The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

PG
April 5, 2023
1hr 32min
Status: released

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Movie Details:

Based onMario by Nintendo
Country United States
Language English
GenreAdventure
Animation
Comedy
Release dateApril 1, 2023 (L.A. Live)
April 5, 2023 (United States)
Running time1hr 32min
Age ratingPG
StarringChris Pratt
Anya Taylor-Joy
Charlie Day
Jack Black
Keegan-Michael Key
Seth Rogen
Fred Armisen
Directed by Aaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
Written byMatthew Fogel
Produced byChris Meledandri
Shigeru Miyamoto
Edited by Eric Osmond
Music byBrian Tyler
Production CompanyUniversal Pictures
Illumination
Nintendo
Distributor Universal Pictures

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Movie Voice Cast & Characters:

  • Chris Pratt as Mario, a struggling Italian-American plumber from Brooklyn, New York, who is accidentally transported to the world of the Mushroom Kingdom and embarks on a quest to save his brother.
  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom entered the world of the Mushroom Kingdom as an infant and was raised by the Toads.
  • Charlie Day as Luigi, Mario’s timid younger brother and fellow plumber, who is captured by Bowser and his army.
  • Jack Black as Bowser, the King of the Koopas, who rules the Dark Lands, steals a powerful Super Star, and plots to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom by marrying Peach.
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, a Mushroom Kingdom resident whose species is also named Toad, who aspires to go on his first real adventure.
  • Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, an anthropomorphic gorilla and heir to the throne of the Jungle Kingdom.
  • Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, the ruler of the Jungle Kingdom, and Donkey Kong’s father.
  • Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike, Mario and Luigi’s antagonistic former boss from a company called Wrecking Crew.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, a Koopa sorcerer and Bowser’s advisor and informant.

Storyline:

A Brooklyn plumber named Mario travels through the Mushroom Kingdom with a princess named Peach and an anthropomorphic mushroom named Toad to find Mario’s brother, Luigi, and to save the world from a ruthless fire-breathing Koopa named Bowser.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Movie Budget & Box Office Collection:

Budget$100 million
Worldwide Collection$1.362 billion

About The Super Mario Bros. Movie Movie:

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is based on Nintendo’s Mario video game franchise. Produced by Universal Pictures, Illumination, and Nintendo, and distributed by Universal, it was directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic and written by Matthew Fogel.

This is the fifth fully CGI film to be based on a video game franchise, after Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001), Ratchet & Clank (2016), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), and its sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019).

After the critical and commercial failure of the live-action film Super Mario Bros. (1993), Nintendo became reluctant to license its intellectual properties for film adaptations.

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto became interested in developing another film during the development of the Virtual Console service. Through Nintendo’s work with Universal Parks & Resorts to create Super Nintendo World, he met with Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri. By 2016, they were discussing a Mario film and, in January 2018, Nintendo announced that it would produce it with Illumination and Universal.

Production was underway by 2020, and the cast was announced in September 2021.

Anya Taylor-Joy has admitted to playing some of the Super Mario games as research for voicing Princess Peach.

Mario was originally named Jumpman in Donkey Kong (1981); Luigi first appeared in the TV ad for the first Mario Bros. (1983) video game in 1983, played by a live actor. It was the first ad to be set entirely within a game world.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day have previously worked together on The Lego Movie (2014) and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), marking this the third time they’ve worked together.

Both Chris Pratt and Jack Black were two of the few actors who were considered to replace Louis C.K. as the voice of Max the dog in Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019), before the role was eventually given to Patton Oswalt.

Seth Rogen and Keegan-Michael Key’s 3rd collaboration together doing voice-over work, after The Lion King (2019) and Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022). It’s also their first time doing so in a film that’s fully animated and a film that’s not from Disney.

Jack Black’s 4th film to have him playing a villainous role, after The NeverEnding Story III (1994), Ice Age (2002) and Goosebumps (2015), 2 of which were also voice-over performances.

Anya Taylor-Joy’s 2nd animated film, after Playmobil: The Movie (2019), and Sebastian Maniscalco’s 2nd animated film, after The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017).

The Super Mario Bros. Movie premiered at Regal LA Live in Los Angeles, California with the cast and crew in attendance, and was released theatrically in the United States on April 5, 2023, and later in Japan on April 28, in both regular formats and in IMAX 2D and 3D. The film was previously scheduled to be released on December 21, 2022, and April 7, 2023 (the former of which was taken over by DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish in response to the film’s delay to the later date). On February 28, 2023, it was announced that the film would be released two days earlier, on its current date, to more than 60 markets while maintaining the April 28 date for Japan and stating that additional markets are to follow during April and May. It was released in 65+ countries on dates ranging from April 5 to 7. It was released on April 26 in South Korea and on May 26 in Poland.

The film grossed $1.36 billion worldwide and broke multiple box-office records, including the biggest worldwide opening weekend for an animated film and the highest-grossing film based on a video game. It also became the second-highest-grossing film of 2023, the third-highest-grossing animated film, the highest-grossing film produced by Illumination, and the 16th-highest-grossing film of all time.

On April 30, 2023, the entire film was illegally posted onto Twitter and was viewed by at least 9 million users in roughly 7 hours, before being removed by moderators. The incident has raised concerns about Twitter’s anti-piracy ability, staff reductions, and potential abuse of its private tools, as it was only made possible by a feature that allowed Twitter Blue subscribers to upload high-quality videos of up to one hour in length.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie received a nomination for Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film at the 2023 Golden Trailer Awards.

In May 2021, Furukawa said that Nintendo was interested in producing more animated films based on its intellectual properties if the Mario Bros. film is successful.

On April 21, 2023, following the film’s box office success, Nintendo stated that there would be more films based on their properties, though they did not directly confirm a sequel to The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

In June 2023, Pratt stated that while news on the sequel will come “soon”, development on the project has been put on hold due to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, saying that it will only resume once “the writers feel comfortable moving forward”.

In February 2022, Day expressed interest in reprising his role as Luigi in a Luigi’s Mansion film and reiterated his interest in March 2023. In April 2023, Rogen expressed interest in Donkey Kong Country forming the basis of future works, stating it created “a lot of opportunity” for a spin-off film. That same month, Anya Taylor-Joy was in talks about the possibility of a spin-off film revolving around Princess Peach.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie was released on digital download on May 16, 2023, and was officially released on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on June 13 in the US, with some early sales starting on June 6. The film was released on these formats in the UK on July 24.

The film was made available to stream on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service on August 3, 2023. As part of their 18-month deal with Netflix, the film is streaming on Peacock for the first four months of the pay-TV window, then will move to Netflix for the next ten, and then will return to Peacock for the remaining four.

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