Nintendo shared the first trailer for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” which is an expected,” animated adventure with some seriously meme-worthy casting.
With Chris Pratt as Mario and Jack Black as Bowser, fans were excited to see how unhinged the film would be. More than 600,000 viewers listened to the premiere on Nintendo’s YouTube channel in the US, and the trailer was shown simultaneously at New York Comic Con.
Although the trailer was a little short, it did not disappoint. We finally got to hear Chris Pratt’s voice coming out of Mario’s animated form, and it was a pleasant surprise. Plus, Keegan-Michael Key already killed it as Toad, admonishing Mario for mistaking him for a mushroom. A squirrel with an attitude? Hell yeah.
The trailer opens with Bowser spitting his bullshit, trying to steal our stars while we play “Mario Party”. The Koopa Troopers — literally soldiers, true to their name — follow Bowser to the ice castle, where he asks them to open the gates. Some penguins try to hail him to protect their territory, but their efforts are in vain.
So far, Black seems very committed to his role as the formidable Mario villain.
“Do you have any idea how long it took me to learn how to breathe fire?” he asked. Black died in a before-the-fact video, which was featured alongside the trailer. “You should learn from Gene Simmons of Kiss!”
To quote our own Greg Kumperk, “Bowser looks great! Mario is Chris Pratt.”
He is right. We are introduced to Mario as he falls down a warp pipe into a mushroom-infested fantasy world, only to land unceremoniously alone in a field. So far, Chris Pratt’s Mario is more like Andy Dwyer than Star-Lord, and we love that for him.
“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be Mario,” Pratt said before the trailer aired. He remembers spending hours in his laundromat beating Copus on the first Mario game.
We didn’t get to see other performances from the star-studded cast, which includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, and former TechCrunch Disrupt spokesperson Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong. Maybe we’ll see them in the two trailers!
“The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” will premiere on April 7, 2023.