I know it’s been nine months, but I’m honestly still reeling from the announcement that Chris Pratt will voice Mario in the upcoming Mario movie. How the hell is that going to sound???
At least Pratt seems to think it’s going to be something special. “I worked very closely with the directors and tried a few things and came up with something that I’m really proud of and I can’t wait for people to see and hear it,” Pratt said in an interview with Variety† “It’s an animated voice-over story. It’s not a live action movie. I’m not going to wear a plumber’s suit everywhere. I’m giving a voice to an animated character, and it’s updated and unlike anything you’ve heard before in the Mario world.”
That last sentence seems to mean that Pratt won’t imitate Charles Martinet’s iconic take on Nintendo’s famed plumber. Although we already knew that, now I’m even more curious to hear how Pratt brings Mario to life.
Based on a recent statement from Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, I may not be completely thrilled with the end result. “When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate, maybe not completely — people like to express opinions, the way they should,” he said. Deadline† When we finally hear Pratt’s interpretation of Mario, I – and I assume literally every other Twitter user – will almost certainly express an opinion†
The Mario movie was supposed to come out in December, but was recently delayed. It will now debut on April 7 in North America and April 28 in Japan. The cast also includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, and Jack Black as Bowser. While Martinet will not star as Mario, he will appear in surprise cameos.