Overlooking all those “flat tush” complaints that took social media by storm when the first official poster reveal for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Universal Pictures dropped a teaser trailer (via a Nintendo Direct) for a brand-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 written 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.
Mama-mia, the plot details are being kept firmly under wraps and the only thing Pratt disclosed on Twitter was that the film is “very special”. The trailer also debuted at New York Comic Con where Jack Black revealed that Bowser has a musical side to him, teasing a theme for the character.
Also, back in May 2021, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said that the company was interested in producing more animated films based on its IP if the Mario film is successful and just last February, Charlie Day expressed interest in doing a Luigi’s Mansion film.
The film is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo. The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo and released worldwide by Universal Pictures.
During the Nintendo Direct, Meledandri confirmed that Brian Tyler (Fast and Furious franchise, Avengers: Age of Ultron) will score the film, working in collaboration with Koji Kondo, the latter having provided numerous contributions to the Super Mario series of video games.
#SuperMarioMovie is only in theaters on April 7, 2023, and in the meanwhile, we’ll leave you with the trailer that promises a lush and faithful-looking big-screen return to the Super Mario Bros. universe.