Ratatouille (rat-a-too-e) is a 2007 computer-animated family film produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was the eighth movie produced by Pixar, and was directed by Brad Bird, who took over from Jan Pinkava in 2005. It was released on June 29, 2007 in the United States, to both critical acclaim and box office success. The title refers to a French dish which is served in the film, and is also a play on words on the species of the main character.
Through a series of mishaps, Remy and Linguini are able to come up with a method to overcome the communication barrier between the two; by pulling on Linguini's hair, Remy can control Linguini's movements in the fashion of a marionette. With Remy under his toque blanche, Linguini is able to successfully perform the tasks in the kitchen, with Remy's new recipes helping to revitalize the restaurant. Linguini also begins to develop a relationship with the kitchen's sole female cook, Collette. Skinner, suspicious of Linguini's talents, comes to learn that Linguini is actually Gusteau's son, and is the rightful owner of the restaurant, threatening his plan to use Gusteau's name to market a line of microwaveable meals. Remy happens across the documents showing Linguini's lineage, and manages to get them away from Skinner and to Linguini; Linguini rightfully takes his place as the restaurant's owner, firing Skinner. Meanwhile, Remy happens across Emile looking for food outside the restaurant, and is reunited with the pack. Django warns Remy again of how humans see rats, but Remy insists that there are no problems. Over subsequent nights, Remy reluctantly brings food from the restaurant to Emile and his growing group of friends.
One day, food critic Anton Ego, who had given the restaurant a bad review in the past, pays a surprise visit and informs Linguini that he will be doing a new review the following day. The pressure on Linguini causes him to have a falling out with Remy, who retaliates by leading the pack on a raid of the kitchen's foodstocks. Discovering the theft, Linguini tells Remy he never wants to see him again. Remy and Linguini realize the next day that they need each other, When Remy returns to the restaurant, having escaped Skinner's attempt to trap him, Linguini finally introduces him to the rest of the staff. Everyone walks out on him, disgusted at the deception, but Collette returns to help after remembering Gusteau's "anyone can cook" motto.
Remy calls on his pack to help out in the kitchen, coordinating their efforts to cook dinner and subdue a health inspector whom Skinner tipped off, while Linguini becomes head waiter. When Ego arrives, Remy decides to make a variation on ratatouille for the critic with Collette's help. Ego finds the dish amazing, remembering his mother's cooking from his childhood, and asks to meet the chef in person. Only after all the other customers have left does Linguini bring Remy out from the kitchen. Ego is confused at first, but the next day writes a glowing review of the restaurant, praising its chef as the greatest in all of France. Despite the positive review, the restaurant is soon shut down by the health inspector due to the presence of rats, and Ego's reputation is tarnished. However, he eagerly helps Linguini and Collette start a new bistro, "La Ratatouille," with a kitchen designed for Remy to use, and serving both humans and rats.
Because Ratatouille is intended to be a romantic, lush vision of Paris, giving it an identity distinct from previous Pixar films, director Brad Bird, producer Brad Lewis and some of the crew spent a week in the city to properly understand its environment, taking a motorcycle tour and eating at five top restaurants. There are also many water-based sequences in the film, one of which is set in the sewers and is more complex than the humpback whale scene in Finding Nemo. One scene has Linguini wet after jumping into the Seine to fetch Remy. A Pixar employee (Shade/Paint Dept Coordinator Kesten Migdal) wearing a chef uniform and apron jumped into Pixar's swimming pool to see which parts of the suit stuck to his body and which became translucent from water absorption.
A second trailer was released on March 23 2007. The Ratatouille Big Cheese Tour began on May 11 2007, with cooking demonstrations and a film preview. Voice actor Lou Romano attended the San Francisco leg of the tour for autograph signings.
Disney and Pixar were working to bring a French-produced Ratatouille-branded wine to Costco stores in August 2007, but abandoned plans because of complaints from the California Wine Institute, citing standards in labeling that restrict the use of cartoon characters to avoid attracting under-age drinkers.
In the United Kingdom, in place of releasing a theatrical trailer, a theatrical commercial featuring Remy and Emile was released in cinemas prior to its release to discourage obtaining pirated films. Also in the United Kingdom, the main characters were used for a theatrical commercial for the Nissan Note, with Remy and Emile watching an original commercial for it made for the "Surprisingly Spacious" ad campaign and also parodying it respectively.
