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AFTER ALL THE HYPE THAT DISNEYS CARS BROUGHT..HERE WAS THE NEXT HYPE RATATOUILLE..
WELL LET ME TELL YOU FIRST HAND THAT IS WAS WORTH THE WAIT..
The voice talent: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Peter O’Toole, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Julius Callahan, James Remar, John Katzenberger and Teddy Newton. Original story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco and Brad Bird. Screenwriter and director. Brad Bird. Rated: G. Running time: 111 mins.
Though it is a Pixar feature, Ratatouille is not a kids’ film. It is a feature the entire family can enjoy. In fact, adults may get a bigger charge than the youngsters.
In a sense, Ratatouille is a story about fulfilling one’s dreams, about going beyond preconceived boundaries and following your heart.
Making the lead character a rat is a brilliant stroke. Rat and restaurants go as well together as Paris Hilton and jail cells, so the idea of watching Remy choosing herbs, spices and sauces to create various dishes is not only funny — it plays against expectations and raises the humor.
Ratatouille is loads of fun, even at nearly two hours. The time flies and the laughs are constant. This is a feature for which you may want to go back for seconds.
THIS IS A MUST BUY MOVIE TO ADD TO YOUR DISNEY COLLECTION..
COMES OUT NOVERMBER 6, 2007
Pixar has certainly outdone themselves with the animated feature Ratatouille; the story of a young rat named Remy who pairs up with the imbecile (but well meaning) Linguini to form one of the greatest culinary talents Paris has ever seen.
Much has been said of the “if you put your mind to it” angle as well as the staple stereotypes (e.g., “don’t go near humans,” etc.). But what really struck me was what the critique, Anton Ego (voiced by legendary actor Peter O’Toole) said as he was pondering what to write in his food column.
“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize that only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau's, who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more.”
Critics in most circles usually have the necessary machinery to get their message across and as Anton Ego pointed out, they –“thrive on negative criticism” – as this is what causes controversy; a demand; and in most cases, even a need. But Ego also makes his readers (or in the case of the movie, listeners) realize is that despite what any one critic or person says, the most important opinion is that of your own.
Well, that’s what I got out of it. What did you get out of it?
This is a Review I saw in the New York Times and thought you might want to see it.
"The moral of “Ratatouille” is delivered by a critic: a gaunt, unsmiling fellow named Anton Ego who composes his acidic notices in a coffin-shaped room and who speaks in the parched baritone of Peter O’Toole. “Not everyone can be a great artist,” Mr. Ego muses. “But a great artist can come from anywhere.” Quite so. Written and directed by Brad Bird and displaying the usual meticulousness associated with the Pixar brand, “Ratatouille” is a nearly flawless piece of popular art, as well as one of the most persuasive portraits of an artist ever committed to film. It provides the kind of deep, transporting pleasure, at once simple and sophisticated, that movies at their best have always promised. Its sensibility, implicit in Mr. Ego’s aphorism, is both exuberantly democratic and unabashedly elitist, defending good taste and aesthetic accomplishment not as snobbish entitlements but as universal ideals. Like “The Incredibles,” Mr. Bird’s earlier film for Pixar, “Ratatouille” celebrates the passionate, sometimes aggressive pursuit of excellence, an impulse it also exemplifies." — A. O. Scott, The New York Times
On its surface, the animated feature Ratatouille is the story of a rat with the cooking skills of a great chef teaming up with a bumbling human to be successful. On a subliminal level, it deals with the adage that you can't tell a book by its cover. The Blu ray format reveals every nuance of the superb rendering from the fur and whiskers of the rats to the light and shadows that give the film an almost three dimensional quality. Add an excellent Dolby Digital soundtrack to top things off. The quality voice overs from top-notch actors; Patton Oswalt is perfect as Remy and Peter O'Toole is sublime as Anton Ego, the food critic. Great support from Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy, Jeanine Garafalo, and Brad Garrett. If you enjoy animated films, this belongs in your collection!
Ah, where can i start? Maybe the top-notch animation? The charm? The music? Ratatouille is one of Pixar's finest. Superb pacing and storytelling make this one of the best Pixar experiences yet. Everything from the textures on the Rats to the plates of food and water effects are the best to be seen in ANY CGI film. You'll be sucked in into it's curious world and characters with just the right amount of comedy and warmth to satisfy you to the very end.
Adults and children alike will have a blast with this spectacular movie and should not be missed for the world. I personally recommend buying (or renting if you are not sure) the blu-ray version of the film. With HD sound and picture, it makes the film THAT much more fulfilling and entertaining to watch and enjoy with a satiable amount of bonus features. Who knew a movie about a rat and a human could be this much fun? ;)
Voice Acting - 10/10
Music - 9/10
Story - 9.5/10
Animation - 10/10
Enjoyment - 9.5/10
OVERALL - 9.5/10