PBS: "Super Mario Bros. Is The World's Greatest Piece Of Surrealist Art"


As someone who thinks video games don't get the artistic credibility they deserve, I found this very interesting. I don't know enough about surrealism to dip into that portion of the discussion, but I'm glad that the presumption that there can be no artistic value in electronic games is going away.
As much as people would like it to be, "surreal" doesn't just mean simply "strange".
I buy the argument that Mario Brothers is surreal art, but missed the part that explained why it's a masterpiece.
"As the tanuki, the animal has been significant in Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absentminded. It is also a common theme in Japanese art, especially statuary."

the raccoon suit is not really a non-sequitur. the flying, maybe.
also, cat & beard, my initial response was to agree with you, but then i became unsure in the art historical sense of the word. it would be cool if you could elaborate.