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Illumination’s Chris Meledandri on ‘Super Mario’s’ Chris Pratt Casting Controversy, Importance of Theatrical Releases

Click here to read the full article. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, the driving force between the “Despicable Me” and “Sing” franchises, was welcomed on stage like a rockstar at Barcelona’s CineEurope event on Monday. Founded 15 years ago, Universal’s co-owned animation banner Illumination is finally getting ready for the release “Minions: The Rise of Gru” in theaters on July 1. The movie, which just played on opening night at the Annecy festival, had its theatrical roll out delayed by two years due to the pandemic. Meledandri made exhibitors in the room happy when he said he and Universal...
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Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri Defends Chris Pratt Casting as Mario During CineEurope

Nintendo shocked the internet back in September 2021 with the announcement of the cast of their upcoming Mario animated movie. Filled with celebrities in the roles of fan-favorite characters, the news drew a lot of criticism for prioritizing high-profile actors in favor of the seasoned voice actors who've played the characters for years. No decision got more flack than the casting of Chris Pratt as the titular plumber, especially when Charles Martinet, the longtime voice actor of Mario, is still around and even given a cameo in the film. Speaking at CineEurope 2022 (per Variety), Illumination CEO and founder Chris Meledandri addressed the controversy at Illumination's panel.
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Illumination’s Chris Meledandri On Sharing “Pure Joy” Of ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ & Why The Industry Can’t Rely On Old Paradigms To Judge The Future

Click here to read the full article. EXCLUSIVE: Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri will today unveil the world premiere of Minions: The Rise of Gru at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The latest chapter in the $3.7B+ Despicable Me franchise (the biggest-ever animated series globally) was originally scheduled for release in late June of 2020 before Covid forced a delay. During his first trip to Europe since the beginning of the pandemic, Meledandri spoke with Deadline about the “determination that both Illumination and Universal had to hold this movie until audiences were back going to the cinema” and extolled...
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Illumination’s Chris Meledandri On Big Screen: Without Theatrical, “Notion Of A Movie May Begin To Slip Away” – CinemaCon

Heading into the opening remarks of CinemaCon on Tuesday morning, Illumination founder and CEO and Despicable Me franchise producer Chris Melendandri gave an impassioned speech about moviegoing and why the big screen is vital. Among his sentiments: Without the big screen, there would be no streaming. The two go hand in-hand, and it’s important for the small screen guys to know that. Meledandri’s opening remarks (read them in full below) preceded MPAA boss Charles Rivkin’s at the Colosseum Theater here at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It was buzzed that no significant Hollywood heavyweights would dare make the trip to CinemaCon during the...
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