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The new "Super Mario" trailer is here - and it doesn't look bad at all

Luca Fontana
30.11.2022

The Super Mario Bros. movie is coming to the cinema soon. The new trailer not only shows more of Chris Pratt's interpretation of the cult character. We finally get to see more of the world and the other characters.

It was just over a month ago that the first "Super Mario" teaser sent the internet into a tizzy. There really wasn't much to see. Except for Bowser, voiced by Jack Black. But the fan community was much more eager to hear Chris Pratt's voice for Mario. Especially since Pratt had announced months earlier that his Mario voice would be "unlike anything you've ever heard before".

After Pratt barely spoke more than two sentences in the first trailer, we finally get the full Mario droning here. Let's-a-go!

First look at Donkey Kong, Luigi, Peach and the Rainbow Road from Mario Kart!

The trailer is a feast for fans. Especially visually. No surprise: after all, the animated film is produced by the US "Illumination" studio. This studio is responsible for the "Despicable Me" and "Minions" series, among others.

At the very beginning of the trailer, Mario charges at the iconic gorilla Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen). Interesting: As in Donkey Kong's first game appearance in 1981, this happens at a dizzying height and on a steel beam. My theory: Mario becomes a prisoner during his adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom and has to defeat the undisputed champion to get free again. Only then is he allowed to continue his journey together with Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Toad (Keegan-Michael Key), who are only allowed to watch in said scene .

Donkey Kong verpasst Super Mario eine ordentliche Schelle – wie 1981 im Game.
Donkey Kong verpasst Super Mario eine ordentliche Schelle – wie 1981 im Game.
Bild: Nintendo & Illumination Entertainment

Next scene: the evil Bowser squeezes Mario's younger brother Luigi (Charlie Day). Bowser wants to rule the world. But apparently a human with a moustache and a cap is putting a spoke in his wheel. Is Mario something like the chosen one?

It's possible. Even the first teaser suggested that Mario is not from the Mushroom Kingdom (Peach: "There's a huge universe out there") and just stumbled in by accident. Now the trailer even shows a kind of boot camp that is supposed to prepare the Italian plumber for the upcoming adventure. The highlight: the boot camp is structured like a classic Mario level in a Super Nintendo game. Mario trains for the speed run (okay, maybe not the speed run) and fails miserably. Delightful!

Die Szene könnte direkt aus «Super Mario World» für die Super Nintendo stammen.
Die Szene könnte direkt aus «Super Mario World» für die Super Nintendo stammen.
Bild: Nintendo & Illumination Entertainment

Then the trailer throws around all sorts of little Super Mario allusions at a staccato pace. Like flying puffer fish. Tanooki Mario. Fire plants. Lots of Yoshis in all colours of the rainbow. Speaking of which: the Rainbow Road from Mario Kart also makes an appearance! Now, at the latest, I'm fully hyped, old, foolish Mario Kart maniac.

Good thing the theatrical release isn't that long away: 7 April 2023 is the US theatrical release date. In our country, it will be released on 23 March 2023. And if that's not enough, the official Twitter channel for the film has new character posters. I can't wait: "Uahuuuuu!"

Titelbild: Nintendo & Illumination Entertainment

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I'm an outdoorsy guy and enjoy sports that push me to the limit – now that’s what I call comfort zone! But I'm also about curling up in an armchair with books about ugly intrigue and sinister kingkillers. Being an avid cinema-goer, I’ve been known to rave about film scores for hours on end. I’ve always wanted to say: «I am Groot.» 


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