Ratatouille

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Ratatouille is a (2007) animated Disney/Pixar film about a rat (Rémy) who longs to follow in the footsteps of his hero, the late Chef Auguste Gusteau — at one time considered to be the greatest chef in Paris. After discovering an unusual way through which he can control the actions of the hapless Linguini, who was working as a garbage boy in the kitchen of Gusteau's restaurant at the time, he is given the ultimate opportunity to show the world what he can do.

Written and Directed by Brad Bird.
He's dying to become a chef.(taglines)
You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true - anyone can cook. But only the fearless can be great.
Where are you going?"
"Back to the restaurant. They'll fail without me!"
"Why do you care?!"
"Because I'm a cook!"
In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto: 'Anyone can cook.' But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.
It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau's, who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more.

Auguste Gusteau[edit]

  • You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true. Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.

Anton Ego[edit]

  • In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extra-ordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto: 'Anyone can cook.' But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau's, who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more.

Dialogue[edit]

TV Narrator: But it was not to last. Gusteau's restaurant lost one of its five stars after a scathing review by France's top food critic, Anton Ego. It was a severe blow to Gusteau, and the brokenhearted chef died shortly afterwards, which according to tradition, meant the loss of another star.
Remy: [shocked] Gusteau is dead?

[After Remy's been separated from his colony]
Remy: [voiceover] I waited. For a sound. A voice. A sign. Something.
[Remy is reading "Gusteau's Anyone Can Cook!" He stops on a page with food on it, causing his stomach to grumble. He turns away, shielding the image of food from his view]
Gusteau: [as a book illustration] If you are hungry, go up and look around, Remy. [Remy is shocked to hear this. He looks under the page Gusteau's image is under] Why do you wait and mope?
Remy: Well, I just lost my family...all my friends. Probably forever.
Gusteau: How do you know?
Remy: I...uh... [catches himself with a scoff] You are an illustration. Why am I talking to you?
Gusteau: Oh, you just lost your family, all your friends. You are lonely.
Remy: Yeah....well, you're dead!
Gusteau: Ah, but that is no match for wishful thinking! If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead! Now go up and look around.

[Remy's about to eat a bread crumb in someone's house when Gusteau appears before him]
Gusteau: What are you doing?!
Remy: [Sighs] I'm hungry! I don't know where I am, I don't know when I'll find food again!
Gusteau: Remy, you are better than that. You are a cook! A cook makes; a thief takes! You are not a thief.
Remy: But I am hungry...
Gusteau: [chuckles] Food will come, Remy. Food always comes to those who love to cook. [his image disappears into the bread crumb]
[Remy decided to leave the bread crumb and continued his journey, and briefly sees the couple arguing]
Woman: [aiming the gun] You think I'm playing, Francois?! You think I am playing?!
Man: You don't have the guts!
[The gunshot almost hit Remy. He went back to see the couple, who were struggling then kissing passionately, much to his disgust. He then climbed onto the roof, and was surprised to see the whole view of Paris]
Remy: [smiled in awe] Paris? All this time I've been underneath Paris? Wow. It's beautiful.
Gusteau: [as a sign on his restaurant] The most beautiful.

Gusteau: Let us see how much you know, huh? Which one is the chef?
Remy: Oh! Uh… Oh, that guy.
Gusteau: Very good. Who is next in command?
Remy: The sous chef… There. The sous is responsible for the kitchen when the chef's not around. Saucier, in charge of sauces. Very important. Chef de partie, demi chef de partie, both important. Commis, commis, they're cooks. Very important.
Gusteau: Ah, you are a clever rat. Now, who is that?
[He points to Linguini, who's clumsily cleaning up the kitchen]
Remy: Oh, him? He’s nobody.
Gusteau: Not nobody. He is part of the kitchen.
Remy: No, he’s a plongeur or something! He washes dishes or takes out the garbage. He doesn't cook.
Gusteau: But he could!
Remy: [dismissively] Uh, no.
Gusteau: How do you know? What do I always say, Remy? Anyone can cook.
Remy: Well yeah, anyone can. That doesn't mean that anyone should.
Gusteau: Well, that is not stopping him. See?
[Linguini has accidentally spilt a pot of soup and is attempting to cover up his mistake by throwing random ingredients into it.]
Remy: What?! What is he doing?! No...NO! No, this is terrible; he's...ruining the soup! And-and nobody is noticing?!?! [to Gusteau] It's your restaurant! Do something!
Gusteau: What can I do? I am a figment of your imagination.
Remy: But he is RUINING THE SOUP! We have got to tell someon- [slips and falls into the kitchen]

