Published September 9, 2023


Film info

  • Title Ratatouille
  • Director Brad Bird
  • Year 2007
  • Run time 1hr 41m
  • Genres Fantasy, Family, Comedy, Animation
  • Tagline He's dying to become a chef

The film's protagonist is a rat named Remy who dares to dream the impossible dream of becoming a gourmet chef in a five-star French restaurant. Undeterred by the obvious problem of trying to make it in the world's most rodent-phobic profession, not to mention his family's urgings to be satisfied with the usual trash-heap lifestyle, Remy's fantasies are filled with flambés and sautés. When circumstances literally drop Remy into the Parisian restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, August Gusteau, Remy finds the one thing he needs, a friend to believe in him: the restaurant's shy, outcast garbage boy named Linguini. Remy and Linguini form the most improbable partnership that will turn Paris upside down, leading them both on an incredible journey of comic twists, emotional turns and the most unlikely of triumphs, which they could never have imagined without each other.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:08 “First of all, I’m a rat. Which means life is hard.”
6:19 Mmm, cheesy mushrooms. This movie’s going to make me hungry, isn’t it?
12:06 Feels weird to save the book only to use it as a raft.
21:07 “What can I do? I am a figment of your imagination.”
21:21 Having a rat in the restaurant is surely going to demote it another star.
30:11 Cute nodding rat.
33:39 Oh, the tiny omelette next to the big omelette. Adorable!
43:19 I just assumed it was his son, was that not clear?
45:45 “…a symphony of crackle” mmm, crusty bread.
50:43 Smug rat.
58:37 “We don’t leave our nests, we make them bigger.”
1:06:31 A coffin shaped room is a choice.
1:17:50 Three month wait for the health inspector - too many restaurants in Paris?
1:29:29 “I know this sounds insane but the truth sounds insane sometimes.”
1:33:19 Rat stampede is terrifying.
1:40:40 “Not everyone can become a great artist but a great artist can come from anywhere.”


I have thought that with some of the latest Pixar movies, they’ve gone a bit off-the-rails and the ideas must have been drug-fuelled - the pair of trousers walking around independently being the prime example. I thought it was a recent thing but this movie made me realise it’s probably always been there at Pixar. In this case, we have a talented chef of a rat directing a young man to cook by using his hair as… a steering wheel? Very odd.

But it’s a great movie, the animation looked incredible, the fur on the rats, the water, the food! And the underlying message that talent doesn’t care about your background is great.

Rating: 3 / 5

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