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The Ratatouille videogame based on the Pixar film has achieved “Platinum Family Hits” status for Xbox 360 and collection and “Greatest Hits” status for PlayStation 2.
THQ originally released the game in summer 2007 across 11 different gaming systems and has since shipped nearly four million copies across all platforms worldwide.
With its new hits status, the PS2, DS and is available for $19.99 while the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and PSP versions are priced at $29.99.
As always, a videogame tie-in will be released when Pixar’s newest film, WALL-E, debuts in theaters. The cover art has been revealed and can be seen below. While it’s the Xbox 360 version, I assume it will be the same for other consoles.
THQ today announced plans to release the WALL-E video game in conjunction with the film’s theatrical debut in the summer of 2008. WALL-E is anticipated to launch across all major gaming systems including the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows PC and Mac, as well as wireless devices.
THQ’s current agreement with Disney/Pixar, which was announced in 2004, includes rights to create games based on four newly created Pixar film properties. Last year’s Ratatouille video game was the first property released by THQ under this agreement.
Check out the trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil: Degeneration, the first full-length CG animation feature based upon the Resident Evil series of games. The new movie will follow a brand-new story line not seen in any of the previous games.
While speaking at a conference in New York City, THQ CEO Brian Farrell stated that THQ doesn’t have the rights to develop a videogame based on Toy Story 3, scheduled for theatrical release in 2010.
THQ’s current licensing deal gives them the rights to develop games based upon four Pixar films. Ratatouille, released this year, was the first film covered under the current agreement. Wall-E, coming to theaters in 2008, will be the second. The deal will also cover 2009’s UP and the unannounced, most likely John Carter of Mars, in 2011.
Disney has decided to develop the videogames internally. Smart move considering how big of a cash cow the Toy Story franchise is.
Check out this interview of Matt Groening discussing the new Simpsons game along with the origin of Homer’s world famous “D’oh!”
4Kids Ent. has signed agreements with a ton of new global broadcasters for their hit cartoon VIVA PIÑATA, based on the Xbox 360 video game.
New episodes of the series are set to broadcast on TV3 (New Zealand), Animax (South Korea), Momo Kids TV (Taiwan) and Kids Central (Singapore) and Televisa (Mexico).
Current stations include YTV (Canada), France 3 Television (France), RTL2 (Germany), Canal J Pay Satellite TV (France), Nickelodeon (U.K.), Netherlands, Spain, Australia & New Zealand, NRK (Norway), SIC (Portugal) MediaCorp TV12’s Kid Central (Singapore) and Children’s Channel (Israel), among others. Viva Piñata airs weekly in the United States on 4Kids TV.
Activision has shipped Bee Movie Game and Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys to retail locations nationwide.
Bee Movie Game is based on the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film from creator Jerry Seinfeld. In Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys, Shrek and Fiona’s triplets appear alongside Donkey and Dragon’s offspring, the dronkeys.
The Animation Picture Co. (APC) announced that it has acquired the screen rights to the 20-million-selling video game franchise, Spyro the Dragon.
The story will revolve around the three most recent Spyro games and will be written by Steve and Dan Altiere. Producing is APC’s Dan Chuba, John Davis, Mark Dippe, Brian Manis and Ash Shah. A director has not been hired yet.