Super Mario movie featuring redesigned Donkey Kong, says Shigeru Miyamoto

Donkey Kong is one of the oldest video game characters. Born in 1981, Donkey Kong is what some might call geriatric millennium. Give Upcoming Super Mario Bros.he received his first redesign in nearly 30 years for the film, creator Shigeru Miyamoto said in the latest Nintendo Direct dedicated to the film.

This trailer gives us a closer look at Mario and Luigi, and our first look at Donkey Kong, who will be voiced by actor Seth Rogen in the film.

“It’s been over 40 years since the release of the original Donkey Kong game, which is also my debut title. We also changed his design for the first time since he became a 3D model. in the original Donkey Kong Country game,” Miyamoto said in the comments section immediately after the trailer. At a glance, Donkey Kong looks quite familiar. Like the version seen in Donkey Kong Country, he is a great ape wearing a bright red tie with yellow initials – it’s hardly a re-image for the character. Even the font on the tie does.

So what’s the difference?

“Some of you may have noticed, but for this movie, we took the opportunity to give him a comedic personality and design reminiscent of the original character,” said Miyamoto. Miyamoto doesn’t explain exactly what that means, but we guess the focus is on DK’s eyes. In the Donkey Kong Country version, Donkey Kong has more angular eyebrows and eyes that match the action game’s mascot, while the movie version of DK has larger eyes and rounder eyebrows. His fur is also a bit lighter in color.

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In addition to Rogen’s Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros Movie also stars Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, and Charlie Day as Luigi. We’ll also see Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalo as Spike. Longtime Mario voice actor Charles Martinet will also appear in the film. The movie Super Mario Bros. hits theaters on April 7, 2023.

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