movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PEOPLE: Lots of roles played by actors known to people.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Rats begin their enslavement of humanity.

QUIRKS: Animation + Paris + rats + cooking + corporate estate conspiracy.

VISUALS: Pixar (their 8th full feature), so top notch. The main character, Remy, a rat, has over 1 million hairs individually rendered. Of course, they didn’t put toes on the humans, but I don’t think anybody noticed that.


MORALS: It’s okay to fake it, if a rat is controlling you. Hell, it’s okay to feed people food that rats ran all over. Yup. Paris truly is the best place for food, ever.

POLITICS: Drugs are bad, mmm’kay? Plans for a Ratatouille wine were canceled because you can’t make wine about cartoons because the children will all drink themselves to death. Fucking children, stopping everything cool.

GOOD STUFF: It’s just a fun movie! And it keeps going!

BAD STUFF: Kinda long though — almost 2 hours, which is pretty long for something like this. It had the happy ending, and then that was only the middle! Actually, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing :) But some people will think it’s bad, and I couldn’t think of anything else for my “BAD STUFF” section :)

CONCLUSION: Good family fun. Better than I expected. Actually a unique story. And it goes on past when you think it’s over, which is an attribute I enjoy in movies I like. I don’t *quite* agree that it’s IMDB Top 250 material, but I can see why it’s up there. It was quite good.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 8.1/10 (#182 of all movies ever), Netflix: 4.0/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.5/5 stars–WHY ARE YOU SO WRONG THIS TIME, NETFLIX?).

RECOMMENDATION: Don’t gloss over it simply because cooking disinterests you!

VOMIT STORY: Incidentally… The only time I ever got food poisoning, and one of two times I’ve ever vomited from food, which was, as Carolyn described, “The most times and amount I’ve ever seen anyone vomit in my life” — was from ratatouille served by Diet-To-Go. In their defense, they specifically do not put preservatives in their food, I ate mine 4 days past schedule, and it was soaking in juices that weren’t there in previously prepared ratatoulle dishes served by Diet-To-Go. So beware juicy ratatouille! And thank yourself for preservatives. They’re not THAT bad, compared to vomiting!

Mood: FREE BACON I TELLS YOU. And peanuts.
Music: Triptykon – In Shrouds Decayed