Friday, December 9, 2011

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Kart Driver (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

Do you feel like in your daily life there's not enough consumption of live action adapted video game shorts? Well you're in luck, because not only do I have for you one this week, but its also really good, and not just good, but it showcases everyone's favorite Nintendo mascot and takes him to some really dark and drug filled places. Here is a 8-minute dark comedy short called, Kart Driver from filmmaker, Drew Daywalt. If you've ever played the Mario video game franchise, especially the original Donkey Kong game, then you'll get a kick out of this.

Basically, Mario's girlfriend, who is hooked on the drug "mushroom's", is kidnapped by this gorilla of a man, and Mario must jump over barrel after barrel and drive through the mean urban landscapes of modern America in order to find his love and save her from the evil Donkey Kong.

Sure, this short is pretty ridiculous, but what I like so much about it, is that it takes a wholesome video game, one we all grew up playing, and transforms it Trainspotting style, and makes Mario a tragic character who is just in love and trying to do what's right. There's cameos of Toad, Luigi and Princess Peach and yeah, again this isn't the loveable Mario character you know. Here he curses, wields a mean barreled sledgehammer, and damn if this one isn't violent. God what a glorious tribute.

Check this out if you love video games and grew up playing the Mario Bros games for endless hours. Check this out if you want to a video game adaption done right and perhaps this shows filmmakers that the only way to do a successful video game adaptation is make it into a short. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, Kart Driver.

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