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Ratatouille DVD

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I finally watched the Pixar movie Ratatouille this evening. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The DVD extras include an inteview with Thomas Kellar with footage of service at The French Laundry. I found it it be an excellent suprise.

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  1. I thought they might be stretching it a little bit when they were paralleling the animation making with cooking but they did a great job with it. It was really interesting when they showed Keller making the ratatouilee dish that was featured in the movie. That was amazing.

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    1. re: Phaedrus

      Pixar did a lot of collaboration with the Keller Restaurant Group in Yountville, and I was glad to see that "behind the scenes" extra in the DVD. I laughed out loud when Brad Bird made a comment to an animator that he could "Finesse" a scene a little bit more. "Finesse" has been a big thing for Thomas Keller for years, and I wonder if Bird was influenced by that or if he came upon it on his own.

    2. Looking forward to getting it, as I never did get to the movie theater to see it. :-(

      1. Watched it Sunday night, definitely a foodie movie. Watching Thomas Keller making the same dish served in the movie was great.

        1. ratatouille's brad bird did a video podcast last week. his thoughts on animation, food, cooking and passion come through loud and clear. pixar appears to me to be a mighty special place.

          here's link:

          note: the podcast is broken into three parts.

          1. I watched it last night and loved, loved, loved it!

            I was debating getting it but then I went to see Anthony Bourdain speak last week and someone from the audience asked him what his favorite food movies was. I thought perhaps he would say "Eat Drink Man Woman" or "Babbette's Feast" or even the jail scene from "Goodfellas". But instead he surprised me with his absolute love for Ratatouille. He said its really big in the food industry and the attention to details was oustanding...the burns on the chefs arms, their knife skills etc. I'm glad he suggested it because I thought it was wonderful.

            1. We bought the DVD and watched it this weekend. It is such a great food movie. Is it me or does everyone get weepy when Ego eats the first bite of ratatouille and transport himself back to his youth and his mom. We all have a dish that, when it is made just right, transports us back to our youth.

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              1. re: septocaine_queen

                I watched it at a drive-in, and nearly cut off the circulation to Mr Goddess's thigh, when I grabbed it and sqwueeeeeeezed, shouting "THAT'S IT!!! THAT'S WHAT IT'S LIKE FOR ME!!!" when Remy bites into the cheese (?) and the colours and sounds and music all sort of swirl and eddy around him!!

                    1. re: septocaine_queen

                      I totally loved that part. Bourdain said that there were grown, jaded NYC adults in the movie theater with him weeping their eyes out during that scene....him included.

                      I think that's how you can distinguish the real foodies. In a scene like that you just GET IT! You've had that moment before and its moving and delicious and wonderful.

                      1. re: septocaine_queen

                        I got misty early on, when the rat looks down into the restaurant when he first gets to Paris. After the scenes in the country and the sewer, to suddenly see all the kitchen activity, the movement and colors... I dunno, it just got to me.

                        1. re: Glencora

                          I had a similar reaction during my first trip to Paris. And I wasn't even coming out of a sewer lol

                          1. re: Glencora

                            I got just a little flash of "The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover" myself. (In a good way)

                          2. re: septocaine_queen

                            I watched it last night for the first time and loved it! It's so great to see a way that children can learn about enjoying food.

                            I'm glad it's not just me! That scene where Ego takes his first bite was brilliant. The second he transported back and walked into his mom's kitchen I burst into tears. I felt so silly and feel a lot better knowing it wasn't just me.

                          3. I loved this film in the theater...and was kind of hoping the dvd would have the alt language options on it. They made French, British, Spanish versions (all with different guest chefs in the role that Keller voiced in the US version)
                            Is that stuff on the US dvd release?

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                            1. re: pitu

                              Which chef did Keller do the voice for?
                              I would have loved to have seen much, much more of The French Laundry in action.

                              1. re: Goomba

                                He was the voice of the obnoxious customer who was asking for something new from Gusteau's, because everything else is so boring.

                              2. re: pitu

                                No alt language option on the DVD. Very disappointing.

                              3. We saw this with our 5 yr. old grandson. Afterwards he proclaimed that when he grew up he wanted to be a "cooker"! Great movie! Can't wait to own it!

                                1. what an enjoyable 90 minutes. mrs jfood was a computer graphic artist and she was amazed at the animation and jfood loved the story. it's good to see that entertainment is still available without sex, blood and gore.

                                  Jfood loved The Rat Movie

                                  1. Have been wanting to see this since it was in theaters, but never did. After reading all these comments, I'm out the door to the video store.

                                    1. I loved that movie. But I can't decide if I want to buy the DVD...

                                      1. jfood finally figured out why he loved the little creature so much. Remy reminded him of Topo Gigio, the little mouse on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 60's. TG was one of jfood's favorite little cuddly characters in his youth. SOmetimes the brain works in weird ways.

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                                        1. re: jfood

                                          Kees me goo'night, Eddie.
                                          Ah, memories.

                                        2. Finally saw it on DVD last Saturday...I give it four stars! What a delight...

                                          1. I just watched that movie this weekend and loved it!

                                            1. I gave a copy to my 5 year old niece for Christmas along with a little apron and chef's hat and a book of very simple recipes that were designed for young children to assist their parents. I really hope she develops the same love of food and cooking her grandmother (my mom) and I have.

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