List of Mario references in film
Due to the popularity of the Mario games, they have been commonly referenced in pop culture. Below is an incomplete list of times Mario or anything relating to the series has been mentioned or seen in a movie.
In one early scene, sound effects and music from Donkey Kong can be heard in the background.
In one scene, Alvin says to Ian, "It is on like Donkey Kong!"
At one point, Stifler says "It's on like Donkey Kong".
In one scene on the beach, Ronnie is seen wearing a T-shirt based on the Donkey Kong arcade game.
In one scene, Ted is seen playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES. A copy of Donkey Kong Classics can also be seen on a shelf.
During a scene in the lunchroom, Billy (played by Adam Sandler) and one of his first grade peers get into a debate over Mortal Kombat and Donkey Kong.
At a synagogue, Marty asks a Rabbi how to say "It's a mess" in Hebrew, to which he replies "Donkey Kong?"
Sounds and music from Super Mario Bros. 3 can be heard while Kathy Winslow's brother plays their NES.
When challenged by Gru to a dance fight, Bratt responds by saying "It's on like Donkey Kong!"
One scene has Rodney James playing Mario Kart DS on his Nintendo DS.
The protagonist, Sawyer Nelson, is seen playing Mario Kart DS on a Nintendo DSi towards the beginning of the film.
The name Mario is mentioned in the middle of Michol's song, with Dooly costumed as Mario.
At one point in the movie, the Once-ler makes a reference to Donkey Kong while speaking with Ted.
A parody of Super Mario Bros. was shown in this movie, called Super Mustachio. The game design looks a lot like New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Also, the song that plays sounds like a vague parody of the theme from Super Mario Bros. There is also a parody of Mario Kart.
When Ernest is told by Old Lady Hackamore about how he is responsible for the release of Trantor the troll and how he must defeat him, Ernest says, "Yeah, but, I'm me, and he's he, and we're talkin' real danger here. Stand and deliver, firing line, moment of truth, end of the line, eighth-level Mario Brothers!"
On the elevator to the race, Twinkie asks Sean what DK (Drift King) stands for, to which Sean replies "Donkey Kong?"
The film starts out at a Halloween party where one of the guests is dressed up as Luigi. The main characters are later seen playing Mario Kart 64.
Shane has a Mario poster in his bedroom.
While talking about how much he spoils his stepson, Frankie, Gabriel states that he's at the point of spoiled where he walked up to Gabriel saying, "Hey dad, I'm bored with my Nintendo Wii, can I give it to my friend, Angel?" After Frankie told him that his Wii wasn't broken, he had it for four years, and he has over 300 games on it's hard drive, Gabriel tries his best to tell him that he's so lucky with the new modern technology, but to no avail. He even explains to his audience that he had experiences with the Nintendo Entertainment System, and the difficulties of having to play a game on it. He makes an analogy saying that getting an NES to work, is like performing an operation at a hospital. Then, he states, "And, if you were lucky, IF you were lucky, you'd hear the magical sound," and he hums the first few seconds of the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme.
In the theatrical trailer for the film, an advertisement for the unreleased game Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers can be seen above some of the aisles. This does not appear in the actual film, as the hard drives containing this early version of the movie were reportedly stolen.
One of the characters played the game Donkey Kong.
Soon after being sucked into a NES game by Freddy, Spencer enters a red colored Warp Pipe. Later on, in order to combat Freddy in the game, Spence eats a fruit (resembling the ones from Super Mario World) to power-up and become "Super Spencer".
At some point, Ti Man and Chun May enter an arcade machine similar to Super Mario Bros.:
At one point, when Janine and Louis are babysitting Oscar, Louis suggests that they could play Super Mario Bros..
The Girl Who Cries Blood
In one scene, the girl in the documentary is seen playing a Mario game on an unknown device.
The second scene showing the new batch of Gremlins has the Coleco Donkey Kong machine being played by Stripe, with artwork of Mario, Donkey Kong, and Pauline visible on the side.
Near the end of the film, two men dressed up as Mario and Luigi appear during the 80's-themed party.
In one scene, an ice-cream truck has a Mario ice-cream pop.
During a montage of songs being played on a banjo, a character plays the classic Mario theme, Super Mario Bros. overworld.
When Adam, Nick, Jacob, and Lou unwittingly travel back in time to 1986, they notice a lot of technology and media that was popular at the time, including someone playing an arcade cabinet that displays the logo for New Super Mario Bros.. While VS. Super Mario Bros. was an arcade game released in 1986, New Super Mario Bros. was a Nintendo DS game released in 2006. The artwork featuring Mario and Luigi was also pulled from different sources, with Mario being from Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in Japan in 1986, albeit not for an arcade cabinet), and Luigi being from the Super Mario Bros. pinball machine (released in 1992). The Red Band trailer for the film also features a deleted scene in which the main characters are playing a Super Mario Bros. arcade cabinet, with a Mario Bros. cabinet to the side. The game can be clearly seen, and the Game Over jingle is audible. The artwork on the side is also anachronistic, displaying the same art of Mario and Luigi, as well as Princess Peach and Bowser (who use their modern designs, which first appeared in 1986, but in illustrations from more contemporary games), and Yoshi (a character who did not materialize until the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game Super Mario World, released in 1990).
