Western Animation: Ratchet & Clank

Ready to kick some asteroid!

Set for release on April 29, 2016 from the newly-resurrected Gramercy Pictures, Ratchet & Clank (and Captain Qwark) make their big screen debut. Insomniac Games is to have a big part in its production and TJ Fixman, the writer for Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, is attached for the screenplay, so there's hope that it will avoid the typical problems.

A game is confirmed to be released on the PlayStation 4 as a tie-in with the film, which confirms that the film is a reboot of the franchise.

This movie contains examples of these tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: The Galaxy Rangers have a more noted reputation In-Universe compared to the original games, though to which level remains to be seen (though Captain Qwark being one of them probably helps, given his status in the narrative)
  • Adaptation Expansion: The game is based off the story of the first Ratchet & Clank game, but Doctor Nefarious and the Galactic Rangers from Up Your Arsenal make an appearance.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Subverted. Chairman Drek maintains his title, but gets a first name, Alonzo. Similarly, the previously unnamed Lieutenant from the Logging Site on Eudora went from being unnamed, to Victor Von Ion.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Captain Qwark is depicted as the leader of the Galaxy Rangers in this continuity, which enables both to be involved in the plot while streamlining the backstory such an element would otherwise require.
    • The still organic Dr. Nefarious is depicted as working for Drek as his chief engineer and the creator of the Deplanetizer.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the original game, Ratchet was selfish and arrogant, only helping to save other planets because Clank talked him into it. In the movie, he's an idealistic Glory Seeker who wishes to join the Galactic Rangers. He's also a lot more friendly like in later games, most notably the Future series.
  • Ascended Extra: Lieutenant Victor Von Ion. He was an unnamed, generic thug in the original game, who had his boss battle cut over budget and time constraints, now he's a named character, secondary antagonist and played by Sylvester Stallone himself.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In this movie, Ratchet admires the Galactic Rangers (as opposed to simply Qwark) and dreams of being one of them.
  • Big Bad: Officially confirmed to be Chairman Drek from the first game, though Dr. Nefarious is also making some sort of appearance.
  • Butt Monkey: Captain Qwark in the Teaser trailer.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Deplanetizer is capable of pulling this off.
  • The Other Darrin: Chairman Drek, who was played by Kevin Michael Richardson in the game, will be voiced by Paul Giamatti.
  • Shout-Out: Ratchet and the Galactic Rangers have to destroy an evil superweapon capable of destroying entire planets.
  • Take That: In the trailer, Qwark starts fist-pumping as a prank by the Animators. Qwark says this:
    Qwark: Argh, fist-pumping...! Now you've crossed the line!

Alternative Title(s):

Ratchet And Clank