Once upon a time Nintendo licensed their popular Super Mario and Legend of Zelda characters to animation studio and production company DIC. The result was the Super Mario Bros. Super Show. Now jump ahead fifteen years or so. Nintendo (for some reason I'll never understand) is embarrassed about these animated productions. So embarrassed, in fact, that the company has declined participation in planning special features for the Super Show DVD sets. Last month Shout Factory released the first volume of these classic cartoons and is now hard at work on volume two. However, with Nintendo giving Shout the shutout, the DVD production crew is turning to the dedicated fan base for some help with the special features.
The producers are looking for photos of fans dressed up as Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Toad, King Koopa... basically any Super Mario character or element from the original cartoon. Take note of that qualifier there: the original cartoon. Shout only has the license to use character iterations from the original cartoons from the first two Super Mario games, so no Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World allowed. I should dig up my old pictures from a childhood Halloween long ago when I dressed up as Mario. My father even built a large mushroom for me to carry made out of high quality foam. Apparently I still have the knack. A former girlfriend once told me I looked like Wario. We were still together at the time, so I took it as a compliment.