Ratatouille

June 29th, 2007








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Ratatouille

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Plot
Remy is a young rat in the French countryside who arrives in Paris, only to find out that his cooking idol is dead. When he makes an unusual alliance with a restaurant's new garbage boy, the culinary and personal adventures begin despite Remy's family's skepticism and the rat-hating world of humans.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 8.1/10 (202,410 voted)

Critic's Score: 96/100

Director: Brad Bird

Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt

Storyline
A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

Writers: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Cast:
Patton Oswalt - Remy (voice)
Ian Holm - Skinner (voice)
Lou Romano - Linguini (voice)
Brian Dennehy - Django (voice)
Peter Sohn - Emile (voice)
Peter O'Toole - Anton Ego (voice)
Brad Garrett - Gusteau (voice)
Janeane Garofalo - Colette (voice)
Will Arnett - Horst (voice)
Julius Callahan - Lalo / Francois (voice)
James Remar - Larousse (voice)
John Ratzenberger - Mustafa (voice)
Teddy Newton - Lawyer (Talon Labarthe) (voice)
Tony Fucile - Pompidou / Health Inspector (voice)
Jake Steinfeld - Git (Lab Rat) (voice)

Taglines: A comedy with great taste.



Details

Official Website: Disney [United States] |

Release Date: 29 June 2007



Box Office Details

Budget: $150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $47,027,395 (USA) (1 July 2007) (3940 Screens)

Gross: $623,722,818 (Worldwide) (13 December 2007)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Brad Bird, producer Brad Lewis and some of the crew went to Paris for a week to get the feel of the city. They took a motorcycle tour around the capital and ate at its five top restaurants.

Goofs:
Continuity: When the chefs celebrate the success of the Sweetbread prepared by Linguini, we see five hands clinking five glasses of wine. But in the next shot, we see six chefs, each one holding a glass of wine.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator: [on television] Although each of the world's countries would like to dispute this fact, we French know the truth: the best food in the world is made in France. The best food in France is made in Paris. And the best food in Paris, some say, is made by Chef Auguste Gusteau...
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User Review

Incredible

Rating: 10/10

Remember how everyone was talking about Toy Story when it first came out? The incredible visuals, unique style, vividly imagined world? The next time people were talking that way with such enthusiasm about a computer animated movie was Finding Nemo. I'm excited to say that Ratatouille will be the next one to redefine the visual creativity and technical detail of computer animated movies. Honest to goodness, I was awestruck by the animation, and that never happens to me. It is a visual masterpiece of a movie if ever the term applies.

The next thing to talk about is the "genre" of the movie. As Pixar enthusiasts will tell you, Brad Bird, the director of Ratatouille, also directed The Incredibles, which has the most inspired and creative action sequences from any of the Pixar movies. Ratatouille, while not so straightforward with its action, has almost as much as The Incredibles did, in unique ways. Most memorable is the shotgun scene near the beginning. (You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it). Other than that, this is the expected comedy-with-heart movie from Pixar that so many have grown to love.

The voice acting? Spot on. Every voice is distinctive, and it never feels like a celebrity's voice tacked on to a character (Shrek, I'm looking at you), it feels like the characters themselves speaking. You can't ask for more from voice acting.

And finally, the script and the story. The entire irony of the story -- a street rat with a passion for fine food -- is beautiful, and a tight, smart, wonderful script flows from this. The pacing of the story is odd and choppy at places, but this is a very forgivable grievance. The only other minor fault is that a few of the dramatic one-liners feel a bit forced. Other than that, this is the most layered, complex, and satisfying script from Pixar since The Incredibles.

Overall, I recommend that everyone see this movie when it hits theaters (I was lucky enough to see a pre-release screening). Though not perfect, it is an animated masterpiece in true Pixar form with breathtaking animation and visual design.

10/10




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