Guest Author - Caitlin D Neely
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 restaurantís garbage boy, Linguini (Lou Romano), after he hides underneath Linguiniís hat and helps him fix a soup. Remy must learn to overcome the other humans and even his own familyís doubt for his abilities.
Ratatouille is a very cute family film. Itís 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 theyíre rats!) and that strength doesnít always come from family or friends. Sometimes we have look inside ourselves to find it.
Oswalt is the perfect voice for Remy. He fits Remyís 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 heíd performed. Romano also fits his clumsyís characterís 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 restaurantís 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. Itís 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 heís cooking. I love the idea of Remy hiding under Linguiniís hat and pulling on his hair to control his body movements. Itís very smart and unexpected. No one ever said rats werenít clever.
I highly recommend Ratatouille for any age. Itís 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.