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Blue Shell Incident
File:Blue Shell Incident (2019) film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoel Johansson
Release date
  • November 14, 2019 (2019-11-14) (Early cut)
  • November 15, 2019 (2019-11-15) (Final)
Running time
26 minutes

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Blue Shell Incident is a 2019 animated film created by Joel Johansson. Production was live streamed sporadically over a year (from 2018-2019) and the film was one of Joel's earliest film productions.:


The film begins with Luigi drowning his sorrows in "Spaghetti on the rocks", only to be interrupted by his older brother's rude entrance. Luigi is surprised to see his brother, thinking the latter died in Zanzibar. Mario reveals the "Blue Shell Incident" was just a cover-up.

The film then cuts to a flashback of the supposed Blue Shell Incident, which features Mario and Luigi walking through an amusement park. Lasagna Ocelot, the alter ego of Garfield, stalks the duo and contacts a mysterious figure that "Operation Blue Shell Kill" is about to commence. He attempts to assassinate Luigi with his gun just as Mario ominously informs Luigi that he will go to hell before he dies. However, due to Lasagna Ocelot's laziness and it being a Monday, Lasagna misses the shot and it hits Mario instead. The cat retreats via a helicopter, seemingly out of ammo and is seemingly blown up by colliding into a random Toad in the sky. Luigi, upset over his brother's death, screams so loudly it can be heard in space.

It then cuts back to present day, where, through a series of pasta-related puns, Mario reveals he was faking his death all along and that it was his intention to kill Luigi. Grabbing his own gun, Mario intends to finish the job. A gunshot is heard and the screen cuts to black, only to reveal the gunshot was not fired by Mario, but by a new character: Duck Nukem. Duck Nukem reveals he witnessed the attempted assassination of Luigi and attempts to shoot Mario. Mario dodges, however, and the shot hits the Toad barkeep instead. Mario asks Nukem who sent him, but Duck Nukem's voice is replaced with unintelligble duck noises at the end, keeping it a mystery for both brothers.

Duck Nukem attempts to shoot Mario several times, but misses all his shots and empties his ammo. Mario makes a hasty escape through the window. Duck Nukem reveals he is on Luigi's side because Luigi fed him breadcrumbs when he was a duckling and because he thinks what Mario tried to do is despicable. The two chase Mario through a lengthy car chase scene. Mario slips on a banana and crashes into a restaurant, his body being flung through the window. Luigi tells Duck that he sees him as his true brother and that after they defeat Mario, Luigi will treat Duck to some spaghetti on the rocks.

Inside the restaurant, Mario attempts to distract Duck and Luigi by pretending to be "Hand-io". When that doesn't work, Mario is asked why he did all this. He reveals he was secretly Scatman John all along before firing at Duck and Luigi with a gun. Luigi flees the restaurant and escapes through a warp pipe while Duck Nukem hides in the restaurant. The Scatman John reveal turns out to be a fake-out, Scatman merely disguising himself as Mario while the latter was using the bathroom. Mario then shoots Scatman. Lasagna Ocelot's helicopter crashes near the restaurant and Lasagna enters, greeting his boss Mario. Considering operation Blue Shell Kill was unsuccesful, Mario resorts to his secret weapon: Metal Gear McQueen.

Much to the terror of the townsfolk, a giant Lightning McQueen with legs is summoned. Entering the secret weapon, Mario and Lasagna Ocelot wreak havoc on town while Duck Nukem stands on one of the robot's feet. Meanwhile, Luigi comes out of hiding and is terrified at the sight of the secret weapon. With Duck still on McQueen, Lasagna Ocelot asks why they're killing Luigi. Through a flashback, it is revealed that on a round of Mario Kart, Luigi hit Mario with a Blue Shell, causing the plumber to come in last place. When Lasagna reveals Luigi pissed in Mario's Cheerios, Mario challenges Luigi to a final fight. Duck Nukem, determined to stop the technological terror, grabs an RPG and shoots it at point-blank range. Metal Gear McQueen is destroyed, but Mario lives.

As expected, the rocket blast killed Duck Nukem. Luigi almost doesn't cry, but upon seeing a single feather float down, he screams out Duck's name. Mocking his sad brother, Mario uses a Super Mushroom and becomes a giant. Using Duck's feather like a Cape Feather, Luigi grows a cape and fights Mario. Luigi is victorious and Mario shrinks down to his normal size. Mario sneaks up on Luigi and monologues about memes, much to Luigi's confusion. Mario reveals he always hated Luigi and the two fight once more. Again, Luigi wins, but Mario scoffs and uses a cheat code to spawn in a Star. Gloating to Luigi,he is suddenly stabbed with a shovel by Duck Nukem. Duck thanks Luigi for their time together and dissapears again.

The movie ends with Luigi in the same bar as the start of the movie, once again having spaghetti on the rocks. However, since the bartender is Donald Duck, Luigi is reminded of his dearly departed friend and allows the bartender to keep the change. With DK, he drives off into the sunset, saying that he is Luigi, number one.

After the credits roll, a call between Lasagna Ocelot and a mysterious figure can be heard. According to Lasagna, the operation was a success. We hear about a mysterious old man who "doesn't know yet" and a third Mario Brother that needs to be found for mysterious reasons. As Garfield ends the call, he reveals his boss is none other than Scatman John, who survived being shot by Mario. The movie then ends on a cliffhanger.


Joel Johansson as all characters


Production of the film began on August 21st 2018. The film used the program 3D Movie Maker for its animation. Many elements of the film were created throughout the 15 Twitch streams for the film. Two scenes were cut out of the final film

  • Originally, Luigi and Duck were going to make out in the bar right after Mario leaves for seamlessly no reason at all. His line also had a complete tone-shift, giving him a more deeper voice and japanese accent
  • Mid the first action scene, all the characters in the bar would suddenly just start having an orgy, including Wario and maybe even Toad's corpse.


An early cut of the film premiered on November 14th 2019. This one notably lacks the final battle scene and post credit sequence[1]. Later, these scenes were completed and the final cut of the film was released on November 15th 2019.[2]


The film recieved widespread acclaim across the board. On IMDb the film has an extremely high rating of 9.8/10.[3] The film also has a 4.2/5 on Letterboxd.[4]

Reception wasn't always high praise. On Rate Your Music, the film has a 3.53/5.[5]

Fan Sequel[edit]

On April 10th 2020,Youtuber Plopilpy released a sequel titled Blue Shell Incident 2: Wari Oh No!.[6] While unofficial, the film has been confirmed by Joel as cannon.[7] Joel himself has said he may make an official sequel to the film.


  1. [Vinesauce] Joel - 3D Movie Maker ( Part 15 Finale ), retrieved 2021-09-14
  2. [Vinesauce] Joel - Blue Shell Incident, retrieved 2021-09-14
  3. The Blue Shell Incident (Video 2019) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-09-14
  4. The Blue Shell Incident (2019), retrieved 2021-09-14
  5. "The Blue Shell Incident (Film, Absurdist Comedy): Reviews, Ratings, Cast and Crew - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  6. Blue Shell Incident 2: Wari Oh No! (CANON), retrieved 2021-09-14
  7. Vinesauce [Joel] - The Blue Shell Incident 2, retrieved 2021-09-14

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