Stills of "Ratatouille"
(Courtesy of BVI)
Genre: CG Animation Director: Brad Bird Cast (Voices): Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou
Romano, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett,
Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Julius Callahan, James Remar,
John Ratzenberger, Teddy Newton, Tony Fucile, Jake Steinfeld,
Brad Bird, Laurent Spelvogel (narrator) RunTime: 1 hr 52 mins Released By: BVI Rating: G Official Website:www.ratatouille.com
In the new animated-adventure, RATATOUILLE, a rat named Remy
dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family’s
wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly
rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers
of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant
made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite
the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly
unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant,
Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious
and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris
“Satisfaction guaranteed. Or your money back.”
a restaurant out to attract customers, that is the bold statement
we shall put upfront for this latest Pixar Animation Studios
offering. And this is definitely one of the most memorable
cinematic treat you’d be served this year, simply because
it has got all the right ingredients.
2004’s The Incredibles, director Brad Bird returns with
a story with so much heart and soul, you’d be a scrooge
not to like it. Remy is a rat (how apt, to think that the
House of Mouse is actually presenting a Pixar film about a
rat) that has, well, the nose for good food. When Linguini,
an out-of-luck lad who needs to keep his job in a restaurant
chances upon the rodent, the two pair up to concoct the most
delectable dishes anyone has tasted.
like all well-meaning movies, this 110-minute picture explores
themes like family, friendship, and ah, the love for food.
the kids, they will be left enthralled by the adorable rats
(though it gets a little scary when you see a kitchen full
of them), the amusing Linguini and his hilarious body antics,
the colorful animation and the many spot-on comic setups.
the Moms and Dads, be assured you’d be similarly enchanted
by the flawless computer generated characters, the jolly music
score by Michael Giachinno, the clever dialogue and most importantly,
the engaging story that will appeal to both young and old.
Pixar fans can also have one hell of a time identifying in-jokes
from its past award-winning productions.
Remy is Virginia-born TV actor Patton Oswalt, and he brings
the needed warmth and depth to an animal character that could
have easily fall into the trap of convenient caricature (read:
cute without depth). Elsewhere, there’s Lou Ramano’s
dorky Linguini, Ian Holm’s (LOTR, The Day After Tomorrow)
sneaky cook and Janeane Garofalo’s (The Truth About
Cats and Dogs, The Wild) fiery turn as a female cook.
the most delightful performance comes from veteran actor and
multiple Oscar nominee Peter O’ Toole (Troy, Venus),
who brings to life the emotions of a miserable and mean-spirited
food critic. Watch out for the character’s final voiceover
– thanks to technology which makes his facial expressions
so movingly real, and coupled with O’ Toole’s
affecting tonal voice, we daresay it’ll touch and melt
any Scrooge’s heart.
the movie, you’d fall in love with Paris, you’d
fall in love with food, and most notably, you’d fall
in love with the magic of animation.
(Definitely certified fresh, it’s a thoroughly pleasant
movie you won’t want to miss this year)