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Ratatouille (2007)

Cast: Patton Oswalt, Brad Garrett, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Janeane Garofalo, Peter O'Toole, James Remar, Will Arnett, John Ratzenberger

Director(s): Brad Bird

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy / Animated

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Synopsis

Academy AwardŽ-winning director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") and the amazing storytellers at Pixar Animation Studios ("Cars," "Finding Nemo") take you into an entirely new and original world where the unthinkable combination of a rat and a 5-star gourmet restaurant come together for the ultimate fish-out-of-water tale.

In the hilarious new animated-adventure, RATATOUILLE, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat... [Get complete synopsis]

 

motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2007, 5:12 pm
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Just womderful!
What can be said about the quality of Pixar that hasn't already been said?
Every length is gone to to insure nothing but the absolute best animation right down to the minutest of details.

****minor spolers****

Of course, the Pixar movies are so great because they also have clever and original stories and characters. This is no exception. The story differs from other Pixar stuff, in that we have an animal story and a human story which coincide with each other (the animals can communicate vocally with each other and the humans can communicate with each other, but we never have a rat conversing with a human).
I was very immersed in both stories. I am a chef who has pet rodents, so I loved all aspects of this film. The little scurrying and movements of the rat characters were captured perfectly, and some of the scenes involving cooking actually made my mouth water. Also, the cast of talented voices didn't intrude on the characters - I didn't know who did the voices until after the film, so I wasn't sitting there saying, "Oh that's James Earl Jones' voice!". (He's not actually in the film, I just used him as an example.)
I LOL'ed often and abundantly, and this is a GREAT film to see whether you have kids or not.
(But Mikey - take the kids!)
Loved it loved it loved it loved it!

Check out how awesome the design is on the Paris skyline.....

motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2007, 5:17 pm
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I must also add that there is a lot of truth portrayed in the inner workings of a real restaurant kitchen.

motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2007, 5:23 pm
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I am also wondering if sales of pet rats will start to skyrocket, as it did with Clown Fish after 'Nemo' and Dalmations after '101 Dalmations'.

Another thing, on a sad note, I kept thinking during the film that rats generally only live 2 to 3 years, tops. Oh well.

motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2007, 5:26 pm
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I mean, c'mon! They're so cute and awesome!

motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2007, 5:27 pm
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motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2007, 5:29 pm
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motleymitch wrote on July 5, 2007, 5:31 pm
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This is me at work making a cream sauce.

MasterWoodsman wrote on July 6, 2007, 1:20 am
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I've heard of your "cream" sauces! No Thanks!
Papamikey wrote on July 6, 2007, 8:42 am
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I hesitate to type "Cream Sauce" in the Google Image Search Engine....

I'll let Deril do it....
Deril wrote on July 6, 2007, 8:45 am
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actually, this is the first thing that came up. There are no "dirty images"....at least not on the first page

Jefferygn wrote on July 6, 2007, 8:45 am
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Deril wrote on July 6, 2007, 8:46 am
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rather surprised really. Usually you can type anything and find at least some boobies

Deril wrote on July 7, 2007, 12:23 am
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well, all you have to do is get to page 2. That's where the search results start getting interesting

MasterWoodsman wrote on July 7, 2007, 12:27 am
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Why do the kid movie's threads always contain the hard core porn?

Papamikey wrote on July 8, 2007, 4:23 pm
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Took my daughter to see this today...

Man, what to write, what to write. First off, this was a fabulous film, top shelf, stunning animation, a simple but OCEAN-deep meaning.

BUT!

It wasn't AS good as the Incredibles nor Iron Giant (other Brad Bird genius). But, should it suffer for that?!?!

Also, should it suffer for the fact that it didn't keep my daughter's attention past the half-way point (where she started to squirm and get restless in her chair). The movie does suffer a bit from lack of "kid-friendly action", but should that fault a movie??!?! For trying to actually bring something MORE than a fall-down-go-boom entertainment in a kids movie??!!

I was literally tossing and turning in my seat with the idea that this was only going to get 3 to 3.5 stars from me (MAN, I HATE THAT THIS SITE MAKES ME START THINKING OF REVIEWS DURRRRIING THE MOVIE!!!! GRRR).

UNTIL: (*spoiler*)

The scene where the reviewer takes a bite of the ratatouille and gets hurled back to his childhood reduced me to TOTALLY unexpected and baffling tears!!!

Brad Bird ALWAYS does this to me....hits me square accross the jaw with a seemingly innocent scene that blows me out of the water. In the incredibles it was when the mother turns to the daughter and says, "That's my girl..." in this one it was this scene.

And for THAT, I give it the full 4 stars.

Highly recommended for people who have felt their passion for trying new things start to wane, zest for life and what is truly important take a couple of lumps...

Mikey!
motleymitch wrote on July 9, 2007, 8:29 am
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Personally, I'm all for the fall-down-go-boom!

MasterWoodsman wrote on July 20, 2007, 5:14 pm
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Deril, if you want to see the boobies make sure Google's safe search is OFF
MasterWoodsman wrote on December 9, 2007, 12:05 pm
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Great movie

* spoilers *

I agree with Mikey. This was heading for a solid 3.5 until the very ending which made us want to /cheer.

Papamikey wrote on December 10, 2007, 9:55 am
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Re-watched it again with the Famiglia and AGAIN, I was reduced to tears by the reviewer being thrust back to childhood by a simple bite of a simple dish...

WTF!??!

I think I need therapy.

Still a 4-star outing, ESPCIALLY given the fare that is offered up to kids in form of entertainment these days (PLEASE see my pending review of "Spymate")
Papamikey wrote on October 20, 2008, 3:05 pm
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LOL!

Revisionist review:

The same daughter from my above review now not only SITS through the whole movie but watches it adnauseum.

While still a four-star outing, it's brilliance begins to wane after the 10th-11th straight viewing.

Sigh.
motleymitch wrote on October 21, 2008, 3:38 am
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Kinda like after the 7000th viewing of Diego?

What's your rating of this movie?

 

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