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Movie Review: Ratatouille

Alternate Title: Follow Your Bliss

Story: I am not a big foodie nor am I a fan of animation (too manic for me) or computer generated films. However, I did enjoy this latest work from director and writer Brad Bird.

Anyone can cook was the mantra of the recently deceased five star French chef, Auguste Gusteau. Little Remy, a rat, follows his bliss (and the 'anyone can cook' mantra), as he defies his father and ends up in Paris befriending a young janitor in the famous five star Gusteau restaurant. In a Cyrano like script, Little Remy pulls the strings as the young janitor becomes the tour de force in the kitchen following the lead of Remy.

The film is filled with some wonderful and creative kitchen scenes (if you can get over the fact that Remy is a rat), fascinating detail and luscious views of Paris. The characters are somewhat one dimensional since it is a family film.

The film is about potential, racism, tolerance and just plain fun. Take away with you whatever you get but applaud the talent of Brad Bird.

Acting: The voices of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, and Janeane Garofalo round out the cast of this film.

Predilection: None

Critters: RATS!

Food: Most of the film takes place in a kitchen so we get lots and lots of food.

Blatant Product Placement: None

Soundtrack: Fun

Opening Titles: The credits were all at the end and I was surprised to see that they resorted to animation for this.

Theater Audience: It was a nice crowd of Saturday morning theater goers and I actually recognized a father daughter team from the Evan Almighty show the previous week. Guess I have been going to too many PG films, eh?

Squirm Scale: There are a few scenes of way too many rats for me.

Drift Factor: I started to look at my watch after 90 minutes.

Predictability Level: High (even for a kid).

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: I have not a clue.

Big Screen or Rental: If you are a Brad Bird fan (The Incredibles and The Iron Giant) than the big screen is the way to go.

Length: Just under two hours.