January 27, 2023

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie: Everything We Know About The Animated Nintendo Movie Starring Chris Pratt

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The Super Mario Bros. movie that hit theaters in 1993 wasn’t what anyone expected. While the games were bright, colorful, and fun, Super Mario Bros. was a dark, somber dystopian film where Goombas were humanoid dinosaurs with shrunken heads, Yoshi was literally a dinosaur, and Bowser – then King Koopa – was human. Dinosaur hybrid played by Dennis Hopper. There’s a possibly apocryphal tale of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto watching the film and smiling at the end and saying he’s okay with it because no one will confuse it with his games.

Since then, Nintendo has shunned the big screen. There were rumors that Metroid and Zelda movies would be options from time to time, but we didn’t get anything concrete until Nintendo announced The Super Mario Bros. Movie along with its cast starring Chris Pratt. The film’s casting drew criticism from all corners of the internet.

Actors like Jack Black, Seth Rogen and Charlie Day have been largely welcomed by fans, but Pratt has been derided by everyone from Mario fans wanting to see longtime Mario voice actor Charles Martinet get his time in the sun to weary moviegoers, from Chris Pratt’s increasingly uninspired performances in movies like Jurassic World: Dominion, to Super Mario Bros. movie star John Leguizamo, who has spoken out about the lack of diversity in the cast. Pratt assured fans that his Mario voice would not just be his regular voice and would be “unlike anything you’ve ever heard,” but fans found the trailer suggesting otherwise.