Ratatouille (2007)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy / Family
Disney || G - 111 minutes - $29.99 || November 6, 2007
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-11-04


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Brad Bird
Writer(s): Brad Bird (story/screeanplay); Jim Capobianco, Jan Pinkava (story)
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett


Theatrical Release Date: June 29, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Lifted" Animated Short
  • "Your Friend the Rat" Animated Short
  • Fine Food and Film


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Ahhhh, now Ratatouille was a film I really sunk my teeth into. Who would've thought that a film about a rat in a kitchen would be so appetizing. But enough with the dumb food jokes.

Ratatouille is about a little rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt in the best thing i've ever seen him do outside of standup) who loves to cook and aspires to be a chef like his hero Auguste Gousteau (Brad Garrett). After getting separated from his loving little rat family, Remy ends up in the kitchen restaurant of his late hero Gousteau and meets Linguini(Lou Romano), a young goofy human guy who wants to be a chef. The two quickly become a duo and become the best cooks in the restaurant. The only things making difficult for them are one of the head chefs in the kitchen (Ian Holm) who is onto their secret and Linguini's attractions to his coworker, Colette (Janeane Garofolo) and how he's trying to hide his secret from her.

I wasn't really that excited about the movie when I first heard about it. All I could say was, "well, it looks better than Cars, but that's it". But I have to say it is one of the sweetest, most enchanting films Pixar has ever made. The music by composer Michael Giacchino was beautiful, striking a balance between French elegance and happy go lucky chicanery. The characters make realistic choices and things play out in a realistic way. Without getting too spoilery, I will say there are several characters in the film who don't take too well to a rat in the kitchen.

Brad Bird gets more and more respect from me with each film he directs. This is not quite as good as The Incredibles (Bird's last Pixar flick) but its pretty close. Ratatouille's only real flaws are it's a bit long in the tooth and the idea of Remy controlling Linguini by yanking on his ginger locks is a stretch that's really hard to get over. Other than that, it's Magnifique.

Ratatouille is Pixar and Disney's 8th feature film collaboration together and by this time, the wonderful animation, terrific voice-acting and really great storytelling flow with little to no effort.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

- Deleted Scenes are really interesting. There are 3 of them and Brad Bird speaks right before and right after each one to tell you exactly what didn't work and why this scene was cut.

- Fine Food and Film is a 13 minute featurette where director Brad Bird is interviewed about his directorial decisions simultaneously cut together with footage of famous chef Thomas Keller talking about his love of cooking. Both segments are interesting but they cut into each other too often and they really need to be there own featurettes, not two cut together.

- "Lifted" is the first short on the disc and it's about a little alien on his first abducting lessons. It's not my favorite of the ones Ive seen but it's still quite good.

- "Your Friend the Rat" is an original short made just for this DVD that features Remy and his brother Emil giving the audience a history of rats throughout the ages. It's surprisingly informative without being dull and the various animation styles used to tell the story are a real hoot (I even say a little clay-mation in there).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

The sound on Ratatouille is amazing. Normally Disney stuff is very crisp and clear but the cool thing about this one is it's that AND the sound knocks like an f/x heavy blockbuster. It's kind of weird at first but you get used to it. Picture is typically beautiful, especially during the nighttime scenes lit by various candles and signs and such.



.::OVERALL::.

Ratatouille is a great animated film that's fun for audiences of all ages. It looks and sounds great on DVD but it's a little lacking on extras. What is here is good but Id Love to have seen a commentary or a longer making of doc. During the deleted scenes, Director Brad Bird briefly grazes over a LOT of major plot differences that I wanted to hear about but never got the chance. Still, until a 2 disc edition hits, this one is a must buy.