Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Ratatouille”

(Disney/Pixar. 2007. Color. Rated G. 111 minutes. Written and directed by Brad Bird.) Voices of Patton Oswalt, Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Peter O’Toole, Brian Dennehy, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm. Music by Michael Giacchino.

Fantastic release of latest Pixar triumph. Yes, my first instinct was Do I really want to see a movie about a rat? Brad Bird and colleagues take that concept – humans’ dislike of the rodent – and turn it upside down with a heartfelt and funny story about Remy (Oswalt) who, despite his family’s objections, dares to dream of becoming a gourmet chef in a 5-star Paris restaurant, Gusteau’s. Along for the crazy ride are Gusteau’s garbage boy Linguini (Romano), the lone female chef (Garofalo), and the feared food critic, Anton Ego (the wonderful O’Toole). Beautiful production design, stunning animation, well-paced story make this a delight from beginning to end. Among the extras, don’t miss the two shorts: the one shown in theaters (Lifted – hilarious), and the new Your Friend the Rat with Remy and brother Emile giving a capsule summary of the history of their species (complete with song-and-dance number at the end). Plus deleted scenes, and a behind-the-scenes featurette with Bird and master chef Thomas Keller. Enjoy this feast for the senses.