June 28, 2007

Ratatouille

Looks like Brad Bird has another winner on his hands. After his success with The Incredibles the Pixar writer/director has scored 90% on the Tomatometer with Ratatouille.

One problem with movies has been that they all seem to be rehashing the same stuff, again and again, with just enough of a changed paint job so they can't be sued for plagiarism. Let's give Bird credit for coming up with an original idea: a common rat in Paris named Remy wants to become a chef in a 4-star restaurant, and apparently has the talent to do it. So he teams up with a kid named Linguini and they work together. The rat provides the talent and knowledge, and the kid provides hands and acceptability.

As James Berardinelli points out, in one sense this is right out of Cyrano de Bergerac but I think it's enough different to justify being called "original". [Sigh. Make any statement like that and readers will view it as a challenge to find ways of impeaching the statement. Spare me, OK?]

Berardinelli also says that the technical staff at Pixar has upped the bar on rendering yet again. Some of the still frames look pretty amazing, I must say. And they've managed to pull in one hell of a cast. Ian Holm is the villain -- and since he is always outstanding in every role he takes, I'm sure the villain is suitably villainous.

I haven't been to a movie in a real theater since 1999, but I'm tempted by this one.

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A trailer for Ratatouille is on the DVD of Pixar's Cars.  When I got it for Xmas, I was quite astonished by the quality of the animation... Cars is light-years above Toy Story, the other Pixar film I have in my collection, and Ratatouille looks about that much better than Cars.

Enough with the italics... sheesh.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 28, 2007 06:38 PM (fA+ec)

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You don't have The Incredibles? Well worth acquiring, just to see Edna Mode, even if for no other reason. ("No cape!")

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 28, 2007 07:48 PM (+rSRq)

3 I was wondering if you'd be interested in it for that reason.

I had no interest in the movie... until I thought to check whether they got him back. Between "The Incredibles" and his work on the Simpsons (back when it was on), he'd have to lay quite a few bombs before I'd stop paying attention to his work.

"Honorary anime director"?

Posted by: Jeremy Bowers at June 28, 2007 08:19 PM (t2JTn)

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I got to see a pre-screening of Ratatouille. If it does manage to tempt you out to the theater, I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed.

Posted by: John at June 29, 2007 04:34 AM (UBPMC)

5 "No cape!" Isn't that a spoiler?

I, for one, knew instantly how the villain was going to meet his end the moment Edna went on that tirade.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at June 29, 2007 04:53 AM (BeTK0)

6 "No cape!" might not be a spoiler, but what you just said would be one. 

And I really have a hard time seeing Incredibles, at least, as being a "repaint."  The family drama was not new, obviously, but the setting was a new angle on response-to-superheroes.

Posted by: metaphysician at June 29, 2007 05:01 AM (lXszF)

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"No cape!" Isn't that a spoiler?

If it was, the commercials for the movie were also spoilers, as that line was all over them!  I've never seen that movie, but I STILL knew the "no cape" line.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 29, 2007 05:32 AM (GpR+s)

8 For future reference, how do I set a spoiler block in a post with Opera Mobile? I tried doing the p bgcolor = "silver" color="silver" thing when I posted, but apparently the blog software stripped it out.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at June 29, 2007 10:34 AM (BeTK0)

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Type:

"left bracket spoiler right bracket" (my spoiler goes here) "left bracket slash spoiler right bracket"

With spoiler deliberately misspelled so it will not actually work:

[spioler] (my spoiler goes here) [/spioler]

Doing it right gives:

Posted by: ubu roi at June 29, 2007 11:31 AM (dhRpo)

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Snakes On A Plane was the most fun I've had at a movie theater in years. I wish hollywood would go back to making movies that people cheered about during the movie. When Samuel Jackson delivered his signature "I want these MF snakes off my MF plane!!" the crowd went nuts.

 

 

Good times.

 

I'm hoping Transformers is good stupid fun too.

Posted by: Tman at June 29, 2007 03:06 PM (Gt906)

11 Same here.  Was somewhat disappointed with FF2.

Some very early previews I've heard third hand compare it to Jurassic Park and Terminator 2, so thats a good sign.

Posted by: metaphysician at June 29, 2007 04:46 PM (lXszF)

12 For those who somehow haven't figured it out yet, Edna Mode is the tribute of The Incredibles' filmmakers to Hollywood costume designer extraordinaire and all-time Oscar champ (eight awards) Edith Head. I'm reading Edith Head's Hollywood right now. Good stuff, and much better (with better costume pictures too) than the biography churned out by David Chierichetti a couple years back.

Posted by: Joe at June 29, 2007 07:12 PM (jPO02)

13 Now, go look at who did the voice for Edna Mode .  I'll bet you're surprised--I was--and I had heard the voice artist speak before.

Posted by: Bob Price at July 02, 2007 10:02 PM (gHP37)

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