The reviews for The Super Mario Bros. Movie are in, and they’re pretty bad. The New York Times calls it “bland, witless and flagrantly pandering.” And while critics say diehard fans might appreciate it, many say it’s mostly a kid’s movie — and reviewers don’t mean that as a good thing.
But if there is one aspect of the Super Mario movie that fans surely will want more of, it’s the Super Mario drone show. That drone show came out just ahead of the movie, designed to promote the film itself. And it’s at least one Mario show that has positive reviews.
On Sunday, April 2, Nintendo put on a display of about 600 drones to promote the movie, sending them into the sky just near Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California. Drones made the shapes of Mario icons and characters including Bowser and Mario, complimenting the existing glows in the sky of the Santa Monica Pier’s other carnival attractions like the ferris wheel and roller coaster.
Attractions Magazine put together a video of the show:
But fans are getting super into this show. One fan took it to such an extreme length that they edited the footage and overlaid it on a night scape of the newly-opened Super Mario World at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.
Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood officially opened Feb. 17, 2023, featuring a ride called Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge and an entirely mushroom-themed restaurant called Toadstool Cafe.
“Wouldn’t it be cool if Universal Studios Hollywood has a Super Mario Drone Light Show inside Super Nintendo World?” the video’s caption states. “Here’s what it will look like if they do have it in the future with the footage we got at Santa Monica Pier when they were doing a Super Mario Bro Drone Show to promote the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Movie.”
Of course, note that the above video up is not actual footage of drones flying over the theme park, but rather a fan recreation.
But the idea of drones flying over the theme park isn’t actually unheard of. In fact, they have already. Back in 2019, drones brightened up the night sky this summer above Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Hollywood, designed to replicate a massive Patronus charm from the Harry Potter universe.
Other theme parks are putting on drone light shows that are even bigger. Among the highest-reviewed is the Marvel-themed drone show at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, which features 500 drones forming a series of lighting sequences themed to the powers of heroic Super Heroes such as Captain America, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch and, for the first time at Disneyland Paris, Shang-Chi.
Watch that show, which runs about seven minutes, here:
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