Nintendo Direct dedicated to the upcoming Super Mario movie gave us our first look at the movie, letting us see what all the familiar characters will look like and, letting us hear what Chris Pratt sounds like as Nintendo’s mustachioed hero. It’s all timed to coincide with Nintendo’s appearance at Comic-Con this year.
Nintendo surprised the world with a preview of the movie that only showed Mario from behind. Everyone started talking over how weirdly flat Mario’s butt turned out to be, given his profession for jumping.
Bowser is shown attacking a kingdom of penguins, presumably on his way to drop a baby off a hill. And then Mario appears, and you guessed it, Chris Pratt sounds like…Chris Pratt. Everyone was gearing up for the worst, only to hear the most basic performance on earth coming out of one of the most famous characters of our modern era.
If you need a refresher on the cast of the Mario movie, here’s the list below:
While the casting of Rogen as Mario’s original antagonist Donkey Kong and Charlie Day as Luigi make a certain kind of sense given their body of work, fans clutched their metaphorical pearls at the idea of the Guardians of the Galaxy actor voicing the pipe-hopping plumber.
Although Charles Martinet, long the voice of Mario (not to mention Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and others), won’t be lending his voice to any series characters he’s previously voiced, Miyamoto teased that he would be making a surprise cameo in the film.
The Super Mario movie is being produced by Nintendo in conjunction with Illumination Studios, the American animation studio behind films like The Lorax and the Despicable Me and Minions franchises. Miyamoto said that Nintendo worked closely with Illumination Studios throughout the entire thing.
“Our crew is filled with Mario fanatics,” Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination, said. Miyamoto also assured the audience that the cast loved Mario games too.
“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to become Mario,” Chris Pratt, who seemed very confused and almost like he was melting during the broadcast, said.
Jack Black, meanwhile, joked that he got jacked for the role of Bowser. Honestly, he sounds great in the role.
The Mario movie will be hitting theaters in North America on April 7, 2023.