Animation | English | 111 minutes
Remy is a young rat living in the French countryside. Unlike other rats, Remy has a compassion for good food and cooking. This sets Remy apart from his garbage-eating rat clan. With an acute sense of taste and smell, Remy dreams of becoming a chef like his idol, Auguste Gusteau. Remy, resourceful and ambitious, manages to enter the kitchen of Gusteau’s Restaurant in Paris. When Remy notices one of the assistants, Alfredo Linguini, attempting to fix a soup he ruined, Remy steps in and creates a delicious soup. Colette, the only female chef, convinces the owner, Skinner, to retain Linguini. With Remy guiding him, Linguini becomes a popular chef, but they have a falling-out when Linguini does not give Remy any credit. Eventually they reconcile. When the restaurant is shut down due to health violations, Remy, Linguini, and Colette open a small bistro called La Ratatouille, which becomes a big success. Reviewing the new restaurant, food critic Anton Ego states that “Not everyone can be a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.”
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
- Metacritic Score: 96
- Academy Awards: Winner, Best Animated Feature Film; Best Original Screenplay (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco)
- BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Animated Film
- Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Animated Film
- National Board of Review: Winner, Best Animated Film
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RATATOUILLE has extraordinary visuals, but the biggest triumph is director and co-writer Brad Bird’s ability to keep so many small plates spinning without losing focus on the audience’s wants and needs. And just when you’re sure his team won’t be able to pull together a coherent ending, they unleash a memorable final 20 minutes that is alternately exhilarating and moving.
RATATOUILLE is a nearly flawless piece of popular art, as well as one of the most persuasive portraits of an artist ever committed to film. It provides the kind of deep, transporting pleasure, at once simple and sophisticated, that movies at their best have always promised. And, as usual in a Pixar movie, a whole new realm of physical texture and sensory detail has been conquered for animation.
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