Brad Bird Reveals New "Ratatouille" Clips; Our Synopsis and Impression

by | April 25, 2007 | Comments

Back in March, Rotten Tomatoes was invited to hang with "Ratatouille" director Brad Bird at Pixar to screen select scenes from the forthcoming summer pic. Our verdict? Either "Ratatouille" is going to be superb or Bird made some astute choices in choosing which clips to show, because what we saw was classic Pixar and their ability to juggle comedy and tense action scenes on full display.

The first clip (the longest but best one) opens with Remy, the wannabe chef rat, sneaking into a house to filch some saffron. A program about Gusteau, Remy’s favorite and inspirational chef, comes up on TV. In a very Pixar-ish moment where the TV mesmerizes a character and proceeds to deliver horrible news ("Not a flying toy," anyone?), Remy is instantly seduced by the sight of the screen, and learns that Gusteau is dead and his restaurant is on the rocks.


"Ratatouille" director Brad Bird.

Before he can mourn, the old lady of the house wakes up and starts blasting away with her shotgun. Remy’s friend, the whiny voice of reason who had been trying to convince Remy to return home, is the first target. A comic action sequence follows, very exciting (and very loud), as the two rats scurry around, dodging buck shots. They end up on a chandelier and a final shot from the woman sends the ceiling crashing down, revealing hundred of rats that had been hiding in the attic.

Everybody goes into panic mode and it’s a dervish of fur and feet bouncing towards the door. The rats make it outside, into the rain, and hop into emergency miniboats stashed in the bushes. Meanwhile, the woman is still shooting every which way she can while Remy goes back for a cookbook penned by Gusteau. By the time he makes it out, everybody’s already on the boats and they’re all heading into a sewer tunnel. Remy jumps into the water with the book as a raft, calling out for help, frantically pushing forward with his hands. The rain is pelting down and the woman is still trying to gun down the rats. Inside the sewer tunnel, Remy takes the wrong path and is sucked down into the water, separated from his friends and family. "Probably forever," he concedes later after finding dry ground.


Brad Bird’s "The Incredibles."

The other clips we saw, each in various stages of completion, fleshed out more of the story. "Ratatouille" involves Remy helping out a loser at Gusteau’s restaurant named Linguini, whom everyone believes to be a brilliant chef. In reality, Remy’s food was served to patrons but it was Linguini who inadvertently took the credit. There are at least two bad guys: an angry, bitter chef (think Manuel from "Fawlty Towers") who knows Linguini’s a fake, and Paris’s top food critic (played by a growly Peter O’Toole). And there’s the love interest: an angry (nobody’s really happy in this movie) young chef who’s sick of the discrimination women have to bear in the cooking world. The more she rejects Linguini, the more he finds her irresistible.


"Cars": Pixar’s previous animated effort.

I was a bit worried after I found "Cars" less than stellar. But "Ratatouille" looks great, the action sequences impressive, and the camerawork fluid (a scene with Remy climbing through an apartment complex to get to the roof has the camera beautifully gliding in and out of nooks and crannies). I always admired Pixar’s ability to attract celebrity voices that were never distracting ("Cars" notwithstanding) and they touch the quick again: Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm, and Peter O’Toole are all familiar names and all perfectly cast.

After a tour of Pixar (you can live off their cereal supply for at least 75 years), we were treated to a "Ratatouille" trailer double feature. The new American trailer does a much better job setting up the potential of this movie than the lackluster trailer shown last year. The Japanese trailer plays up the relationship between Remy and Linguini, and Bird reveals the movie’s being called "Remy’s Delicious Miracle" in Japan. How nice.

"Ratatouille" scurries into theaters June 29th, 2007. Keep an eye out for our interview with Patton Oswalt, voice of Remy.

Author: Alex Vo

Tag Cloud

Comedy dceu Martial Arts Song of Ice and Fire Captain marvel Election Stephen King 20th Century Fox Marvel RT History ratings hist CMT Musical teaser Dark Horse Comics Anna Paquin Chilling Adventures of Sabrina space Awards Shondaland Action Bravo transformers Disney Rock vampires binge Valentine's Day CBS blaxploitation discovery comiccon zombies RT21 USA ESPN Winter TV USA Network medical drama Extras theme song TCA nature Ellie Kemper First Look Cosplay crime drama singing competition adaptation Awards Tour Mary poppins cops The CW Toys Best and Worst 2016 miniseries docudrama BBC zero dark thirty dc game show 45 2018 Star Wars Comedy Central television 21st Century Fox Pet Sematary National Geographic SundanceTV Pirates elevated horror GoT ABC Creative Arts Emmys Countdown Sundance Now supernatural Fox News Horror Box Office Lucasfilm BBC America NBC Disney Channel Trophy Talk robots Spike Syfy sitcom Pride Month History DC Universe Pixar VH1 Shudder Emmys Super Bowl dramedy Lionsgate YouTube Premium X-Men toy story Spring TV Food Network DGA APB anthology Elton John diversity spinoff New York Comic Con streaming Columbia Pictures Oscars spider-man disaster Acorn TV Infographic Christmas Comics on TV true crime MTV Starz period drama Reality Britbox Spectrum Originals Nickelodeon spy thriller CW Seed cats Logo Winners Nat Geo romance Thanksgiving Animation ABC Family witnail talk show A&E biography Amazon natural history 24 frames psychological thriller Hulu Music aliens Photos PaleyFest TV festivals Showtime President AMC Marathons Drama Women's History Month Fall TV Vudu Year in Review Ovation travel PBS Comic Book Reality Competition Black Mirror E3 harry potter Polls and Games Western Star Trek TV Land LGBTQ SDCC mutant Epix facebook what to watch Holidays FOX The Arrangement politics Tomatazos GLAAD Red Carpet WGN adventure Sony Pictures YA sequel cults Mindy Kaling E! Ghostbusters Sneak Peek ITV Superheroe CNN Set visit Writers Guild of America Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Apple green book serial killer Summer MCU thriller cinemax VICE justice league Chernobyl 2015 Warner Bros. Cartoon Network Video Games war political drama Sci-Fi YouTube Red Mystery technology psycho Paramount Network Grammys HBO Film Festival Crackle TLC TNT casting DirecTV boxoffice Walt Disney Pictures Opinion historical drama Interview 2017 2019 crime Paramount unscripted science fiction zombie DC Comics NYCC Lifetime MSNBC Kids & Family Brie Larson CBS All Access Fantasy El Rey Masterpiece IFC Films based on movie crossover Sundance Mudbound LGBT Rom-Com Certified Fresh finale Adult Swim IFC sports crime thriller cooking Character Guide The Witch strong female leads Musicals American Society of Cinematographers Podcast Netflix Watching Series Trailer TBS police drama DC streaming service See It Skip It BET FXX GIFs TIFF Tumblr Biopics animated Superheroes Country Cannes Amazon Prime social media dragons TCA 2017 Esquire San Diego Comic-Con anime Trivia Pop Rocky Heroines Premiere Dates award winner Freeform Mary Poppins Returns Calendar Rocketman Universal comic OWN SXSW 007 Mary Tyler Moore golden globes mockumentary Teen doctor who Tarantino jamie lee curtis Nominations FX TCM richard e. Grant composers Quiz Schedule TruTV