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From the creators of CARS and THE INCREDIBLES comes a break-through comedy with something for everyone. With delightful new characters, experience Paris from an all-new perspective. It's "terrific movie making" raves Leonard Maltin of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT. In one of Paris' finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family's wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down. RATATOUILLE is a treat you'll want to enjoy again and again.
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 of Ratatouille, 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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Who are we to quarrel that it took the Pixar team over five years of observing, notating, and oh yes, eating(!) in not only the top five Parisian restaurants but also the kitchens at Per Se and The French Laundry? Not me - I just wish I'd been one of them, LOL!
This is a wonderful film, the 8th and one of the very best from the Pixar Studios.
Note, around the same time, a movie was released called "Flushed Away" featuring a seemingly British Rat and his James Bond-esque adventures aftering being flushed into the underworld. Now, that movie bored me but captivated my kids more. That's okay, I'll let them watch Flushed Away and I'll keep watching Ratatouille!!! This one is MINE! :-)
One scene-where the kitchen floor is covered in rats-is a little unnerving if you've ever had a rat problem. Yes, this is a kid movie, but you know adults created it...hmmm. Maybe it should be PG? You decide. I will watch it again though - there was a lot of action - I must repeat...
YES, it's region 2 only. Not released stateside, but if you've got a region free player, GET THIS! We've seen this movie several times, but this is one of Pixar's best, and one that benefits greatly from the 3D upgrade. There are some decent pop outs, but not too many, and I'm guessing part of the reason that it's been 'delayed' from release state-side is that it prominently features a gun in one of the gag sequences. Just a guess...
In any case, a great addition to your 3D library, IF you have R2/B player. PIXAR/DISNEY - release this stateside! It's a true gem and the 3D version is worthy...
Much of what we think we know about rats is based upon stereotypes. Rats are seen as dirty, vicious, disease carrying monsters.
Actually, wild rats are only dirty because we(and our beloved cats) force them to hide in filthy places.
Real rats are not vicious. they are timid and will avoid contact with us at every chance. Only when they are trapped and in immediate danger of being killed will they defend themselves with the only weapon they have, their teeth. In any fight between a human and a rat that I have ever known there have only been two possible outcomes. first, and most often, the rat is killed, second, the rat evades the human and runs away at the first opportunity.
In the case of disease, the fact is that the diseases that rats carry are just as lethal to the rats as they are to us. In fact, squirrels carry the same diseases and we feed those little beggars thousands of dollars worth of corn and peanuts every month and try to persuade them to come up and take the treats out of our bare hands.
I have had friends who breed rats, and those that I have had a chance to handle were clean, friendly, and kind of cute. I do not keep them myself because of the work required to keep their cages cleaned. This is, I might mention, is the same amount required to keep a hamster or parrot cage clean.
But, disregarding the dull world of facts, This movie is a delightful, rambling romp through an imaginary world where men can be manipulated like puppets by pulling on their hair, people can be subdued or even killed using only one thumb, where pictures in books can come out and give deeply moving advice, rats can cook better than experienced chefs, and rats can be served in special dining rooms on the terrace of Parisian restaurants.
This movie has something for everyone who can suspend their disbelief for a few hours. Its Disney at its best and Pixar at its most ingenious. Sit yourself down for a couple hours of fantastic, wonderful, and not so serious, fun.
(By the way, I looked up the recipe for Ratatouille. Its a stew or casserole made from sliced eggplant, sliced zucchini,and sliced green peppers topped with parmesan cheese. The word itself means shake-and-stir, Ratata is french for shake and tatouille means stir. Google the recipe and serve it to your family after the movie.)
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