Since 1995 and the release of a certain Mario’s Game Gallery, the most famous video game mascot has been played by the very playful Charles Martinet. And yet, it is Chris Pratt who will lend his voice to the first feature film featuring Super Mario.
Next year, the adventures of Super Mario will be available for the first time in an animated film (those who will immediately quote Super Mario Bros. can now be released, thank you), and to the fairly general surprise, Nintendo recently unveiled the cast of Hollywood actors and actresses who will play the main characters of the Mushroom Kingdom, starting with the guy Chris Pratt in the role of Nintendo’s mascot.
The tonic accent
If the affair would not make much noise in our country where the language is flat and foreign accents declared personæ non gratæ at cinema, Americans are already wondering how the Parks and Recreation actor will interpret Super Mario and his famous Italian accent. A journalist from the site toofab thus saw fit to question the co-producer of the film Chris Meledrandri on the subject, as he left Los Angeles airport:
All I can tell you is Mario’s voice is phenomenal. I can’t wait for people to finally hear it.
In this inevitably a little raw video, Meledrandi also tries to defuse the semblance of controversy that had begun to emerge in the ranks of an audience far too preoccupied with minute details, by discovering that Mario would therefore not be embodied by an actor more or less Italian:
Being Italian-American myself, I understand some comments. Charlie Day, who plays Luigi has Italian origins, it’s a bit of our wink.
Here we goal!
Transported by his enthusiasm, the toofab journalist continues his questions by questioning the place of the famous catchphrases of Super Mario in the animated film. So, what about the “let’s-a-go” and other “mamma mia” which made the success of the mascot?
There will be, we’re referring to, but that’s not really what defines the performance of the actors throughout the film.
Players can therefore expect a few winks, but friend Mario should therefore express himself other than by a succession of interjections, and that’s a priori so much the better. What about the French version? The comments below are open to your craziest theories.
Super Mario The Movie is due out on December 21, 2022 in the US, and late 2022 here.