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The Super Mario Bros. Movie was released in theaters on April 5, and has brought in $1 Billion worldwide, becoming the 10th animated film in history to pass the $1 Billion threshold, while continuing to dominate the box office. The hit animated movie has a star studded cast providing their voices including Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya-Taylor Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as King Cranky Kong, Khary Payton as Penguin King, Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike, Charles Martinet as Mario and Luigi’s Father and Giuseppe, and Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek. We are also introduced to other members of Mario and Luigi’s family including Mama Mario played by voice actor Jessica DiCicco, who also voices other characters in the film.

Jessica is no stranger to voice acting, having voiced many characters in projects including Nickelodeon’s The Loud House, Apple TV+’s Eva The Owlet, Nickelodeon’s It’s Pony, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Disney+’s Legend of the Three Cabelleros, and anime films Belle and Eureka: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution.

(R) Mario’s mom voiced by Jessica DiCicco in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Photo by: Nintendo, Illumination/Universal Pictures

We were joined on the Popternative show by Jessica to discuss all things voice acting and her roles in The Super Mario Bros. Movie and The Loud House. “This one was different because I did not audition for it. They brought me in and they were like, ‘yeah, it’s the The Super Mario Bros. Movie,’ and I was just like ‘oh my God’ and I didn’t want to get too excited, I kind of tip toed, walking on egg shells, you never know if you’re going to get cut out of things, it happens to everyone. So I just kind of waited […] so it wasn’t really real until I walked the red carpet,” she says on her experience providing her voice for the film.

Jessica also discusses her voice acting career, how she got into it, and how she manages to provide so many different voices for multiple projects:

“I’ve been doing Loud House for like 10 years, or however long it’s been, and those characters are very engrained in my psyche and I feel like I could definitely switch back and forth. However, there was a 6 month break when the pandemic first happened before we figured out how to record, and it took me a second to get back into it. Sometimes it can trip you up.”

Watch the full interview with Jessica DiCicco below.

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