It’s a-me, Mario! That’s right, the world’s most famous plumber is returning to the silver screen for the first time since the 1993 live-action movie Super Mario Bros.
“I worked really closely with the directors, and [after] trying out a few things … landed on something that I’m really proud of and can’t wait for people to see and hear,” the film’s star Chris PrattSubmitted VarietyJune 2022
He continued, “It’s an animated voiceover narrative. It’s not a live-action movie. I’m not gonna be wearing a plumber suit running all over. I’m providing a voice for an animated character, and it is updated and unlike anything you’ve heard in the Mario world before.”
The iconic figure created in Shigeru MyamotoIn 1981, he made his debut in the video game Donkey Kong. Mario has been in more than 200 games since then. In a September 2021 Instagram video, Pratt joked about how a story from his childhood foreshadowed him stepping into the Nintendo character’s brown shoes.
“There was this coin-operated laundromat near my house, and it had Super Mario Brothers, the original arcade game. Oh, that game was my favorite. I never had a quarter, it felt like,” the Parks and RecreationAn alum stated that he would steal change from the nearby wishing well to play.
He continued, “That’s wild. It was just now that it dawned on him. It is now possible to be Mario’s voice because I have the quarter I stole from the wishing well. Clearly, I stole someone else’s wish, so I’m just waiting for that row of karma dominoes to come crashing down.”
Charles MartinetThe film will feature several cameos from a number of the voice actors who have been playing the roles of Mario and Luigi in the Nintendo video games since 1992. He has voiced the villainous counterparts of the heroes in several video games.
Interview with the author in January 2022 Retro GamerMartinet expressed his gratitude for being the voice behind the beloved characters for so many years.
“I have been given so many beautiful gifts,” he told the outlet. “Of course, I want to play ALL the parts, all the time. But, you know, I can’t imagine a more fulfilling, joyful, fun time and fun career than the one I am having.”
The video-game-inspired film will be released in theaters in April 2023. Look below to meet the cast members of the highly anticipated Mario movie.