Super Mario Bros. is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film loosely based on the Mario video game series by Nintendo. The film was directed by the husband-and-wife team of Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, written by Parker Bennett, Terry Runté and Ed Solomon, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios through Hollywood Pictures. Its story follows the Mario brothers in their quest to rescue Princess Daisy from a dystopic parallel universe ruled by the ruthless President Koopa.
Given free creative license by Nintendo, the screenwriters envisioned the film as a subversive comedy with a "weird and dark" tone similar to Ghostbusters; the setting was primarily inspired by Super Mario World, with other elements drawn from fairy tales and contemporary American culture. Super Mario Bros. was shot in New York City and North Carolina on a budget of $48 million. It was released on May 28, 1993 and was unsuccessful both critically and financially, grossing $20.9 domestically against a budget of $48 million.
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