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Twitter does not like Chris Pratt voicing Mario in Super Mario Bros film

In a recent announcement in last Friday’s Nintendo Direct, the iconic Japanese video game company will be releasing a feature-length animated Mario movie on December 21, 2022.

Nintendo will be teaming up with Illumination Studios to make the animated film, a Super Mario Bros movie, to be exact. Nintendo also announced the somewhat odd star-studded cast who will voice our legendary main characters.

Mario, the most recognizable plumber on the planet, will be voiced by Chris Pratt. Charlie Day will play his timid brother Luigi. It also features characters like Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), Toad (Keegan-Micheal Key), Bowser (Jack Black), and even Donkey Kong (Seth Rogan)

After Nintendo’s announcement, the keywords “Chris Pratt” and “Mario” immediately trended on Twitter. Almost all Twitter users who were involved in the topics criticized the somewhat odd casting choice.

Some users joked around with the fact that Nintendo cast no Italian voice actors, despite our main characters having a famous Italian accent. 


Many more users memed Chris Pratt’s voicing Mario, a choice that seems unfounded and just plain weird. 


Other users found it disappointing that Charles Martinet was not cast as Mario in the upcoming animated movie. Martinet is a legend who has been voice acting as Mario and Luigi in hundreds of video games, films, and series for more than 30 years. He will have a Cameo appearance in the movie, though. 

This tweet shows Charles Martinet showing off his classic Mario voice.

Despite the mass criticism, there are still a few hopefuls for Chris Pratt out there. 


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