a prominent villain
    Conker's U Day (2015)
    Diddy Kong racing U (2013)
    Perfect Dark U (2016)
    DKCTF (2014)
    Blast Corps 2 (2015)


    Nintendo Switch (Confirmed Games)
    Banjo Kazooie: Mix and Match (2017): Gruntilda is again the main villain
    Perfect Dark: Super Switch (2018)
    Conkers Bad Switch Day (2019)
    Donkey Kong Country Switch (2018): the Kremilings Return
    Diddy Kong Double Racing (2019)

    In 2017, Nintendo announced plans to gain 3/4 of the stake in Rare.

    Any other ideas?
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    I want to improve my username. Perhaps something I'd call "LordJimofDudeistan"

    PLEASE, I need core to rename myself.
    And here are my thoughts.

    I'm stuck on Clanker's cavern and hate it.

    Why did't Ninendo buy Rare again? If it really was that expensive, they could have have just bought the intellectual properties they wanted to keep like Banjo.
    In 1930, the Esch Cummins act finally finished being constantly revised by the government to this form:  Esch Cummins ActIn 1920, Congress passed the Esch-Cummins Act. This Act (officially called the Transportation Act of 1920) not only returned the railroads back to the private sector from USRA control during WWI, but it also instructed the Interstate Commerce Commission to create a plan to consolidate the railroads of the United States into a limited number of systems to preserve competition between the railroads. That last point is extremely crucial in understanding this. In 1929, the ICC released its initial plan, listing mainly the Class I railroads. All railroads Class II or lower would be merged into the railroad that they had a majority connection with. The plan included the following:
    Boston & Maine: Bangor & Aroostook; Delaware & Hudson; Maine Central
    New York, New Haven & Hartford: Lehigh & Hudson River; Lehigh & New England; New York, Ontario & Western
    New York Central: Chicago, Attica & Southern; Rutland; Virginian
    Pennsy
    .  As revised, ICC board member Sam Dickenson (our reality's SD80MACfan ). Gave the following roads to the Pennsylvania.

    Long Island; Norfolk & Western; 50% of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line; 50% of the Toledo, Peoria & Western; 50% of the Winston-Salem Southbound
    Immediately, the PRR took no time in absorbing them into their operations. This paved way to the following events.

    New Trains

    Most of these were operated in conjunction with the Norfolk and Western

    The Pocahontas (Chicago- Ft. Wayne- Cincinnati- Roanoke- Norfolk) 
    The Powhatan Arrow (Detroit- Toledo- Cincinnati- Roanoke- Norfolk) 
    The Cavalier (St. Louis- Indianapolis- Cincinnati- Roanoke- Norfolk) 

    Locomotives

    The PRR kept the majority of engines from the lines they acquired. That said, many more of their own engines were built.

    Of particular note is what would happen to the N&W engines. Since most of them had been built by now, most would still exist, as would ones built after 1950 like the 611.

    In 1930, the Esch Cummins act finally finished being constantly revised by the government to this form:  Esch Cummins ActIn 1920, Congress passed the Esch-Cummins Act. This Act (officially called the Transportation Act of 1920) not only returned the railroads back to the private sector from USRA control during WWI, but it also instructed the Interstate Commerce Commission to create a plan to consolidate the railroads of the United States into a limited number of systems to preserve competition between the railroads. That last point is extremely crucial in understanding this. In 1929, the ICC released its initial plan, listing mainly the Class I railroads. All railroads Class II or lower would be merged into the railroad that they had a majority connection with. The plan included the following:
    Boston & Maine: Bangor & Aroostook; Delaware & Hudson; Maine Central
    New York, New Haven & Hartford: Lehigh & Hudson River; Lehigh & New England; New York, Ontario & Western
    New York Central: Chicago, Attica & Southern; Rutland; Virginian
    Pennsy
    .  As revised, ICC board member Sam Dickenson (our reality's SD80MACfan ). Gave the following roads to the Southern Pacific.

    Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific; St. Louis and Southwestern; 50% of the Trinity and Brazo Valley

    Immediately, the SP took no time in absorbing them into their operations. This paved way to the following events.

    New Trains

    The SP was determined take advantage of their new lines. As such, many trains were modernized and then so on. Most of the time, these trains would be powered by the GS series 4-8-4s. Especially the GS 4 through 8. 

    The SP continued operating many of the Rock Island railroad's trains. Ad introduced several new ones.

    The Cotton Belt Daylight (St. Louis- Shreveport- Houston- San Antonio- El Paso- Phoenix- Los Angeles)
    The Choctaw Daylight (Memphis- Oklahoma City- Tucumcari, NM- El Paso- Pheonix- Los Angeles)
    The Twin Cites Daylight  (Twin Cities- Des Moines- Kansas City- Tucumcari, NM- El Paso- Pheonix- Los Angeles)
    The Windy City Rocket (Chicago- Rock Island- Kansas City- Whichita- Dallas- Houston)
    The Rocky Mountain Rocket (Chicago- Des Moines- Omaha- Colorado Springs)
    The Amarillo Rocket (Ghicago- Rock Island- Kansas City- Amarillo)
    The Big Easy Limited (Little Rock- Alexandria- New Orleans)

    Locomotives
    The Southern Pacific kept the majority of engines from the lines they acquired. That said, many more of their own engines were built.

    Of particular note is what would happen to the SSW 4-8-4s. My idea is that they would all simply be built as SP engines. The famous 819 would be the last, and I assume would be numbered as 4494 as an SP engines. These engines would work on similar duties to OTL's counterparts. But also run on the former Rock Island, as would other GS types. Furthermore, some more 4-10-2s would be sent to the former Rock Island due to straighter track.

