There were some major waves and at least a little backlash when it was announced that Chris Pratt was taking on the voice of Mario when a new animated movie comes out for this universe of characters. It wouldn’t have seemed like Pratt fit the central idea around Mario, but he was slated to take on the character nonetheless. And according to the actor, there might be some surprises in store when the movie finally hits the big screen. Pratt told Variety that fans should expect the unexpected for Mario especially when it comes to the voice. It’s unclear how folks will embrace this potential change.
Variety was speaking with Chris Pratt at the latter’s opening night for his series The Terminal List. Pratt got to talking about the work he’d been doing for the upcoming Mario movie and how he had worked with some of the other creatives on the flick to come up with a voice everyone thought was right for the character in this kind of movie. While Pratt was quick to remind everyone that it wasn’t going to be him running around in the plumber’s hat and iconic overalls, he did mention some of these voice changes he was making for the character. Check out part of what Chris Pratt had to say about it.
“It’s an animated voiceover narrative. It’s not a live-action movie. I’m not gonna be wearing a plumber suit running all over. I’m providing a voice for an animated character, and it is updated and unlike anything you’ve heard in the Mario world before.”
So this could really mean anything where the Mario character is concerned and just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s bad, something that fans sometimes fail to see the distinction in. One can almost already tell that Chris Pratt is preparing for a little more backlash when it comes to his character and still maybe reeling from the initial wave of criticism that came when it was announced he was taking over the role for the animated movie. It’s coming through in part of this quote when he has to make it clear that he isn’t the live-action dude here. But it’s good that he also seems excited about what they came up with for the character in the end.
In addition to Chris Pratt, the currently untitled Mario film has a number of other big names attached to voice some of the most iconic characters in video game history. Charlie Day is Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy will play Princess Peach, Keegan-Michael Key is Toad, Seth Rogen is Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen is Cranky Kong, Sebastian Maniscalco is Foreman Spike, and Jack Black is the big bad Bowser. That’s a lot of talent, comedic and otherwise bringing it for the Mario movie which is being directed by Araron Horvath and Michael Jelenic who helmed Teen Titans Go!. From that angle, there are sure to be plenty of laughs with this new movie considering the pair certainly understand how to mine comedy out of this type of animated fare.
The tentative release date for Chris Pratt and company when it comes to this Mario movie is April 23, 2023, so we have some time until we see (or hear) what they have in store for these characters. It will be interesting to see how fans ultimately react to something new from Chris Pratt.