Sly Cooper and his band of thieves are coming to theaters in 2016 for their first full-length film. Animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment will be partnering with production company Blockade Entertainment for the movie.
The film is, of course, based on one of the PlayStation brand’s biggest and long-running franchises. Sly Cooper is a heist film that will tell the story of Sly Cooper, the orphaned raccoon thief, and his childhood friends and partners in crime, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. Much like the first game, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly discovers his family tree is full of infamous thieves. He and his friends are attempting to keep a book containing all the Cooper family secrets from the clutches of Clockwerk, a villainous metallic own who wants to rid the world of Sly and his ancestors.
A teaser trailer for Sly Cooper was also released to show off the look and feel of what the film is going for. Fans of the Sly games are likely to notice the transition from cel-shaded visuals to full-on CG. Part of that move is done because of the direction that most animated films are currently moving towards. And if the teaser is any indication, the team is headed in the right direction. Sly Cooper and Murray both look somewhat different from their video game counterparts but the voice actors and overall tone of the action match quite well. That being said, many elements of the film will be tweaked as it goes into production.
Gamers might also recognize Rainmaker and Blockade as the team behind the upcoming Ratchet & Clank and Heavenly Sword films. The Ratchet & Clank film is expected to be released sometime in 2015. Heavenly Sword will be a straight-to-video release.
The most recent game release in the Sly franchise was last year’s Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for the PS3 and Vita. The game was well received as Sanzaru Games carried on Sucker Punch’s legacy. The Sly games have generally been loved by gamers and the cast of characters has always seemed befitting of a cartoon or film of some kind. Hopefully the Sly Cooper film will hold up to the legacy when it releases in 2016.