Sunday, September 16, 2007

I just caught Ratatouille recently, and I must say, Disney Pixar has done it again! If you haven't watched it, it's still showing and really worth the watch.

The show is about a little rat that just wants to cook. Remy turns out to be an amazing chef with a keen sense of smell. He is, however, a rat, and no sane person would let a rat in a kitchen.

The premise of the show is simple, and so is the rest of the plot. Watching the trailer would give you an idea of what the show is about. Fortunately, despite being relatively linear, the show is filled with a lot of interesting, detailed scenes which really flesh out the show. The scenes are laid out nicely and the dialogue is as witty as ever.

Some 'problems' I see with the film include the lack of development between the other protagonist and his love interest. Somehow, the concept of 'total loser gets the babe' seems a bit far-fetched. Then again, the whole premise of the show is really the same. There were many times I caught myself thinking "if this were real life..." It's not! Rats don't understand English and they carry diseases which kill. They're also not as cute as the show portrays them. Little kids might not be able to make that distinction (think Finding Nemo) and start having their parents get rats, or try to catch one themselves. White mice are bound to be in short supply with the potentially ensuing "rare a cute rat" craze.

Disney Pixar stays true to it's reputation of delivering wholesome family entertainment. The moral story is basically to not let being different be something that stops you from striving for your dreams. The audience certainly gets that message and the happy ending is bound to be welcome. It really reminded me somewhat of Cars, and they're both equally good IMHO.

So if you haven't watched this show, and you're wondering if you should, I'd recommend that you do. It's fun, it's cute and it'll capture your heart within 2 hours. Did I mention that it's also long enough to make it worth your money?

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Posted by Gerald at 9/16/2007 01:18:00 AM