Why isn't it-a him?
We recently got to hear Chris Pratt as Mario, thanks to the first Super Mario Bros. Movie teaser trailer. Nintendo fans have had mixed reactions to the casting online, and now well known voice actor Tara Strong has chimed in as well. She took to Twitter to share her feelings that “It should be Charles”, of course referring to Mario’s iconic video game voice actor Charles Martinet.
Tara Strong is well regarded for her many, many voice acting roles, ranging from Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls to Harley Quinn in various Batman projects. Considering her background, it’s understandable that she has strong feelings about the recasting of voice actors for Hollywood movies. She made these feelings even clearer in a follow-up tweet, lamenting this now common practice:
We have heard that Charles Martinet will have a role somewhere in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, but he seems likely to be relegated to a small cameo. We’ll have to wait to find out exactly where he appears once the movie gets released in April 2023.
Tara Strong also asked her Twitter followers to share any happy stories they have with Martinet, who she says she insists on being next to at cons because she loves him so much. Martinet replied, seeming extremely appreciative of all the love. Check out that thread now if you’d like to show him some love yourself.
I respect and appreciate Charles Martinet. His voice is iconic and he is the perfect voice for Mario in video games. But I don't think he would be the ideal choice for a full-length movie that has a ton of dialogue. That very Mario voice would likely get on my nerves quickly, because it just doesn't translate well to dialogue. That's why you almost never hear Mario say anything more than simple expressions of excitement/disappointment in videogames like "WAHOO!" or "MOMMA MIA!"
Is Pratt the ideal choice? Hell no, but he does give Mario a more normal voice for dialogue.