The first trailer for Nintendo’s animated Mario movie has finally arrived – and it comes packaged with the movie’s official title. Oh, and Chris Pratt’s poor attempt at sounding Italian.
Revealed during a Mario movie-specific Nintendo Direct on October 6, the teaser gives us our best look yet at the Nintendo-Universal joint animated film ahead of its Spring 2023 release. It also confirmed previous leaks today (October 6) that the movie will be called The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Check out the trailer via the most recent Nintendo Direct – skip to the 4:00 mark to watch it – below:
The first image is more of a teaser montage than an official trailer. In it, we see Boswer and his Koopa army descend from the skies, easily see a horde of penguins – who are guarding one of the infamous stars of the video game series – and laugh in the face that no one will be able to stop the King of Koopas.
Meanwhile, we get our first look at Mario, who appears to have been taken to the Mushroom Kingdom by accident. We suspect it has something to do with one of those bending pipes. We also hear what Chris Pratt’s Mario sounds like – and it’s, well, not good, to say the least.
Anyway, Mario soon encounters a Toad that looks a lot like Captain Toad, who takes him to Princess Peach’s castle. The final part of the teaser is reserved for Luigi, who has put himself in a place for both of them with some Dry Bones. Ah, Luigi, you fool.
The first teaser for the film developed by Illumination follows shortly after the reveal of the official poster, which arrived online on October 4th. , well, the lack of garbage in Mario’s chest:
Tune in at 1:05 PM PT on 6/10 for a #NintendoDirect: The Super Mario Bros. Movie featuring the world premiere trailer for the upcoming movie (no information about the game will be presented).📽️: pic.twitter.com/hqlO0SfLbeOctober 4, 2022
The Mario movie received further criticism when its voice cast was announced in September 2021. At that time, Nintendo and Universal revealed that Pratt (Marvel, Jurassic World) would voice the legendary video game character. This led to backlash from a large part of the Mario fanbase, who reacted in various ways to the two studios for not letting Charles Martinet, who voiced Mario for 30 years, lend his vocal talents to the character. Instead, Martinet will appear in several cameos in the film.
Pratt is joined by an all-star voice cast, including Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan Michael-Key as Toad and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.
Meanwhile, the screenplay for the Mario movie was written by Matthew Fogel (The Lego Movie 2, Minions: The Rise of Gru), with Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (both Teen Titans Go!) directing.
The movie Super Mario Bros. premieres on April 7 in the US and April 28 in Japan.
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