Super Mario Bros.: The Movie Returns to the Big Screen in Animation
Nintendo’s beloved character Super Mario is making his triumphant return to theaters worldwide in just a few days. This time, however, he’s in animation in an effort to make up for the disappointment of the 90s film. Fans of the franchise have been eagerly tracking the news related to Super Mario Bros.: The Movie, which includes the recent controversy over the casting of Chris Pratt as Mario.
Pratt’s Ability to Take on Mario’s Accent Questioned
Although Pratt has been known for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks & Recreations, and Jurassic World, many fans are skeptical about his ability to take on Mario’s Italian accent. Some have directly criticized him for not having Italian ancestry in his family. Others believe that Charles Martinet, the dubbing actor who gives the voice to Mario in Nintendo video games, should have been in charge of doing the same in the original version of the movie.
Chris Pratt Responds to Criticisms
In light of the criticisms, Chris Pratt recently spoke with Extra TV to address the topic. “Go see the movie and then we can talk,” he said. “You may need to watch it twice. This is a passionate fan base, and I get it, I’m a part of it.” Pratt recognized the concerns of the franchise’s fans, stating, “It’s the soundtrack to your youth, and you don’t want someone to come along and cynically destroy it with the movie to make money.”
Pratt also emphasized the efforts taken to ensure the new Super Mario Bros. movie does the franchise justice, saying, “There were a lot of hearts, souls and minds dedicated to making sure that didn’t happen. The movie really lives up to the video game. It honors the world of Mario and is promising for what we could expect in the next 10 years as a whole universe of this type of film.”
Regardless of the controversy, fans are sure to flock to theaters to see the new Super Mario Bros.: The Movie on April 5th. It’ll be up to audiences to decide whether or not Chris Pratt’s work measures up to the iconic character we all know and love.