Almost three decades after Mario and Luigi last visited U.S. movie theaters, it’s time for the Mario brothers to level up — and audiences at ">New York Comic Con 2022 were the first to get a sneak peek at next year’s animated Super Mario Bros movie.
Debuted during the Super Mario Bros. Film panel at NYCC on Thursday afternoon, the first glimpse at the animated co-production between Nintendo and Illumination — the studio behind the Minions and The Secret Life of Pets franchises — wowed a packed room at the Empire Stage.
The movie has an amazing voice cast, with Chris Pratt and Charlie Day playing Mario and Luigi respectively, while Anya Taylor-Joy plays Princess Peach, Jack Black plays Bowser, Seth Rogen plays Donkey King, and Fred Armisen plays Cranky Kong. Keegan-Michael Key plays Toad, and there are multiple other cameos teased as being part of the movie… including none other than Charles Martinet, who’s voiced Mario in multiple projects to this point.
Plot details of the movie have been kept under wraps to this point, beyond the fact that the movie is based on the video game franchise; it’s directed by the Teen Titans Go! team of Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, from a script from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’s Matthew Fogel. If that’s good news for animation fans, there’s better news for Mario fans: Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the franchise, has been part of the making of the movie, as well, according to the studio.
The movie is scheduled for release April 7, 2023. Watch the trailer below.
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