Ratatouille (2007)

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Vibrant and upbeat, this delectable animation adventure triumphantly traces the twists and turns in the life of Remy, a talented rat, who dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's objection and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race, that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. Will Remy's hard work and perseverance help him fulfill his dreams? Despite his innate talent and passion for his craft, can Remy overcome prejudices and succeed against all odds?
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Cast: Janeane Garofalo, Lou Romano, Peter O Toole

Crew: Brad Bird (Director), Robert Anderson (Director of Photography), Michael Giacchino (Music Director)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Release Dates: 29 Jun 2007 (India)

Tagline: Dinner is served... Summer 2007

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Did you know? Part of the story was initially supposed to take place in the catacombs below Paris. This idea was dropped when Brad Bird took over the project from Jan Pinkava. Only short sections taking place in the sewers remain from the original project. Read More
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as Colette
as Linguini
as Anton Ego
as Ambrister Minion
as Gusteau
as Django
as Skinner
as Git (Lab Rat)
as Larousse
as Mustafa
as Lalo / Francois
Supporting Actress
as Remy
as Emile
as Lawyer
as Pompidou / Health Inspector
as Horst

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Camera and Electrical

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Music

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Music Editor

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Foley Editor
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Sound Effects Editor

Animation

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital EX, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
Dinner is served... Summer 2007
He's dying to become a chef.
A comedy with great taste.
Goofs:
Character Error
When we first see the kitchen, the frying pan handles are sticking out. One of the first things a cook learns is to keep handles at an angle and away so that the pans will not be accidentally hit and cause injury.

Character Error
Most of the "spices" referred to in the film (rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil) are actually herbs. Spices come from the seeds, roots, stems or fruit of plants, whereas herbs come from the leaves or flowers.

Character Error
Unlike in English, the apostrophe is not used to form possessives of nouns and pronouns in French. Thus, "Gusteau's" should be "Le restaurant de Gusteau" (the restaurant of Gusteau).

Character Error
When Remy reunites with his brother outside the restaurant, he offers to steal some food from inside the business. However, Remy already was given a supply of food just a few minutes ago such as grapes and a large chunk of cheese to eat which he had barely started on himself. Why didn't Remy just have Emile help himself to that?

Continuity
When Colette stops at a red light on her motorcycle and looks at Gusteau's book in a store window, she's in between two lanes on the road. When the light turns green, she's in the middle of a lane.

Continuity
During the press conference, an irritated Remy, hiding in Linguini's toque, yanks on Linguini's hair with his left paw, causing Linguini to hit himself in the left side of the head with one of the two copper pans he's holding up for photographers. However, Linguini has his arms crossed in front of his face at that moment, and thus hits himself with the pan being held in his right arm, not his left. From what we know of how Remy controls Linguini's arms by hair tugging, Remy would have to have used his right paw for that movement, not his left.

Continuity
When Remy is released from the trunk of the ex-head chef's car, it is clearly daytime. Remy goes across the road to the restaurant to cook for the critic, however, when he arrives, the courtyard is clearly seen to be dark (indicating nighttime), how long did it take him to cross the road?

Continuity
Moments after Colette berates Alfredo for his messy sleeves, his sleeves are clean.

Continuity
When Skinner explains corn dogs to the marketing executive, the cardboard cutouts are facing them; when Skinner goes to sit at his desk, the cutouts are now facing the desk.

Continuity
When the chefs celebrate the success of the Sweetbread prepared by Linguini, we see five hands clinking five glasses of wine. But in the next shot, we see six chefs, each one holding a glass of wine.

Continuity
Remy's small beard is missing for a couple of seconds in the scene where Linguini wakes up after taking Remy to his home.

Continuity
When Remy is fixing the soup that Linguini ruined, he puts a big wooden spoon in the pot to stir and then to smell. He then places the spoon back in the soup before adding the last ingredient and getting caught. When he jumps from the pot, the wooden spoon is still there, but when Lalo comes over to take some of the soup, the wooden spoon isn't in the pot any more, and doesn't reappear in any subsequent shots.

Continuity
The position of the Gusteau cardboard cutouts change position during the scene with Skinner and the Lawyer, and when Remy is going to get the keys.

Continuity
The poster with the health inspector's picture is even and right next to the light sockets when Alfredo tries to give a pep talk to the crew. When Remy later recognizes the health inspector from the poster, the poster is half-way below the light sockets and lopsided.

Continuity
In the beginning of the movie, when Remy and Emile (Remy's brother) decide to cook the mushroom on the chimney they are struck by lightening. After flying off the roof and landing on the ground their fur is obviously standing up in all directions with a singed look too it. Seconds later they run into the house to retrieve the saffron for their concoction, but their fur is magically all back in place and smooth as if nothing happened. Nothing occurs in between that would explain how their fur was fixed.

Factual Mistake
The food critic Anton Ego makes a remark about Chef Gusteau comparing him to Chef Boyardee as an insult. However the real Chef Boyardee(real name: Ettore Boiardi) was a world famous chef for over a decade before his line of pre-made pastas and sauces became popular. He was known for being head chef at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, and even catering president Woodrow Wilson's wedding in 1915.

