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Ratatouille Is Delicious Film Fare

Mar 15, 2008
Ratatouille, the eighth Pixar production, is a delectable treat. The irony of the kitchen's most dreaded menace, a rat, becoming a fine chef is too fun to resist-at least, that is what Pixar thought of the concept when it was introduced in 2001. The name comes from a French recipe and translates literally to "toss food." It is difficult to imagine a more delightful title for this film.

The hero of the film, Remy, is a rat with unique dreams of becoming a chef, and he has an undeniable talent. Washed ashore in the sewers of Paris, he observes a gourmet restaurant's cleaning boy boggle soup destined for a critic. Remy jumps in and saves the day. When the soup turns out to be a winner, the garbage boy (hilariously named Alfredo Linguini) finds himself stuck with the daunting task of recreating the soup. Thus, an unusual team is born. Remy, hiding beneath Alfredo's toque hat, proceeds to direct the hapless boy's movements by tugging at his hair, not unlike a puppeteer would work a marionette. Consequently, Alfredo gains a reputation for being a star chef.

As in all the Pixar productions, the animation is spectacular, and the creators found themselves doing some pretty strange homework to create their effects. For months, caged rats lived in the studio hallway as movement models. Fruits and vegetables were photographed in various stages of decomposition. One man was elected to go swimming in a chef's coat and toque to see where the articles would stick to his body when wet. The most challenging assignment? A week in Paris studying the finest restaurants of Paris!

Ratatouille is a culinary tour de force which many critics, among them A.O. Scott of the New York Times and Scott Foundas of the L.A. Weekly, count among the top ten films released in 2007. Nominated for five Academy Awards, Ratatouille is a delightful film you will want to watch for years to come.
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Steve Collins is an Author in Encino, CA. An avid Disney fan, he uses the Disney Movie Club to fill the gap in his collection. Read reviews of Disney Movie Club
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