No sign of the DK Rap, unfortunately
This weekend saw the production company Illumination release a short teaser for its fun-looking Super Mario Bros. Movie, an adaptation of one of gaming’s most beloved and successful franchises of all time — Notably, the clip features up our first opportunity to hear Seth Rogan’s performance of the mighty Donkey Kong, one of many familiar faces that will be showing up in the colorful adventure.
The clip rolls out with footage we’ve seen before, as our boy Mario finds himself on the receiving end of a beatdown from the banana-lovin’ ape. Looking to the skies to save him, Mario hits a Question Block and bags himself a Cat Suit, as featured in Wii U release Super Mario 3D World. Unfortunately, Mario’s solemn “Meow” fails to impress Kong, who promptly mocks him before continuing the ass-kicking.
— The Super Mario Bros. Movie (@supermariomovie) January 29, 2023
I’d love to think that the “Meow” line is a sly dig at the notorious first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, but it’s probably just a coincidence. Anyway, you can check out Seth Rogan’s snippet of dialogue in the tweet embedded above, and you can watch the original trailer in our previous report. Seth Rogan will be joined by and ensemble cast that includes Chris Pratt (Mario), Anya Taylor-Joy (Peach), Keegan Michael-Key (Toad), Jack Black (Bowser), and Charlie Day (Luigi)
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is scheduled to launch in theaters in the UK and Europe in late-March. It will premiere in North America on April 7. And, you know what? it’s really not looking too bad.