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Ratatouille

A 2007 Disney / Pixar animated co-production directed by Brad Bird.

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This Rat Smells Like Fine Food.

  • Sep 8, 2007
Rating:
+5
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 carry and spread more diseases than almost any other animal in the world, it's not usually healthy to have one near a kitchen. Remy finds himself literally swept away from the country to the streets of Paris. He sneaks into the restaurant that is named and was once owned by a famous cook who Remy used to watch on tv and who believed that "anyone can cook". Of course, no one actually believes that and after being caught, the kitchen's new scullery boy, Linguini (Lou Romano), is sent to drown Remy in the river. Of course, Linguini can't bring himself to do it and when realizing that Remy can understand him and that he can cook, too, he brings Remy home. A partnership is formed and the duo soon become the talk of Paris. But the current chef and owner of the restaurant hates Linguini and smells a rat. He tries to find out if there's someway he can keep the shining star from rising any higher, but his plans are nothing compared to the trouble that a deepening relationship between a rat and a man and the kindness that a rat shows towards his family.

The film was written and co-directed by Brad Bird, a former animator of THE SIMPSONS and the guy who wrote and directed THE INCREDIBLES.

You really shouldn't need any more reasons to see this movie, but I'll give you some more. The film is mostly set in Paris and RATATOUILLE presents some of the most authentic animation of Paris ever seen on film. If you've never been to Paris, you'll actually come away with a feel for the city after seeing the movie. I know because I've never been to Paris and after the film some friends I know who have been there said, "Now you have an idea of what Paris is like." Besides Patton Oswalt and Lou Romano, the movie also features the vocal talents of Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, and John Ratzenberger.

Lastly, the other reason you should see RATATOUILLE is for the water animation sequence. Remy is separated from his family and taken to Paris by the waterways in the streams and sewers that run from the countryside into the city. I knew I was watching a cartoon during this sequence. I kept telling myself that over and over and over. "This is animation." The reason I did that is because the water looks so real. It looked so real that there were times that it literally looks as if it is splashing off the screen. Even if this wasn't a Pixar picture or had any of the other fine things going for it, RATATOUILLE would be worth seeing for that one sequence alone.

Toddlers and younger kids will probably be enthralled with the colors. Older children will probably love the physical comedy. Adults will enjoy the story and the few allusions laid out for them throughout the picture. RATATOUILLE truly is a picture for the whole family to enjoy and one of the best, if not the best animated film of 2007.

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review by . February 05, 2011
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review by . March 03, 2009
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review by . May 05, 2009
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review by . December 18, 2008
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review by . November 16, 2008
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review by . December 20, 2008
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review by . July 10, 2008
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review by . May 03, 2008
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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, ...
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Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Release Date: 29 June 2007 (USA)
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: Brad Bird, Jim Capobianco
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
Runtime: 111 min
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios
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