Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy
Brad Bird (Director), Jan Pinkava (Director), Brad Bird (Screenplay)
Released: Jun. 28th, 2007
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
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...
This is also in my opinion the best looking of all the pixar films, the animation in this film just has a beautiful quality to it unlike any of the other films (not to say that the other pixar films are in any way poorly animated, there's just something special about this particular one).
It's a very charming tale of 'don't judge a book by its cover' in that just because Remy is a rat and therefore considered vermin doesn't mean he isn't capable of being a chef and as with other Pixar films, it doesn't feel like the message is rammed down our throats as the audience to prove that it 'teaches' kids something (there's nothing more irritating for that - who says animated films have to be purely for kids, after all?).
Ratatouille is a clever and stylish animated adventure where rats are humans and humans are rats and friendship and family loyalty rule over all, an underlying theme in most Disney Pixar works, that won the Oscar for Outstanding Animated Film of 2007.