List of Super Mario Bros. (film) deleted scenes

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These are original designs of characters and early scripts from the Super Mario Bros. film.

Concept art[edit]

An early clay sculpture showcased what the film would have been like, with realistic Warp Pipes and a checkerboard-pattened path for Mario and Luigi to follow. Some concept art initially showcased that King Koopa was originally going to be played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who would wear armor based on Bowser's artwork. There were also some more humanoid concepts for the Koopa King, including a version wearing samurai-like armor. Goombas were apparently going to be more like humanoid mushrooms rather than de-evolved foot soldiers. Toad was also going to be a humanoid similar to his game counterpart. Koopa Troopas would have appeared as humanoid turtles, but were cut. Piranha Plants, Thwomps, and Hammer Bros. would have also appeared, but were also cut. An early design for the Bob-omb resembled its counterpart from Super Mario Bros. 2, while Yoshi would have resembled a juvenile T-Rex.

Original story[edit]

In an interview with Mark McCoy, designer of the movie, McCoy released an early script of the movie-the original script was much different from the one that remained. The unused script has a character known as Doug that does not make the final cut and the scene where Mario and Luigi meet Daisy was changed. There is also another unused script from 1991 written by Tom S. Parker and Jim Jennewein. This 1991 script is more fantasy based and is closer to the video game, having more elements from the game than the actual version: King Koopa kidnaps a princess named "Hildy", and makes her his bride so he can get the Crown of Invincibility, so now Mario and Luigi, along with their friend Toad go on an adventure to save Hildy. Then a few hours later, Toad betrays the Mario Bros. and goes to work for Koopa, but then he started having regrets about the mistake he did, and redeems himself near the end.

Fire Snakes were originally written into the desert sequence of the Super Mario Bros. film, but were cut for unknown reasons. Scripts state that they "[...] resemble moray eels, their mouths filled with pointed piranha-like teeth," and that "[t]hey gnaw through the skin, burrow into the body cavities, and lay their larvae. It can take weeks for the host to die."

Early drafts[edit]

Earlier drafts named Toad as "Lemmy" (in reference to Lemmy Koopa) and The King as "King Bowser". While these were re-written in the final draft of the film, the official novel refers to The King as Bowser, and the Super Mario Bros. Trading Cards refer to Toad as "Lemmy" still.

Deleted scenes[edit]

Koopa chasing Daisy's mother[edit]

A scene cut from the final film that was briefly shown in some trailers and previews, involves President Koopa chasing down Daisy's mother in New York City.[1] This scene would have served as the explanation for why Dinohattan is designed very closely like New York City, including Koopa's Tower matching the World Trade Center; Koopa was inspired by the New York architecture to replicate the look.

Doug and Mike[edit]

Scapelli Construction is the direct competitor to Mario Bros. Plumbing in the film. A shot in the final film involves Mario and Luigi pulling up to the Riverfront Cafe for a plumbing job, only to find a Scapelli Construction van arrived before them, thus putting them out of the job. A deleted scene would involve Mario and Luigi actually entering the cafe, and confronting two of Scapelli's employees, Doug and Mike.[2] They witness Doug and Mike lying to the restaurant owner, Pascal, about how their service will take two days to run up their company's profits. Mario angrily says that it is supposed to be a two hour job. Ultimately, Pascal chooses to go with Doug and Mike for the job, but offers Mario and Luigi free dinner for their troubles. Though Doug and Mike still appear briefly in the film, they are not referred to by name or receive any speaking roles. Two of the Super Mario Bros. Trading Cards are about this deleted exchange, and an official talking Mario figure included a quote from this film where Mario says, "Nobody touches my tools!"

Extended Toad song[edit]

Mojo Nixon, the actor that played Toad in the film, shared on YouTube an extended version of the song he sings before he is arrested.[3]

Brooklyn girls offer a Goomba a cigarette[edit]

In the film, Spike and Iggy mistakenly kidnap various women they believe to be Daisy and then lock them up at the Goomba Barracks of Koopa's Tower. A short scene would have occurred where they offer one of their Goomba guards a cigarette.[4]

Lizard men[edit]

List of Super Mario Bros. deleted scenes
Mark Miller, playing one of the "lizard men".

In the scene where Mario and Luigi are in prison with Toad, there would have been two half-human half-lizard men in the cell next to them. This scene would have mainly been about Mario and Luigi arguing over family values, while the lizard men and Toad overhear. The official coloring book has a page over this deleted scene. Mario and Luigi's disagreements over family values was a subplot that was removed from the final film, that would have concluded near the film's end when Luigi saves Mario from falling at Koopa's Tower. Actor Mark Miller would have played one of the lizards.[5] In the final scene, other prisoners are given some reptilian traits, but they are not given any prominence in the story.

Extended Devo Chamber[edit]

A devo technician reduced to goop.

In the final cut of the film, the brothers witness Toad being de-evolved into a Goomba in the Devo Chamber, then taken away. Mario angrily pushes President Koopa, where he slips into the Devo Chamber chair, and the brothers proceed to make their escape. There is a scene that was filmed in between Toad's de-evolution and President Koopa's push, where Mario and Luigi also witness a Devo technician being put in the Devo Chamber, and when he re-emerges out, he explodes and leaves behind large amounts of a brown slime.[6][7] This would be when Mario's character angrily pushes President Koopa, making him trip on the brown slime. The extended sequence would have President Koopa narrowly escaping de-evolution from the machine, as he nervously states that he's fine, "after all, I did invent this machine." His eyes briefly turn into lizard eyes during this scene, a foreshadowing to his eventual demise at the film's conclusion.

Spike & Iggy rap[edit]

The Boom Boom Bar scene features Spike and Iggy being arrested in the final cut of the movie. Prior to this, there would have an extended scene where Spike and Iggy drunkenly perform an anti-Koopa rap at the Boom Boom Bar, with the Boom Boom Bar crowd performing a dance in sync.[8] Mario and Luigi would have poorly attempted to blend in with the crowd, poorly attempting to mimic the dance moves.[9] This scene is still referenced in the trading cards.

Daisy re-meets Spike and Iggy, and the King[edit]

After Iggy and Spike's arrest, Daisy runs into the duo at Koopa's Tower. She tells them, "You miserable lowlifes!" before they explain they are now reformed, and then lead her to formally meet her father, The King. The first meeting between the King and Daisy is removed in the film, but the final cut does have a scene shortly after where Mario and Luigi briefly visit Devo 4 to encounter Daisy and the King. Spike and Iggy are not present for this scene. There are two trading cards based on these scenes, one for Daisy encountering Spike and Iggy, and one for Daisy meeting The King.

Extended ending[edit]

A slightly extended version of the scene after Koopa is defeated has some differences, most notably a payoff for the pizza running gag: the pizza delivery boy stops by in his vehicle, says "Eat this!", and tosses a pizza box on Koopa's primordial ooze. The rough cut also features reaction shots of Toad and Yoshi during the celebration, Iggy and Spike pleased with themselves but wondering what they will do next for work, and Daisy kissing Luigi.[10] Cutting the somewhat ominous scene with Iggy and Spike was what prompted the more humorous final post-credits scene.[11]