Pre-Review: Super Mario Bros. animated film reveals humorous voice cast


Abigail Bergstrand

A graphic, drawn by senior Abigail Bergstrand, shows actor Chris Pratt holding a giant Mario Plushie. Ever since the announcement that the actor would play the famous Italian plumber, Pratt has gone on Instagram showing his love for the Super Mario Bros. games. Pratt said he is honored to play Mario in the new animated film. “The quarter I stole out of the wishing well to play Super Mario Bros has come true that I get to be the voice of Mario,” Pratt said. “As it is right now, it’s a me, Mario.”

The “Super Mario Bros.” animated film made by Illumination Studios in collaboration with Nintendo has been known to exist for a few years now. During this last Nintendo Direct presentation, Shigeru Miyamoto came to the presentation and revealed the movie is planned for a Dec. 21, 2022 release date in North America. He also shared another exciting aspect of the movie: the voice cast. Fans were taken aback by the fact that the famous Mario Bros. characters were not being voiced by their original actors, but by Hollywood actors. The cast that Nintendo and Illumination ended up going with was weird, and oddly humorous due to the cast seeming not fit for the roles well enough for some fans.

Here are all members of the cast we know so far, and who they play in the movie.

Chris Pratt – Mario


Anya Taylor-Joy – Princess Peach

Charlie Day – Luigi

Jack Black – Bowser

Keegan-Michael Key – Toad

Seth Rogen – Donkey Kong

Fred Armisen – Cranky Kong

Kevin Michael Richardson – Kamek

Sebastian Maniscalco – Spike

This caused some outrage, but most fans are actually finding this very funny, and it makes them want to see the movie more. Be sure to check out the “Super Mario Bros.” movie when it hits theaters Dec. 21, 2022.