Ratchet & Clank animated feature in the works

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Vulpecula's avatar
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I know this may be old news by now, but still.

Blockade Entertainment and Rainmaker Entertainment are working on an animated feature film based on the Sony/Insomniac Games video game franchise Ratchet & Clank, their plan is to release the film in 2015.

Don't believe me? Then here is a teaser trailer if anyone's interested.

I'm very much looking forward to this, especially since Ratchet & Clank is one of my favorite video game franchises.

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2015 and it still looks like game graphics.  And just a scant 4 years ago, we got this...

http://www.wallgc.com/images/2013/02/9-movie-fresh-new-hd.jpg

It could be funny, though.  But I'm always suspicious around companies that try to emulate the Dreamworks style without having Dreamworks' experience.

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I think it is a tad late to be suspicious about the company making this trying to emulate another, being as the franchise is nearing its eleventh birthday this year. It's pretty set up in its own universe and characters at this point.

And yeah, it's an adaptation of a game series that's always had a strong cartoon aesthetic, that trailer's looks like it's using the assets from the games for its models (looking at them, the ones used for the cutscenes than in-game).

That teaser is also par on the course with the in-game humour and scripting, which really never did anything for me. And insofar as I'm concerned, Ratchet & Clank's plots have never really gone beyond the functional, and formula, in service to their gameplay requirements.

I do wonder about the brand recognition of this series outside of the gaming fold and whether it'll present a problem.

At present, colour me completely indifferent to this movie's existence.

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Oops.  My mistake.  I was confusing Sony Computer, who did make the underrated Blood the Last Vampire (I'm the only Keyframian so far to give it positive marks) with the relatively new-ish Sony Pictures,  who made the respectably average Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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It could be that I have an open mind, but I don't see any problem in liking a poorer animated film or show as opposed to the more successful ones. Sure, there are a bunch of flops out there that nobody cares about, but there are also plenty of rare, underrated gems that are gone but never forgotten. After all, everyone has a guilty pleasure, whether if it's liked or not.

I don't think anyone is ripping off DreamWorks unless you count the awful mockbuster companies such as Video Brinquedo, Dingo Pictures and other similar rip-off artists (Which I don't care about. Unsure if you ever heard of them or not, but they make nothing but cheap knock-offs of popular films, and there is nothing original about them at all. Surpised that they didn't get sued, yet). On that note, I'm tired of people claiming that most Non-Disney animated features and companies are ripping off, copying or imtimidating Disney. I know that people can write whatever reviews or have whatever opinion they want, but calling a Non-Disney film a Disney knockoff/imtimidation is insulting to those who like said Non-Disney film. Sure, Non-Disney companies and their works may be competitors or rivals to Disney, but they're certainly not rip-offs.

I'm aware that not everyone likes a film or TV show based on a video game, but that doesn't stop others from liking it. Chances are, these adaptions are made for the gamer audience, or anyone who's a fan of said game that said movie or show is adapted from. I'm a gamer, so I may have a soft spot for most of these adaptions, unlike most people.

I see you already made a profile page on the Ratchet & Clank movie, but I won't write a review of it until it is released in 2015 and when I see it at the time.

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There's a date stamp on "coming soon" profiles that won't allow new reviews - or ratings - to be added before the films are released. Until then the "write a review" box won't appear. So yeah, you'll have to wait to post a review anyway.

Anyway, bit of a long post, divided in sections.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Video Brinquedo distributed Sonic X, Kirby and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show in Brazil. Laughing

Gamer

As I write this, I'm waiting for the Flash Sales on Steam to switch over, and am - badly - trying to resist the urge to buy a copy of Earthbound on my WiiU for the moment, because I would love a legit copy of that game to go with my Japanese copy of Mother 3.

I'm a gamer, I've been a gamer since I was five, over twenty-eight years ago. I've have a Master Systems, Mega Drives, Playstations, Dreamcasts, SNES' and more. I also own a PC I play games on, a 360, PS3 and a WiiU. I also have several thousand hours clocked on Pokémon games and could at one point tell you the best places to go for EV training in each.

My favourite games over the years have included Mario, Sonic, Metroid, Portal, Dizzy the Egg, Street Fighter, Zelda, Rainbow Islands, R-Type, Rocket Knight. Super Mario World and Star Fox on the SNES played into me leaving Sega - though I picked up their Saturn and Dreamcast later - and getting a Nintendo64 (my brother got a Playstation).

Even still, I have vastly different expectations for what a game might entail than I do of movies, etc. For one the former is an active experience, the latter is a passive one. And just because I like a game or gaming series in one media, I do not believe one iota that I should be more willing to forgive shortcomings in an adaptation, if anything I feel I should demand the quality be there precisely because of my passion for the media involved and not just love a film because it flashes something I and other players only recognise.

