The Super Mario Bros. Movie is an upcoming computer-animated fantasy film based on the Nintendo video game franchise Mario. Produced by Illumination with financing from Universal Pictures and Nintendo, and distributed by Universal, it is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic.
The film was animated by Illumination Studios Paris in Paris, France. Production was underway by September 2020, with animation work ending in October 2022. Lighting animation and rendering were improved from previous Illumination projects for the film] Donkey Kong’s design was changed for the first time since the video game Donkey Kong Country (1994). For his new design, artists incorporated elements of both his modern design and his original design from his debut appearance in Donkey Kong (1981). Jelenic and Horvath wanted the animation to balance between cartoony and realistic styles, flipping between moments of slapstick comedy and genuinely peril-filled action sequences. For the go-karts featured in the film, the directors worked with a vehicle design artist and artists at Nintendo to create go-karts that fit their portrayal in the film while drawing inspiration from their portrayal in the Mario Kart games. Post-production work on the film ended by March 2023.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is projected to earn at least $85-90 million domestically on its opening week.
- April 5, 2023
- Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
- Chris Meledandri, Shigeru Miyamoto
- Universal Pictures
- Matthew Fogel, Matthew Fogel
- Brian Tyler, Koji Kondo
- Nintendo, Universal Pictures, Illumination (company)