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Why everyone is mad about the new Super Mario Bros. movie

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The list of boldface names goes on and on. Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogen, and many more. No, it isn’t a new trailer for Adam McKay’s almost suspiciously star-studded Don’t Look Up, but rather the casting announcement for a new, animated take on the world’s most popular Italian plumber brothers.

"Here we go!"

Chris Pratt as Mario
Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach
Charlie Day as Luigi
Jack Black as Bowser
Keegan-Michael Key as Toad
Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong
Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong
Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek
Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike
Cameos from Charles Martinet pic.twitter.com/Yio2pql1Jy

— Illumination (@illumination) September 23, 2021

The news landed online on Thursday night, with a wave of ironic indignation about the Italian erasure of casting Pratt and Charlie Day as Mario and Luigi. Of course, this sentiment was soon superseded by an earnest wave of indignation about the prevalence of needless celebrity casting in animated movies.

a reminder that professionally trained voice actors exist too and that we should maybe start casting them regularly in animated movies instead of celebrities who have no concept of voice acting

— annalisa ???? 42 (@mouseygalore)........

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