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Why Is Nintendo Teaming with Illumination for the Animated 'Super Mario Bros.' Movie?

Why Is Nintendo Teaming with Illumination for the Animated 'Super Mario Bros.' Movie?
From Slashfilm - February 11, 2018

Just last month we got confirmation that Nintendo was teaming with Illumination Entertainment to create an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. The studio behind movies like Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets seemed like an odd choice to bring the Nintendo video game character to the big screen again after all these years, but Nintendos co-representative director Shigeru Miyamoto recently explained during an investors meeting why they went with the Universal based animation company.

Find out why the animated Mario movie is heading to Illumination Entertainment below.

Shigeru Miyamoto explained (in a translated statement via Bleeding Cool) how he first came to consider Illumination to make a Mario movie:

Ive been considering an animated film for many years now. There has long been talk thatNintendo could make a movie because making a game is like making a movie. But they are completely different to me. Interactive experiences are completely different from non-interactive media, and to make a movie, I want a film expert to do the work. Thinking that way, I have talked with all sorts of different movie directors and producers, and eventually I was introduced to Illumination via Universal Parks & Resorts, with whom we are developing theme park attractions.

Remember that Universal Studios is in the midst of bringing a Super Mario World theme park to their Japan location, so Nintendo was already collaborating with the company, making it easier to branch out into feature film work. But its not just as simple as synergy between the companies. Miyamoto continued:

Theres No Guarantee It Will Happen

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