Delving into the World of Disney / Pixar’s Ratatouille
Reported by Kristen - 09:31 PM 2007.06.15
The biggest family film of the summer is only a couple weeks away and you’ll whet your appetite with anticipation. The latest collaboration from the giants at Disney and Pixar is about a little rat with big dreams in Ratatouille. In learning about Remy and the inhabitants of a chic French restaurant be prepared to enjoy classic family entertainment and learn the meaning of friendship, goals, and following your heart.
Ratatouille is all about a little rat named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) whose only goal in life is to become a world renowned chef, much like his mentor Auguste Gusteau. When fate puts him in Gusteau’s restaurant in Paris, Remy decides to try a hand at his dream except for one little problem, he’s a rat in a restaurant. When Remy is discovered he finds an ally in the garbage boy Linguini (voiced by Lou Romano). Remy and Linguini decide to join forces and introduce a ton of new dishes to the restaurant. As the two bond and form a friendship they learn all about what it takes to follow your dreams and compete against the odds.
In Disney’s latest venture into 3D animation they pull out all the stops. Directed by acclaimed Pixar director Brad Bird (who directed The Incredibles) and Executive Produced by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo’s director) there is a ton of talent behind this production. Voice talent includes It comedian Patton Oswalt and legendary actors like Sir Ian Holm and Peter O’Toole. This film pulls out all the stops and also offers up a sweet story that almost everyone can relate to, that of following your dreams and not letting anyone stop you. Remy’s journey is one that is filled with obstacles, since he is a rodent after all, but that doesn’t deter him from taking what he wants in life and making it his own.
It’s also a bit of a technological wonder for the Pixar studio. The company was the first to introduce the concept of 3-D animation with Toy Story and broke tons of records with fare like Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Cars. In Ratatouille the crew at Pixar faced a ton of technological conundrums like getting the hair on the rats to look and move authentically, along with capturing the beauty and wonder of a setting like Paris France. It was also a huge leap forward for them to portray the various French food dishes accurately, even hiring world renowned chef Thomas Keller to come in and prepare the dishes so the crew could render them accurately. In the end the photos from the film prove that Pixar took all the time to make this look and feel like a real French restaurant.
In the end Disney and Pixar are destined to have another hit on their hands. Ratatouille is the biggest thing to come out of Pixar since Finding Nemo and looking at everything it has going for it, from the voices to the time spent to prepare it, you won’t be disappointed. June 29th is the day to take your entire family out to see Remy and his friends in Ratatouille, and afterwards maybe enjoy some French cuisine or maybe just some French fries.