Monday, 2 August 2010

French Obsession #5 - A French Rodent's Impossible Dream

(You see here the packaging for the DVD for Råttatouille, the Swedish language
version.This film has been dubbed into many languages.
The Swedish language version is very good.)

It is already August! For this month's French Obsession I would like to present a family film (for children seven years or older) called Ratatouille. Script writer and director, Brad Bird discribes Ratatouille as a story about 'The Impossible Dream'.
Brad Bird, script writer and director of Pixar's Ratatouille

A rat named Remy dreams about becoming a five-star gourmet chef in Paris!

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It is the meeting of the art of cooking at the highest level, and sewer-dwelling rodents; two worlds that cannot be farther apart! But anything is possible in the world of film-animation.

This is Remy looking at a cookbook by Auguste Gusteau, his favourite chef.

The animators at Pixar go to great lengths to capture the atmosphere of the older areas of Paris.

In order to make this film believeable, the film team travelled to Paris to take photographs and make sketches of different environments.

Since this motion picture is about small animals, it also meant getting down on the ground to study what gutters and drains look like.

The rat Remy admires humans and loves cooking.

He secretly watches cooking programs on TV where he lives with his extended family in the attic of an old cottage in the country.

But circumstances change and the entire rat-colony must run away and use the sewer system to flee.

Remy gets separated from his family and winds up under the streets of Paris near the five-star restaurant that Remy admires most, Gusteau's. Here, Remy meets and is befriended by the restaurant's young busboy, Alfredo Linguini.

Linguini's boss sees a rat (Remy) in the kitchen, and orders Linguini to take the rat to a place far from the restaurant and despose of him. Linguini rides his bike to the river Seine, but cannot kill Remy. He lets him live.

After that there are many twists and turns to this very funny story.

This is the first time I am linking up with French Obsession! I was not certain that this post would qualify because this film is made by Americans. Thank you Frenchy for letting me do this review.

You cannot miss seeing the love and admiration, that the film team have for France and French culture, in this delightful comedy.

Best wishes,

First Commenter:
Ann of Ann's Snap Edit & Scrap

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Ann said...

It sounds like a totally charming movie, but then I find most of Disney's movies wonderful

Anna said...

Yes, It is, Ann. I always look at the extra material on disc #2 to find out if there was anything special about the production. Making animated films is also a creative process, so I am interested in the decisions that they had to make along the way. I usually look at the scenes that were deleted too.
I like Brad Bird. He seems to be a nice guy, but a strong leader in his role as director. I liked The Incredibles too.

I only get to watch children's movies, but I don't mind because adult movies are often so sad or gruesome!

You are First Commenter again!

Tina said...

loved that film. disney always seems to make such good kids films dont they.

BeadedTail said...

We enjoyed that movie very much! It's not just for kids! Brad Bird grew up in our town so often puts references to it in his movies which makes it even more fun for us to watch.

Angel thanks you for the birthday wishes today!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

I love this movie! The drawings are so delightful, the story very cute :)
Perfect French inspired post! LOVE IT!
Thank you for linking up :)

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

We are also big fans of Ratatouille, so much fun!
the only side effect of this movie: some kids think there is rat in my ratatouille! For a vegetarian and true animal lover, it is quite terrible! but oh so funny!
thank you for visiting.

Holly said...

Thanks for linking to Tickled Pink a couple weeks ago...I took a little (unexpected break) but I am back!

We adored that movie in this house.

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