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The Animated Mario Movie Is Officially A Go

by on January 31, 2018

Remember when there were rumors Nintendo was pursuing an animated feature film starring one of its characters? Those kind of rumors have surfaced over and over through the years, but are we actually getting one this time?

The answer is yes — Nintendo confirmed it themselves this evening. A simple tweet appeared at 5:44 PM Pacific that stated “a movie starring Mario” was in the works, and the studio involved was also confirmed when they said “Illumination.”

There were zero details regarding a plot or voice cast, but perhaps it’s too early. We do know that Nintendo will be directly involved to the point that Shigeru Miyamoto himself, creator of Mario, will serve as co-producer. The other half of that job will go to Chris Meledandri, whose credits include (insert every single Illumination movie here). He’s the founder and CEO of Illumination.

The latest round of rumors regarding an animated Nintendo movie began in 2016 when president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed during a business address that he was looking into “re-entering the film business,” animation specifically. People wondered at the time if it meant Nintendo was going to start up their own animation studio, or if they were going to outsource. We know now it’s the latter.

When we know more about the animated Mario movie, we’ll pass along the info!
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  • February 1, 2018 at 1:48 am

    As long as this animated Mario movie is better than the live-action one.

  • February 1, 2018 at 2:21 am

    As many freak out over Illumination handling this project, I remain confident that Nintendo will see to it that the adaptation will be good.

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  • February 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    If they use actual voice actors here is my ideal cast–

    Mario – Charles Martinet (or Carlos Alazraqui)

    Luigi – Eric Bauza

    Princess Peach – Kari Wahlgren

    Bowser – Kevin Michael Richardson

    Princess Daisy – Jessica DiCicco

    Yoshi – Lauren Tom

    Kirby – Tara Strong

    Toad – Ben Deskin

    Toadette – Natalie Lanter

    Wario – John Dimaggio

    Waluigi – Keith Ferguson

    Roselina – Laura Bailey

    Pauline – Grey Delisle

    King Boo – Jim Pirri

    Donkey Kong – Fred Tatasciore

    Diddy Kong – Jeremy Shada

    Make it happen

  • February 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    How well could this movie actually do? Illumination has been notorious for it's movies in popularity and box office, and Mario is a pretty popular franchise….

  • February 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    I think the movie will be fine with Illumination, however even as big as Mario is the only thing I worry for is how big will the movie do overall, since most Video Game movies don't really do to well, Ratchet and Clank being a prime example of this, but then again Angry Birds did well, so there is that.

  • February 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    With Illumination’s low budgets and track record of success, Universal’s marketing tactics, and the fact that it’ll star the most well known video game character of all time, I think this film will do pretty well (and that’s an understatement).

    I’m thinking it could make a billion at the global box office, but even just half of that would be considered a big success.

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  • February 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Some have noted that Illumination recycles character models a lot. On one instance two or three times in the same scene. However since a lot of characters look the same (Toads, Goombas, Koopa Troopa's) that won't be a problem here.

  • February 2, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    As many freak out over Illumination handling this project, I remain confident that Nintendo will see to it that the adaptation will be good.

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    I don't feel that I'm "freaking out" exactly, but, while I won't say "selling out", I do think that Nintendo is making a big mistake. Even the three animated series by DIC, while having pop culture references, and in the case of the first series pop songs, never really tried to parody the games (either way, pop culture references were never the all or end of those shows, plus the pop songs were mostly just background music, with no direct involvement in the show). What's to say this movie wouldn't be just another parody/tribute, especially one that doesn't know what it's talking about?

    What's more, even if it were to look exactly like the games, there's still a chance that it could be even worse than the live-action movie ever was. The Ratchet and Clank movie…still felt like Ratchet and Clank to me. However, I understand that when T.J. Fixman wrote the Ratchet and Clank movie, much of his script had been rewritten by the movie's director, which might explain why that one failed.

    In any case, I really hope that Nintendo knows what they're doing. I really do. Oh, and please don't mention The Peanuts Movie. That was one thing, this is another.

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