Colette: Ego?
Skinner: Solene LeClaire.
Colette: LeClaire. What did she say?
Mustafa: She likes the soup.
Gusteau: Wait.
Remy. What do you mean, wait? You're the reason I'm in this mess!
Gusteau: Someone is talking about your soup.
Skinner: [sipping the new soup; growling] What are you playing at?
Linguini: [uncertain] Um, uh...am I still fired?
Colette: You can't fire him.
Skinner: What?
Colette: LeClaire likes it, yeah? She made a point of telling you so. If she write a review of that effect and find out the fired the cook responsible?
Skinner: [Scoffs] He's a garbage boy.
Colette: Who made something she liked! How can we claim to represent the name of Gusteau if we don't uphold his most cherished belief?
Skinner: And what belief is that, Mademoiselle Tatou?
Colette: Anyone can cook.
[Pause, Skinner looks around at the other cooks, who are smiling with approval]
Skinner: [decided] Perhaps I have been a bit harsh on our new garbage boy. He has taken a bold risk, and we should reward that, as Chef Gusteau would have. If he wishes to swim in dangerous waters, who are we to deny him.
Gusteau: You were escaping?
Remy: Oh, yeah.
Skinner: Since you have expressed such an interest in his cooking career, you shall be responsible for it. Anyone else? Hmm... Then back to work! [to Linguini, in a low, menacing voice] You are either very lucky or very unlucky. You will make the soup again, and this time I’ll be paying attention. Very close attention. They think you might be a cook, but do you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a sneaky, overreaching little… [spots Remy attempting to escape] RAAAAAAAAT! [grabs a broom and hits Remy with it]
Horst: Get the rat!
[Everyone attempts to catch Remy]
Skinner: Linguini! Get something to trap it!
Horst: It’s getting away! Get it, get it, get it!
Linguini: [has trapped Remy in a jar] What should I do now?
Skinner: Kill it!
Linguini: Now?
Skinner: NO! Not in the kitchen! Are you mad?! Do you know what would happen to us if anyone knew we had a rat in our kitchen? They’d close us down! Our reputation is hanging by a thread as it is! Take it away from here, far away! Kill it! Dispose of it! Go!
[Linguini runs outside and heads for the Seine River on his bicycle, but stops when he sees Remy looking at him]
Linguini: Don't look at me like that! You're aren't the only one who's trapped! They expect me to cook it again! I mean, I'm not ambitious. I wasn't trying to cook. I was just trying to stay out of trouble! You're the one who was getting fancy with the spices! What'd you throw in there, oregano? [Remy shakes his head] No? What, rosemary? That's a spice isn't it, rosemary? [Remy shakes his head again] You didn't put rosemary in? [again] Then what was all the flipping and...the throwing the... [sinks down on the wall with a sigh] I need this job. I've lost so many. I don't know how to cook and now I'm actually talking to a rat as if you... [gasps] Did you nod? Have you been nodding? [Remy nods] You understand me? So I'm not crazy! Wait a second, wait a second...I can't cook, can I? [Remy shakes his head] But, you...you can, right? [Remy shrugs modestly] Look, don't be so modest, you're a rat for Pete's sake. Whatever you did, they liked it. Yeah. This could work. Hey, they liked the soup...! [flails and accidentally knocks the jar into the river] Augh! [dives in and reappears soaking wet with Remy] They like the soup. Do you think you could...do it again? [Remy nods] Okay, I'm gonna let you out now. But we're together on this, right? [Remy nods] Okay...

[Anton Ego is working at his desk when his assistant enters]
Anton Ego: What is it, Ambrister?
Ambrister: Gusteau's...
Anton Ego: Finally closing, is it?
Ambrister: No.
Anton Ego: More financial troubles?
Ambrister: No, it's...it's...
Anton Ego: Announced a new line of microwavable egg-rolls? What? What?! Spit it out!
Ambrister: It's come back. It's...popular.
Anton Ego: [partly spits out a mouthful of wine, before checking the label, then roughly swallowing the rest of the wine]I haven't reviewed Gusteau's in years.
Ambrister: No, sir.
Anton Ego: My last review condemned it to the tourist trade.
Ambrister: Yes, sir.
Anton Ego: [takes out a copy of his last review of Gusteau's] I said: "Gusteau has finally found his rightful place in history right alongside another equally famous chef, Monsieur Boyardee."
Ambrister: Touché.
Anton Ego: That is where I left it. That was my last word. The last word.
Ambrister: [cowering] Yes.
Anton Ego: Then tell me, Ambrister, how could it be...popular?

