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October 19, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The first trailer is out for the upcoming 2016 CGI Ratchet & Clank movie

Ratchet & Clank PS2 Last November (2014) we heard about a CGI movie for the Ratchet and Clank video game series. My son and I discovered these two on the PS3 and have enjoyed the games very much. The characters are quite interesting (and allow for 2-player co-op) and we found the puzzles were pretty inventive.

Mr. Zurkon?

The first thing that came to my mind upon hearing of a big-screen flick was - they'd better include Mr. Zurkon in any Ratchet & Clank movie! In one of the games he was a device, selectable from the weapons menu, who aided Ratchet. I'm not entirely sure of his role, but he spoke in random quips that are hysterical. With a quiet monotone voice he would announce that, "Mr. Zurkon is here to kill you." That was only one of the similar phrases he would randomly utter during game play.

He was definitely my favorite aspect of these games and I was pleased to see a voice credit for him in the upcoming film. Marc Graue will be tasked with those witty, yet menacing, death threats. He's an excellent choice as he also voices Mr. Zurkon in the video games!

Ratchet & Clank Began on the PS2

Ratchet and Clank is a Sony IP that debuted on the PS2 in 2002, worked it's way through the PSP & Vita, and graduated to the PS3. By the time the film arrives in 2016, there should be a Ratchet and Clank installment for the PS4. It would certainly be odd to release this film without a video game in the pipeline. Not all films get a video game tie-in, but we're confident this one shall.

Ratchet & Clank Vocal Tallent

James Arnold Taylor voices Ratchet and David Kaye voices Clank. They may sound familiar as Kaye voiced Clank beginning with the first game released in 2002. Taylor began voicing Ratchet the following year. Both resume these roles for the film.

Bella Thorne on a NexBoard Classix Bella Thorne Some of the other voice talent heard on the Ratchet and Clank film is Sylvester Stallone (Victor Von Ion), Rosario Dawson (Elaris), John Goodman (Grimroth), and Paul Giamatti (Chairman Drek) - among others. So there's no lack of well known voices bringing these characters to life.

Bella Thorne - seen at left resembling a Hot Wheels car - provides the voice of Cora. Cora is a young Markazian working for the Galactic Rangers and grows fond of Ratchet after he saves her on Metropolis.

Trailers can rarely be relied upon to give a realistic viewpoint for any movie, but this one looks pretty good. That's a good sign. The duo seem like good candidates for a film, but too often movies have video game tie-ins. Not too often are video games turned into movies. Thus those making the film need to have played the games to get an idea of the characters.

It's easy to watch a 2 hour movie and get a feel for the story and characters, but making a film from a series of video games requires quite a bit of game play. I hope someone within the production crew has played these games and understands the characters and can make a film that gamers will enjoy. I'm interested to see this film since I like the characters and have played several of the games.


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