RATCHET & CLANK The Movie – A Chat with James Arnold Taylor and Blu-ray GIVEAWAY

RATCHET & CLANK comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on August 23rd. You can preorder now, and click here for our movie review from the RATCHET & CLANK theatrical release.  Enter to WIN your own copy of RATCHET & CLANK using the rafflecopter widget below, and continue for our exclusive interview with the voice of Ratchet himself, James Arnold Taylor.

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James Arnold Taylor is an amazing voice actor. You probably hear him several times a day and don’t even know it. When he’s not playing Obi-Wan Kenobi on STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS or STAR WARS REBELS, he’s the voice of Animation Domination on FOX, the strawberry Mini-Wheat in commercials, and Ratchet from the dynamic video game duo of RATCHET & CLANK.

Therefore we were super-excited when James Arnold Taylor stopped by our Podcast Studio to tell us more about playing Ratchet in RATCHET & CLANK THE MOVIE. Jump ahead to 53:30 in the audio player below to hear JAT Chat!

Right off the bat, James Arnold Taylor gives us a great synopsis of RATCHET & CLANK: “It’s this wonderful buddy film about these two unlikely heroes. Ratchet is a Lombax. There’s only one Lombax that we know of. He’s a young adventurer, kind of like Luke Skywalker in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE in that he’s dreaming of bigger things. He meets this robot that’s kind of a defect from the Robot-making machine. His name is Clank. They meet, they buddy up and they save the galaxy as you do.”

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Unlike many of James Arnold Taylor’s roles, Ratchet is actually JAT’s own voice. The character is actually built around his own character. An underdog with many trials to face before coming out on top. In the interview, James Arnold Taylor touches on some of the trials of voice-acting he had to go through before becoming the inspiring, amazing person he is today.

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“The fun thing about Ratchet is that he’s my regular speaking voice! I came in and asked ‘what do you want’? And they said ‘we just want you to be you.’ So, my voice naturally has kind of a David-Spade-meets-Michael-J.-Fox kind of vibe. That’s how they wanted it and that’s what they got.”

Keep listening as this interview also showcases a bit of “JAT Theater” when Obi-Wan Kenobi makes an appearance to teach Ratchet the ways of the Force. And what is James Arnold Taylor’s very real superpower? It’s quite surprising! The interview wraps up with a dose of positivity, which is ever-present if you follow Taylor’s twitter account: @JATactor.

“I’m always wanting to inspire people to pursue their dreams and so I wrote a little book that is a positive message, that is based off of all my social media. I challenged myself to write a positive thing every day and then I turned it all into a book!”

Head to JamesArnoldTaylor.com to learn more about his book: JAT 365: 365 inspirations for the pursuit of your dreams. RATCHET & CLANK comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on August 23rd. You can preorder now, and click here for our movie review from the RATCHET & CLANK theatrical release.  Can’t wait for August 23rd?  Enter to WIN your own copy of RATCHET & CLANK using the rafflecopter widget below.

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About Richard & Sarah Woloski

Richard and Sarah Woloski are the co-hosts and creators of the Disney / Star Wars Podcast Skywalking Through Neverland. The husband and wife team strives to create a polished, positive and fun weekly show celebrating fandom. They also love writing for Adventures By Daddy. Find them @SkywalkingPod