The actor who voices Toad in The Super Mario Bros. Movie has confirmed that he has a song in the film.
Following claims that the movie is a musical, Variety asked Keegan-Michael Key if Toad has any singing sections in it.
“He does,” the actor responded. “I got to improvise a song in Super Mario Bros., which was an absolute blast. That was just a stick of fun, that whole thing.”
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On the subject of finding Toad’s voice, Key said: “I was working on the voice with my partner and trying to find the voice through the internal journey of the character. And then with the directors [Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic], we sprinkled some things in, we moved it around.
“There was something about the timbre. I wanted it higher and higher and higher. And that’s where we ended up, and I’m really happy with where we ended up.”
Bowser voice actor Jack Black seemingly implied that the Mario movie will feature musical sections during an appearance at Comic-Con last week.
Asked what skills he brought to the role, Black replied: “I did bring some of my heavy metal roots. Bowser is kind of like a heavy metal rockstar, a big, strong and scary rockstar. And I did a little bit of rocking.
“I think you’ll be surprised to see that Bowser has a musical side,” he continued. “After the movie comes out, I might take it Broadway.”
In April, Giant Bomb reporter Jeff Grubb publicised claims about the Mario movie which may have originated from test screenings and which he said he believed to be accurate, including that the film is a musical.
It was claimed that the film features a “handful of songs”, with various characters singing at different points including Mario, Luigi, Toads and Bowser.
Produced in collaboration with Minions animation studio Illumination, Nintendo’s Mario movie is scheduled for release on April 7, 2023.
The first Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer was released last week. While it mainly focused on Bowser, it also gave Mario fans their first chance to hear Chris Pratt voice Nintendo’s mascot.
In addition to Pratt, Black and Key, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.