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Nintendo and Illumination team up to make a Super Mario Bros. movie
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February 03, 2018, 08:09:48
If you don't know who Illumination is, they're the makers of the Despicable Me and Minions movies, among others. Yeah yeah I know, everyone wanted Nintendo to team up with Pixar, but we get what we get.

The movie will be co-produced by Chris Meledandri of Illumination and Shigeru Miyamoto of why are you even reading this if you don't know who Miyamoto is?! Looks like Miyamoto's Pikmin shorts were a step to something bigger after all!

No other details were given. No word on if John Leguizamo is involved.

Not a scene from the movie but the best we have until we get some screenshots!

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Posted: 02/03/18, 08:09:48  - Edited by 
 on: 02/03/18, 08:10:00    
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Miyamoto being a producer is more important to me than the studio handling the animation. Illumination should be fine. Gotta wonder how they'll handle voices and such. Will Mario have extensive dialogue? Either way, I hope Charles Martinet gets to do his thing here.

Posted by 
 on: 02/03/18, 12:37:32
Illumination is probably my second choice past Disney, if they're doing a 3D animated film. The quality of some of their movies from a story-angle is so-so, but some have been quite good (Despicable Me in particular, but Sing [in spite of a weird premise] was well done overall). The important thing here is that Illumination is an AMAZING animation company. The quality of their animation is superb through and through. It rivals Disney in many places, just in terms of movement and flow. They know what they're doing, and since Nintendo will be so heavily involved with the story/characters, that means this project is in some pretty great hands.

Honestly since Nintendo will have such a say in the writing, I might even be happier Illumination is doing this rather than Disney. Disney would want more control, I'd bet. They'd play it safer. While they would do a great job, a lot of recent Disney stuff has been kind of dull and predictable to me (Frozen, Cars 3, Big Hero 6) so I think giving a currently more creative company a chance is a great thing. And I certainly hold Illumination in higher esteem as a film maker than Dreamworks or Sony or Blue Sky (all of whom have skilled artists, but as companies they make some bad film-making descision).

Posted by 
 on: 02/03/18, 17:26:15
Illumination is an animation department known for making the cheapest animated movies of today.

...that's not a secret, that's actually what they are known for; making films and always coming in under budget. Not surprised a Japanese company like Nintendo went with them for this collaboration.

Plus, as @J.K. Riki mentioned above, Illumination will most likely let Nintendo have more freedom of control on the project than say, Disney or Pixar. Or Dreamworks, for that matter.

Posted by 
 on: 02/03/18, 22:10:36

That makes their work even more impressive. That they can pull off results better or equal to the bigger budget films is astounding. Animation of the quality they do is usually unbelievably time consuming, and so, expensive.

Posted by 
 on: 02/03/18, 23:04:45
I'm cautiously optimistic that the movie will turn out fine. I can't figure Nintendo will let Illumination have free reign and will have a solid idea of what they want a Mario movie to be now unlike that....thing from 1994. Also the people at Illumination being probably more a part of the 80s/90s/00s gaming scene probably are excited to make a Mario movie and I'd hope would strive to do Mario justice.

And I can't think that the movie will feature minions outside of a background gag or a blink-and-you-missed-it cameo.

Posted by 
 on: 02/04/18, 01:52:02
They probably chose Illumination since they are owned by Universal, who they are already working with on the theme park stuff. I think they are a just fine for the job.

I don't think the movie needs to be a masterpiece to accomplish what Nintendo wants to accomplish... keeping younger generations excited about Nintendo properties and buying video games, toys, and theme park tickets.

Posted by 
 on: 02/04/18, 02:01:51
I have faith this will be at least good.

Posted by 
 on: 02/05/18, 11:22:08

I love what Charles has done for Mario's video game voice but hearing it for a 1 to 2 hour span might be too much for me.

This news gets me excited though. It gives me hope that they'll create a Zelda movie somewhere down the road.

Posted by 
 on: 02/05/18, 17:52:43
I'd agree if he'd go "wahooo", "hahaaaaa" and "mamma mia" all the time, but he's a voice actor after all and should be totally capable of dialing the performance down. It's hard to say exactly just how nuanced he can make Mario since the voice clips he's had to deliver for the games have been so limited and specific, but I wouldn't be very worried.

Posted by 
 on: 02/05/18, 18:12:53
That's probably the biggest challenge... to make Mario speak or not? Both could be pretty damn weird.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/18, 07:43:45

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/18, 18:15:50
@J.K. Riki Hopefully he can tone it down a bit. I doubt Mario will talk all that much, but I still don't think I could stand listening to that for an hour and a half.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/18, 19:11:11

Same. But even the elimination of One Mammamia Per Sentence would help a lot.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/18, 20:34:22
To be honest, I don't really understand the "Can Mario really talk for a whole movie?" question. I've listened to 15-minute in-character Mario interviews with no problem; I find him pretty funny for the most part. And it's not like his voice is any higher than the world's most beloved cartoon mouse.

I think the much bigger question is "What should Bowser's voice sound like?" IMO, Bowser hasn't had a fitting talking voice since Harvey Atkin's great work on the early 90s cartoons.

EDIT: JKR, you're surprisingly more forgiving of Illumination than I ever expected! They...wouldn't be my first choice.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/18, 21:45:07  - Edited by 
 on: 02/06/18, 21:46:17

They wouldn't be anybody's first choice, right? It would shock me if anyone but the biggest most die-hard Illumination fan put them on their top spot. But they would definitely be my second choice. Because the other big studios are just not as great as they are overall, at least from an animation standpoint.

Unless Nintendo went with LAIKA, and then I mean, yeah, that would be my 1st pick over even Disney-Pixar. But that was probably never going to happen, so I'm quite content with the animation masters at Illumination!

(As far as the Mario talking thing goes, we can both be honest and keep in mind you're kind of a Charles M. fanboy, so to be fair you're as willing to listen to him talk for hours as I am to rewatch Minions just for the squash and stretch! Most people aren't quite to that level, which is understandable.)

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/18, 22:25:30  - Edited by 
 on: 02/06/18, 22:25:59
Fair enough! And I didn't even think about LAIKA, but that'd be sweet.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/18, 23:25:27
@J.K. Riki

I'd love LAIKA to create a Yarn Yoshi/Kirby movie.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/18, 23:58:41

They would do it SUCH justice. I'm not sure I can say the same for any other studio, save maybe Ghibli.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/18, 03:02:03
More on the pairing: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/02/miyamoto_explains_why_illumination_was_chosen_for_the_upcoming_mario_movie

So there you go. Even if one doesn't trust Illumination, seems fair to trust Miyamoto, especially given that last paragraph!

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 on: 02/12/18, 16:09:22

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 on: 02/13/18, 00:29:03
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