Hold on to your mushrooms and mind those goombas, because we finally have a trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Chris Pratt will be voicing the world’s most famous plumber, with Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Mario’s brother Luigi, Jack Black as the villainous 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.
The film is a coproduction between Nintendo and Illumination Studios. Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, tcreator of Mario, will produce the film. The film we be directed by Teen Titans Go! and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic from a script by LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and Minions: The Rise of Gru screenwriter Matthew Fogel.
Earlier this year, 4k restoration of a rare 1986 Mario anime called Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!was been uploaded to YouTube. In 1986, Mario was already popular in Japan, so Grouper Productions collaborated with Nintendo to produce a Mario movie. To advertise the anime, they released Mario phone cards, watches, rice containers, ramen noodles, a manga, an art book, three riddle books, a picture book, and an original soundtrack released on both vinyl & cassette. On July 20, 1986, the anime came out in theaters across Japan. VAP Video later released the film on retail VHS and Betamax cassettes in Japan. There have been no international releases, and no DVD or Blu-ray releases. In July 2021, Carnivol released a scan of the 16mm film on YouTube. In the description, Carnivol announced that restoration group FemboyFilms would be restoring the film in 4K. FemboyFilms released their final 4K restoration of the film.
Directed by Masami Hata and produced by Masakatsu Suzuki and Tsunemasa Hatano, the plot centers on Mario and Luigi (who wears a yellow shirt rather than his familiar green one) , who go on a quest to save Princess Toadstool from King Koopa, after she escapes from her video game. It is notable for being the first movie based on a video game, predating the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie by seven years.
The widely panned live-action Super Mario Bros. film was released theatrically in 1993, starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi. There were a few animated Mario series- The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, which ran from 1989 to 1990, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 in 1990, and Super Mario World in 1992.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is scheduled for release on April 7, 2023.