Sony’s Thievious Raccoonus Set To Steal the Big Screen in 2016

Sly Cooper Teaser Trailer

Sly Cooper, master thief extraordinaire and Playstation’s long-running pixelated protagonist, is the latest in an ever growing line of Sony owned properties making the leap from your gaming consoles to the multiplex in his own respective feature-length film. For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Sly first reared his beautifully cell-shaded mug back in 2002 in Sucker Punch Productions sophmore effort, Sly Cooper and the Thievious Raccoonus.

sly-cooper-movieThe game was a platformer, with gameplay elements relying heavily on puzzle-solving and stealth missions. The story revolves around Sly, the latest in a long lineage of raccoon master thieves, and his turtle & hippo partners in crime as they take on the “Fiendish Five,” a network of thieves that purloined his family’s most treasured possession, the titular “Thievious Raccoonus,” and just so happened to murder Sly’s father in the process. Heavy stuff for a kid’s game.

The game was met with critical acclaim and launched a franchise, with multiple titles spanning two console generations. All this being thanks in large to equal parts clever & solid gameplay, an extremely well-written plot with not only fleshed-out characters, but a great blend of madcap hilarity & gritty seriousness, and an absolutely gorgeous retro noir art design that hinged upon a very polished (and new at the time) cel-shading technique that made it feel like a cartoon come to life. So now I suppose that Sucker Punch, along with Sony, Blockade, and Rainmaker Entertainment, feel that the only logical step from here is to bring their cartoon-come-to-life… well, to life.

Cute taking anthromorphic characters, wall-to-wall action, ridiculous humor>? This has all the makings of a true blue summer blockbuster.

Written by Patrick Renfrow

Born of a conflicted age responsible for the greatest cartoons and popcorn flicks of all time, yet the worst hairstyles and fashion sense known to modern man, Patrick Renfrow was assuredly predestined to become an unrepentant man-child in every conceivable way. His struggles to function in modern society through a strict regimen of cheesy movies, violent video games, nostalgic toys, and demented animations (with a whiskey chaser) are infrequently chronicled at Leisure Suit Lucifer, and he can be found skewering the "thinking man's" pop culture on a regular basis at Pop Mythology.

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