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Super Mario Bros. Movie Includes Improvised Toad Song, Says Star

The Super Mario Bros. Movie star Keegan-Michael Key will perform an impromptu song for Toad in the film. Based on the long-running Nintendo video game series, the upcoming animated movie stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as his brother, Luigi, and Key as Toad, a humanoid mushroom servant of Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy). Written by Matthew Fogel and directed by both Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, The Super Mario Bros. MovieThe story has been kept a secret, but isn’t expected to stray too far from the plot of the original game, where Mario fought the evil Bowser (Jack Black) and his troops to save Peach.

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After the recent release of the first The Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer, the film has received much criticism for Pratt’s voice of the hero. While costar Jack Black influenced his voice for his role as Bowser and Key had the pitch of his voice changed to resemble Toad, Pratt’s voice for Mario remains seemingly unchanged. Popular voice actor, Tara Strong, recently took to social media to voice her opinion that English-language voice actor, Charles Martinet, should have been cast instead, but as audiences continue to lament the recast, one actor wants to create even more excitement for his vocal work.

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Key recently unveiled to Variety that he improvised a song for Toad that will be recorded in the coming The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Happy with the opportunity, calling the song a “absolute stunner,” the Key & Peele star also shared how he worked on his voice to get it just right for the role. Read what the actor said below:

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“He does. I got to improvise a song in ‘Super Mario Bros.’ which was great. It was just fun, that whole thing. I worked with my partner on the voice and tried to find the voice through the inner journey of the character. And then with the directors, we sprinkled some stuff in, we moved it. There was something about the timbre. I wanted it higher and higher and higher. And that’s where we ended up, and I’m very happy with where we ended up.”

How Super Mario Bros. Movie Will Be Different From Sonic

although The Super Mario Bros. Movie not billed as a musical, Key’s improvised Toad track adds a musicality not present in Sonic the hedgehog or other video game based movies, which stand out in a unique way. Featuring Black, himself one of the two-man band Tenacious D, who had previously teased Bowser’s musical side, The Super Mario Bros. Movie may also contain songs for other characters. Known for her award-winning acting performances on the big and small screen, Taylor-Joy also has a musical side, singing in Edgar Wright’s horror thriller, Last night in Soho.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie comes on the heels of the success of Sonic the hedgehog and the sequel and while the two films seem similar in nature, with iconic video game mascots as central characters, Key’s revelation that Toad sings in the film indicates that the two projects differ from each other in several ways. While both Mario and Sonic are CG animated, Sonic’s movies were mostly live-action, based on the fish-out-of-water dynamic with Tom (James Marsden) while The Super Mario Bros. Movie will be entirely computer generated and exists within its own world, of which Mario doesn’t seem to be in his element. With a release date set for April 2023, the public will have to wait to see how The Super Mario Bros. movie. will stand the test and stand on its own.

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