Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment Officially Announce Animated Super Mario Movie

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Nintendo has officially announced a new Super Mario animated movie, produced in collaboration with Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me and Minions).

The producer on this project will be shared by Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri and Nintendo company director Shigeru Miyamoto. Previously, we reported on rumors that this deal was coming close to being inked – now they’re ready to start production.

Universal Pictures and Nintendo are funding the movie, and Universal Pictures is set to distribute the film worldwide.

Super Mario Odyssey is now available for the Nintendo Switch. In case you missed it, you can find our review for the game here (we highly recommend it!).

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  • Mr0303

    If nothing else at least the animation will be good.

  • Anon_Amous

    The animation of Illumination is fine. They suffer in the character design department, this makes this combination a pretty good idea in general since Nintendo can provide well established, beloved and well designed characters.

    My concern is how to do a satisfying Mario film with a plot. Mario games eschew plot for the most part (a good idea) but with a film that’s the most important thing really. Hopefully they go a Paper Mario kind of route with it, but giving Mario more agency.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Doesn’t take a genius to figure out this will only produce something less entertaining than the live action movie.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Biggest issue is that neither of them has the ability to make an entertaining fit the usual time limits for a movie.

  • Blazing Fist of Justice

    Martinet must remain as the voice of Mario and he’s not allowed to say any sentences longer than “Let’s a go.”

  • This will suck.

  • ProxyDoug

    I hope they go all out on it. Make it epic instead of the run of the mill western animated film.

  • Nin

    The film being something legitimately good is so unlikely that I’d rather they go full retard. Even then, I doubt they could compete with the live action version in that sense.