We often fear what we don’t understand, and I still don’t really understand Chris Pratt as Mario.
I understand it on a purely for-profit level. A big name like Chris Pratt is bound to pull in a normie crowd. However, on the level of accuracy to the original character, it doesn’t really make sense. But when has that ever really mattered in Hollywood, right? I mean, in a world where Chris Pratt is also Garfield, accuracy has gone out the window.
Beyond the black and white picture of Pratt that announced he would be playing the title of Mario, all we really have to base the concept of his performance on is a video of Pratt saying he’s going to be “the voice of that video game that [he] dreamed about playing as a kid“, and the film’s producer insisting that Pratt’s Mario voice is actually so good and awesome. However, thanks to the work of a very talented animator and an absolutely loony game maker, we now have a very weird and wacky preview of what Chris Pratt’s Mario could be.
The YouTube Clip(s)
Kevin Temmer is a songwriter, YouTuber, and animator, working currently at Squanch Games and previously at Jam City and Blue Sky. Temmer regularly posts his independent animation work on his YouTube and Twitter accounts and recently made a short clip using a Mario rig and a section of Pratt’s audio from The Lego Movie.
I will say, this clip on first viewing made me… shiver. The animation is quite well done and, based on the comments, a few people were fooled into thinking this was the real thing. While Mario’s original voice could really only be done by Charles Martinet, something feels a little icky about Mario sounding like Emmett if that’s the direction they decide to go in.
Temmer also posted a Charlie Day as Luigi clip, which I actually love.
A few people in the comments are theorising that Temmer is secretly working on the movie and is just posting his progress, which would be neat considering what he’s shown off but incredibly unlikely.
And now for something very annoying. Woe Industries, making classics like Declassified Space Invaders and Food Poisoning: The Game in the past has now made Chris Pratt Is Super Mario, a Mario rip they whipped up in GameMaker Studio that has replaced Mario’s sound effects with Chris Pratt audio clips from various projects of his.
While the YouTube clips were somewhat unnerving, this bad boy just gets annoying. Holy shit, I’ve never felt more desire for the original Mario sounds until I played this. Sure, some of the controls are unresponsive and weirdly mapped but it really is just a silly gimmick game from the original Mario design at the end of the day.
We’ve still got a while to wait until we see The Real Thing but these beautiful monstrosities have personally given me a look at how weird and annoying the regular Chris Pratt voice in a Mario body is. At this rate, I don’t know what to expect but it’s either Mario Is A Regular American Man or Mario Is A Regular American Man Doing A Very Cringey “Italian” Voice.