    Most former Rock Island engines would stay one their home turf. But some of the larger ones like the 4-8-2s and 4-8-4s would run on the Sunset route from El Paso to Los Angeles at times. Others may even go as far up as Portland.

    Meanwhile, the 4-8-0s may also be relocated to to Rock Island's Peoria branch for local freights. 

    In 1948, the Esch Cummins act finally finished being constantly revised by the government to this form: Esch Cummins ActIn 1920, Congress passed the Esch-Cummins Act. This Act (officially called the Transportation Act of 1920) not only returned the railroads back to the private sector from USRA control during WWI, but it also instructed the Interstate Commerce Commission to create a plan to consolidate the railroads of the United States into a limited number of systems to preserve competition between the railroads. That last point is extremely crucial in understanding this. In 1929, the ICC released its initial plan, listing mainly the Class I railroads. All railroads Class II or lower would be merged into the railroad that they had a majority connection with. The plan included the following:
    Boston & Maine: Bangor & Aroostook; Delaware & Hudson; Maine Central
    New York, New Haven & Hartford: Lehigh & Hudson River; Lehigh & New England; New York, Ontario & Western
    New York Central: Chicago, Attica & Southern; Rutland; Virginian
    Pennsy
    .  As revised, ICC board member Sam Dickenson (our reality's SD80MACfan ) Gave the following roads to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe.

    Chicago Great Western; Kansas City, Mexico & Orient; Louisiana & Arkansas; Meridian & Bigbee; Midland Valley; Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern; Missouri & North Arkansas; St. Louis-San Francisco

    Consolidation of the railroads into the ATSF finally finished after a halt during World War 2. In this timeline, Francoist Spain replaces Japan, which was a colony of Portugal (Which Spain invaded) in this timeline. Immediately after the consolidation was finished, however, the ATSF took no time in absorbing them into their operations. This paved way to the following events.

    New Trains

    Desiring to cash in on the successes of the Super Chief and Texas Chief, the ATSF revealed more Chief trains over the course 1948 until 1955. The trains looked aesthetically similar to the Super Chief. But they each obviously ran a different route. Typically being hauled by the then new EMD diesels like the Super Chief. Some trains were also unique for the Chief trains at the time because they did not serve either Chicago or Los Angeles. Or, they did not serve on of the two but did serve the other. 

    * indicates a Chief train that used the the Budd hi-level passenger cars by 1979. 

    The Missouri Chief (1948)* (St. Louis- Tulsa- Amarillo- Belen, NM- Flagstaff- Los Angeles)
    The San Francisco Chief (1954)* (Chicago- Kansas City- Dodge City- La Junta- Albuquerque- Flagstaff- Oakland)
    The Dixie Chief (1949)* (Birmingham- Memphis- Springfield- Tulsa- Amarillo- Belen, NM- Flagstaff- Los Angeles)
    The Frisco Chief (1953) (St. Louis- Tulsa- Oklahoma City- Ft. Worth- Houston)
    The Twin Cities Chief (1951)* (Twin Cities- Des Moines- Kansas City- La Junta- Albuquerque- Flagstaff- Los Angeles)
    The Texas Chief (1948)* (Chicago- Kansas City- Wichita- Oklahoma City- Ft. Worth- Houston)
    The Nebraska Chief (1955) (Chicago- Omaha)
    The Colorado Chief (1951) (Chicago- Kansas City- Dodge City- La Junta- Denver)
    The El Paso Chief (1951) (Chicago- Kansas City- Dodge City- La Junta- Albuquerque- El Paso)
    The Apache Chief (1949) (Denver- La Junta- Albuquerque- El Paso)
    The Arizona Chief (1950)* (Chicago- Kansas City- Dodge City- La Junta- Albuquerque- Phoenix)
    The Panhandle Chief (1949)* (Chicago- Kansas City- Wichita- Amarillo- Belen, NM- Flagstaff- Los Angeles)


    Locomotives

    The Santa Fe kept the majority of engines from the lines they acquired. However, they often dispersed these engines across the ATSF system.

    Of particular note were the Frisco 4-4-0s. Which their original line had been rebuilding prior to the Esch cummins act being completed. The ATSF discovered that these engines not only worked well for light passenger work, but also were effective yard switchers. As such, many of the SLSF 4-4-0s were dispersed across the system. Raging from home turf in St. Louis and Birmingham. To as far as the locomotive facilities and freight yard in San Bernadino, CA. As well as everywhere in-between. The majority of them survived well into the 1980s. When larger steam engines and newer diesels, the latter of which had displaced steam on most high- priority passenger and freight trains, finally replaced them. Many of the former Frisco 4-4-0 engines are preserved across the modern Santa Fe.

    Another class of Frisco engines worth mentioning are the 4-6-2s, which were part of the SLSF when the ATSF took over. Tey were streamlined like in OTL. Though the liveries were, rather than OTL's liveries, based on the Warbonnet paint scheme. The larger steam engines, like the 1500 4-8-2s and 4500 4-8-4s were spread across the new ATSF system. Often working fast freights and secondary passenger trains.

    Lastly, the locomotives the railroads built during the war remained. But, as mentioned, they'd be dispersed all across the brand new ATSF system. As would all the diesels said railroads owned at the time.

    Any and all Russian Decapods the railroad acquired were also spread across the system. Under this, the Frisco 1630, among the other decapods, was sent to work freight on the former CGW's Chicago to Omaha line. 

    Most other railroad engines from the ATSF's acquired lines served on freight serive. Even the CGW 4-6-2 pacifics.


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