You can tell a lot about a movie by the company it keeps. For instance, Sony just announced that they’ve made a deal with Cinema Management Group to help sell their Ratchet & Clank movie to overseas markets. Check out this page for CMG’s previous movies to get a sense for Sony’s expectations. I haven’t heard of a single one of those we’re-not-technically-Madagascar releases. Of course, that might be because I’m not a seven year old child living in another country. Alternatively, there’s this trailer in search of an effective joke. “Never mess with the animators” is all it could come up with.
The studio who made the trailer and who is currently working on the movie is Rainmaker, known (?) for Escape from Planet Earth, a middling success that benefited from being the first family movie out of the gate last year. Rainmaker and Sony obviously hope to repeat that middling success by conceding that Ratchet & Clank will be out in “early 2015”. I’m guessing this will follow a major Playstation 4 release from the preceding holiday season to hopefully scoop a few folks into the theaters.
Fortunately, a good Ratchet & Clank movie has already come out. It was the 2009 game, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. I’d rather watch those cutscenes strung together than see what the press release for the movie describes as follows:
When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
I wonder if there’s room for a RYANO joke in a movie like that.