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Ratatouille is a 2007 animated film that centers around food, Paris and a pretty intelligent rat.

Remy (Patton Oswalt) is a rat with an affinity for food. He arrives in Paris, France only to discover that his cooking idol is dead. Remy soon forms an alliance with a restaurant’s garbage boy, Linguini (Lou Romano), after he hides underneath Linguini’s hat and helps him fix a soup. Remy must learn to overcome the other humans and even his own family’s doubt for his abilities.

Ratatouille is a very cute family film. It’s no wonder considering Pixar and Disney are behind it. The movie has a good message attached. That we should accept others no mater how different they are (even if they’re rats!) and that strength doesn’t always come from family or friends. Sometimes we have look inside ourselves to find it.

Oswalt is the perfect voice for Remy. He fits Remy’s personality and brings an animal to life right before our eyes. Oswalt was actually chosen to voice the character after the director heard a food related comedy bit he’d performed. Romano also fits his clumsy’s character’s shoes well.

This movie will leave you craving for food from Paris. I applaud the animation team. They really made it feel like you were in a gourmet restaurant’s kitchen. The details of all of the kitchen appliances and tools are fantastic. The sound effects also add to the realism.

The humor will tug at the funny bone of both children and adults. It’s a great movie for the entire family. I was laughing through out the entire film. Some of the most humorous moments come from Remy controlling Linguini while he’s cooking. I love the idea of Remy hiding under Linguini’s hat and pulling on his hair to control his body movements. It’s very smart and unexpected. No one ever said rats weren’t clever.

I highly recommend Ratatouille for any age. It’s definitely not just for kids and families. I think most teenagers would also enjoy it. I know I did. So go watch Ratatouille and escape to beautiful Paris! Oooh la la.

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