A scrawny rat named Remy (voice of Patton Oswalt) finds his dreams of culinary superstardom stirring up sizable controversy in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant in director Brad Bird's madcap computer-animated comedy. It's hard being a rat with culinary aspirations, but Remy is convinced he has what it takes to break the stereotypes and follow in the footsteps of star chef Auguste Gusteau (voice of Brad Garrett). As fate would have it, Remy is currently situated in the sewers directly beneath Gusteau's elegant restaurant. Soon Remy teams up with a young chef with little talent named Linguini (voice of Lou Romano). Together they are able to create some fabulous dishes, but they live in fear that someone will discover their secret and object strenuously to a rat being in a kitchen. When Remy's passion for cooking turns the haughty world of French cuisine upside down, the rat who would be king of the kitchen learns important lessons about life, friends, and family while questioning whether he should pursue his culinary calling or simply go back underground and return to his life as a sewer rat.~Jason Buchanan
An all-new animated short Remy & Emile in "Your Friend the Rat"
Now I know why this is at the top of most people’s list on the best Pixar movie. I really enjoyed it and had such a great story. The 4K presentation is top notch! Very good and fun movie. Highly recommended.
Funny, Beautiful Animation and a very unique story!
This review is from Ratatouille [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
I bought this for my daughter's birthday. Super excited on how quick the 5 movies I bought arrived. When I opened the package (plastic envelope- not a box), I realized all 5 movies were damaged. It seems someone got angry and stepped on each one. Weird thing is that there is no damage on the shipping packaging material, just on the movies. Returning these is a pain. Bestbuy seems to want to make it impossible to return, short of going to the store. Every movie will cost $6 to return. Disappointed and upset since their service quality has gone down hill over the years.
Ratatouille, Brad Bird’s third animated masterpiece in a row, feels like a culmination of the lessons learned by Pixar over the previous twelve years of feature filmmaking and also the beginning of a newer, more adventurous direction. That is not to belittle what went before (Monsters, Inc. is still my favourite Pixar feature) but the film marked a slight shift into richer, more mature, yet still accessible territory. It is a film that still possesses the familiar Pixar odd couple relationship, rooting for the underdog (or should that be underrat?) and the inspirational follow your heart message, yet it goes deeper than many of their films.
Ratatouille, for those three people unfortunate enough not to have sampled its numerous delights, is a film about a rat (Remy) with a rare and special talent. With a keen sense of smell and a passion for cooking he leaves the safety of the pack to make his own way in the world. Soon he has made his way to Paris’ most famous restaurant and makes an unusual alliance with a talentless pot washer (Linguini) in order to create his culinary works of art. Like the best recipes this is a film where each ingredient works in perfect harmony. It’s a film that constantly flirts with different genres from slapstick comedy, daring action, existential drama and conspiratorial thriller yet it never once feels muddled or schizophrenic. Instead this ever shifting tone provides the film with a wonderful and infectious energy.
It is a film about art and those that create it. As Anton Ego states in his review at the film’s finale, “Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere.” At its heart the film is a celebration of creativity and excellence, irrespective of where that artistry and inspirational talent comes from. In many ways it is a film that perfectly encapsulates the ethos at Pixar studios as they continue to push each other to new and greater heights and striving for the same excellence that Remy so desperately wants to achieve.
There is a richness and texture to the film so often lacking in modern family films. It is something that Pixar have frequently excelled in and the one unquantifiable element that their competitors rarely possess. Their films are universal, delivering the excitement and comedy the younger audience demands whilst satisfying the adults’ hunger for meatier emotional nourishment. With Ratatouille that palette became broader and more refined. At its simplest the film is a celebration of the outsider yet it tackles weightier themes and issues without ever getting too heavy or losing younger viewers. Lets be fair, there won’t be too many mainstream family films that would borrow from Marcel Proust for the movie’s climax. Yet this scene works not because it is intellectually stimulating but because it taps into the inbuilt and euphoric sensation of involuntary memory that we can all collectively share in. It’s a beautiful sequence of understated brilliance and demonstrates that a film’s climax does not always need to finish on a flashy crescendo.
Although anthropomorphised to a degree the rats remain pleasingly rat-like. They understand humans but can’t talk to them, they still scurry like rodents and don’t feel the need to wear clothes. It’s rather refreshing to see in an animated family film as they tend to be quick to turn them into fuzzy miniature humans, as seen in Dreamwork’s Bee Movie released in the same year. Yet Brad Bird and his talented team of animators make sure each and every character is still visually distinct. The rats might not be totally anthropomorphised but there is still a playful cartoonish quality to the designs of all the characters, furry or human, whether it be the ungainly lankiness of Linguini or the vertically challenged Skinner, their appearance always informs their personality.
The film was arguably the most beautiful of all Pixar films to date. With its stunning use of lighting, fastidious attention to detail and subtle animation it was a showcase of a studio flexing their considerable artistic muscles based on all the lessons learnt from their earlier films. It showcased their exemplary world building, technical wizardry (particularly in regard to fur, textures and animating a large group of characters) and their skill at delivering subtle and nuanced emotion. There is one scene that brings many of these elements together, a scene that rarely receives the attention it deserves: that particular sequence is where Linguini, after a failed attempt to get rid of Remy, discovers the resourceful rodent understands what he says and they agree to help each other fulfill their separate goals. It is such a simple and economical scene but it is also one of my favourite sequences in all of Pixar’s formidable catalogue of work.
Not only is the film set in France but it seems to borrow from so much French culture whether it be great French writers in Proust or Cyrano De Bergerac - particularly the way a great artist uses another man as a puppet to deliver his masterpieces - French cinema with its Tati-inspired Paris and physical comedy and even French art in its expressionistic art direction and abstract flourishes. The latter coming in the form of a symphony of shapes, colours and sounds to represent the sensation, aromas and emotions of experiencing a combination of ingredients. It is such an elegant way to bring this food to life and a perfect way to visualise something that would normally have to be experienced firsthand.
There is something amusingly knowing about having a critic as one of the film’s key antagonists. Just as an influential review can make or break a restaurant it can also have a serious impact on a film too (although, ironically, not for Pixar who still remain seemingly critic-proof). Anton Ego (arguably one of the least subtle character names in all of cinema) is a gaunt and ashen figure, hardly the appearance of a man who is supposed to love food for a living. But he works as a thinly veiled critique of the stereotypical critic, a person who has become so jaded and cynical about the one thing that used to inspire them. Trust Pixar to puncture such pessimism not only in A. Ego but also in the paid critics that review their films.
Ratatouille is a lovingly crafted film made by true artists at their confident and liberated best. Whilst it might not quite hit the emotional heights of some of the studio’s other films there is a richness to the movie that elevates it alongside the ranks of their best and most cherished work. [Awful pun alert] With mouthwatering animation, a pinch of Gallic flair and only the finest ingredients, Ratatouille proves to be a recipe for success no matter how many times you try it.
Remy, the ratatouille
The rat of all our dreams
We praise you, oh ratatouille
You will always reign supreme
Becausе of you, we guarantee
Paris won't be the samе
Oh Remy, the ratatouille
May the world remember your name