After making it big in the video game world, those lovable characters Ratchet & Clank now move over to the silver screen with a movie that shows how they first came to meet one another. “Ratchet & Clank” recently had its press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and in attendance were the movie’s stars James Arnold Taylor and Bella Thorne as well as co-writer and co-director Kevin Munroe. Taylor voices Ratchet, a character he has played in the video games since 2013, and Thorne voices Cora, a female warrior and member of the Galactic Rangers. Munroe has previously directed “TMNT” and “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night.”
Below are some of the things we learned not just about the movie, but also about these three people who were here to talk about it.
1. Kevin Munroe, when it comes between writing and direction, he is most passionate about storytelling.
“That’s just a lame answer, but it’s true,” Munroe said. “I would say because it probably is more of a director’s medium, I think, for what I like to do because I love the combination of just visuals, and words, and music and color. When you design a character well, just from the way they dress, to the way they stand, to the way their hair is, that can inform story; that can inform who they are. And I love the idea of when a design is so crisp and clear that you just go, ‘I need no words at all.’ And so to me, I think that’s probably the directing aspect of it. I just love the combination of all those things, and figuring out – and the balance of it.”
2. “Ratchet & Clank” is about following your dreams regardless of the obstacles.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” Taylor said. “It’s this wonderful thing of, you know, the underdog. And I kind of look at myself like that too as I’ve always wanted to do these things. It’s been my dream to be a voice actor since I was four years old. And here we are now with this and I get to have my name on a poster with Bella Thorne. That’s pretty darn cool. So – dream achieved. So yeah, I think it’s really important. And I think it’s a wonderful theme that kids, and families – and families can go together and see this movie. And they can see that sometimes your heroes aren’t exactly what they thought, and you can still pursue your dreams, and be the good guy, and save the day. Yeah, pretty cool.”
3. Bella Thorne had lots of fun playing Cora.
“The most fun about playing it was probably playing like a bad ass female was super cool,” Thorne said. “The most fun part was probably getting to stress my personality to its limits, just because I wasn’t playing like, so different of a character from me. I pretty much (relate to Cora) in almost every aspect – super tomboy; you can’t probably tell from the way I’m dressed, but in my personal life I definitely wear what she’s wearing in the movie. She’s not afraid to boss Ratchet around.”
4. James Arnold Taylor’s positive attitude has brought him many opportunities.
“I’d like to think so,” Taylor said. “I want other people to be able to achieve what I’ve achieved in my life, as a kid that sat there at four years old going, ‘I want to do voices.’ And I pursued it with a passion. And here it is. And I tried to stay positive. And I had a lot of crazy stuff going on around me as a kid, and stuff that kids shouldn’t see. And so I thought, ‘I want to stay positive.’ And it was really what kept me alive in some of those instances. So I know for a fact that it plays a part in my life, and it plays a part in my career. And I’m so grateful to be here with these incredibly talented people.”
5. Bella Thorne found voice acting much different from acting on camera.
“There’s so many different things that go into it,” Thorne said of voice acting. “And you know, when you’re acting, you’re not acting with just your voice; you’re acting with every part of you, which is really small things like, ‘Wow, would my character grab her hair this way? Maybe she wouldn’t because, you know, she’s very naïve, and she’s this, and this, and this.’ And you know, there’s like a lot of things that go into consideration. But really, on this one I’m just watching a character and I’m just trying to be as most like her, and make her come alive as I can. So yeah, it’s pretty different, but I still use my body a lot because, just in the fluctuations of your voice, they change so abruptly when you just move your shoulder forward just like the smallest bit.”
6. The actors recorded their voices both separately and together.
“I wish we could have recorded together,” Taylor said.
“Yeah,” replied Munroe. “It’s this funny thing because, like this movie, the production was going really fast. And so a lot of the times it was just whenever we could get people because Bella’s so busy. And James just lives at recording studios. Like, anywhere you go where James is, he has a microphone with him, so you know you’re probably covered. It’s just a matter of finding him, like just catching him in the bathroom or something.”
7. Bella Thorne has no idea how she balances everything out in her busy life.
“I guess you’d have to ask my manager’s assistant because I don’t know,” Thorne said. “You know, I have a goals list that I just started on my phone, which is pretty cool. I’m just trying to do everything. I make personal time for myself when I’m on sets, which is good. So I’ll be on set, but then I’ll have a buddy come by and spend time with me while I’m on set. So that’s kind of how I balance my personal relationships a bit more. But yeah, I just want to do everything, but more directing and writing, specifically.”
Ratchet & Clank is now open in theaters.