Voice Actors James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye On ‘Ratchet & Clank’ Movie [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]
James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye reprised the voices of video game characters Ratchet and Clank for the Ratchet & Clank feature film that is currently in theaters.
James Arnold Taylor & David Kaye
Taylor and Kaye have been voicing Ratchet and Clank, respectively, for the last 15 years. Kaye can remember back to when his agent first introduced him to the role of Clank, and how he found the robot’s voice.
“There was basically a paragraph that described the character being robotic, but it needed to have a personality,” Kaye explained to uInterview in an exclusive interview. “I just kinda started fooling around with my voice, and I started sort of talking like this. [In Clank’s voice] And my head would sort of go back and forth, and I thought well, I’ll send that in and see if that sticks.”
It did stick, and soon Kaye was working with Taylor, who, in a rare opportunity, was able to use his natural voice to portray Ratchet. “For me, it’s really kind of a fun one because I get to be in my regular voice. So much of my work is not that,” he said.
Then, slipping into a number of his practiced voices, Taylor added, “Whether it be Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Wars or Johnny Test or Fred Flintstone, Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m always all these various characters.”
Those who are familiar with Ratchet & Clank through the video game, won’t be disappointed in how the feature film looks. According to Kaye, the world looks nearly identical.
“That’s what blew me away when I first saw the film. You felt like you should have a controller to play the game while watching the movie,” Kaye said. “They did a great job of staying close to the game.”
As for the new game, it promises “a lot of little Easter eggs,” according to Taylor, including, says Kaye, “the Wilhelm scream.”
Ratchet & Clank follows the titular characters taking on an alien named Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti), who threatens to destroy all of the planets in the Solana Galaxy. With the help of The Galactic Rangers and their own new powerful weapon, Ratchet and Clank attempt to save the galaxy.
Ratchet & Clank is currently in theaters.