I vaguely remember my elusive occasional sub-editor DJ Tim mentioned sometime in December about how sound played such a massive role in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And that.
The great man was right. Over on FlashPlayer.com, there's a trilogy of flash animations set in the Super Mario world. The visual effects are basic (in a good, retro way), as it uses rips of old SNES sprites and backdrops, but with a decent soundtrack, it actually becomes an exciting cinematic treat (aside from part 3 where the storyline sags somewhat).