Ratchet & Clank is a 2016 American-Canadian 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film based on the first game of the platforming video game series of the same name. The film stars the voices of James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, and Sylvester Stallone.
Series creators Insomniac Games helped with the film’s production, screenplay, character development and animation. The film was directed by Jericca Cleland and Kevin Munroe, featuring an original story written by Munroe, Gerry Swallow and former Insomniac Games Senior Writer T.J. Fixman, who started writing for the series with the Future saga. Several cast members from the games reprised their respective voice roles, and assets from the video games were utilized in the film. The film was released on April 29, 2016, by Gramercy Pictures. It received negative reviews from critics.
Above planet Tenemule in the Solana Galaxy, Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti) stands poised with his fellow Blarg aboard the Deplanetizer, a space station with the power to destroy entire planets. The Blarg fire the Deplanetizer at Tenemule, completely destroying it.
On planet Veldin, a young spaceship mechanic named Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) learns that three planets have mysteriously disappeared and the peacekeeping Galactic Rangers are being dispatched to address the situation. He also learns that their leader, the egocentric Captain Qwark (Jim Ward), plans to visit Veldin in search of a new recruit to the team. To the reluctance of his mentor Grimroth Razz (John Goodman), Ratchet attempts to join, only to be rejected by Qwark moments later.
In a warbot factory on planet Quartu, a diminutive yet intelligent defective robot is created. Having acquired Drek’s plans, he escapes Drek’s lieutenant Victor Von Ion (Sylvester Stallone) and attempts to travel to planet Kerwan to warn the Rangers. The defect crash-lands on Veldin, where Ratchet takes him in and names him Clank (David Kaye). Learning of Drek’s plot, Ratchet flies Clank to Kerwan, where the two save the cornered Rangers from Drek’s warbots and become instant celebrities, much to Qwark’s jealousy. Under pressure from reporters, Qwark makes Ratchet and Clank honorary Rangers. Ratchet joins Brax Lectrus (Vincent Tong) and Cora Veralux (Bella Thorne) in the field while Clank is assigned to the Rangers’ support team with Elaris (Rosario Dawson), who is routinely ignored by Qwark. Studying the destroyed planets, they discover that the Blarg have been extracting portions containing famous landmarks from each.