It’s a-me, Chris Pratt!
On Thursday afternoon, the highly anticipated first trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie dropped, and despite excited, ample buzz online, there was one thing fans were quick to complain about: Mario’s voice.
Pratt, who starred in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is the voice of Mario, the iconic Italian plumber from Nintendo’s ever-successful video game franchise.
Though Pratt, 43, only speaks two lines in the teaser trailer, Nintendo superfans on social media felt Pratt’s Mario was missing the character’s classic, exaggerated Italian flair. (Pratt, for the record, is not Italian.)
The trailer begins with a dramatic animated scene where Mario’s enemy, Bowser, voiced by Jack Black, is seen attacking a kingdom of small penguins. Bowser, a giant, fearsome turtle, then finds a Super Star — a coveted item in many Mario games that temporarily makes players invincible.
— Illumination (@illumination) October 6, 2022
But while fans seemed to think Black breathed a fiery new life into Bowser, it was clear that most thought Pratt wasn’t quite able to make the “jump” to reach Mario. Many complained that Pratt’s Mario simply sounds like, well, himself.
Chris Pratt saying he worked so hard on the Mario voice only for it to sound like Chris Pratt is the funniest thing
— Comet 🐑🌟 @ Lumi Pilot | Working on comms (@starteas) October 6, 2022
who would have thought that chris pratt's big secret voice in the mario movie would be his normal speaking voice
— Hard Drive (@HardDriveMag) October 6, 2022
me listening to chris pratt's voice come out of mario's mouth pic.twitter.com/yH3IKPjMBm
— allegra frank (@LegsFrank) October 6, 2022
Chris Pratt's regular voice VS Chris Pratt's Mario voice pic.twitter.com/CirQMG3NSG
— PattyNest (@PattyNest) October 6, 2022
In September 2021, Pratt announced he would be the voice of Mario in the movie, and claimed he was “working hard” to perfect the accent. Fans clearly aren’t so sure.
Several Twitter users also referenced the French language dub of the teaser trailer, which featured a much more vocally animated Mario than Pratt’s own.
French dub got a killer Mario lmao damn pic.twitter.com/H1Us82ueme
— Ajay (@AnimeAjay) October 6, 2022
In most Nintendo games, Mario is voiced by Charles Martinet, who is also the voice of Mario’s brother, Luigi, and several other characters. Why Mario was not voiced by Martinet again is unknown, though he will make a cameo appearance in the film.
Regardless, it’s clear fans sorely miss Martinet’s iconic portrayal of Mario. Mamma mia!
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