The fruit of this long collaboration between Nintendo and the Illumination has been shown in a trailer, and the result is absolutely sublime.
First appeared over 40 years ago in video games donkey kong, Mario, the famous plumber and mascot of Nintendo, had been waiting for the consecration with a (good) film at the cinema since the failure of 1993. Indeed, after this live attempt with in particular Bob Hoskins in Mario and Dennis Hopper in Bowser, the publisher Japanese had no longer dipped back into the cinematic universe – unlike its lifelong rival Sonic, Sega’s mascot. After a collaboration of more than seven years with the Illumination studio (Me, ugly and mean, Minions), Nintendo has finally lifted the veil on a first grandiose trailer.
A trailer of fire and ice
The level of production is stunning, on par with the biggest names in 3D animation. During the introduction, we see Bowser’s flying castle attacking a kingdom of ice, that of the penguins. After a hilarious mock battle, the leader of the koopas can get his hands on a star, supposed to give him more powers. A transition allows us to discover Mario, who wakes up a little lost in the middle of the Mushroom Kingdom. Toad then guides him to Princess Peach’s castle. The very high level of detail contrasts with video games without ever distorting the universe and the quality of the animations leaves you speechless: we are already looking forward to April 7, 2023, the date of its cinema release.
Something rotten in the Mushroom Kingdom?
However, something really upset Mario fans during this first trailer: the dubbing of the hero. Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) is criticized for a work without nuance or construction related to the character, only putting his voice on that of the plumber. A striking contrast to Bowser’s dubbing, provided by a Jack Black (Jumanji, King Kong) extraordinary. It must be said that since its official announcement, the star is not unanimous. For the French version, the selection of actors will have been more consistent, with Pierre Tessier (dubber of Ryan Reynolds) for Mario or the essential Donald Reignoux for Kamek.