Following the release of the first poster for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, fans are insisting that Mario's butt is too flat.
The first poster for the movie features Mario gazing out across the Mushroom Kingdom. However, fans were quick to point out something felt off with everyone's favorite plumber. Multiple fans took to Twitter to complain about the size of Mario's butt. Several edited images have since been shared, showing the plumber with a much more substantial backside, claiming Mario would barely be able to jump three feet with his current design, so a redesign is necessary to ensure his actions in the movie are realistic.
These complaints are reminiscent of the public outrage that ensued over Sonic's film design. In 2019, Sonic the Hedgehog was ready and set to sprint into theaters after the release of the film's first trailer. However, fans all around the world expressed their thoughts on the Blue Blur's horrendous design, which gave Sonic much smaller eyes than fans were used to seeing. Fans insisted that Sonic's design was more creepy than it was cute, so director Jeff Fowler and his team redesigned the character with what appeared to be a much more satisfying design for audiences.
What is not seen in the poster is the front side of Mario. However, a McDonald's employeerecently posted an image of the character on Discord, and many believe it to be the movie version. This version, which will be voiced by Chris Pratt, seems to have features that are more in proportion with the rest of his body. Therefore, it could perhaps be a creative decision that Mario's butt is smaller in the film, consequently appearing more realistic.
Joining Pratt in the film is a cast of all-stars, including Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Seth Rogen and Keegan-Michael Key. While Pratt being cast to voice Mario was controversial, the Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri assured fans the actor gives an exceptional performance. "Chris was cast because we felt he could give a great performance as Mario," Meledandri said. "And now that we've done about 15 recording sessions, and the movie is three-quarters done, I sit here and say that I love his performance as Mario."
Super Mario Bros. is scheduled to leap into theaters on April 7, 2023.