The film sometimes shows footage of the original Super Mario Bros., and the Mario series itself is often referenced.
When Gadget discovers he has tools on his figures, his face resembles Donkey Kong.
When asked about her driving skills, Kaye says that she learned from "Mario Kart".
This film is a 2007 documentary based around the classic 1981 arcade Donkey Kong. The film revolves around an unassuming high school teacher named Steve Wiebe and his struggle to attain the world's highest score in Donkey Kong. After being obsessed with the game for many years, Steve is suddenly thrust into the competition for the world's high score. He runs afoul of then-current record-holder, Billy Mitchell, a successful entrepreneur.
Steve Wiebe actually plays the game Donkey Kong, but he plays it in a Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet. In 2018, Mitchell was found to have used modified software, and all of his records, including in Donkey Kong, have since been revoked.
During the scene where Emmet explains the plan to get in the Octan Tower, there is a piece of paper with a Mario-like minifigure on it.
In the scene where Anakin, Padmé, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are in the droid factory in 16-bit form, the characters' jump sound resembles Mario's. Also, R2-D2 hits blocks with coins, stomps on battle droids the way Mario stomps on a Goomba, and goes into what appears to be a Warp Pipe while hovering.
A Nintendo 64 box with a picture of Mario on it can be seen in the background of Jackie Dee's store.
The gas pedal inside Ronald McDonald's (the film's main antagonist) truck is a 1-Up Mushroom sprite from Super Mario Bros. 3.
John Grogan mentions that before he went into college, he had no expectations for himself, having spent his time doing bong hits (inhaling marijuana through a bong) and playing Donkey Kong.
After the credits it is revealed that a midget dressed up as Mario, minus the cap, and sporting a mustache (referred to as the Slapping Dummy Man) has been controlling the "Slapping Dummy".
In the scene where Megamind (disguised as "Space Dad") is training the newly created "Titan", Minion is seen stomping in place at the top of a construction site throwing flaming barrels down at Titan (in a similar manner to Donkey Kong), who jumps over them, trying to get to the top of a 25m-like stage.
At one part, one of the students of Haunted High can be heard saying "they want to suck us in vacuums", referencing the Luigi's Mansion series.
In the fictional video game Thou Art Dead, at one point Bowser's roar from Mario Kart 64 can be heard.
During the opening scene, a Mario figurine can be seen on the desk.
In the scene where Teddy and Pete come up with rhymes for the phrase "bros before hoes," Teddy says "Mario and Luigi before Thelma and Louise-y" at one point.
When the students have to put their electronic devices into the sombrero, one of the students can be seen putting a Super Mario-edition Nintendo DS Lite inside of the hat.
In a brief shot with Ruth in the RV, an SNES with Super Mario World in the cartridge slot can be seen.
According to IMDb, Super Mario Galaxy can be seen in one of the stores.
When the heroes go to Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, a Mario Bros. arcade cabinet and a Donkey Kong one can be seen among other arcades.
Donkey Kong makes an appearance in the film in his original form from Donkey Kong. Early in the film, Mario as he appears in Super Mario Bros. can be seen on Ludlow's shirt, and later on in the film during the final battle scene, Mario can be seen chasing a man across the screen (in his original Donkey Kong form).
Mario was originally going to appear in the post-credits scene as the last surviving Pixel standing on top of a damaged Washington Monument, but this was later cut out, and is not present in the released version of the film.
In one scene, while Charlie is looking at the Playmobil figurines in the toy convention, a ? Block from Super Mario Bros. can be seen in the background.
8-bit ? Blocks with designs based on those from Super Mario Bros. can be seen in J.P. Spamley's base of operations as well as when Ralph is searching for his medal. An icon resembling a Super Mushroom also appears.
Near the end of the movie, after Ralph obtains an insecurity virus named "Arthur" from Double Dan to try and sabotage the game Slaughter Race to try to persuade Vanellope to leave the Internet and return to the arcade with him, just right before Arthur finds Vanellope and scans her insecurities to destroy the game, Vanellope briefly sees an inflatable gorilla resembling Ralph. This could be a possible reference to Donkey Kong, whom Ralph appears to be based off of.
In an interview, director Rich Moore stated that if a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph were to be produced, he intended to give Mario an actual role. However, during an interview with InsideTheMagic in October 2018, story artist Jason Hand states that Mario had to be cut because the rights could apparently not be obtained, though despite this various other Mario elements can be seen in trailers. Bowser also does not reappear.
A Donkey Kong Jr. poster can be seen in a young girl's room.
During the film's climax when two IOI trucks attempt to crash Helen's van, Wade asks her what is going on, to which she responds sarcastically, "Just practicing my Mario Kart! What do you think? IOI's trying to kill us, man!"
