Sunday, May 11, 2008


Ratatouille (2007)

Directed by: Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava
Written by: Brad Bird & Jim Capobianco
Voiced by: Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Will Arnett

Watched some other movies which I didn't really feel like reviewing, so I decided to skip right to this one. I don't know why.

Well. Whatevs. About a little rat who dreams of one day being a chef in a fancy restaurant. However, as he is a rat, it looks like he's headed for a life of raiding garbage dumps. Somehow, he ends up sitting on the head of a bumbling dishwasher or something, controlling his arms.

I didn't know people had arm control nerves on their heads. I also didn't know that the Eiffel Tower is visible from everywhere in Paris. Or that all the rats in France were American, although I suppose this stands to reason. Maybe it's cos rats were actually brought to France on American trading ships.

Um, yeah, the film wasn't exceptional - the animation was reasonably good. At least, the backgrounds were phenomenal. The movie was still a cartoon, so the characters were cartoony (I was a little worried about the rats' giant noses. They probably honked if you squeezed them). The backgrounds looked real, though.

There was some amusing stuff in there too, and I was moderately engaged throughout. Although, there was all that stuff about the rat's amazing sense of smell. I kept expecting it to turn into that Perfume movie. He was start covering people in animal fat or something.

Man, that movie freaked me out. Thankfully, nothing really horrible happened in this one.

The most profound effect this film had on me was it kind of made me want to cook. I don't cook at all (I could probably manage Kraft Dinner, although a microwave is kind of beyond my skill level), but sometimes I have ideas...

Although most of my ideas involve gratuitous amounts of cheese, melted chocolate and bacon all deep fried. If I had the know how to execute these ideas, I'd probably be obese. It's probably best I can't manage anything more complicated than toast. I love toast. Toast is great.

Okay, somewhat off topic. Ratatouille, yeah. I want to open up a sandwich shop.


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