The new Super Mario Bros. movie comes to cinemas – with the title, quite cleverly, Super Mario Bros. Movie — is completely different from the first attempt to bring the iconic Nintendo game to theaters back in 1993. This version is animated, not live-action, and has a look much closer to the Nintendo games than the live-action version, which was wildly different from the games in look, tone and style. Most gaming fans weren’t concerned with the bizarre Mario Bros of the 90s. It was a notorious flop, although it has become something of a cult object in recent years. (Extremely weird movies tend to do that.)
Not everyone is excited about a more “faithful” Mario movie though. John Leguizamo, who played Luigi in the live action Super Mario Bros. didn’t have positive things to say about. animated film in an interview with Indiewire. He noted that the directors of his MarioAnnabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, “fought really hard for me to be in the lead because I was a Latin male, and they [the studio] didn’t want me to be the leader. They fought really hard and it was such a breakthrough.” He added that for the new film not to “cast someone else.” [actor of color] something stinks.” (In the animated film, Luigi is voiced by Charlie Day; Mario is portrayed by Chris Pratt.)
Other key members of the animated voice cast include Anya Taylor-John as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad. It will be interesting to see how well received this “faithful” version is and how it compares to the old school film. Will more come to reconsider it first Super Mario Bros. if the new one stinks?
Super Mario Bros. Movie is scheduled to open in theaters on April 7, 2023.