The Super Mario Bros. main theme plays at one point.
In the beginning, when Jamie and his friends are having a snowball fight, a snowman that resembles Mario can be seen.
Dennis has a Donkey Kong arcade cabinet in his office; at one point early in the film, Lonny plays it briefly, and upon losing shouts "Nobody puts Donkey in the corner!"; this doubles as a reference to the film Dirty Dancing.
The way Jeane Claude's Robo-Snail mech swings the Reptar mech is similar to Mario swinging Bowser from Super Mario 64.
Young Neil is heard playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on his Nintendo DS at one point. As in the graphic novel the film is based on, the band Scott plays in is named "Sex Bob-omb", and Super Mario 64 was the inspiration for the star-emblazoned doors that Ramona uses to enter subspace (similar to Super Mario Bros. 2).
During the scene where Miles Morales is fighting Kingpin, the former grabs the latter, before swinging Kingpin in multiple circles and tossing him away into an electric forcefield, similar to the throw Mario uses against Bowser in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS.
A turtle belonging to the "Flushed Pets" is capable of curling inside his shell and bouncing back and forth, hitting anyone in his path, much like a Koopa Troopa, even making the Koopa shell sound from the Mario games.
In the car, Tim Avery was playing Mario Kart: Super Circuit as Luigi.
Super Mario Bros. can be seen in the background of the arcade.
Near the start, Derek describes his muscles as "Hammer Bros."
One of the villains the Toxic Avenger fights in Japan is a man dressed like Mario.
Seok-woo gives his daughter Su-an a black Wii bundled with New Super Mario Bros. Wii for her birthday, only to find out that she already received one for Children's Day.
A Mario Bros. cabinet can be seen at the arcade. Also, music from Donkey Kong can be heard as Sam approaches the Tron cabinet.
At one point, Sam's friend is seen playing Super Mario Bros.
Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession
The documentary mentions several entries from the Mario franchise among the games it covers; a polygon-to-finished 3D model of Diddy Kong walking is shown, sound effects from Super Mario World (specifically the sound of the Koopa Clown Car returning) are played, and plushes of Mario and Donkey Kong are displayed.
The full list of Mario games that have artwork and footage featured in the film is as follows:
At the beginning of the Le Cross match, Poppy states "This is on like Donkey Kong."
The climax of The Wizard is known for featuring Super Mario Bros. 3 as the final game in the Video Armageddon tournament. Super Mario Bros. 2 is also played in the film.
The video game-inspired Wreck-It Ralph appropriately includes cameos by many video game characters, including Bowser, who appears alongside several other antagonists as part of a "Bad Guys Anonymous" group, wherein villains lend each other moral support and promote the acceptance of their somewhat difficult roles in the games. Mario is mentioned by name when Felix hears the doorbell at his party and remarks "I'll bet that's Mario! Fashionably late, per the norm." Later, while Ralph is looking through the Lost & Found, he comes across a Super Mushroom. However, he swiftly discards it.
The Mario series is also indirectly referenced a number of times, primarily in the designs of Felix and Ralph. The game that Ralph and Felix hail from, Fix-It Felix, Jr., seems to be based on the original Donkey Kong in overall design, with Donkey Kong 3-like gameplay aspects as well (like Fix-It Felix bearing a passing resemblance to Stanley), and with Donkey Kong Jr. inspiring the name. Felix's jump noise sounds similar to Mario's; when Felix is hit by a piece of falling ceiling, he jumps up, spins once and falls with his legs up, similar to Mario's death animation in Donkey Kong.
Furthermore, the gameplay of Sugar Rush bears some resemblance to the Mario Kart series, such as players potentially stalling out if they messed up a boost at the beginning of the race, and how they drive through sugar cubes to acquire items to use against other racers. The title card for Sugar Rush even has what appears to be Nintendo's logo. The camera-wielding floating marshmallows who follow the players around the track appear to be a parody of the Lakitu enemies. In addition, the font used for the "Select your kart" text is nearly identical to that used in some Mario game logos. In the movie's credits, at one point the characters (now shown in 8-bit form) move around collecting floating medals, recalling coin-filled rooms in classic Mario platformers, and in another scene, they exit an area via a large grey Warp Pipe-like structure.
Though it is commonly believed that Mario's non-appearance in the film was due to a high licensing fee laid down by Nintendo, it was actually because the producers could not find a way to work Mario into the story, apparently deeming him too important to have only a cameo.
In a scene early on, after a successful audition for "Nintendo Records", Adan is informed personally by Mario and Luigi that he will be taking Mario's place in the Mario series as "Awesome Adam". Throughout the remainder of the movie, Mario motifs such as Mushrooms and ? Blocks are used to represent the subplot exploring Adam's life as a video game character.
During the credits, there is an animated segment which depicts silhouettes of Yogi, Boo Boo and Ranger Smith running around in a Super Mario Bros.-inspired setting.