Ratchet & Clank

Please noticed that I said I was "indifferent" about Ratchet & Clank, which isn't inherently a negative statement in and of inself. I'm neither for the movie, or against it at this point. I acknowledge that it exists, or is at least in production, I might have some more tangible opinion about it when a proper trailer comes, but for now, I don't know enough about it. My hope is that it turns out to be at least a good movie.

Does my knowledge of the franchise through playing their games colour my interest in it? Well a little, but I like the games, own most of them and had great fun with my time playing them and will do so again. However, at this point in time, the teaser is all I have to go on with how the film will be, and it only says that there's one coming.

Will I go and watch it when it comes out, yes, of course I will, because I'm open to the possibility that it might be good and worth watching. Will I review it after watching it, again yes. Will I be critical in my analyse, yes. Being critical and forming an opinion on something after watching it is about as far away from not the same thing as having a closed-mind. Open-mindedness is about giving something the chance in the first place, not blithely ignoring all its perks and flaws after the fact.

To be Open-Minded

Being open-minded means to be open to new and different things and ideas, it can also mean that you open to listening to and acknowledging the opinions/arguments of others (though it doesn't necessarily mean agreeing with said opinions).

Not seeing the liking of "poorly animated films" being a problems is not the same thing as being open-minded.

A open-mind must also be open to the idea that not everything is going to be good, but to take the chance that it might be, even if it's coming from a source that you would otherwise dismiss without merit.

Example: If you're dismiss a film, etc, for whatever reason, purely because it comes from a certain company you don't like for whatever arbitrary reason - whether that company be Disney, Warner Bros., Fox, Toei, or TMS (or Sony, Microsoft, Konami) -  regardless of whether or not you've seen it, it could be said that you're being closed-minded, and a little petty. You have to be open-minded to the idea that even a company that you think makes nothing good, might one day do so.

Knock offs

Yes I familiar with both those companies, mostly because I could buy them from a few of my local videostores. Want to know how Dingo Pictures and Video Brinquedo get away with it without getting sued?

It's because ideas, premises and suchlike are not protected by copyright, only the execution of the idea. Ideas are cheap, easy enough to come up with and hard to prove stolen because it's not unreasonable to assume that more that two people can have concocted the same idea at the same time. Executions of ideas can cost money and are tangible and traceable. If the execution is different "enough" then you're fine. Also if its designed as a parody, then that's protected as well. 

I've actually watched Video Brinquedo's stuff, and, they are different enough to get away with it legally. The Little Panda Fighter, for example, is about a panda who wants to be a dancer, but is forced into the ring and learns that his dancing can be used to help him in his fighting. It's bad sure, and a shameless rip of Kung Fu Panda in many ways, with awful animation and voice acting. However it differs enough from the story it steals from to avoid a lawsuit, or might just differ enough to survive under Brazilian copyright laws.

In addition, when it comes to adaptations of stories based on past historical events or public domain properties, anyone can make one, regardless of whether another studio has one under its belt. Heck Filmation actively stated that their Snow White and Pinocchio films were meant as sequels to Disney. Then, when Disney tried to sue them, the company noted that both their film and Disney's were based on a 17th Century book and were in the public domain (not that it mattered as both films flopped and took Filmation with them).

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Your long post was very well said, actually. Even though I still don't care about the knock-offs out there and avoid them, myself (Can't believe that anyone is willing to watch those knock-offs, but if you want to see them yourself, go ahead; It is your decision, not mine, I can't tell you what to do. After all, this is where people get ideas for their reviews, anyway). Also, most shows and movies have different distributors whenever they're released in different countries, the same goes for airing on different channels, so this means Video freaking Brinquedo isn't the true company of a video game-based show such as, for instance, Sonic X (Sonic is still SEGA's franchise no matter what happens).

Knowing that some of the people who worked on the games are working on the big-screen adaption as far as the Ratchet & Clank movie is concerned, I can hope that it will end up to be a successful film for a change.

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"Also, most shows and movies have different distributors whenever they're released in different countries, the same goes for airing on different channels, so this means Video freaking Brinquedo isn't the true company of a video game-based show such as, for instance, Sonic X (Sonic is still SEGA's franchise no matter what happens)."

Groan... Yes, I know that, thanks for pointing out the obvious and failing to spot something meant as a clear jest.

Heck, one thing this site has alway since done is list the creators of any piece of animation, rather than / instead of / or before / the distrubutors.

We do this precisely because of distrubtion companies not being global.

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