Mario Movie Co-Producer Says Chris Pratt’s Voice Acting Is Good, Actually

Mario Movie Co-Producer Says Chris Pratt’s Voice Acting Is Good, Actually
This is a picture of Mario! Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku.

The announcement that Chris Pratt will voice Mario in an upcoming Mario Bros. animated movie is one that some saw coming, but most strongly hated. However, recent comments from the film’s co-producer Chris Meledandri imply that fans and critics shouldn’t fret.

“I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Talking to TooFab to address concerns around how Chris Pratt would voice Movie Mario, Meledandri insists that the voice Pratt is doing for Mario is “phenomenal” and that he “can’t wait for people to hear it”.

Meledandri also acknowledges worries around Pratt potentially doing a very over-the-top and on-the-nose Italian accent. “Well, as an Italian American myself, I understand the comments,” he said, and pointed out that Charlie Day, who will be voicing Luigi, also has “Italian heritage”.

One theory confirmed

There are plenty of theories around what Pratt’s Mario will be like, and how they will utilise Mario’s original voice actor, Charles Martinet, who is also cast in the film as a “special guest character”.

That last tweet is also my personal theory. If they’re going to have the original voice of Mario in the film, I can’t imagine it being anything but a meta gag. This theory is somewhat confirmed by Meledandri, who hints that the original “Italian” accent created by Martinet may be a self-referential joke in the film. “We cover it in the movie, so you’ll see we definitely nod to that,” he said.

At the end of the day, I’m not sure what people are expecting from Illumination, the studio that brought us hits like Despicable Me and Minions. It’s forever a case of we’ll just have to wait and see, but I feel like it’s actually a win-win either way. If it’s good, we’ll all celebrate our funny little friend Mario for his great achievement. If it’s bad, we’ll have something to dunk on for however long before it becomes a dead meme.


  • And how many directors and producers delivered pure trash, and still had ego enough to think it was perfect for an Oscar.

    The original Mario Bros movie producers probably thought it was great too.

  • Uh-huh, sure – good thing you don’t have a track record of casting movies via throwing darts at a list of random celebs.

  • “..the original Italian accent..”
    Italian people do not speak in caricatures. What’s next, having all Asian characters in english-language mediums speak engrish?

    • No that’s not what I mean Gamer Joker Charles Martinet should being the voice of Mario in Illumination’s upcoming Super Mario movie coming in 2022 but no instead it’s Chris Pratt playing as Mario along with Anya Taylor Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Keegan Michael Key as Toad Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, the Kung Fu Panda actor himself Jack Black as Bowser and Charles Martinet who will making cameo appearances in the movie I do hope Charles Martinet does the voice of Wario and Waluigi.
      But my big question is who is going to do the voice of Yoshi for the upcoming Super Mario movie next year?

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