When Chris Pratt’s Mario faces up against Seth Rogen’s Kong in a one-on-one smash ’em up, let’s say it doesn’t end well for poor old Mario, despite including a power-up in the form of a catsuit. Rogen roars with laughter as the combat closes, telling Mario ominously, “Now you die.” While it’s always exciting for moviegoers to have a glimpse of fresh footage before a film’s official release, the real excitement here is that we get to hear Rogen’s Kong for the first time. Since Pratt’s vocal delivery as Mario differs from the standard Italian accent in Mario games, the unveiling of the voice actor for each new character is a hotly debated topic.
Fans were given their first listen to Princess Peach’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Luigi’s (Joe Pantoliano) voices in a feature-length teaser published at the end of 2017. (Charlie Day). In addition, fans worldwide have been treated to promotional trailers that feature the voices of actors like Jack Black as Bowser and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, giving them a chance to hear how each actor interprets the beloved characters. The fact that each of the Mario characters will be voiced by a well-known actor or actress suggests that The Super Mario Bros. Movie will be successful. Animated blockbusters like Despicable Me and Sing were created at Universal’s Illumination division, which also brought you this flick. With Universal’s pandemic-era animation products outgrossing Disney and Pixar’s animated output in 2022, the studio hopes that Rogen’s King Kong and Pratt’s Mario will help them achieve similar financial success at the box office.