You won't be able to see the long-awaited Super Mario Bros. movie in theatres for the holidays this year: Nintendo has pushed back the animated film's release date to April 2023 from December 2022. Acclaimed video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has announced the delay on Twitter, along with film's the new premiere dates of April 28th in Japan and April 7th in North America. Miyamoto didn't reveal the reason behind the delay or say if the COVID-19 pandemic had anything to do with it. He only said that he and Chris Meledandri, the CEO of Illumination animation studio, have decided to move the film's global release date. The Nintendo exec also apologized and promised that "it will be well worth the wait."
The fault is in our human condition, not our stars. Power, politics, ethics and storytelling are part of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Around the Globe, tea from London to Kyoto inspires socio-cultural values, traditions, and connections that have nothing to do with tea ceremony and everything to do with ethics and forgotten values we need to consider in a world developing AI. It's not enough to seek the integration of robotics, cognitive systems and machine learning. Devoting a year to listening to global perspectives and occupations using AI around the world provided new insight in defense with an F-22 pilot, to storytelling Pixar Animation studios, to healthcare for children, material sciences, and university mechanical engineering, seeing connections across seemingly dissimilar domains.
When we launched the Alternate Realities grant program in May we had no idea what to expect. We saw a need for funding in the arts happening at just the time when new media like AR and VR were starting to go mainstream. So, with support from our parent company, Oath, we set out to fund five immersive art projects that push the limits of storytelling through emerging technologies. Proposals came from as far away as Iran and Australia and ranged in discipline from theater to fashion, documentary to animation. There were multi-million dollar VR productions, animated shorts and escape rooms.