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Super Mario Brothers Is The World's Greatest Piece Of Surrealist Art | Idea Channel | PBS

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Published on Mar 14, 2012

We all know who the Mario Brothers are but have you ever stepped back and tried looking at those games from a fresh perspective? Like you've never seen or heard of them before? They're bananas! There are armored turtles who stand on their hind legs and steal princesses! There are bullets with FACES! We make a case for Mario's inclusion into a canon of art wider than "Video Game": we think Mario is a piece of surrealist artwork.

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Thanks to the artists of the work we featured in the Fan Art section! (in order)
Mike Puncekar http://mpuncekar.blogspot.com/
Mario and Luigi by Anthony Jones http://www.robotpencil.org/
Sebastien Harding http://www.7splat.com/
Ted McClung http://living-oxymoron.deviantart.com/
Ryan Wood http://cghub.com/images/view/5209
MikePMitchell http://mikepmitchell.deviantart.com/
Fellipe Martins http://nationpoo.blogspot.com/
Winona Nelson http://www.winonanelson.com/
Bob Dob http://www.bobdob.com/

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Comments • 1,283

Nicolás Girardi
And now we have goat simulator.
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linguaphile
Who else is doing a re-run of all Idea Channel episodes? :3
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thatthinker
figured I've been a fan long enough that I should watch ALL
Omar Alcazar
Damn, almost 4 years since I first saw this. I was a freshman in highschool when I saw this and now I'm about to graduate. Oh boy, the feels.
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omer dassa
the main difference is that surrealist paintings catch a single moment in a surrealist world, while video game construct the whole world, in doing so they necessarily  normalize this world. it is consistent so by definition it becomes less weird and surrealist to you as you play. you can combat it somewhat by introducing more elements or areas in the world. but not completely. some things, specifically the mechanics, has to be consistent for it to be a video game.
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zoob m
wow, your videos used to be this short?
NaviNinja
My art teacher went really in-depth about why Mario is surrealist during art class once.
JalapenoStudios
0:42 Actually those are tubas.
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Gavin Crockett
When I ran out of money, I stepped on a bunch of turtles and brown mushrooms on my way to slam my head onto a floating array of bricks. I think money might have come out... The next thing I knew I was talking to someone in a white lab about it and let them hold a bunch of my money.
ssisnake
he made me believe white men can jump
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