Sly Cooper Movie Announced for 2016

Sly Cooper Movie

Sly Cooper Movie Trailer :

Sly Cooper Movie

Remember the good old days when Sony’s main lineup of games was mostly comprised of 3D platformers with colorful characters and grand plots? ApparentlySony does too, since they just announced a film adaptation of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. 

A discerning Sly Cooper fan will notice a few things. Notably, the characters have been redesigned in what appears to be more “realistic” to their animal shapes. Your mileage may vary on this—personally I think Murray looks more like Pey’j from Beyond Good & Evil—but Sly and Bentley don’t look so bad. It also seems as if the voice actors for Murray and Bentley are reprising their roles.

Since it’s just a teaser, it’s hard to judge what the final product will look like, but I’m optimistic. Sly’s motions in the trailer perfectly capture his acrobatics in the game. When he slid along the wire and landed on the tower I though, “Oh hey! I’ve done that before!” I’m also hopeful because the Ratchet & Clank movie is shaping up well, utilizing original voice actors and Insomniac writers. If this is following the same pattern, I don’t see it being a flop.

Sly Cooper Movie

I’m liking this trend from Sony. It shows a lot of initiative to take charge of their franchises and get them adapted into movies. Hopefully they pull out all the stops to make Sly Cooper and Ratchet & Clank really good. I could see Sony pulling a Marvel on us and having a crossover with all their franchises down the line, a la Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. And who knows? Maybe Nintendo and Microsoft will start to make movies for their first party franchises too (fat chance with Nintendo, I know, but I’m still waiting on my Neill Blomkamp Halo movie).

Now I’m wondering… how long until we get a Jak and Daxter movie? I don’t know, but for now, Sly Cooperis set to steal your heart in 2016.


Sly Cooper Background:

The world of Sly Cooper is a version of the real world that is populated by anthropomorphic animals, with film noir and comic book motifs. The focus of the story is ofSly Cooper, a young adult raccoon and the latest descendant in a line of master thieves who pass down their expert techniques from generation to generation using the “Thievius Raccoonus,” a book which contains all the Cooper family’s secrets and tricks. While the Cooper family has accumulated a massive amount of wealth through their thieving ways, Sly places greater value on his friendship with his partners, Bentley, a turtle and Murray, a hippo, and his flirting and teasing relationship with Inspector Carmelita Fox.

