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With astounding animation, inspirational messages, and endearing characters, Pixar Animation Studios (THE INCREDIBLES, CARS) and Walt Disney Pictures have whipped up something special with RATATOUILLE. A rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt) lives in Paris with a dream (and the talent) to be a chef. Opting to raid the kitchens of Paris rather than the garbage cans and sewers of the city with his family, Remy is inspired by the philosophy of one of the city?s most legendary chefs, the late Gusteau (Brad Garrett). One night, Remy can?t resist practicing his skill in Gusteau?s restaurant. While his guard is down, Remy is discovered by a klutzy young man, Linguini (Lou Romano), who cleans the kitchen. Together Remi and Linguini become a culinary duo, with Remy playing puppeteer by concealing himself under Linguini?s chef?s hat. Remy pulls Linguini's hair to direct his hands, helping to bring Remy?s creations to life. Soon Gusteau?s restaurant becomes the talk of the town--but would it still be the toast of Paris if...

One key point: if you can get over the natural gag reflex of seeing hundreds of rodents swarming over a restaurant kitchen, you will be free to enjoy the glory ofRatatouille, a delectable Pixar hit. Our hero is Remy, a French rat (voiced by Patton Oswalt) with a cultivated palate, who rises from his humble beginnings to become head chef at a Paris restaurant. How this happens is the stuff of Pixar magic, that ineffable blend of headlong comedy, seamless technology, and wonder (in the latter department, this movie's views of nighttime Paris are on a par with French cinema at its most lyrical). Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) doesn't quite keep all his spinning plates in the air, but the gags are great and the animation amazingly expressive--Remy's shrugs and nods are nimbler than many flesh-and-blood actors can manage. Refreshingly, the movie's characters aren't celebrity-reliant, with the most recognizable voice coming from Peter O'Toole's snide food critic. (This fellow provides the film's sole sour note--an oddly pointed slap at critics, those craven souls who have done nothing but rave about Pixar's movies over the years.) Brad Bird's style is more quick-hit and less resonant than the approach of Pixar honcho John Lasseter, but it's hard to complain about a movie that cooks up such bountiful pleasure. --Robert Horton

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CastIan Holm, Janeane Garofalo, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Brian Dennehy, Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Will Arnett, Peter Sohn, Julius Callahan
DirectorBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Genre:  Animation, Comedy, Family
Release Date:  29 June 2007 (USA)
MPAA Rating:  G
Screen WriterBrad Bird, Jim Capobianco
DVD Release Date:  November 6, 2007
Runtime:  111 min
Studio:  Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios
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review by . February 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Perhaps Pixar's Finest Work To Date
   I might as well come right out with it:  Any attempts to discount Pixar’s absolute mastery of the craft of computer animated features are absolutely futile from this critic from this moment forward.  Until now I’ve been pretty consistent in giving their ballyhooed works 4-star ratings due to the sheer cleverness of their plots and the attention to detail of their visual prowess (sometimes even tainted in protest by Disney’s habit of over-promoting) but 2007’s …
review by . January 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
All great recipes, whether the provincial peasant dish ratatouille (a vegetable stew), or the greatest and newest dish by Charlie Trotter, draw from the ordinary. Such is the romance of eating. It is the combining of the known to create something previously unknown. Salt, tomatoes, sugar, butter are not unusual, but, in the hands of a master chef, they are ingredients for art.      Such is the movie Ratatouille. Its history is the simple, oft-told childhood tale of the elves …
Quick Tip by . March 24, 2011
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Re-watched this when I got the bluray. Never fails to engage me once I get into the film's first act. I have a weakness for food, cooking and I have to admit I just love the message in this film. Truly engaging, funny, sometimes quirky but it is an animated film with a heart.      Still my favorite Pixar movie to date! (even edging out THE INCREDIBLES)
review by . March 03, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I had a favorite animated movie that had to take the back seat after I saw Ratatouille. I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to watch it and understand it, along with all the puns and humor. I've watched it several times with different audiences and everyone loves it - so it is a must have in our family library.     I studied French all through middle and high school, so this was quite relevant. I have never really had encounters with French people and I've never been …
review by . May 05, 2009
  Going into this movie as a culinary student, I had my reservations, bu Ratatouille really comes through as a great family flick as well as a tad educational. Obviously the headline of this film as that anybody can be a cook and to the point that this film wanted to get across, it's true. Anyone can follow a recipe, even a...rat. Despite the fact that this is something that can never happen in reality, it was fun to watch the interactions between Remy (the rat) and Linguini (the not so …
review by . December 18, 2008
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pixar movies, but this has to take the cake as my absolute, all time favorite.     The movie is about a rat named Remy who strays away from his family and tries to make his name by helping a young boy named Linguini to make phenomenal dishes at a restaurant where he is currently a janitor.  One day when Remy accidently makes a great dish that's raved about by critics, the chefs at the restaurant force Linguini to recreate the dish.  Remy hides under …
review by . November 16, 2008
A rat resided in a colony   His keen sense of smell was an anomaly   But there were cooking channels on French TV   He learned to cook from a recipe   And he was cooking before he knew it, and as he grew   He said, "I'm not gonna be like you, Dad,   "I'm just not gonna be like you."     And the rat's in the kitchen with the cooking spoon   Chef Gusteau by the light of the moon   When you comin' home, …
review by . December 20, 2008
I really enjoyed watching Ratatouille. Oh, and if you've never had the actual dish, you're missing out! But back to the movie. I've seen this with people younger than me, my peers, and even adults, and it seems to please every age group.    I won't go into the details of the plot, but instead, I'll just say what I got out of it. In my opinion, the film insists that everyone should be given a chance, no matter who they are or what they look like. In this case, the most unlikely …
review by . July 10, 2008
Many, many companies have created movies that focused on relationships between animals, people, and inanimate objects as key plot lines. Most of these movies come up short as the interactions between humans and non-humans often seem forced or fake; examples include "All Dogs go to Heaven", "Howard the Duck", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Cool World". But Pixar has mastered this art, with classics such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and now Ratatouille. Released in 2007, this movie is by far the best …
review by . May 03, 2008
I was so disappointed by this movie. All the hype and talk and ...nothing. The animation was absolutely excellent, really outstanding. The story was rather slow and had way to many "messages". The "don't steal" message had me rolling my eyes every single of the 10000 times it was mentioned. It was an obvious way to build up to the climax of the story. And really, G rated? There is a woman, with a gun, wrestling with a man for said gun and then they make up; the kissing scene - you can see their …
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