The series originally started in 1995, when Robbie and Jeff Benson decided a live action EarthBound movie sounded like fun. Equipped with their minimal knowledge about movies, and their dad wielding a VHS camera, they ambitiously started shooting what would soon become an abandoned project, and then later a YouTube cult favorite.
Less than five minutes into the original movie, the production ostensively fell apart, as Robbie and Jeff faced the difficulties of completing a film beyond their doorstep. Ten years later (2005), the film was picked back up as a joke with some friends, where the production standard remained the same; hence the joke. As the chapters progressed and the fan base grew, so did the production quality.
In 2011 it was announced that the series was to be rebooted, in order to cover otherwise lost elements of the story.