If you’ve seen the Super Mario Bros. movie, you might have struggled to get Jack Black’s “Peaches” earworm out of your head.
The spirited Jack Black ballad, featuring Bowser, is the height of the film, and the catchiest film track since Encanto’s Bruno. When I left the cinema, I also heard young audience members around me singing it.
It has also now become a hit on the US song charts, and marked Black’s first solo entry in the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, on YouTube, the music video of the song has garnered 17 million views in 11 days. Let’s see:
Peaches was a later work in Super Mario Bros. Movie in collaboration with Black, and was not present in an early draft of the film.
“As we were trying to talk about Bowser’s feelings for Peach, it seemed more funny, funny and sweet if we had him sing a song about it,” director Aaron Horvath previously said. .
“We spent a night writing the song and sent the demo to Jack. A few days later, Jack sent us back a completed track. He had added his own twist to it and had his pianist play an original musical track to it. We were amazed. Gone. Away.”
Despite initially receiving mixed reviews from some critics, The Super Mario Bros. Movie broke ticket sales records and received an enthusiastic response from audiences, becoming the biggest video game movie adaptation of all time and the best animated film ever. Launch is done.
In Eurogamer’s positive review of the film, I dubbed Black the true star of the film, with the typically upbeat actor stealing every scene.
“Nintendo steps up its last Hollywood effort with a safe blockbuster return for its most trusted mascot,” I wrote in Eurogamer’s review of Super Mario Bros. Movie. “Three decades later, this film comes as part of a very different era of Mario, though Nintendo’s mascot is as entertaining as ever.”