The Mario movie leaps into action on April 7
Well, it’s finally here. Today, we got the world premiere trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, from Nintendo and Illumination.
Shown off during a special Nintendo Direct today, we got a little bit of info from Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination’s Chris Meledandri on the putting-together of this collaboration.
Then, we got to see the trailer. We see an intro scene of Bowser and Kamek arriving to overthrow a penguin kingdom, eventually grabbing a star in the process. Then, we pan over to see Chris Pratt’s Mario, hearing his take on the iconic plumber for the first time alongside a big look at the Mushroom Kingdom.
Mario goes to the movies
Reports of Nintendo and Illumination’s team-up first started in 2017. In the time since, we’ve had a few crumbs here and there, including a full voice cast reveal last year. Alongside Pratt’s role as Mario, several celebrities are set to lend their talents, ranging from Charlie Day as Luigi to Keegan-Michael Key as Toad. Both of those got a little spotlight in today’s trailer too, though the main show was Mario and Bowser.
The video game-movie adaptation pipeline has certainly grown over the last few years. Sonic the Hedgehog has had two major motion pictures and more is on the way, leading the way for many more. PlayStation has been kicking up its own productions, with an Uncharted movie already out and The Last of Us headed to HBO.
This obviously isn’t Mario’s first silver screen appearance, but it’s a pretty big one. I will say, Jack Black’s Bowser works pretty well for me. As for some of the others, I’m going to need to hear more (I was a little bummed we didn’t hear more of Day as Luigi, or see Princess Peach at all).
The Super Mario Bros. Movie hits theaters on April 7, 2023.