Super Plumber Brothers was filmed over fall 2015 and winter 2016 around Philadelphia and Norristown, PA and South Jersey. It is a spinoff of Living in 8-Bits, the award-winning web series about what happens when video game tropes occur in real life.
“The internet has created a lot of Mario Universe parodies,” said Stephanie Yuhas, producer and screenwriter for Super Plumber Brothers. “But what would happen if they tried to plumb in the real world? Do they even have licenses?
There was a very strong fan reaction to the Plumber characters in Living in 8-Bits, Yuhas said. So it was decided to do a spinoff.
As of right now, Super Plumber Brothers is only a six episode mini-series created for the fans. If backers could be found or sponsors to support the project than it could be a full season, Yuhas added.
“For now, this is a test run,” she said. “We produce “smart comedy” a search term that isn’t even available on GoogleAdwords because not enough people are looking for it. But if we find our audience – the Monty Python fans, the 30 Rock fast-joke lovers, the die-hard old-school Nintendo geeks – then darn, we could keep this going forever.”
While the folks of Super Plumber Brother are professional, full-time filmmakers, this particular project was one that was funded mostly out-of-pocket and partially through DVD sales. It was challenging, Yuhas said, to fund props, costumes, craft services and people to complete it.
Super Plumber Brothers premieres in March, but Yuhas hopes that fans are entertained by the series and realizes just how much they are adored.
“We’re well aware that we are not the most famous people online, but we have a group of very enthusiastic, dedicated, educated fans that really get where we are coming from,” Yuhas said. “The internet is littered with folks filming nostalgia videos vertically on a cell phone with computer mics. We present to you high-quality, well-scripted, pop culture tribute comedy, filmed with professional equipment. Watch, share, repeat! Or you can keep looking at blurry cat memes, that’s cool, too. Even though it makes me cry a little.”