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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
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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
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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
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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 . November 10, 2007
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Ratatouille is one of the best movies of the year. I love the story of the film, and I think it looks visually beautifully. I love the extras on the DVD especially the eleven minute documentary featuring Remy and Emile talking about rats in history. This was a very informative humorous feature. I also loved watching the deleted scenes that featured director Brad Bird talking about them. The deleted scenes are not in color, but that are still fun to watch. The animated short Lifted is included on …
review by . September 08, 2007
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RATATOUILLE is a Pixar picture. That's all that one needs to know. However, if you want some details about the film and some other (though highly unnecessary) reasons to watch the movie, keep reading.    RATATOUILLE is a story about a French country bumpkin, named Remy (Patton Oswalt) who discovers that he not only has a nose and taste for fine food, but that he can cook great meals as well. The only problem is that Remy is a rat. Most people don't even like rats and since they …
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