[Skinner is meeting his private investigator in his office]
Skinner: No, no, no, no, no, no, NO! [kicking the drawer]
Talon: The DNA matches, the timing works, everything checks out. He is Gusteau's son.
Skinner: T-T-This can’t just happen! The whole thing is a set up! The boy knows! [gestures to the windows; Linguini is working in the kitchen] Look at him out there pretending to be an idiot! He’s toying with my mind, like a cat with a ball! Of...something!
Talon: String?
Skinner: Yes! Playing dumb! Taunting me with that rat!
Talon: "Rat"?
Skinner: Yes! He’s consorting with it! Deliberately trying to make me think it’s important!
Talon: [confused] The...rat?
Skinner: Exactly!
Talon: Is the rat...important?
Skinner: Of course not! He just wants me to think that it is! O-ho, I see the theatricality of it! A rat appears on the boy's first night, I order him to kill it, and now he wants me to see it everywhere! [high voice] Ooooh! It's here! No it isn't, it's here! [ranting to himself] Am I seeing things, am I crazy, is there a phantom rat or is there not?! But oh, no! I refuse to be sucked into his little game...of... [stops and looks at Talon]
Talon: ...Should I be concerned about this? About you?

Mustafa: [taking Ego's order] Do you know what you'd like this evening, sir?
Anton Ego: Yes, I think I do. After reading a lot of overheated puffery about your new cook, you know what I'm craving? A little perspective. That's it. I'd like some fresh, clear, well-seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?
Mustafa: [confused] With what, sir?
Anton Ego: Perspective. Fresh out, I take it?
Mustafa: I am, uh...
Anton Ego: Very well. Since you're all out of perspective and no one else seems to have it in this bloody town, I'll make you a deal. You provide the food, I'll provide the perspective, which would go nicely with a bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947.
Mustafa: I'm afraid...your dinner selection?
Anton Ego: [stands up angrily] Tell your chef Linguini that I want whatever he dares to serve me! Tell him to hit me with his best shot!
[Mustafa agrees, and walks past Skinner, who's in disguise nearby]
Skinner: [to Mustafa, in a lower and gruff voice] I will have whatever he is having.
[Remy is locked in the cage]
Gusteau: [appears next to Remy] So, we have given up.
Remy: Why do you say that?
Gusteau: We are in a cage, inside a car trunk, awaiting a future in frozen food products.
Remy: No, I'm the one in a cage. I've given up. You...are free.
Gusteau: I am only as free as you imagine me to be. As you are.
Remy: Oh, please. I'm sick of pretending. I pretend to be a rat for my father, I pretend to be a human for Linguini. I pretend you exist so I have someone to talk to! You only tell me stuff I already know! I know how I am! Why do I need you to tell me?! Why do I need to pretend?!
Gusteau: [chuckles] Ah, but you don't, Remy. [puts his hand on Remy's shoulder] You never did. [disappears]
[Git pushes a statue off the building, smashing open the trunk of Skinner's car]
Django: [to Git] No. My other left!
Remy: [inside Skinner's trunk, mumbling] Dad! Dad, I'm in here! [Git pushes another statue off the building] I'm inside the trunk! [finally it causing it to land onto the Skinner's trunk] What the...Dad!
Emile: Hey, little brother!
Remy: Emile! [Django and Emile releases him to the Skinner's cage, affectionate] I love you guys! [runs toward the restaurant]
Django: Where are you going?!
Remy: Back to the restaurant! They'll fail without me!
Django: Why do you care?!
Remy: Because I'm a cook!
[Meanwhile in the kitchen]
Horst: [to Linguini] It's your recipe! How can you not know your own RECIPE?!
Linguini: I didn't write it down, it just came to me!
Horst: Well, make it come to you again, ja? BECAUSE WE CAN'T SERVE THIS!
Mustafa: Where's the order?!
Linguini: What if we just make something up? Tell them we're all out!
Pompidou: We cannot be all out. We just opened.
Larousse: I have another idea. What if we serve them what they order?!
Colette: We will make it! Just tell us what you did!
Linguini: I don't know what I did!
Horst: We need to tell the customers recipes!
Linguini: Then tell them...tell them...AAAH!!!!! [flees the kitchen]
Larousse: ...Eh?
[Remy is about to re-enter the kitchen]
Django: [trying to stop his son] Remy!
Emile: Don't do it!
Django: Remy! Don't! Stop!
Emile: They'll see you! Stop!
Horst: We are not talking about me! We are talking about what to do right now!
[Remy enters, and everyone sees him]
Colette: [gasps] RAAAAAT!
Chefs: RAAAAAT!
Django: Remy!
Horst: Get my knife!
[Linguini sees and gasps in his office]
Linguini: [jumps in front of the chefs] DON'T TOUCH HIM! [whispers to Remy] Thanks for coming back, Little Chef. [to the chefs] I know this sounds insane, but...Well the truth sounds insane sometimes, but that doesn't mean it's not. Uh, the truth. And the truth is, I have no talent at all. But this rat, he's the one behind these recipes, he's the cook! The real cook. He's been hiding under my toque. He's been controlling my actions. He's the reason I can cook the food that's exciting everyone. The reason Ego is outside that door. I know it's hard to believe, but hey, you believed I could cook, right? Look. [showing the chefs how Remy pulls a couple of his hair locks to control his arms] This works. It's crazy but it works. We can be the greatest restaurant in Paris and this rat, this brilliant Little Chef, can lead us there. What do you say? You with me?

