The Smash Brothers is a 2013 nine-part documentary series written and directed by Travis 'Samox' Beauchamp. The documentary series examines the history of the competitive Super Smash Bros. community, in particular the game Super Smash Bros. Melee and eight of the most dominant players throughout its history, including Joel "Isai" Alvarado, Jason Zimmerman, Juan Debiedma, Joseph Marquez, PC Chris, and Ken Hoang. The film also features extensive commentary from other community figures including Chris "Wife" Fabiszak, Wynton "Prog" Smith, Kashan "Chillindude" Khan, Daniel "ChuDat" Rodriguez, and Lillian "Milktea" Chen. The series was crowdfunded through Kickstarter, receiving US$8,910. The series had a total budget of US$12,000. The series has received a combined total of over 4 million views on YouTube.
The documentary is split into nine parts, with each part except the first and the last profiling a notable Melee player.
Beauchamp played Smash Bros. from an early age, and was inspired to create the documentary series after learning about the lives of professional players. The pilot episode was shot in the summer of 2011. The documentary took over two years to make. Beauchamp quit his job to work on it full-time. He was able to interview all of the players he profiled in the series except for Azen.
The documentary series was well received by fans and game critics alike who praised its high production value, unusual for most fan films.
The documentary has been credited with leading to a renewed interest in competitive Melee tournaments. Due to the success of the series, Samox has announced a spin-off documentary called Metagame, set to expand on the stories of Swedish smasher, Adam "Armada" Lindgren, America's Kevin "PPMD" Nanney, and others, which is expected to be released in Summer of 2017.
A Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U equivalent, entitled Smash 3, is in development by Corey "False" Shin.