MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Patton Oswalt, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm, Peter O'Toole, John Ratzenberger. Adventure, Animation, Comedy. Written by Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg, Jan Pinkava. Directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In this new animated adventure from the folks who gave us Cars and The Incredibles, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the city of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen at one of Paris' most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy's amazing talents. Remy finds himself torn between following his dreams or returning forever to his previous existence as a rat. He learns the truth about friendship, family and having no choice but to be who he really is, a rat who wants to be a chef.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Pixar Animation Studios is difficult to beat. The artists and business associates seem to represent the same fun-loving spirit once found at Warner Bros./Loony Tunes. Ratatouille displays the same inventiveness and whimsy of the best cartoons. The short that comes before it is hysterical and the main feature is witty, involving and tops in animation. But, theres just one little drawback with this otherwise classy comedy.

The film is about a rat who moves about a restaurant touching food. Well, we accepted Mickey Mouse, why not Remy the rat, right? Sorry, but my sensibilities will only allow my imagination so much latitude. Come on, this is a rat in a restaurant! Touching food!!

Of course, Charlottes Web made us feel for a pig and a spider. That story was full of symbolism, a parable about finding worth in diversity. But that was only one pig. And one spider. Not hundreds of rodents invading where we eat. Sometimes, a spider is more than a spider. But a rat is always a rat. A disgusting rat.

There are positive messages contained in the storyline and the filmmaking is top drawer. And I think todays film-going kids are so used to disgusting imagery in movies that a food-cooking rat probably wont be all that disgusting for them. Were becoming more tolerant, evidently, even of rats. Well, Im as against prejudice as next guy. But, please, leave me with something to hate Hitler, the films of Paulie Shore and rats!

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios

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Crude Language: I found the picture to be devoid of crudity. In fact, the dialogue is witty and creative. For example, they lovingly discuss food, once announcing that you can tell great French bread by its distinctive symphony of crackle.

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Seeing a rat in her house, an old lady starts banging away at it with her shotgun. It is an amusing scene, with the house getting shot to pieces, but very little ones might be frightened by the loud shots and the action. People are always trying to kill the rat. Imagine that.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None


Other: None

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Family

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