While Pascal leads the cast as the haunted, gravelly-voiced, mushroom-addicted plumber turned smuggler, the supporting cast of “HBO Mario Kart” is fleshed out by Kenan Thompson as Bowser, Chloe Fineman as Princess Peach, Mikey Day as Luigi, Bowen Yang as Yoshi, and Marcello Hernández as Toad.
Though it’s played for laughs, the aesthetic isn’t far removed from the 1993 “Super Mario Bros.” movie, whose set was built in an abandoned cement factory and designed by “Blade Runner” art director David L. Snyder. Summarizing the vision of “Dinohattan” in a 1992 set visit report, New York Times journalist Michael Specter wrote:
New York has entered a state of intense decay. A giant fungus crawls across the city, feeding on brick and mortar. The Hudson River has become a dusty plain, and what’s left of Manhattan — five seedy blocks surrounding the plundered towers of the World Trade Center — has turned into an eerie universe of reptiles and con men. Rotted car bodies have become easier to find than water or wood. And an obnoxious despot, ruling the city with whimsical fury, has decided he had better do something fast, or the place will be history.
If you’d prefer a slightly brighter and more kid-friendly adaptation of Nintendo’s beloved video games, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is set to hit theaters in April. But if you like your fungi best when it’s a horrifying, zombie-creating nightmare, a new episode of “The Last of Us” airs tonight at 9/8c on HBO.