YouTube filmmaker Andrew “Nukazooka” McMurry’s latest short, “Super Mario: Underworld,” is a VFX-filled exploration of the familiar hero.
Whether you’re great at Mario games (like darbian, who can beat it in under five minutes) or terrible at them (like this cute hamster), you’ve probably killed the titular plumber plenty of times. I remember wondering as a kid where those endless pits I kept falling into went — are they just holes in the ground? Do they go on forever? Why are there holes there in the first place?
Now, thanks to one YouTube filmmaker, we don’t have to wonder anymore.
Somehow we’ve never covered the masterful pop culture-inspired short film work of Andrew “Nukazooka” McMurry before. That’s an error we’re eager to fix. Here’s his original short film, “Super Mario: Underworld”:
It turns out, according to McMurry, that the answer to those childhood questions is “someplace an awful lot like hell.” After Mario falls down a hole (in a world that looks like the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3), he falls, and falls, and falls until he lands in the Underworld: a warped version of the familiar Mushroom Kingdom landscape featuring unholy Goomba/Koopa hybrids, rotten ‘shrooms, and at least one feral Luigi.
The short is awash in sweet VFX, familiar music (I caught the Super Mario 64 Castle theme, the Super Mario World Ghost House theme, and plenty of Charles Martinet voice samples), and that grim sense of foreboding that can only come from good horror direction.
If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the Nukazooka channel so you won’t miss his next masterpiece. According to McMurry, he and his team will be grinding them out twice a month.