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Voicing Mario in a movie is an impossible task

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Before we rush to criticize Chris Pratt for giving Mario what sounds like his regular speaking voice — or The Super Mario Bros.

Movie’s producers for employing him — we should stop and think: What would we have done? Do we really want to listen to a whole film of Charles Martinet going “woohoo” in falsetto and putting on a cartoonishly thick Italian accent?

Of course not. But what would we replace it with? The actor, and the producers, are in a tough spot. Mario is an icon, one of the most recognizable characters of all time.

He is the reason the movie is getting made. But he is also its biggest problem, because he’s a cipher. Apart from being Italian and, supposedly, a plumber, he has few character traits.

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