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07th Oct 2022

First trailer for Super Mario Movie is out and people aren’t happy with Chris Pratt’s accent

Steve Hopkins

‘It’s literally his regular speaking voice’

The first official trailer for the Super Mario Movie has dropped, giving fans a hint at what they can expect from the Italian plumber next year and while the reception has been warm – someone has already come under fire.

Chris Pratt, more specifically, his accent.

The Jurassic World Domination actor steps into the shoes of Nintendo’s emblematic digital hero and has left fans disappointed that he hasn’t tried to do anything with the role.

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One Twitter user wrote: “I am once again asking Hollywood why they have this love affair with Chris Pratt when he ultimately brings nothing but a name to his voice. I can understand not giving Mario a cutesy over-the-top accent but there is NOTHING in Pratt’s voice. It’s just a dude.”

A second user echoed the sentiment, writing: “Dawg, this man didn’t even try using a different voice.” A third added: “Everyone else in the trailer is doing a voice but this motherf**ker. I’m not even a big Mario fan, I’m just tired of this man doing the bare minimum for a fat paycheque.”

The tag,  #NotMyMario was added to posts.

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Pratt came under fire in early 2021 when he was revealed as the voice of Mario and added fuel to the fire by posting a video on social media saying he was “working hard” at getting the right accent for the role.

The rest of the star-studded cast has been praised by fans. Comedian Charlie Day plays Mario’s iconic brother Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy will portrays Princess Peach, Keegan-Michael Key stars as Toad, Seth Rogen plays Donkey Kong and Jack Black takes on the character of Bowser.

Illumination Studios co-producer Chris Meledandri promised audiences that Pratt’s portrayal of the beloved video game character would be “phenomenal”.

He told Too Fab: “All I can tell you is the voice that he’s doing for us, and Mario, is phenomenal. “Yeah, I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

As for the lack of Italian names in the cast in general, Meledandri said: “Charlie Day, who’s playing Luigi, actually comes from Italian heritage. Yeah, so that’s our nod.”

When asked how much he planned for actors to “lean in” to the ‘Italianness’ of the characters, he also hinted that the accent problem might become something of a self-referential joke in the film.

“We cover it in the movie, so you’ll see we definitely nod to that,” he said.

Hype surrounding the Italian plumber’s first animated major motion picture peaked earlier this week when Nintendo unveiled the first official Super Mario Movie poster, now they’re in a frenzy.

The official trailer has over 5.5 million views since been released.

Other than complaining about Pratt’s voice, fans seem to like it.

One wrote: “Wow! The Mario Movie trailer looked awesome! I can’t wait to see it in theaters,” while another added: “Just watched the Mario trailer and it looks pretty alright! I think it’ll be an enjoyable family-friendly film.”

A Nintendo Direct premiere screening of the trailer aired live on Thursday evening on the company’s official YouTube channel.

Speaking last night about the casting of Pratt and Day, given neither are Italian, Meledandri assured fans: “When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate. Maybe not entirely – people love to voice opinions, as they should.”

He added: “I’m not sure this is the smartest defence, but as a person who has Italian-American heritage, I feel I can make that decision without worrying about offending Italians or Italian-Americans…I think we’re going to be just fine.”

Also joining the cast are Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Simpsons), comedian Sebastien Maniscalco, and Charles Martinet, who has voiced both Mario and Luigi in the Super Mario video game series since 1992.

Up until this point, not much was known about the film’s actual plot.

But as the trailer shows, Mario could be tasked with stopping Bowser from going on a rampage.

The Super Mario Movie is due to hit UK cinemas on 31 March, 2023.

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