Miscellaneous
Gusteau's restaurant was said to have attained a five-star rating previously, yet the French guides don't go any higher then three stars. This detail was most likely deliberately ignored by the producers because many international audiences are used to hotel ratings that go up to five stars, and would not have understood that a three-star rating is the ultimate culinary honor in France.

Factual Mistake
When Linguini places Remy outside after his party, Horst goes out the same door, yet doesn't notice Remy.

Revealing Mistakes
In the scene where Remy is correcting the soup Linguini had concocted, a 360-degree shot is used to show Remy tossing ingredients into the soup pot. Next to the stove there should be a mop that Remy had used to climb up to escape out the window previously, but is absent during the rotating shot. Instead there is a shadow of the absent mop handle that can be seen.

Character Error
Remy demonstrates that he knows what would happen if he is found out when he maneuvers Linguini into kissing Colette, yet he is incensed when Linguini refuses to acknowledge him during the press conference.

Factual Mistake
When the restaurant is closed down, the poster on the door says that the restaurant has been closed in violation of French Health Laws. Such cases are handled by each municipality (in this case, Paris), and the poster would state as such. And as the restaurant is in France, the poster is more than a bit redundant.

Factual Mistake
Skinner's lawyer collects a hair from Gusteau's hat to do a DNA comparison with Linguini. But hair doesn't contain DNA. Only hair roots have DNA.

Factual Mistake
After the press conference, Linguini forces an angry Remy to take a "time out". Remy doesn't return to the restaurant until after it's closed. How did Linguini manage to cook that night without Remy?

Revealing Mistakes
When Linguini reveals Remy to the rest of the staff, and is holding him in his hand, Remy's tail appears transparent.
Trivia:
The window shop displaying dead rats actually exists. It is the window of Destruction des Animaux Nuisibles, an exterminator established since 1872, located 8 rue des Halles in the first arrondissement.

Worried that the general public wouldn't know how to pronounce the title, Disney/ Pixar had it spelt phonetically on all the posters and trailers.

To create a realistic-looking compost pile, artists photographed and researched the way real produce rots. Fifteen different kinds of produce were left to rot and then photographed, such as apples, berries, bananas, mushrooms, oranges, broccoli, and lettuce.

Brad Bird cast Patton Oswalt in the main role after hearing his stand-up routine about the menu at the Black Angus Steakhouse.

SERIES TRADEMARK: Every PIXAR film has had a reference to room A-113 from the California Institute of the Arts. A number of animators began their CalArts career in this room, including John Lasseter and Brad Bird. A-113 appears on a little tag clipped to the ear of a rat named Git.

Part of the story was initially supposed to take place in the catacombs below Paris. This idea was dropped when Brad Bird took over the project from Jan Pinkava. Only short sections taking place in the sewers remain from the original project.

The concept was first hatched by Jan Pinkava in 2001 and he had mapped out the original design, sets, characters and core story. However, Pixar management were not convinced that the main story was delivering the goods so Pinkava was replaced by Brad Bird in 2005.

SERIES TRADEMARK: John Ratzenberger (Mustafa) once again provides a voice in a Pixar film (the only actor do so in every Pixar film). It's also noted that this is the second time Ratzenberger has voiced a human, after The Underminer, in The Incredibles (2004). Before, he has voiced a piggy bank in Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999); a flea in A Bug's Life (1998); The Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc. (2001); a school of fish in Finding Nemo (2003); and a Mack truck in Cars (2006). It is also the first Pixar film in which Ratzenberger's character has a different accent from the actor's own.

When Remy is climbing out of the sewers for the first time, he is barked at by a dog in one of the homes. You only see the dog's silhouette, but it is actually the dog, Dug, from Pixar's then still-in-production film, Up (2009).

Pet rats were kept at the studio in the hallway for more than a year so that the animators could study the movement of their fur, noses, ears, paws and tails.

To find out how to animate the scene where the Head Chef is wet, they actually dressed someone in a chef suit, and put him in a swimming pool to see which parts of the suit stuck to his body, and which parts you could see through.

SERIES TRADEMARK: Nearly every Pixar film shows the Pizza Planet Truck from Toy Story (1995). The truck appears on the bridge over the Seine on the scene where Skinner chases Remy.

Marketing tie-ins proved to be problematic for the film as no food product company wanted to be associated with a rat.

Chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain's favorite food-centric film. Bourdain said, "They got the food, the reactions to food, and tiny details to food really right - down to the barely noticeable pink burns on one of the character's forearms. I really thought it captured a passionate love of food in a way that very few other films have."

Veteran Disney animator, Victor Haboush, who worked on Sleeping Beauty (1959), Lady and the Tramp (1955) and 101 Dalmatians (1961), called this film "the best animated film since Pinocchio (1940)".

Walt Disney Pictures were reluctant to push Ratatouille (2007) as a nominee for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, fearing that members might overlook it in the Best Animated Feature category where it was deemed to be a lock. Instead, they concentrated their efforts on making sure it won in the animated category.

The animation team worked alongside chef Thomas Keller at his restaurant French Laundry in order to learn the art of cooking. Mr. Keller also appears in a cameo role as the voice of a patron at Gusteau's.