Ratchet & Clank is rolling out on Blu-ray and DVD today. The PG-rated film is based on a PlayStation video game. It’s about two unlikely heroes trying to save the universe. My kids liked the animated film and I thought the movie was OK. Keep in mind the kids and I have never played the Ratchet and Clank video game. We really have no idea how the movie relates to the game. But we still enjoyed watching the film. Ratchet & Clank (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital HD.
The Death Star
The story starts off with an alien race (Blarg) destroying a planet. It’s actually one of several planets the Blarg have destroyed with their Deplanetizer weapon (kinda of like the Death Star). The Galactic Rangers are concern, so they decide to increase their rank… from four to five. Yeah, that’s silly. I’m assuming it was written that way for laughs. Ratchet is a dreamer and his big dream is to become a Galactic Ranger. He tries to join the rangers, but he’s rejected because of his past. Then Ratchet meets Clank, and the two of them save the rangers from the Blarg’s warbots. BTW, Clank is a robot that escaped from a warbot factory.
Ratchet and Clank are Heroes
Qwark is the leader of the Galactic Rangers. He’s an excellent soldier, but he also has a gigantic ego. Naturally, Qwark becomes jealous when everyone worships Ratchet for saving the day. The Blarg exploits this weakness by convincing Qwark they can make him more popular if he agrees to help them. I know Qwark is just a cartoon character, but I don’t like him. He has warrior skills, but he’s also a buffoon.
Combo Pack Includes Special Features
The Ratchet & Clank Combo Pack includes the 94-minute movie in Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD formats. In addition, it includes two bonus features:
- A Hero’s Journey
Cast and Crew discuss what a hero means to them and how Ratchet and Clank both measure up. Featuring interviews with director Kevin Munroe and stars James Arnold Taylor and Bella Thorne.
- Leveling Up
Cast and Crew talk about adapting a video game to film and the legacy of Ratchet & Clank. Featuring interviews with director Kevin Munroe and stars James Arnold Taylor and Bella Thorne.
Paul Giamatti and John Goodman are the Biggest Names
James Arnold Taylor (Ratchet), David Kaye (Clank ), and Jim Ward (Captain Qwark) provided the voices for the three main characters. Other voice talents include Paul Giamatti (Chairman Drek), John Goodman (Grimroth), Don Briggs (Starship Commander), Ian James Corlett (Blargs / Blargian PR Man), Andrew Cownden (Zed / Blarg), Rosario Dawson (Elaris), Brian Dobson (Dallas Wannamaker / Announcer / Drek Computer), Brian Drummond (Inspectobot / Warbot / Zurkons), Marc Graue (Mr. Zurkon), Cole Howard (Blarg), Alessandro Juliani (Stig), and Armin Shimerman (Dr. Nefarious). Ratchet and Clank was directed by Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland.
Ratchet and Clank Synopsis
Based on the celebrated video game franchise, Ratchet & Clank follows two accidental heroes who join forces to save the universe. Ratchet is a “lombax” with big dreams of joining the elite fighting team, the Galactic Rangers. Clank is a spunky robot who discovers that the evil alien Chairman Drek has a weapon that can destroy whole planets in a moment’s notice. The two misfits must use their wits to help the Rangers save the day in this thrilling and funny adventure featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), Bella Thorne (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), Rosario Dawson (The Lego Batman Movie), and Sylvester Stallone (Creed). The stellar voice cast is rounded out by the game’s original performers including James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, and Armin Shimerman, reprising their respective video game roles of Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, and Dr. Nefarious.
More info: Ratchet and Clank Blu-ray
[Disclosure: I received a movie for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]