The cast of Super Mario Bros., including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Jack Black, joined Jimmy Fallon for an a capella medley of the game's iconic music.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is on its way, but the a cappella version of its theme song is already here. The cast joined The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for an adorable rendition of one of history’s best video game themes. The video united Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Anya Taylor Joy, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, and Fred Armisen for a glorious Mar10 Day treat.
Clever harmonies and cute animations make the Mario Bros. theme one of Jimmy Fallon’s best a cappella endeavors. Everyone contributed their voices to the piece, including a fiery take from Jack Black and a classic Seth Rogen laugh to spice things up. The video is so fun that not even Chris Pratt’s labored concentration can bring it down.
The video ends with the cast being joined by Mario’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Illumination Entertainment president Chris Meledandri. Miyamoto and Meledandri represent the collaboration between Nintendo and Illumination on the new movie.
The Mario theme song was originally composed for the first-ever Super Mario Bros. game, released in 1985. Koji Kondo, a sound designer at Nintendo at the time, wrote the track for the game’s ground level, but it became so iconic that the team used the piece as the main theme for its subsequent releases and has ever since.
Kondo noted that the most iconic of all the Super Mario Bros. tracks was the most challenging to compose. Kondo allegedly found inspiration for the track in the 1984 song “Sister Marian” by the Japanese fusion band T-Square. Once the song was completed and released to the world, it became an instant classic, along with the game it represented.
Since then, the Super Mario Bros. franchise has expanded with innumerable releases and spin-offs that continue to be updated. As fans explore every nook and cranny of the vast Mario world, they discover new tricks and derive joy from even the franchise’s oldest releases. After nearly 40 years, Super Mario Bros. is getting the movie it deserves.
The new animated film looks to right the wrongs of 1993’s Super Mario Bros., a live-action film that remains one of the most puzzling video game adaptations ever made. With an all-star cast and cutting-edge animation from one of the industry’s top studios, 2023’s Super Mario Bros. Movie promises an upgrade.
The film’s trailer packs plenty of fan delights, bringing in classic characters, environments, and challenges across the Mario games. Movie and TV adaptations of video games are infamous for failing their source material, and the long history of bad video game movies has made fans wary of the genre. But lately, adaptations like HBO’s The Last of Us and Paramount’s Halo have given video game fans some hope.
Still, the Mario Bros. are some of the oldest and most beloved characters in video games. Fans have already put Chris Pratt on thin ice for his voice in the trailer, and they will carry their skepticism and high expectations into theaters. The Super Mario Bros. movie will compete at the crowded spring box office on April 5, 2023, giving us enough time to get the a capella theme song out of our heads.