Mario Brothers Plumbing

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Mario Brothers Plumbing
Mario Brothers Plumbing
First appearance "Neatness Counts"
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker
Greater location Flatbush
Inhabitants Mario, Luigi, Edison, Ratagator, Clog, CooKoo Bird

Mario Brothers Plumbing (sometimes shortened to Mario Bros. Plumbing) is the plumbing business owned by Mario and Luigi, which is featured in various cartoons and the Super Mario Bros. movie. It is located in Brooklyn, in the neighborhood of Flatbush.

In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, it is located on the basement floor of an old apartment building, Mario and Luigi have succeeded in not only using the place as a workshop, but as their place of residence as well. As the basement is not a proper apartment, the brothers have learned to adapt to their surroundings, including the building's sneezing furnace and the garbage chute. Since the building is located next to the closed-off entrance of a subway station, anyone in the basement can feel the rumble of an incoming train.

History[edit]

DIC cartoons[edit]

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

Mario Brothers Plumbing was the setting of all the live action segments of the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Here, Mario and Luigi interacted with their roommate Edison, as well as the resident monsters Clog, the Ratagator, and the CooKoo Bird; and in each episode, a celebrity guest star.

As mentioned, the old apartment also has a furnace which seems to have a life of its own (it sneezes) and it also has a Pizza phone (originally a normal phone, but due to an accident, the pizza and the phone got mixed together), a periscope apparently able to see from Brooklyn even all the way to the Eiffel Tower in France, and a garden being grown in a bathtub with a living scarecrow.

The motto of the brother's plumbing in the show was "You clog 'em, we clear 'em" and they were said to be New York City's best plumbing service. A commercial bumper for "Neatness Counts" stated that their motto was, "The customer is always wet."

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario Bros. Plumbing only appears in the show's opening, where Mario and Luigi were looking at a photography album recalling the events of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

As seen in a flashback in the Super Mario World episode "Rock TV".

A Brooklyn apartment presumed to be the Mario Brothers Plumbing building appeared once in the Super Mario World animated series, during a flashback in "Rock TV", where Mario and Luigi remembered an outlandish phone bill for the "Speak to Santa Hotline", which presumably lets users talk to Santa Claus.

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

Mario Bros. Plumbing made a small appearance in the Nintendo Comics System short story, "The Legend", which was a retelling of the Super Mario Bros. backstory. Here, the pipe that connects to the Mushroom Kingdom is clearly shown to be inside their home, and they responded voluntarily to the cries for help like in Super Mario Bros.; previously in the Super Show!, they were only said to find "the secret Warp Zone while working on the drain."

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

Mario Brothers Plumbing, also referred to as their plumbing workshop or simply the shop, is depicted as the home of the Mario Brothers in several stories. By the events of the first story in the series, they had the "Mushroom Kingdom Network System" installed on the eastern wall. The Mario Bros.' communication system consists of an advanced network of computers, radio telescopes, homing pigeons and TV monitors (an improvement over having to listen for Princess Toadstool's voice through one pipe).

Super Mario Bros. film[edit]

The Mario Brothers Plumbing van used in the Super Mario Bros. film.

In the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film, Mario and Luigi's "Mario Brothers Plumbing" business is based out of their home. Their white business van is the only vehicle they own, using it both for jobs and to travel.

Early in the film, Mario is seen taking a phone call in his home office regarding a problem at the Riverfront Cafe. Mario begins gathering the tools necessary for the job, and through conversation with Luigi, it is revealed their business has been tapering and they have been having financial issues. Luigi takes the wheel of the car, driving sporadically and taking shortcuts, which upsets Mario. Upon arriving at the Riverfront Cafe, Mario's anger is furthered when he discovers their competitor, Scapelli Construction owned by Anthony Scapelli, beat them to the job. Driving back home, their van breaks down and Mario enlists Luigi to use a phone booth to check their voicemail for any other jobs. Mario reveals in the film that his expertise of plumbing was taught by his father, who was in turn taught by Mario's grandfather. The duo uses a variety of plumbing tools throughout their adventure in Dinohattan, always carrying their tool belt with them.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

In the official course "Did Somebody Call a Plumber?" in Super Mario Maker, the course begins with a Brooklyn setting, with the first two Warp Doors leading to what appears to be Mario Brothers Plumbing.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

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Artwork of Mario and Luigi in front of a van for Super Mario Bros. Plumbing

The business returns in the 2023 animated film The Super Mario Bros. Movie under the name Super Mario Bros. Plumbing. Here, its logo now resembles the logo for New Super Mario Bros., and has Yoichi Kotabe/Shigehisa Nakaue-styled artwork of Mario alongside it (with Luigi instead depicted on the other side of the van).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Hebrew האחים מריו - שרברבים
He'Akhim Mario - Shravravim
The Mario Brothers - Plumbers
Portuguese Encanadores Irmãos Mario (Brazilian dubbing for the Super Mario Bros. film)
Hidráulica dos Irmãos Mario (Brazilian dubbing for All Steamed Up)
Mario Brothers, Plumbers
The Mario Brothers' Hydraulic Company

Trivia[edit]