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by Dawn Taylor

"Absolutely delicious in every way."
5 stars

“Ratatouille” marks yet another notch in Pixar’s belt, and supports the wacky idea that Brad Bird (“The Iron Giant,” The Incredibles”) is possibly the most accomplished director currently working in American film. All of which sounds like a heapin’ bowl of hyperbole when you consider that this is, you know, an animated movie – but really, it’s well beyond the point where we need to stop thinking that animated fare is nothing more than kids’ cartoons.

Bird’s greatest achievement to date has been his insistence that story and character are the most important elements in his animated pictures. Yes, the computer-generated animation is superb, but where other CGI films take a “gee-whiz-look-at-this” approach to the nuts and bolts of their visuals, Bird uses the phenomenal talents of the Pixar team to build a dazzling, realistic world in which a terrific story can be based. The animation is mind-bogglingly good – but the film itself is so well crafted that you may well forget that you’re even watching animation, and that’s a rare bit of magic to pull off.

Early in Ratatouille our hero, a rat named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt), separated from his family, finds himself peering down through the skylight of a Paris restaurant. Remy’s blessed with an unusually sophisticated palate for a rat, and he’s entranced by the spectacle of a real, live professional kitchen.

When Remy slips from the skylight and falls to the kitchen floor, his ensuing run across counter tops, under tables, around tromping feet and along the shelves is an amazing set piece that could stand as a short film all on its own. And it’s an example of just why this movie’s so brilliant – in this one five-minute segment, we get a feel for the kitchen environment (and every detail, from the equipment they use to the chef’s shoes is perfectly authentic), we get valuable information about several characters, and we’re delightfully entertained.

Then suddenly you’ll realize just how technically complicated that whole bit of business was, and how much work had to go into creating those few minutes of film. But Bird isn’t showing off – it all serves the story, and if you occasionally appreciate the extraordinary mastery of the art, well, all the better.

As for that story, it’s a smart, touching, and very funny fable in which Remy the rat helps a lowly kitchen garbage boy named Linguini (Lou Romano) pose as an accomplished chef by hiding in his hat and performing the actual culinary tasks. They risk discovery by the kitchen’s scheming head chef (Ian Holm) while Linguini flounders along under the scowling eye of a comely fellow cook (Janeane Garofalo.)

There’s also a subplot involving a cadaverous restaurant critic named Anton Ego, brought to life by a hilariously sonorous Peter O’Toole, the details of which won’t be revealed here, because every delicious twist of the film should remain a surprise.

Just go see “Rataouille” for yourself and be charmed by its many delights – it’s proof positive that a family-friendly picture can be as wickedly entertaining for adults as it is for kids.

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originally posted: 06/29/07 13:41:35
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User Comments

6/06/18 bored mom The ultimate allegory for great artists pursuing their dreams. Remy is the best! 5 stars
1/05/15 Mario is the Best Not as good as most of Pixar's other movies. 3 stars
9/10/12 marta gilson I can watch this over and over and over 5 stars
10/18/11 Magic Essentially perfect in every way. Lighting, script, cinematography, character design, yeah. 5 stars
3/30/11 TG A truly enjoyable family film. Will make you want cheese. 5 stars
10/23/09 Alex71 A routine is established for rest and play. , 5 stars
10/22/09 Alex41 Democratic Party candidates as a partisan publication. , 4 stars
10/15/09 Billy cute 1 stars
1/09/09 Anonymous. if you're on a diet, don't watch this. :P 4 stars
9/07/08 Carol Durbin I absolutely love this movie and watch it often with my son. Awesome!!! 5 stars
8/14/08 Shaun Wallner My daughter loves this movie! 5 stars
3/04/08 Matt Raises the bar and stands out as the best animated film ever. Remy's the man! 5 stars
2/09/08 pixie dust More quality animation from the curent masters, a cute gem 4 stars
12/28/07 David Cohen The first Pixar movie that did not make me laugh once 2 stars
11/08/07 Charles Tatum Strong, but long, Pixar 4 stars
10/23/07 William Goss First Pixar film to appeal to the soul rather than the heart, and it works. Kudos, O'Toole. 4 stars
10/21/07 katsat There is so much to love about this film. A masterpiece! 5 stars
9/30/07 Jason great movie! 5 stars
9/01/07 Mindyh This movie has everything a great animated film has. 5 stars
8/12/07 katsat Amazing on so many different levels - my favorite Pixar film ever. 5 stars
7/20/07 Pokejedservo What can I say? This is another great Pixar film... 5 stars
7/14/07 Jason it was a really great funny movie 5 stars
7/10/07 Tiffany Losco my daughter loved this movie. So cute, and funny 5 stars
7/08/07 critic's critic This review is more about you showing off than about the movie. 5 stars
7/07/07 Russ Gladchenko An excellent movie for the everyone. I've enjoyed almost every Pixar movie made to date. 5 stars
7/06/07 AnnieG Excellent film - seems to be more for adults than kids. 5 stars
7/05/07 Mike J Best film from the best film studio out there 5 stars
7/05/07 Crispin My 6 yr old daughter and I both loved it. My humorless wife merely enjoyed it. 5 stars
7/04/07 stepalone Magnificient 5 stars
7/03/07 PamE Terrific film. Pixar does it again Way to go Patton Oswalt 5 stars
7/02/07 laura bennett loved it..... 4 stars
7/01/07 Mr X Another Pixar blockbuster, nuff said. 5 stars
7/01/07 BritishKnights Bird's story was written and finished before Cars was released, do your research! 5 stars
6/30/07 Dark Enchantress the best disney-pixar movie ever! I loved it! 5 stars
6/30/07 Sano Pixar has cooked up a charming treat of a movie! 5 stars
6/30/07 Faimen At the end of the film, my son turned to me and asked "Can we buy this?" Says it all. 5 stars
6/30/07 Ole Man Bourbon Easily one of the best films this decade. 5 stars
6/29/07 Quigley Amazingly delicious Pixar film. These guys make the best movies these days, hands-down 5 stars
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