Taglines[edit]

  • He's dying to become a chef.
  • A Comedy with Great Taste.
  • A Rat in a Kitchen... Cooking?!?!?!

Cast[edit]

About Ratatouille[edit]

  • I think our goal is to get the impression of something rather than perfect photographic reality. It’s to get the feeling of something so I think that our challenge was the computer basically wants to do things that are clean and perfect and don’t have any history to them. If you want to do something that’s different than that you have to put that information in there and the computer kind of fights you. It really doesn’t want to do that and Paris is a very rich city that has a lot of history to it and it’s lived in. Everything’s beautiful but it’s lived in. It has history to it, so it has imperfections and it’s part of why it’s beautiful is you can feel the history in every little nook and cranny. For us every single bit of that has to be put in there. We can’t go somewhere and film something. If there’s a crack in there, we have to design the crack and if you noticed the tiles on the floor of the restaurant, they’re not perfectly flat, they’re like slightly angled differently, and they catch light differently. Somebody has to sit there and angle them all separately so we had to focus on that a lot. And it was a movie about good food and the food had to look delicious and its data. How do you define what makes food look good. It’s actually a bunch of really subtle little complicated things and everybody worked really hard on it.
  • I entered this movie as director kind of late. I was asked to come on the project a little less than a year and a half ago, so several characters had been cast before I got there. Famous people like Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, and Brad Garrett were already on board and there were also some Pixar people who happened to have perfect voices, like Lou Romano who did Linguini. He was production designer on The Incredibles. And Pete Sohn is a young, very gifted story guide and animator who worked on Iron Giant and Incredibles and he did the voice of Emile, who is Remy’s brother. So those guys are in-house and they were already involved in the project and I didn’t see any reason to change what was perfect. I re-cast a couple characters and there was a lot of difficulty in casting Remy and I heard Patton Oswalt on the radio and I thought he’d be perfect. I brought Peter O’Toole on and when I was first writing the character of Anton Ego that was the voice I heard in my mind and I was just hoping that he would say yes and he did. But Janeane Garofalo we cast after I came on and she does Colette and a lot of people can’t even recognize her because she so completely disappears into this role, which is a testament to how great an actress she is, and I’m really happy with the voice track on this film because it put the challenge to the animators to come up to the quality and be inspired by the voices – and I think they did.
  • It was six years ago and you look at the scope of your film and we knew it would be about rats and we knew we needed the rats to be able to move in certain ways. Pixar’s never really done a film with four-legged critters in it to any great extent, so I was excited because some of Disney’s great classical animated films have critters running around like this. We threw down to the tools group, who writes our code because it’s all proprietary software, that we need this to be phenomenal so we actually experimented for about a year in sort of a dead end, but it was always going to be promising and something special. Brad Bird made several things work that weren’t working. We figured that once we got them outfitted correctly with the right technical setup so that they could squash and stretch beyond what’s been done before in animation, that in the hands of a director like Brad who knows animation inside and out, that it would be phenomenal. As far as the food looking great, we hoped we would pull it off and I think we did. I think appetizing food in a film like this is a surprise and if people come out hungry, which I’ve heard has happened, then that’s a testament to that
  • Brian Lewis [:* Brad Bird [3]]

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