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Super Mario Bros. Movie Trailer Revealed

The first trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie was finally revealed at Nintendo Direct and New York Comic-Con panel today. After much speculation, we heard Chris Pratt’s Mario voice for the first time and now, it seems to be the talk of the town. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is slated for a theatrical release on April 7, 2023.

Chris Pratt told Variety earlier this year that he “worked really closely with the directors” to craft the perfect Mario voice, adding, “[We tried] out a few things and landed on something that I’m really proud of.”  However, based on the two lines in the trailer, it seems that Pratt’s Mario voice is too similar to Pratt’s own speaking voice, which is surprising considering the actor previously touted the voice as “unlike anything” fans had heard before.

Despite being very brief, the trailer gave us a glimpse into the animation, which is visually stunning. The clip begins with King Koopa, portrayed by Jack Black, landing in a fiery, rocky ship on an icy nighttime landscape that belongs to the penguins, who first debuted in the “Super Mario 64” game in 1996. The voice actors, particularly Jack Black voicing Bowser is one of the better takeaways from the trailer. 

Mario, the classic video game was last adapted into a studio picture of a similar length almost 30 years ago. The ill-fated 1993 live-action “Super Mario Bros.,” starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo was the last time Mario appeared on the big screen. 

The film will be yet another video game adaptation this year, which raises the question if we need any more of them. Great screenwriters have toiled over how to translate the dynamic aspects of video games to the big screen in a way that pleases both moviegoers and gamers across decades and continents. The daunting task of pleasing gamers and long-time fans of the series is something that The Super Mario Bros. Movie will have to overcome. 

Apart from Chris Pratt as Mario, the film also stars Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.