Ratchet & Clank, the new family event movie based on the PlayStation game, hosted fun-filled kids Junior Ranger event for kids over the weekend at Google in Venice, CA. The afternoon included a preview screening of the animated movie, a Q&A with James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye (the longtime voices of Ratchet & Clank) and the movie’s director Kevin Munroe, moderated by Roth Cornet from Hitfix, as well as an animation demo by Rainmaker and a game demo by Insomniac. The event was designed to encourage inner-city kids and young girls to get hands-on experience with the technical side of animation and gaming.
Once the demos completed, the kids broke up into small groups and were challenged with designing a gadget for the Ratchet & Clank universe. The winning groups received copies of the new Ratchet & Clank PlayStation game.
The Junior Ranger event was attended by 130 students from the Downey School District who have implemented Project Lead the Way (Project Lead the Way is a United States 501 non-profit organization that develops STEM curricula for use by elementary, middle, and high schools) and have also started a “Femineers” program to encourage girls to learn and interact more with engineering and science. An additional 15-20 kids came from LA Makerspace program, which, like Project Lead the Way, is a non-profit organization focused on increased access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) for low-income children, youth, and families.
Ratchet & Clank opens in theatres nationwide Friday, April 29!
From Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank is a CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game. Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. 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 will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
- Voice Cast: Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Armin Shimerman, and Sylvester Stallone
- Directed by: Kevin Munroe
- Co-Director: Jericca Cleland
- Written by: T.J. Fixman, Gerry Swallow, Kevin Munroe
- Produced by: Kim Dent Wilder, Brad Foxhoven, David Wohl
- MPAA Rating: PG
- Running Time: 94 Minutes
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