The Super Mario Bros. Movie is currently in theaters, but at least nine million people also watched it on Twitter. This is because of an illegal, pirated upload put up by the Twitter handle “vids that go hard.” Every time a few minutes passed, about 200,000 more people began watching the movie.
According to Forbes, the movie was put up in two parts and the “overall quality” of the footage was high, though it described the aspect ratio as “a bit messed up.” People with a Twitter Blue subscription are now able to put up videos an hour long, and Forbes complained about how easy this made piracy.
The Forbes article made its disdain for Twitter clear, implying that because Twitter got rid of so many of its people, it can’t moderate what’s going on. The Super Mario Bros. Movie was up for more than seven hours before Twitter did anything about it, and Twitter also didn’t respond at first to the Twitter handle that uploaded the movie. However, as of this writing, the Twitter handle has been suspended.
While the people behind The Super Mario Bros. Movie can’t be happy about all this, the good news is that the movie is doing incredibly well in theaters and has already made more than a billion dollars globally.
Illumination gave this description of the movie:
“From Nintendo and Illumination comes a new animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros. Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (collaborators on Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.”
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