Super Mario Brothers: The Great Mission|
to Rescue Princess Peach
7/20/1986 Movie 60 minutes Holly Planning Production/Grouper Production (distributed by Shôchiku Fuji)
Original Work: Nintendo|
Producer: Suzuki Masakatsu, Hatano Tsunemasa
Animation Director: Matsuyama Maya
Script: Takayashiki Hideo
Music: Kimori Toshiyuki
Art Director: Abe Yukio
Key Animation: Kadowaki Kôichi, Ogawa Tomoko, Takeda Kazuhisa, Koyama Ryô, Kishita Yoshio, Kusuda Satoru, Kodama Shunji, Kobayashi Akemi, Komamiya Shingo, Mitsueda Tadashi, Satô Atsushi, Takaoka Kiichi, Toshida Kazuyuki, Nakayama Katsuichi, Negishi Jirô, Hanawa Hiroaki, Yamazawa Minoru, Yamashita Satoru, Suzuki Eiji, Eguchi Takashi, etc.
This film appears never to have been released on video in or outside of Japan subsequent
to its theatrical release, making it probably the most elusive Hata film. (talk about
missed marketing opportunities!) This is doubly unfortunate because the film is in fact
given a fairly positive review in 70 Years of Theatrical Films, whose writers are
not prone to hyperbole. The closest thing available at this time is a film comic published
in Japan around the time of the theatrical release.
Although I don't know the specifics, the animation studio that produced this film, Grouper Productions,
was apparently some sort of re-incarnation of the old Sanrio Films studio. Most of the main staff members
like animation directors Maya Matsuyama, Shigeru Yamamoto and Mikiharu Akabori continued working together on
under this new umbrella. Hence, the Sanrio films produced hereon out were produced by Grouper Productions.