Key Character

  • Sly Cooper (voiced by Kevin Miller) is the eponymous protagonist of the series. He is a young male adult raccoon that is part of a long line of master thieves who specialize in robbing from legit criminals as opposed to innocent bystanders, thus making them vigilantes. Early in his life, he witnessed the savage murder of his father at the hands of a group known as the Fiendish Five, who then stole his family’s Thievius Raccoonus, which holds many of the Cooper clan’s major thief moves. He was forced into an orphanage, where he met his best friends, Bentley and Murray. Over his years in the orphanage, the three pull off multiple thieving tasks, and soon, Sly decides to carry on the Cooper legacy by making the modern day Cooper Clan. Sly is nimblest of the gang, so he is sent out the most on missions, therefore making him the most played character. He uses a hooked cane, a family heirloom, as a multi-purpose tool. Sly is cunning and extremely athletic, and can perform feats such as walking on wires, landing on small points, sliding on vines, and falling from great heights while sustaining less damage. He can also use disguises as an advantage to get across easily inaccessible areas.
  • Bentley (voiced by Matt Olsen) is the brains of Sly’s gang. He is a turtle who is skilled with computers, gadgets, and explosives, and generally helps withreconnaissance and mission-planning while Sly is out in the field, making him the de facto leader after Sly. In Sly 2, Bentley decides to help out in the field, but, later on, his legs are injured under the jaws of Clock-La, so he is forced into a wheelchair, which he handily equips with gadgets; he has since become more relaxed and confident in his abilities and himself. It is also stated that he co-constructed a time-machine along with his ex-girlfriend, Penelope, which serves as the key object in the fourth game. He is the current guardian of the Thievius Raccoonus, having been entrusted to him by Sly.
  • Murray (voiced by Chris Murphy) is the muscle of the Gang and Sly’s full-time wheelman and part-time burden, in charge of driving the Cooper Gang’s van to various locations. As a large pink hippopotamus, he is amazingly strong. He often ventures to the field on missions requiring such strength. When Bentley is injured in Sly 2, he blames himself and leaves the Gang to the Australian Outback, looking for a more peaceful state of mind, but eventually returns when Bentley is attacked by Italian crime mob leader Don Octavio, one of the Cooper Gang enemies. It is stated that he has developed a more serious personality, though he remains a happy-go-lucky hippo.
  • Inspector Carmelita Fox (voiced by Roxana Ortega in Sly 1, Alesia Glidewell in Sly 2, Ruth Livier in Sly 3, Grey DeLisle in Sly 4 and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale) is a member of Interpol, as well as Sly’s nemesis and love interest. She is a vixen who has her mind set on capturing Sly and his crew, but also demonstrates some romantic feelings for him, which Sly often uses to escape capture at the last minute. In the fourth game, Carmelita begins to help out the Cooper gang by aiding them in recovering the disappearing pages of the Thievius Raccoonus. This is when she, herself, begins to soften up to and develop some feelings for Sly. She uses a shock pistol as her weapon of choice, which contains powerful blasts and a target lock.
  • Dimitri Lousteau (voiced by David Scully) is a French iguana who speaks in slang. He started out as a young painter whose unique art style was heavily criticized and rejected by the artistic community, forcing him to turn to forgery before opening a night club on the west side of Paris. His first role in the series was as a supporting villain in the second game as the first member of the Klaww Gang to be defeated by the Cooper Gang. He later returned in the third game, beginning his role as a supporting protagonist after he joins the Cooper Gang to help them with the Cooper Vault job. He returns for a much smaller role in the fourth game, left with the duty of guarding their Paris hideout and the Thievius Raccoonus while they travel through time, and thus only appears in the cutscenes.


Aggregate review scores
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (PS2) 85.28% (PS2) 86
Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS2) 87.92% (PS2) 88
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS2) 84.18% (PS2) 83
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (Vita) 75.80%
(PS3) 74.69%
(Vita) 75
(PS3) 75

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, also known as Sly Raccoon in European countries, was released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 platform. Sly must recover his family’s “Thievius Raccoonus”, a book listing all the special thieving skills his family has collected over several centuries, which was stolen by a rival gang, the Fiendish Five, led by Clockwerk, a mechanical owl, the “manifestation of evil”. Meanwhile, Sly and his gang must keep ahead of Interpol’s Inspector Carmelita Fox, who promises to one day capture Sly and put him away for his crimes.

Sly 2: Band of Thieves

Sly 2: Band of Thieves was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2. In this game, a series of mechanical parts of the shattered Clockwerk have been stolen by theKlaww Gang; Dimitri, Rajan, Contessa, Jean Bison and Arpeggio. Together, they could be used to revive the defeated Clockwerk; separately, they each have super functions. While Sly and his gang follow these leads, they are pursued by Carmelita and her new partner, Constable Neyla, who are after both the Cooper Gang and the Klaww Gang.

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves was released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 platform. Sly has learned of the Cooper Vault, a gigantic store of the wealth that his family has accumulated over the years. He must find a way to get in, however, to defeat Doctor M, who has taken over the island where it is located to try to break into it, with many failed attempts. Sly must regroup his old partners and recruit new members in order to succeed at reclaiming his family’s history, all while still on the run from Carmelita. This game also has some levels that can be put into 3D mode and the PS3 version in The Sly Collection allows the full game to be played in 3D.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time was officially announced during Sony’s 2011 E3 Keynote, and was officially released on February 5, 2013.Sly Cooper and the whole gang return with an epic brand new adventure for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vitasystems. The pages of the Thievius Raccoonus are disappearing and Bentley, now keeper of the ancient tome Thievius Raccoonus, must round up the gang and save the Cooper Clan legacy from being destroyed forever. The game was developed by Sanzaru Games, the same development team behind The Sly Cooper Collection, instead of Sucker Punch Productions who are focusing on the Infamous series. If players unlock the game’s secret ending, a clip is shown that hints at a potential future installment in the series, though no official announcement has been made at this time.

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