The trailer features Bowser – complete with an unsurprising performance from Jack Black – attacking the Penguin Nation, which appeared in the Cool, Cool Mountain level in “Super Mario 64”. In a fight that ends in seconds, Bowser asks who might dare to challenge him. Enter Mario – voiced by Chris Pratt with all the passion of a Chris Pratt character, sounding exactly like Chris Pratt and not at all like the chirpy, “woo hoo” voice from the games, where he is voiced by Charles Martinet.
“It was a lifelong dream of mine to become Mario,” Chris Pratt said, with a straight face, in a statement that aired ahead of the trailer.
The film appears to show Mario’s first arrival in the Mushroom Kingdom, mirroring the “isekai” tradition of Japanese sci-fi storytelling, where an alien from another land magically teleports to another unknown world for adventure. . The trailer ends with his twin brother Luigi, voiced by Charlie Day (though we haven’t heard the character say a sentence yet), chased by the gruesome Dry Bones, a nod to the character’s lead role. in the cartoon horror series Luigi’s Mansion.
The trailer follows the release of the film’s first official poster, which has been scrutinized by fans. This provided a first look at the Mushroom Kingdom’s warp pipe infrastructure and caused public outcry in some corners: fans called on Nintendo and Illumination, the studio working on the film, to increase the behind which should be the plumber’s extraordinary.
The voice cast was unveiled last year by series creator Shigeru Miyamoto in a very down-to-earth presentation, and netizens burst into laughter and shock as soon as Pratt’s smoldering photo appeared on screen. Later reveals of the rest of the cast, including Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, only added to the surreal nature of the announcement.
Also worth noting is the inclusion of Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen) and Cranky Kong (Fred Armisen) in the cast, two Mario-adjacent characters who have created their own successful franchise. While it’s not that implausible that these two would appear in this film – they appear frequently in Mario spin-off games – the appearance of the Kongs has fans speculating about Nintendo’s intentions.
Nintendo’s latest acquisition, production company CG Dynamo Pictures, was officially renamed Nintendo Pictures earlier this week. Nintendo has admitted to taking a hands-off approach to previous cinematic iterations of its IP. The trailer for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” appears to mark Nintendo’s first instance of direct control over a movie company.