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Rats Off To Ratatouille!

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,

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.

malumier malumier 10 years
It is a GREAT movie. Another Pixar hit! Well worth seeing.
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
I saw this Friday, loved it! One of the best food movies and cartoons I've ever seen!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I went to a screening last night, I loved it! So cute! Totally made me want t0: 1. go to Europe, 2. eat ratatouille, and 3. cook!
gkgirl gkgirl 10 years
I can't wait to see this movie!!!
PEANUT-85 PEANUT-85 10 years
SU3 SU3 10 years
Aw, Very cute! :)
Schaianne Schaianne 10 years
Awww, I can't wait to see this!
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
i want to see this, it looks cute and interesting
photodee photodee 10 years
I have to see this! I'm such a kid at heart :)
KandiQTC KandiQTC 10 years
Seeing it this Friday!! :D
Julie2812 Julie2812 10 years
Ratatouille looks so funny. Can't wait !
shoey_1984 shoey_1984 10 years
I am so excited to go see this movie!
Daisie Daisie 10 years
I've wanted to see this since I saw the first little ads for it. The longer preview in the theaters is too cute! But I do have a question. Yum? Did you count the pieces of food you saw or is that a factoid they are giving out? =p And that they studied at The French Laundry is so cool! I so loved your review! I wish I could foodie hate me...but I don't eat fish!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
So looking forward to seeing this film. Thanks, Yum!
mollipop mollipop 10 years
It's been a long while since I've actually wanted to see a cartoon movie, but this is one I will not miss simply because of the food/cooking theme. I had no idea that SO MUCH food (270 pieces!) was in it. I'm sure I'll be leaving the theater hungry!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
i can't wait!!!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I can't wait to take the little man to see this!
em1282 em1282 10 years
I'm not gonna lie--I'm gonna see this in theaters. It just looks like a movie that all foodies would love :)
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
I'm totally there with my boyfriend and friends! Just surprised it's not playing in as many theatres and times here in NYC.
Lianna Lianna 10 years
Too bad I don't have little cousins to see this with, oh well I'll have to go by myself, it looks really good
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
more than 270 pieces of food? drool!
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
i am going to see this with my little cousins. The previews are yummy.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I'm definitely going to see this. I love Pixar's shorts almost as much as the full length movies.
carito8 carito8 10 years
Omg I loved it! I'm a dork but I don't care I'll be first on line at the movie theater!:D
figurine figurine 10 years
Ah, Pixar. I'll definitely watch this one.
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