Mario Movie: Miyamoto making masterpiece


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Chris Meledandri, founder of Universal Pictures’ Illumination animation division, and Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario, prepare to launch the new Mario movie, Super Mario Bros. Movie. With lessons learned from previous films in the Mario franchise, this one is going on a path separate from the games on the big screen.

Childhood video game superstars Mario and Luigi return for another adventure on screen this coming Apr. 7. Following recent appearances, they will be in 3D animation-style graphics. However, they do not come to the screen of a Nintendo Switch or Xbox, no, this time their adventures debut on the big screens, the movie theaters, in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

That’s not the only difference though. They also will have revitalized energy in their voices, as their previous sound is being replaced with known actors and celebrities. The most prominently known cast members are Chris Pratt, Jack Black, Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogen and Charlie Day.

Chris Pratt will take the lead role of Mario, with Charlie Day and Anya Taylor-Joy following suit as Luigi and Princess Peach, respectively. In a fitting and welcome circumstance, Bowser will be played by the voice of Jack Black. The Mario fanbase was disappointed with Mario’s new voice, as Pratt discards any hopes that Mario’s accent will remain. In fact, Pratt will not be changing his voice at all, this being the focal point of disappointment in the upcoming The Super Mario Bros. Movie. “Nintendo made a grave error not hiring a professional voice actor,” senior Drew Sill said.

Chris Pratt’s voice was the only nationally recognized disappointment, though. Jack Black provided redemption, as one fan on Twitter (@CircleToonsHD) said that they can ‘tell Jack Black put a ton of love and heart into his Bowser voice’. Bowser’s voice is not the only impressive aspect. “Honestly I really like the animation, it’s good,” senior Aditya Basam said.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is of unprecedented quality, compared to previous Mario Bros. movies. There was one prior production in America in 1993, Super Mario Bros. In a monumental failure, the 1993 live-action production observed losses of between $3-10 million. It even made it onto multiple lists of worst films ever made.

The creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, denounced the film saying that although he appreciated the effort, it tried too much to resemble the games and not follow its own path toward entertainment. Now, he takes the reins with the founder of Universal Pictures’ Illumination animation division, Chris Meledandri. They both agreed to co-produce it, and this time, Miyamoto would be at the front of it.

With Mario’s creator at the mast, fans expect significantly better results. Better, yet different. With the knowledge that Miyamoto does not want the movie to resemble the games, the plot and detail intersections are now wild cards. Similarities between the games and movie will be far fewer than in the 1993 film, leaving fans hopeful for their favorites to be included. For some it is their favorite scenes, for others their favorite characters. “I hope there’s a lot of Yoshi,” sophomore Amelie Tessier said.