Disney/Pixar were concerned that audiences, particularly children, would not be familiar with the word "ratatouille" and its pronunciation. The title was therefore also spelt phonetically within trailers and on posters. For similar reasons, in the American release of the film, on-screen text in French was printed in English, such as the title of Gusteau's cookbook and the sign telling kitchen staff to wash their hands, though in the British English release, these are rendered in French. In Canada, the film was released with on-screen text in English, but on DVD, all text (barring the opening and closing credits) was in French.
The disc also includes a CG short entitled Lifted. It depicts an adolescent extra-terrestrial attempting to abduct a sleeping human. Throughout the sequence, he is graded by an adult extraterrestrial in a manner reminiscent of a driver's licensing exam road test. The entire short contains no dialogue.
Also included among the special features deleted scenes, a featurette featuring Brad Bird discussing filmmaking and Chef Thomas Keller discussing culinary creativity entitled "Fine Food and Film", and four easter eggs.
Ratatouille was nominated for five Oscars including Best Animated Feature Film, which it won. The film currently holds the record for the greatest number of Oscar nominations for a computer animated feature film, breaking the previous record held by Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles at four nominations. However, Beauty and the Beast still holds the record for most Oscar nominations for any animated film, with six.
A. O. Scott of The New York Times called Ratatouille "a nearly flawless piece of popular art, as well as one of the most persuasive portraits of an artist ever committed to film" and ended his review with a simple "thank you" to the creators of the film. Both Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and Jeffrey Lyons from NBC's Reel Talk said in their reviews that they loved the film so much, they are hoping for a sequel. Reaction to the film in France was also extremely positive. Thomas Sotinel, film critic at the daily newspaper Le Monde, hailed Ratatouille as "one of the greatest gastronomic films in the history of cinema". Several reviews noted that Anton Ego's critique at the end of the movie could be taken, and at least in one case was taken, as "a slap on the wrist" for professional critics.
|Academy Awards||Animated Feature Film||Brad Bird||Won|
|Original Score||Michael Giacchino||Nominated|
|Original Screenplay||Screenplay by Brad Bird. Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird||Nominated|
|Sound Editing||Randy Thom and Michael Silvers||Nominated|
|Sound Mixing||Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane||Nominated|
|Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Best Animated Video Game||THQ, Inc.||Won|
|Individual Achievement in Animated Effects||Gary Bruins||Nominated|
|Individual Achievement in Animated Effects||Jon Reisch||Nominated|
|Character Animation in a Feature Production||Michal Makarewicz||Won|
|Character Design in an Animated Feature Production||Carter Goodrich||Won|
|Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Brad Bird||Won|
|Music in an Animated Feature Production||Michael Giacchino||Won|
|Production Design in an Animated Feature Production||Harley Jessup||Won|
|Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production||Ted Mathot||Won|
|Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Janeane Garofalo as Colette||Nominated|
|Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Ian Holm as Skinner||Won|
|Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Patton Oswalt as Remy||Nominated|
|Writing in an Animated Feature Production||Brad Bird||Won|
|Austin Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|BAFTA Awards||Best Animated Film||Brad Bird||Won|
|Boston Film Critics||Best Screenplay||Brad Bird||Won|
|Broadcast Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Best Screenplay - Original||Brad Bird||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Awards||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Animated Feature Film||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Grammy Awards||Best Score Soundtrack Album||Michael Giacchino||Won|
|Hollywood Film Festival||Movie of the Year||Pixar Animation Studios||Nominated|
|Special Honor for Animation||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Kids Choice Awards||Favorite Animated Movie||Brad Bird||Won|
|Las Vegas Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Best Family Film||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Los Angeles Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|National Board of Review||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Oklahoma Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Online Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Family Movie||Pixar Animation Studios||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Best Youth DVD||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Best Original Score||Michael Giacchino||Nominated|
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics||Best Animated Feature or Children's Film||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Toronto Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Visual Effects Society||Best Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture||Pixar Animation Studios (Colette)||Won|
|Effects in an Animated Motion Picture||Pixar Animation Studios (Food)||Won|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics||Best Animated Feature||Pixar Animation Studios||Won|
|World Soundtrack Academy||Best Original Song Written for Film||Michael Giacchino for "Le Festin"||Nominated|