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psycho bolt 2007-06-29 10:30

Ratatouille (2007)
A pixar movie is coming out...well is out already. I haven't seen this movie yet, but from the reviews I read it seems to be very good. I might go check it out, probably going to watch Transformers with it.

Aoie_Emesai 2007-06-29 16:42

It doesn't seem that good. It not like Monsters Inc. Which was all good and dandy.

Royal_Devil 2007-06-29 19:53

I've been hearing nothing but great stuff about this movie from everyone whose watched it on the other forums I visit. Going to see for myself tommorrow.

deadroot 2007-06-29 21:17

I saw Ratatouille today! It was a really awesome movie and heart warming all around. I was very satisfied with the whole story, not to mention the animation which was superb and beautiful to watch. It was very entertaining indeed. At first I thought it was going to be crappy since the story was so simple, but boy was I wrong. It was hilarious and I think Ratatouille became my favorite PIXAR movie! This movie has certainly lived up to its PIXAR title. ^_^

Vexx 2007-06-29 23:30

Everything I've seen points to a warm fuzzy movie and a good time.

Go see it at matinee price discounts and you'll probably be happy at the result.

SoldierOfDarkness 2007-06-30 22:45

Just watched it.

This movie is weird compared to the other pixar movies I've seen. I dunno but it doesn't give a satisfying ending but a more "warm happy" non-cliche ending.

By warm I mean it's not where the main character becomes super rich and all that jazz.


All in all I'm defintely getting this on DVD.

ibreatheanime 2007-07-01 11:28

I saw this movie recently, and I enjoyed it. It wasn't the highest on my list of great pixar films, but I enjoyed it.

I thought the end was realistic, but still had a good warm fuzzy feeling. Plus Remmy was a pretty cute rat... he almost looked like a mouse.

One thing I thought was strange, when my hair is pulled, my limbs dont move on their own :)

Cyz 2007-07-01 21:33

I just watched it. Well, I really like it. Mmm, I wish have a pet that can cook that good. :blush:

--> Btw, the small short story before the movie is really funny. The one with the UFO thing

Aoie_Emesai 2007-07-02 17:45


Originally Posted by deadroot (Post 1018433)
I saw Ratatouille today! It was a really awesome movie and heart warming all around. I was very satisfied with the whole story, not to mention the animation which was superb and beautiful to watch. It was very entertaining indeed. At first I thought it was going to be crappy since the story was so simple, but boy was I wrong. It was hilarious and I think Ratatouille became my favorite PIXAR movie! This movie has certainly lived up to its PIXAR title. ^_^

Is it better than Monsters Inc.?

Vexx 2007-07-03 16:50

..... .... "better" isn't the right word. It is funny in a different more mellow way. Its more "slice o life" than "action", I guess.

Plus there's no real villian... just people with various motivations. Yeah, the head chef is an ass and slimy but is Lawful Evil. The food critic is just scary and his reputation is on the line so he's fierce.
It is the *situation* that provides a lot of the dramatic tension.

Whatever, I quite enjoyed it (though I figure 60% of the humor was lost on the small chitlings roaming the aisles during matinee.

Either wait and rent it... or go at night to reduce the theater chatter.

Risaa 2007-07-16 13:13

What did people think of the animated short that was shown before the movie? I've always been much more a fan of the little animated bits shown before most Pixar movies than the actual movies themselves, so I usually wait until they're out on the web instead of paying to see the whole movie just for the ani-short.

Not my favorite, but this was still another one that had me smiling all the way through.

Vexx 2007-07-16 14:57

The short reminded me a lot of the Animaniacs episode "Space Probed"

That said.... it was wonderful comic timing, great facial expressions, and I loved the control board :)

Koshiba 2007-07-16 16:17

Figured I'd mention, I saw this about a month ago and absolutely loved it. :) Most people I know regard it among their top favorite animated films now as well. Saw it with my BF, who loves to cook. Lol.

onehp 2007-07-16 20:30

Spoiler for how do you make meat tender?:

I like the movie. It was funny and entertaining. The plot is generally "loser becomes better". I got hungry afterwards

steelbound 2007-07-16 20:32

I caught this a couple of days ago and loved it. I think 'slice of life' is an apt description of the genre. I think it's hard to compare to other Pixar films since what drives this picture is decidedly more adult in the sense that the youngest kids probably won't get it (Why are rats in the kitchen bad?, What's a food critic?, etc.).

I remember reading an article that Brad Bird-the director-said he would punch the next person that said animation was a genre in itself. He feels that animation can be used to tell any story. As a fan of anime, I know animation can be used for a variety of stories; which is something I don't have to tell anyone here.

Saying all that, for me I'd rank Pixar movies like this
1. The Incredibles
2. Toy Story/ Toy Story 2
3. Ratatouille
4. Cars
5. Monsters Inc.
6. Finding Nemo
7. Bugs Life

Where 1 and 2 are A+, 3-6 are A and 7 is a B.

hooliganj 2007-07-17 19:04

Caught this last weekend, and laughed through most of the movie,

I don't think this was the best Pixar's ever done, but it was very entertaining, the animation was really good, and the short before the movie was great.

