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Taglines: He’s dying to become a chef.
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
The action of the fascinating cartoon takes place in the most romantic city in the world – Paris.Despite the fact that Paris is considered a city of lovers, gourmet cuisine and romance, there are also disgusting and ugly rodents – rats. However, some of these rodents are not at all the same as their relatives. One such unique rodent is an animal named Remy. Remy has a truly unique sense of smell and taste, he loves to improvise with food, sensitively feels poisoned or spoiled food. However, his relatives, and even more so strict and conservative father, do not understand such a hobby for Remy.
But it so happens that in the most random way Remy gets into the kitchen of one of the most famous and expensive Parisian restaurants. Here he feels like a fish in water. Exactly until he is noticed by the chef of the restaurant. The chef orders a new cleaner named Linguini to get rid of the rat, but the guy does not raise his hand to do this. Instead, he leaves the beast in his possession and soon he discovers Remy’s truly invaluable talent. Now Linguini, who does not know how to cook, and Remy, who has a talent for cuisine, begin to act in a restaurant together.
Creators: Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Star Cast: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Janeane Garofalo, Brad Garrett, Peter O’Toole, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Will Arnett
Producer (s): Brad Lewis
Cinematographer: Sharon Calahan, Robert Anderson
Music: Michael Giacchino
Production House: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Original network / Official Sites: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release Year: 29 June 2007 (USA)
Runtime: 111 min
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English, Bengali
Remy is a highly intelligent and idealistic young rat with unusually acute senses of taste and smell, who dreams of becoming a chef like his idol, Auguste Gusteau. However, the rest of his colony, including his brother Emile and his father Django, are interested in food only for sustenance. One day, Remy and Emile go to retrieve seasoning for some of Remy’s food only to have an encounter with the homeowner. The elderly homeowner accidentally damages her home’s ceiling whilst trying to kill Remy and Emile with a shotgun, which forces the entire colony to flee to the river. Remy is separated from the clan down a split path of violent waters and eventually finds himself above the kitchen of Gusteau’s restaurant in Paris.
When Remy observes a young garbage boy named Alfredo Linguini attempt to fix a soup he has spilled, he recognizes that Linguini is unintentionally ruining it and fixes his mistakes. Linguini catches him in the act, but does not reveal him to Skinner, Gusteau’s former sous-chef and new owner of the restaurant. Skinner confronts Linguini for tampering with the soup, but when it is served to a critic and proves to be a success, Colette Tatou, the staff’s only female cook, convinces Skinner not to fire Linguini. Skinner spots Remy trying to escape, and orders Linguini to kill him, but Linguini, upon finding out Remy can understand him, decides to keep him instead.
When Linguini is ordered to replicate the soup, he is helped by Remy. Skinner, having tried the soup, decides to retain Linguini. Back in Linguini’s apartment, the two learn to communicate and devise a plan: Remy hides under Linguini’s toque at the restaurant and guides his movements like a marionette by pulling on his hair. Skinner orders Colette to teach Linguini to be a cook.
Linguini starts to become successful as a cook; as his dishes guided by Remy prove to be enormously successful at the restaurant. Skinner becomes suspicious when he sees Linguini interacting with Remy in split-second encounters. He attempts to get Linguini drunk so he can reveal how Remy is connected to him, but Linguini does not reveal any information about him.
Remy uncovers Skinner’s discovery that Linguini is Gusteau’s illegitimate son and the true owner of the restaurant, and gives the evidence to Linguini, who forces Skinner out. The restaurant thrives as Remy’s recipes become popular, though as Linguini and Colette develop a relationship, Remy begins to feel left out. He reunites with Emile and the clan but is rejected by Django over his admiration for humans.
The world-renowned food critic Anton Ego, whose scathing review of the restaurant had indirectly led to Gusteau’s death, announces he will give the restaurant another chance after hearing of its popularity. After a heated argument with Linguini, Remy leads his clan to raid the restaurant’s pantries in retaliation but backfires as Linguini drives them out and revokes his friendship with him. Remy is captured by Skinner, who intends to use his talents to create a line of frozen food products, but is promptly freed by Django and Emile. Linguini apologizes to Remy, having been unable to cook without him, and reveals the truth to his staff, but they all quit, feeling betrayed. Colette returns after recalling Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.”
Impressed by Remy’s determination, Django and the clan offer to help, and cook under Remy’s direction while Linguini waits tables. Skinner is bound, gagged, and locked in the food storage. Remy creates a variation on ratatouille and serves it to Ego, who, upon eating it, is reminded of his mother’s cooking. Humbled and delighted by the dish, Ego asks to meet the chef, and Linguini and Colette wait until the other diners have left before introducing him to Remy and Linguini explained everything. Allowed to see Remy’s clan carefully cleaning up the kitchen and Remy make the ratatouille in front of him, Ego is stunned and writes a glowing review, saying that he now finally understands Gusteau’s motto, its meaning being that not that anyone can be a great artist, but that a great artist can come from anywhere, and indirectly crowning Remy as “nothing less than the finest chef in France.” The next day, the restaurant is shut down due to the presence of the rats (They let Skinner and the Health Inspector go and they kicked them out), causing Ego to lose his job and credibility as a critic. However, taking on a new job as an investor, he now funds and frequents a popular new bistro, La Ratatouille, run by Remy, Linguini, and Colette, as the rat colony settles into their new home in the bistro’s attic.