off the screen, but are the copyright of Walt Disney
I could have written about working animals such a seeing-eye or rescue dogs (which are the real-life animal-helpers), But have chosen the world of folklore as seen in two well-known animated children's films.
Animal-helpers are the donors that have best survived the change of media from an oral tradition to literary fairy tales to modern (read Walt Disney here) animated films made for children.
At a crucial point in the plot, when an important food critic, Anton Ego[!] comes to the restuarant to judge the quality of the food, Alfredo is left completely alone. All the other employees desert him after he confesses to his collaboration with a rat. Remi the rat returns to help Alfredo and brings his father and all the other rats in their clan, who loyally and willingly work in the kitchen while Alfredo, almost the only human in the staff left, waits on tables on roller-skates. (Alfredo's love-interest Colette return also.)
Remi the rat, knows how to run a restaurant kitchen. The first thing he demands of his newly inlisted help is that they wash!
So the rats literally shower in the dishwater to be as clean as possible! (Here is something that we can recall from Snow White!)
As mentioned earlier Alfredo is the sole waiter that evening and is of course delighted that the rats want to help him.
To speed things up, Alfredo uses his roller-skates.
Here we see an overview of how the rats in teams have taken over the work that normally human cooks do.
Here, as large rat 'tenderises' a piece of meat:
And here we see rats grating cheese...
... by riding them like a slede down a grater!
Remi is the chef and is giving orders to the other rats here:
Quality-control is important to Remi. Here, he asks to taste what the other rats have made.
'Spoons, down!' he shouts.
Remi's dear sweet, but chubby brother, Emile is supposed to clean the edges of the plates with a clean rag before Alfredo carrys them out to the guests.
Colette returns and is at first shocked to find that the rats have taken over the kitchen.
She decides to help Remi and Alfredo and asks Remi what he wants to make for Anton Ego.
Remi chooses a recipe card for the vegetable stew, rattatouille.
Remi feels intuitively that this is the right way to go.
Colette helps Remi and even does it in the manner that Remi requests, which is not exactly according to the given recipe.
Colette is a tough kind of a gal, with a soft spot for Alfredo, and without her both Alfredo and Remi would be lost.
Take a good look at Colette. Doesn't she remind you of someone?
Yes! Doesn't she look a bit like Snow White?
'Be good to your animals and they will help you!' is what Sara Cat would say if this had been her post. But she did not want to do this one. She intends to write about another vintage Disney film. (Guess which one!)
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