I usually leave the movie reviews for my gal BuzzSugar, however I was lucky enough to catch a preview of Pixar's Ratatouille and based upon the amount of food in it, this is definitely Yum territory.
The film, which features over 270 pieces of food, is every foodie's dream cartoon. The exquisite morsels are drool-worthy, and you'll have to remind yourself - more than once - that it's only animation. The fare is a fantastic testament to Pixar's desire for quality and detail. In fact, the folks at Pixar actually studied at The French Laundry aside Thomas Keller, as well as several fine dining establishments in Paris. They also employed our favorite kitchen bad boy Anthony Bourdain as a consultant. To see what I thought (mostly spoiler free) and see a great scene from the film, read more
Set in Paris, Ratatouille is the story of Remy, a talented budding chef who happens to be a rat. Separated from his family, Remy is guided through life by the ghost of celebrity chef Auguste Gusteau - whose famous words are, "Anyone Can Cook." He meets Linguini, the new restaurant dishwasher, and helps him save a ruined soup. At that point, a new friendship is formed and you're taken on a fantastic ride with several plot twists and great laugh-out loud moments. It's one of those films where, if you didn't feel like thinking, you could easily slip away into its universe. However, if you stop and think about it, there are several interesting comments being made.
There's the obvious premise of "anyone can cook." Although it is a bit of a Food Network-like mantra, it says that no matter where you're from or who you are, you can do it. There's also a large commentary on critics and criticism. However the part that I found most fascinating was how it perpetuates this whole "foodie nation" thing. Imagine, chefs and
sous-chefs are going to be the new make-believe go-to character. When I was a kid I memorized scenes from my favorite Disney films and believed I was going to grow up to be a fairy princess. Will children grow up pretending to be chefs and sous chefs? Will they matter-of-factly tell their mom that the omelette would be better with saffron? It's a little odd and gourmet-y, however, I don't think it's a bad thing. After all, just think of dishes these saffron yielding five year olds will prepare when they hit the kitchen.
If you can't wait until Ratatouille opens, here's a great 9-minute scene. It was actually one of my favorites from the film, but then I loved it all, so that's not saying much.
Oh and before I forget to mention it, Ratatouille is paired with a cute Pixar short called Lifted. Consider it your amuse-bouche.