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Pixar's Golden Touch Continues
"Ratatouille" continues Pixar's golden streak, the likes of which Disney hasn't seen since the early 1990s. Even given a challenge — sell a cute story about rats (!) — Pixar can beat the odds and produce something wonderful. The film follows Remy, a French rat with over-developed tastebuds who is sick of eating garbage. When Remy is marooned in Paris, he befriends Linguini, a restaurant garbage boy with aspirations of filet mignon, not dinner scraps. Building on previous work, the animation in "Ratatouille" is simply amazing, each hair on Remy's body rendered with life-life precision. Coupled with a delightful story and first-rate voice talent (Peter O'Toole plays a menacing food critic whose reviews make or break eateries), "Ratatouille" is an excellent film for young and old. Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed this review, please vote "yes" at the bottom of this entry. Thanks again, and happy viewing!
Ratatouille (2007) Disney
What an amazing film! From the producers of Toy Story, Cars, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo comes an epic story that goes straight to the dinner table. Ratatouille is a film that is a throwback for Disney to the films of yersteryears. Through the storyline and diolouge, one could even say that if Walt was still alive - this would be something that HE himself would have rattled around in his brain. The Disney creators take you deep into the heart of Italy where some of the finest restaurants are. This story is about a young boy by the name of Linguini and a rat named Remy. Together they mix and create food, as being their specialty. With Remy's help, anything is possible, which follows the phrase used throughout the film that can inspire anyone in the kitchen - "Anyone can cook"
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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
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The DVD arrived in PERFECT condition! I think it is one of Disney's ALL TIME CLASSICS & I LOVE it from beginning to end. The price was super great, Thank you!
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individuality and creativity are eloquently explored.
The best film of the summer didn’t star a pirate, a giant green monster, or even a Spider-Man. It starred a rat. A rat that can cook. Ratatouille is a stunning achievement that has earned its place among other Pixar greats such as Toy Story and The Incredibles with a mix of sophisticated storytelling, three-dimensional characters, and dazzling visuals that should be just as appealing to adults as they are to children. Ratatouille follows the culinary journey of Remy the rat, voiced perfectly by comedian/actor Patton Oswalt. Oswalt continues a long line of brilliant casting decisions by Pixar. Other animation studios seem to believe that it’s important to cast A-list stars as the voices of their animated creations, but Pixar has always known that the voice must match the character, and Oswalt’s Remy ranks up there with Tom Hanks’ Woody and Craig T. Nelson’s Mr. Incredible. Remy is different from the rest of the rats in his pack. He has an acute sense of taste and smell, and refuses to eat the garbage that the rest of his family scavenges from the old woman whose house they occupy. When Remy is separated from his family after a mass exodus from the old woman’s home, he finds himself in Paris, and more importantly, at the restaurant of late chef Gusteau, Remy’s idol whose ghost guides Remy along on his quest to become a chef. But of course it is impossible for a rat to be allowed to cook in a kitchen, so through a twist of fate Remy is paired with the restaurant’s garbage boy, Linguini. Remy’s cooking (via Linguini) becomes the toast of the town, arising the suspicions of head chef Skinner, who is determined to gain full control of the Gusteau brand so that he can use it to sell cheap microwave dinners and become rich. One of the most surprising things about Ratatouille is that, aside from having talking rats, it never feels like a kid’s movie. It’s certainly family friendly and the images and jokes will definitely appeal to the youngsters, but the subject matter and themes have maturity rarely seen in Disney films. The film takes food very seriously and the level of detail and research that went into making the kitchen feel real is superb (by the way, the computer animated food will have you headed to the nearest French restaurant afterward, it all looks delicious). The story takes bold turns that you wouldn’t expect, and themes such as individuality and creativity are eloquently explored. All credit must go to writer/director Brad Bird and his Pixar team, who’ve raised the bar for what we choose to entertain our children with. While Nickelodeon continues to dumb it down or sex it up on Teen Nick, and Dreamworks constantly spoils the soup with too many cooks, Pixar and Brad Bird elevate our standards of children’s entertainment, choosing not to dumb it down or pander, but instead challenge and enlighten the young ones with sophisticated storytelling and grown-up worlds that can inspire children to do great things with their lives. The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation is stunning, another out of the park digital-to-digital transfer from Pixar. This is also available on Blu-Ray, and from what I’ve read, it’s one of the most gorgeous examples of high-def superiority yet. The Dolby Digital EX 5.1 soundtrack is also reference quality. While we may take it for granted at this point that Pixar is always going deliver, Ratatouille exceeds these expectations and delivers a surprisingly sophisticated film.