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Ratatouille (28-Jun-2007)

Director: Brad Bird

Writers: Brad Bird; Jim Capobianco; Emily Cook; Kathy Greenberg; Jan Pinkava

Keywords: Comedy, Rats, Cooking, France

An anthropomorphic rat with dreams of becoming a master chef forms a curious partnership with a worker at a top-flight French restaurant.

Remy, an anthropomorphic rat living in France, aspires to become a legendary chef despite obvious problems posed by his status as a rat. Placed under one of Paris' most beloved restaurants in a moment of serendipity after spending time in the metropolis's sewers, Remy seizes his unlikely opportunity to grab his long-shot dream by the horns, forming an alliance with a young worker at the famed establishment as part of his quest to reign supreme over the Fifth Republic's culinary landscape.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Will Arnett
5-May-1970   George Bluth on Arrested Development
Brad Bird
Film Director
24-Sep-1956   The Iron Giant
Brian Dennehy
9-Jul-1938   First Blood
Janeane Garofalo
28-Sep-1964   Actor, Comedian, Author, Activist
Brad Garrett
14-Apr-1960   Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond
Ian Holm
12-Sep-1931   Time Bandits
Thomas Keller
14-Oct-1955   The French Laundry, Per Se
Peter O'Toole
2-Aug-1932 14-Dec-2013 Lawrence of Arabia
Patton Oswalt
27-Jan-1969   King of Queens
John Ratzenberger
6-Apr-1947   Postman Cliff Clavin on Cheers
James Remar
31-Dec-1953   The Warriors
Jake Steinfeld
Fitness Guru
21-Feb-1958   Body By Jake


Review by Moshe Harell (posted on 31-Jul-2007)

A wonderful, funny and wise film which entertains while teaching a lesson about human nature, relationships and prejudice. In a delicate and understated manner the French (and especially their famous "haute cuisine") are made fun of, while at the same time the appreciation of great food is demonstrated (and these apparent opposites do not clash!). Although an animated work, this movie is intended more for the adult audience than for kids. In my eyes it is not a comedy (despite being marketed as one); I would brand it as a social drama with comic moments. Definitely worth watching (more than once!).

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