Yeah, there’s plenty of non-acting stuff people can get on Chris Pratt about, apparently, but the idea that people can nail down if he’s any good based on two brief voice clips is insane and yet another indictment of the stupid “let’s dissect 90 second teasers for hours on end” content generation machine and algorithm. People need to get a damn grip.
And yes, Mario and Luigi are plumbers from Brooklyn. Bunch of danger Zoomers need to get over it and then get off my lawn.
It's more that the current voice actor is alive and should have the opportunity to voice the character on the big screen.
Captain Lou is dead. Walker Boone is dead. Charles Martinet is very much alive.
The fact that he didn't even get a chance to give it a go is a shame.
I'm 100% behind voice actors and their supporters who think it's ridiculous and wrong how Hollywood discards them for celebrities so often. That doesn't mean that the celebrity who does get the gig can't do a good job, however, and all I'm saying is that it's more than a little unfair (and no doubt driven by "Mario's voice RUINED?!" clickbait video thumbnails on YouTube) to hear Pratt say barely two lines and draw some kind of conclusion regarding his entire performance.
As for Charles Martinet, I would love to hear him voice Mario the way he originally intended to: when he went in to audition for Mario the first time he went preparing a Brooklyn accent, but at the last minute decided to go Italian accented with it. He's more than talented enough to pull off a movie as Mario the whole way through. Again, though, that says nothing about Pratt's performance and how good or bad it is.
But people thinking Charles should do a whole movie in the "It's-a me!" voice? I can't begin to comprehend that unless you only have Mario doing the "Yah, hah, WA-HOO!" sounds the whole time. It's tough to do a movie where there'll probably be some emotional beats and expect people to take it seriously if Mario is speaking like an Italian stereotyped imp the whole time.
And again, people who are upset that Mario and Luigi don't just immediately live in the Mushroom Kingdom confuse me, too. You want to establish the kingdom as a strange, wondrous place, the simplest way to do that is to have Mario and Luigi as fishes out of water; it also makes Mario and Luigi instantly more relatable for the audience.
But I think there's a contingent of voices online that decided many moons ago that if something isn't a 1:1 translation of a game onto screen they're going to dislike it, needs of an entirely different narrative/artistic medium be damned. I seriously even saw a couple people recently (assuredly a tiny, tiny, tiny minority, to be sure) whining about the Netflix Castlevania series for not being exactly like (how they imagine) the games.
"We have seen many reflections of China, but the true face of China can be found in our people. We have now come full circle. Sadly, that means this is where we must part, but I hope you will return some day. A wave of the hand now, and I am gone. Lowering my head, I dream that I am home. Until we meet again, zàijiàn."
Another thing, Chris Pratt is not a voice actor. He's a screen actor. It takes a different style of acting to do either.
Pratt doesn't do anything unique with his voice in the few times he's done animation. He just sounds like a generic gut. Which works with The Lego Movie, as he was playing Generic Lego Man. In Onward, he also just sounds like a generic guy. But now it's an elf.
Maybe it'll come through with longer trailers and more clips coming out. Buy "generic guy" voice doesn't work for a character like Mario.