The cast of the film Mario is “Very cool!” “- SUPicket
On September 23, Nintendo fans around the world logged into Nintendo’s Scheduled Showcase for upcoming games and updates. For many, this was information about the final character to add to “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate”. For others, it was a question of seeing if there would finally be new information on games like “Bayonetta 3” and “Metroid Dread”.
While we have some of them, they all pale in comparison to the furthest left-field ads Nintendo had up its sleeve.
At the start of The Direct, Mario creator and Nintendo rep Shigeru Miyamoto took to the stage to announce some details on Mario’s upcoming animated film. He said Nintendo partnered with Illumination Studios to create the film – an animation studio best known for their work on “Despicable Me” and its subsequent films. He then announced that the film will hit theaters in North America on December 21.
Here’s who we can expect to see the holiday season coming this year:
Chris Pratt is Mario
This film will not be Chris Pratt’s first dubbing crack. The actor voiced Emmet Brickowski in February 2014 in “The Lego Movie” and its 2019 sequel. He also voiced Barley Lightfoot in the 2020 Disney-Pixar film “Onward. “
Mario’s infamous voice is due to the work of Charles Martinet. Beginning in 1992, Martinet voiced the plumber in the “Super Mario Pinball Machine”. Since then, he has continued to voice Mario (and various other cast members) in all of Mario’s major titles since then.
Many fans wonder why Martinet was not chosen for the role he played for the past three decades. Some believe Pratt will not be able to perform the iconic voice as it is currently known. Miyamoto reassured fans that while Martinet won’t reprise his role as the iconic plumber, he will make an appearance in the film.
As of yet, the voice Pratt will use to play Mario has not been made public. It is possible that the film abandons the traditional accent for which Mario is known to appeal to Western audiences; a strange move that Nintendo is known to pull.
On his Instagram account, Pratt recalled his childhood with the franchise. In the video, Pratt half-heartedly attempted the character’s catchphrase “it’s a me” before stating that “it wouldn’t be the voice” and that we just had to wait to hear it.
Anya Taylor-Joy is Peach
What is Mario without a princess to save? During the Direct, Miyamoto revealed that Princess Peach will be voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy, an actress who made her film industry debut in a relatively recent film. In 2015, Taylor-Joy took on the role of Thomasin in the 2015 horror film “The Witch. “ The role won him both an Empire Award and a Gotham Award. Since then, she has starred in films such as “Split” in 2016 and the popular 2020 Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”. It is currently unknown whether Samantha Kelley – Peach’s best-known voice on the show – will make an appearance in the film alongside Martinet.
Charlie Day is Luigi
Writer, actor and musician Charlie Day will play Mario’s nervous twin brother Luigi. Day is best known for his work on his FX show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” alongside Rob McElhenney and Danny DeVito. Much like Pratt, Day performed voice work in “The Lego Movie” as Benny.
He also starred in Apple Tv’s “Mythic Quest” in 2020. Some say he’s a bad fit for the role, but others say his manic energy in “It’s Always Sunny” matches Luigi perfectly.
Whether you’ve seen his work or not, you recognize this man.
Jack Black is Bowser
Jack Black does not need to be introduced. Whether in “School of Rock” from 2003, “Jumanji” from 2019, “ or his role as Poe in 2008 in “Kung Foo Panda, ” we all know Jack Black. Of all the actors featured in this movie, Black is the one that gets fans the most excited. Many say that Black was born for this part, and that Nintendo couldn’t have made a better choice. On the one hand, his clumsy demeanor suits King Koopa well. But on the other hand, Bowser has rarely been known to speak. Whenever he speaks, he’s often described as having a deep, gruff voice – not quite Jack Black. Either way, we’re all very happy to hear Bowser in the spotlight next year.
Keegan Michael-Key is a toad
Actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key will portray the toad’s high-pitched voice. He voiced Murray in 2012 “Hotel Transylvania, ” Ducky in 2019’s “Toy Story 4” and Kamari in Disney’s “Lion King” the same year.
Trying to animate and capture the toad voice in any other context would be… a challenge, to say the least. I can’t think of a suitable actor to take on the role, so we’ll see how well he does.
Seth Rogan is Donkey Kong
Known for his infamous laughter and comedic sketches, comedian and writer Seth Rogan will take on the voice of Donkey Kong. One of Nintendo’s weirder choices, considering Donkey Kong doesn’t speak and really isn’t a part of Mario games. However, Miyamoto has stated that despite this, Donkey Kong will make an appearance in the film and will be voiced by Seth Rogan. Rogan will also be joined by comedian Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong.
In addition to Armisen, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will take on the role of Spike – an enemy of Mario who throws spiked bars at the player. Kevin Michael Richardson will also make an appearance in the film as Kamek. Richardson is best known for his extensive career as a voice actor, including characters such as Captain Gantu in “Lilo and Stitch”, Trigon in “Teen Titans” and lead Brian Lewis in “American Dad”. He is known for his distinctly deep voice used in villainous roles.
Last year we were given the original trailer for “Sonic”, and it was awful. Now next year we will have the animated film “Mario”. Will it be good? Probably not, given Nintendo’s reputation with video game movies. . . especially with this franchise. Will it be hilarious and successful anyway? Sure! It’s Nintendo!