Also, I totally failed to identify Jeanine Garofalo as Collette until I saw the credits - that's the mark of a voice roll well played.

innominate 2007-09-01 13:39

Hey hey hey didn't you guys find this show extremely machiavellian? Quite elitist in some sense. I think it was a rather interesting effort on Pixar's part, and quite ironical that a disney show should parody the disneyfied world of 'perseverance over talent' notion.

Although some may find some parts quite subtle, here are some of my thoughts:
  1. The show seems to suggest that talent is innate.
    • Here's the point that caught my attention: Remy states at the very beginning of the show that he was 'born with a talent for smell'. Immediately he gains some respect from those around him as they offer him a job.
    • On the other hand, linguini has no talent, and he ends up as a garbage boy at the start and a servant at the end. Remy gains credit and his talent gives him the power to feed his entire colony.
    • Furthermore, ego's quote intrigues me slightly, that 'not everybody can cook, but that a cook can come from anywhere.' This seems to suggest the antithesis of the aforementioned 'perseverance over talent' notion, which I find very reflective of today's society.
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  2. I find it quite subtle, but I find that the director tries to propound that it is necessary to be harsh in dealing with people, and that it is necessary to exploit people and relations for success, so much such that a facade is even necessary
    • Simple clues like: tying up of the health inspector and the short chef (guy with darker skin, forgot his name), linguini's and remy's relation, exploitation of manpower, etc
    • p.s. the idea of cruelty vs mercy is also put forth in the short, lifted, whereby the reverse of the harsh methods of dealing with people (benevolence!) would lead to disastrous results.
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  3. The yearn for power and recognition is an extremely machiavellian ideal (similar to point 6)
    • Firstly, the show seems to suggest that in order to gain recognition, one must let people hear what they want to hear. This is quite apparent from the concealing of remy.
    • Furthermore, we see a change in remy's reaction in two almost similar scenarios. The first being the part where linguini tries to tell colette about remy. Here remy tries to stop him from saying the truth. This is opposed to later, where when linguini was questioned by the press and remy tried hard to get linguini to speak about him.
      I believe this can be attributed to two factors: a change in ego for remy, and a change in reputation for linguini. The former propounds that when one is given talent, one wishes for credit, or some form or repayment. The latter puts forth that the credibility of one's statements are defined by reputation rather than by common sense.
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  4. It's a sad reality that eugenics plays such an important role in our lives but exploiting it is fun
    • We see that when linguini was discovered to be the son of gusteau, he was showered with fame and wealth. This is opposed to the 'talent' part of my review, but it just shows that talent is a 'harder route to take' to build a reputation.
    • The significance of ego's childhood seems to allude to this theme. Upon tasting the um, ratatouille, he relives his childhood for a split second and begins to realise that while he was enjoying his success as a critic, he had to throw his past aside. When he did decide to relive his past (through patronizing ratatouille), he was shunned as a critic and lost his job.
      I find this rather quaint, yet very ugly. Who knows.
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  5. Ego
    • Well, there's that significance of his name. o-o
      Here's one irony of the film: Upon losing his ego as a critic (by writing his critique and exposing the humble side of himself), ego loses his name (recognition). I think the show is hence trying to suggest that recognition defines a person, while ego remains essential in defining personality, and that personality contributes to recognition.
    • Apart from that, we see an egocentric side of gusteau: that when he was owned by ego in a critique that caused the five star restaurant to drop to a four, he underwent a period of depression then died.
    • Lastly, if you can remember where this quote came from: A chef, does not eat junk.
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  6. While the 'rise to the top' notion is apparent in many disney-esque films, I think this show came from quite a different direction. As much as we find remy's 'I want to make a difference to this world' motivation cliche, we see that this is evidently not a theme of the story because other characters like ego try to make a difference too but get owned by a 'larger power' such as Remy. This owning is also apparent in the ego-gusteau critique.
    • I find this notion a consequence of the aforementioned point about self-ego.
Overall, the film seems to suggest two factors that are necessary to lead one to success: In-built talent and genetic makeup. The only reason why I'm reviewing this as such is because of the increasingly prevalent signs in the media that suggest that our society would eventually fall into one that hold these two factors in high regard.

I find it extremely decadent. But I liked the show a little for expounding on this idea anyway, and how they make a parody out of most things.

I liked the filmography too, pixar has quite a good sense of balance: between the inconsequential & the not;

p.s. I only watched this show in the cinema once. Pardon any factual errors. Also pardon the bad formatting and incoherence: I am quite sleepy. 2:40am ^^"

Do tell me what you people think, though xD.


Kudryavka 2013-01-29 06:52

So I'm gonna answer the question you guys wonder. Why does everyone except Linguini have a French accent?

Well, it's because they are in France, but Linguini was born in America. After she had sex with Gusteau, she went to USA to run away and hide her child from Gusteau since he was her friend and she didnt want to ruin their relationship. But she still taught her son Linguini French, but he speaks it with a horrible American accent. So actually, all of the humans are speaking French, but Linguini is speaking some warbled American accented French, which is why he mumbles his words and umms a lot and corrects what he says out of nervousness. Everyone who speaks real French has a French accent. The accents tell us who speaks what language.

No idea why the rats sound American though, since they were born and raised in the French countryside.

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