The Super Mario Bros. Movie

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie
The Super Mario Bros Movie logo.png
Directed by
Screenplay byMatthew Fogel
Based onMario by Nintendo
Produced by
Edited byClaire Dodgson
Music byBrian Tyler (score)
Tom Holkenborg (score)
Koji Kondo (themes)
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Running time
92 minutes
Countries United States
Budget$100 million
Box office$1,023,241,390

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a 2023 American computer-animated adventure comedy film. It was directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic. It was produced by Chris Meledandri and Shigeru Miyamoto.

The film was released in the United States and United Kingdom on April 5, 2023 by Universal Pictures.

Plot[change | change source]

Italian-American brothers Mario and Luigi have recently started a plumbing business in Brooklyn, to the derision of their ex-employer Spike and the disapproval of their father. After seeing a significant water main leak on the news, Mario and Luigi go underground to fix it but are sucked into a Warp Pipe and separated.

Mario lands in the Mushroom Kingdom, ruled by Princess Peach, while Luigi lands in the Dark Lands, ruled by the evil Koopa king Bowser. Bowser seeks to marry Peach and will destroy the Mushroom Kingdom using a Super Star if she refuses. He imprisons Luigi to threaten Mario, whom he sees as competition for Peach's love. Mario meets Toad, who takes him to Peach. Peach plans to ally with the primate Kongs to help repel Bowser and allows Mario and Toad to travel with her. She also tells Mario that she ended up in the Mushroom Kingdom as a baby, where the Toads took her in and eventually made her their leader. In the Jungle Kingdom, King Cranky Kong agrees to help on the condition that Mario defeats his son, Donkey Kong, in a fight. Despite Donkey Kong's immense strength, Mario is much faster and defeats him using a Cat Suit.

Mario, Peach, Toad, and the Kongs use karts to drive back to the Mushroom Kingdom, but Bowser's army ambushes them on Rainbow Road. When a blue-shelled Koopa General destroys part of the road in a kamikaze attack, Mario and Donkey Kong plummet to the ocean while the other Kongs are captured. Peach and Toad return to the Mushroom Kingdom and urge the citizens to evacuate. Bowser arrives aboard his flying castle and proposes to Peach, who reluctantly accepts after Bowser's advisor Kamek tortures Toad. Mario and Donkey Kong, having been eaten by an eel-like Maw-Ray, learn they both want the respect of their fathers. They escape the Maw-Ray by riding a rocket from Donkey Kong's kart and hurry to Bowser and Peach's wedding.

At the wedding reception, Bowser intends to execute all of his prisoners in lava in Peach's honor. Toad smuggles an Ice Flower into Peach's bouquet, which she uses to freeze Bowser. Mario and Donkey Kong arrive and free the prisoners, with Mario using a Tanooki Suit to save Luigi. An enraged Bowser frees himself and summons a Bomber Bill to destroy the Mushroom Kingdom, but Mario knocks it off course and directs it into the Warp Pipe where it detonates, creating a vacuum that causes everyone and Bowser's castle to be transported to Brooklyn. As they fight Bowser, Mario and Luigi grab the Super Star, become invincible, and defeat the Koopas. Peach then shrinks Bowser with a Blue Mushroom and imprisons him. Mario and Luigi are hailed as heroes and praised by Brooklyn's populace, including their parents and Spike. Afterwards, the brothers move to a house in the Mushroom Kingdom and begin a day of plumbing work.

Voice cast[change | change source]

  • Chris Pratt as Mario, a struggling Italian-American plumber from Brooklyn, New York, who is accidentally transported to the world of the Mushroom Kingdom and embarks on a quest to save his brother.
  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario's mentor and love interest, who entered the world of the Mushroom Kingdom as an infant and was raised by the Toads.
  • Charlie Day as Luigi, Mario's timid younger fraternal brother and fellow plumber, who is captured by Bowser and his army.
  • Jack Black as Bowser, a fire-breathing, anthropomorphic turtle monster and the King of the Koopas, who rules the Dark Lands, steals a powerful Super Star, and plots to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom by marrying Peach.
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, a Mushroom Kingdom resident whose species is also named Toad, who aspires to go on his first real adventure.
  • Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, a powerful yet childish anthropomorphic necktie-wearing gorilla and heir to the throne of the Jungle Kingdom.
  • Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, an elderly anthropomorphic gorilla, the ruler of the Jungle Kingdom, and Donkey Kong's father.
  • Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike, Mario and Luigi's antagonistic former boss from the Wrecking Crew.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, a Koopa sorcerer and Bowser's advisor and informant.
  • Charles Martinet as Lorenzo, Mario and Luigi's father
  • Jessica DiCicco as Daniela, Mario and Luigi's mother
  • Eric Bauza as Diddy Kong, an anthropomorphic cap-wearing monkey and Donkey Kong's best friend.
  • Scott Menville as Koopa General, the winged, blue-shelled leader of Bowser's army.

Marketing[change | change source]

On September 23, 2021, a teaser poster was released following the cast announcement. On October 4, 2022, another teaser poster was released featuring Mario in the Mushroom Kingdom. On October 6, 2022, a teaser trailer was released. The teaser shows Bowser and Kamek fighting penguins, Mario arriving in the Mushroom Kingdom, and Luigi being chased by Dry Bones. Black and Key were praised for their roles as Bowser and Toad while Pratt was heavily criticized for sounding too similar to his regular voice. On November 28, 2022, another teaser poster featuring Peach's Castle was released. The next day, a trailer was released online. The trailer shows Mario losing a fight to Donkey Kong, Peach rallying the Toads for a battle against Bowser, who is seemed to have kidnapped Luigi, Mario training on a Super Mario-themed course, and many characters racing on Rainbow Road. During the 2022 Game Awards, a clip was released. The clip features Toad showing Mario around the Mushroom Kingdom. Pratt's performance in the clip seemed to get better. On January 29, 2023, a new ad was released. The ad features Cat Mario and Rogen's voice for Donkey Kong. On February 3, 2023, an official poster for the film was released featuring the Rainbow Road track from the second trailer, the cast of characters, Peach's Castle, and the Dark Lands. 3 days later, a promo for the film featuring Mario constantly going through the pipes was released on the film's Twitter account. More new posters featuring Mario, Luigi, and Peach were released the following days before an ad for the Super Mario Bros. Plumbing company was released on February 12, followed by more new posters featuring Bowser, Donkey Kong, and Toad.

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