From the creators of Cars and The Incredibles comes a breakthough comedy with something for everyone. With delightful characters, experience Paris from a new perspective, and savor a gourmet high-definition experience on Blu-ray(TM) Disc. In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a made up our minds young rat, dreams of changing into a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Light upside down. Experience Ratatouille with revolutionary clarity and spectacular audio enhancement. It’s a rare treat you’ll be able to enjoy again and again
One key point: if you’ll be able to get over the natural gag reflex of seeing hundreds of rodents swarming over a restaurant kitchen, you are going to be free to enjoy the glory of Ratatouille, a delectable Pixar hit. Our hero is Remy, a French rat (voiced by Patton Oswalt) with a cultivated palate, who rises from his humble beginnings to turn out to be head chef at a Paris restaurant. How this happens is the stuff of Pixar magic, that ineffable blend of headlong comedy, seamless technology, and wonder (in the latter department, this movie’s views of middle of the night Paris are on a par with French cinema at its most lyrical). Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) doesn’t moderately keep all his spinning plates in the air, but the gags are great and the animation amazingly expressive–Remy’s shrugs and nods are nimbler than many flesh-and-blood actors can manage. Refreshingly, the movie’s characters don’t seem to be celebrity-reliant, with the most recognizable voice coming from Peter O’Toole’s snide food critic. (This fellow provides the film’s sole sour note–an oddly pointed slap at critics, those craven souls who have done nothing but rave about Pixar’s movies through the years.) Brad Bird’s style is more quick-hit and less resonant than the approach of Pixar honcho John Lasseter, but it’s hard to complain about a movie that cooks up such bountiful pleasure. —Robert Horton
Run Time: 111
Release Date: 7/5/2011
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