One of the weirdest announcements to come out of the recent Nintendo Direct was the fact that there’s going to be a Super Mario Bros Animated Film. This may be setting off all sorts of alarm bells in people’s memories, but at least it won’t be a live-action movie.
During the Nintendo Direct stream, Shigeru Miyamoto announced the cast of the animated film, which is packed to the brim with big-name Hollywood stars. To start, there’s Chris Pratt who will be playing Mario, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, and even Keegan-Michael Key as Toad.
Chris Pratt as Mario
Anya Taylor-Joy as 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
Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike
Surprise cameos from Charles Martinet
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 23, 2021
If you remember the nightmare fuel that was the 1993 film, chances are you don’t think that this new one is a good idea. That’s not to mention the odd casting choice, which will probably remind you of the Borderlands movie casting. But as mentioned, it will be an animated film by Illumination so while it won’t necessarily be on the level of the 1993 film, there will likely be some getting used to the mismatch between the characters’ video game and movie voices.
All that said, it will be awhile before we get to see the Super Mario Bros Animated Film. Part of the announcement included the release date of the film, which is 21 December 2022 for the US, with dates for other regions to be announced later.