Why We’re Thankful For ‘Ratatouille’

On the final day of our 30 Days of Thanks event, we are recognizing Pixar’s Ratatouille

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I am proud to say that my watch count of the animated feature has entered the triple-digit range. The perfect movie for any mood, Ratatouille never fails to put a smile on my face. Here’s why Ratatouille is magical.

ORIGINAL PLOTLINE

If I could eavesdrop on a pitch meeting for any movie, it would be Ratatouille. I can only imagine the reactions of the Pixar employees hearing the plot summary for the first time. Their initial bewilderment before realizing the story’s sheer brilliance would be quite the spectacle.

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Easily Pixar’s most daring plotline, the film explores the artist in all of us through the rodent protagonist, Remy. Who wouldn’t love a movie about a rat saving a restaurant by impressing France’s toughest food critic with a peasant dish? 

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INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

The villain of the film is perhaps Pixar’s most realistic antagonist. While a mere food critic with no superhuman power, the villain’s weapon choice of a ballpoint pen represents something we all face in life—criticism.

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Through the film’s mantra “anyone can cook”, the story conveys an inspiring message of not letting others define your limits, but to be fearless in the pursuit of your dreams.

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The film delivers a deliciously satisfying ending when Remy serves a plate of ratatouille that turns the renowned critic into a devoted fan. Remy’s desire to make the world a better place through food is a compelling philosophical progression that inspires children and adults alike.

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Somewhere in an alternate universe, Pixar decided to make Ratatouille a trilogy instead of Cars. The 2007 Oscar-winning feature is a stroke of genius from Pixar. The animation studio once again delivers a stellar animation boiling over with action, humor, and emotional range.

I choose to hold on to my delusional belief that Pixar will whip up a sequel, but for now, I’ll just enjoy watching the original courtesy of Disney+.

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