A clip from the upcoming 2023 The Super Mario Bros. Movie has been released. In it you can hear Chris Pratt as Mario and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad. There are homages to pipes and coin boxes from the original video games, and we get a good look at the outside of Peach’s Castle.
The movie, which was supposed to come out this month for the holiday season, is now scheduled to come out in America on April 7 and in Japan on April 28. It comes to us from Nintendo and Illumination. Illumination is known for making such movies as Despicable Me and Minions.
Looking toward the other cast members, Charlie Day plays Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy plays Princess Peach, Jack Black plays Bowser, Seth Rogen plays Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen plays Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson plays Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco plays Spike. If you grew up with Charles Martinet as the voice of Mario, he is supposed to be in the movie with a cameo performance.
Looking toward the crew, the film’s directors are Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, and they’re working with Matthew Fogel’s script. The production has stressed that Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario Bros. and co-producer of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, is “front and center in the creation of this film.” Since original creators are often not given a voice in Hollywood adaptations, they clearly feel it’s important for people to know that Miyamoto is not being pushed aside or ignored.
Here is the announced cast for the Japanese dub: Mamoru Miyano plays Mario, Arisa Shida plays Peach, Tasuku Hatanaka plays Luigi, Kenta Miyake plays Bowser, and Tomokazu Seki plays Toad.
What do you think of the clip? Are you planning to see the movie when it comes out next year?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.