WonderCon 2016: Ratchet & Clank Gear Up To Come To A Theater Near You

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Popular video games series Ratchet & Clank will soon be playing on the big screen. The movie adaptation of the long-running and much loved Playstation series hits theaters on April 29 and some of the cast and creators were on hand at WonderCon 2016 to discuss the film.

Director and writer Kevin Munroe described the moral of the movie this way: “Find the best you and be it.” That’s an apt summary for a story about a little hero and his even smaller friend trying to discover who they are and save the universe at the same time.

For those unfamiliar with the video games, Ratchet is a “lombax” who grew up alone on a backwater planet. Clank is a tiny robot that gets by on his brains rather than his strength. The two pair up with a band of heroes named The Galactic Rangers when they discover a plot by an alien named Chairman Drek to use planet-destroying weapons.

Expectations for the film are high because, as producer Brad Foxhoven pointed out, gamers know their content and know what they like, what they don’t, and have no problem being vocal about either. But the filmmakers believe gamers will be very pleased with the film. They should be on the lookout for Easter eggs included just to make them laugh.

Much of the principal voice cast from the game is making the leap to the big screen as well. The transition isn’t exactly new territory for veterans such as Jim Ward, Armin Shimerman, James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye, the latter two of whom voice the titular heroes. The two have been with the characters since the beginning (Taylor joined for the second game), and their history is something Taylor and Kaye feel resonates with fans, especially kids.

“The outpouring from the fans is awesome,” Taylor said, mentioning it would have been difficult if another actor had been brought in to play a character he’s voiced for over a decade. Kaye felt comforted by returning to the role he’s voiced for so long. As for the difference in recording for the film rather than the game, Taylor and Kaye loved being in the same room as their fellow voice actors. Each was quick to praise the other though Taylor got in the best compliment.

“Dave is truly the genius here,” Taylor, who voices Ratchet in more or less his normal speaking voice, said. “You’d never guess [Clank’s voice] came out of this dashing, handsome hunk of a guy!”

There was talk of replacing the actors with bigger names but Munroe wasn’t interested. Remarking on the “great voice talent” already attached to the franchise, he and Foxhoven said there was no need to deviate from the success of Ratchet & Clank the video game to create the movie. Bigger filmmakers and bigger Hollywood stars were turned down because staying true to the story was and is one of their highest priorities.

There are a few new names on the voice actor list for the film though. Bella Thorne’s Cora is a new character for the film and Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Rosario Dawson, and Sylvester Stallone are also lending their voices to the movie.

Ratchet & Clank is rated PG and hits theaters on April 29. Check out two new clips revealed at WonderCon.

Stephanie Coats
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