Is the Video Game Adaptation appropriate for Young Children?

Mario and Luigi embark on an action-filled adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom in Illumination’s new animated epic, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.”

Based on the world of Nintendo’s Mario video games, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” will delight the generation of viewers that grew up playing them. Is the action too intense to be enjoyed by younger viewers?

Read on the find out everything you need to know about “The Super Mario Bros Movie.”

When does “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” come out?

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” opens wide on April 5, 2023.

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Is “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” in theaters or streaming?

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is only in theaters and IMAX. You can buy tickets here.

It is a Universal film and will eventually be streamed on Peacock.

A streaming premiere date is not yet announced.

What is “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” about?

Mario and Luigi, Brooklyn plumbers are underground fixing a water main. While they work, Mario and Luigi are taken down a mysterious tube and transported to a magical new place. Mario sets out on an epic journey to find Luigi after the brothers become separated. Mario discovers his true power with the help of Princess Peach, a Mushroom Kingdom resident and some training from Princess Peach, the Mushroom Kingdom ruler.

Who is in “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” cast?

Voices for the animated film include

  • Chris Pratt portrays Mario, a Brooklyn-based plumber who is struggling.

  • Charlie Day as Luigi, Mario’s younger fraternal twin

  • Anya Taylor-Joy plays Princess Peach, ruler of Mushroom Kingdom

  • Keegan Michael Key plays Toad in Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom meeting.

  • Jack Black portrays Bowser, King among the Koopas & Dark Lands. He wants to conquer and marry Peach in the Mushroom Kingdom.

  • Seth Rogen, Donkey Kong, is the heir to the neighboring Kong Kingdom

  • Fred Armisen, Cranky Kong, ruler over the Kong Kingdom

  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, a Koopa wizard and Bowser’s loyal advisor

  • Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike, Mario and Luigi’s former boss

  • Charles Martinet as Mario and Luigi’s father (Martinet voiced the two brothers in the video game)

What is “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” rated?

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is rated PG for action and mild violence.

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Is “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” appropriate for young kids?

The violence in “The Super Mario Bros. Move” is mild and cartoonish.

Monsters don’t “die” when defeated; Koopa soldiers withdraw to their turtle shells when stomped on and carnivorous piranha plants “spit up” their contents. Even a skeleton-koopa can reanimate when it is broken into pieces.

Bowser is seen incinerating a koopa trooper using his fiery breath, who becomes a “skeleton” koopa.

Young viewers may be disturbed by scenes in which Luigi is trapped in a haunted house and hangs precariously above a lava pit.

Although there is no explicit material, Bowser does have an intense, unreplicated love for Princess Peach. There is no profanity.

What do the “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” reviews say?

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” has mixed reviews, with a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In her review for TheWrap, critic Lex Briscuso praises the film as “fast, fun, and certainly never boring to look at — a compliment well paid to the film’s production design team, as well as the writers and directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic.”

Watch the “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” trailer

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