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"Ratatouille" may just be the most fully expressed animated family movie to come around since "101 Dalmatians" (1961).
Clever and full of universal ideas that adults and children will relate to, the story follows Remy (Patton Oswalt), a rat with a nose for creating sublime culinary concoctions, who finds his level cooking in one of Paris’ finest restaurants.
Remy gets essential assistance in the kitchen from Linguini (Lou Romano), the son of the establishment’s renowned chef Auguste Gusteau, who hides the wiz-cook rodent inside his chef’s hat to cook with the aid of Remy’s impeccable advice.
Echoes of "Cyrano de Bergerac" add to the film’s literary underpinnings that bolster Auguste Gusteau’s joyous motto that "Anyone can cook."
It’s a buddy movie that never reverts to crude humor to keep the humor rolling.
Inspired vocal performances by Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett and the great Peter O’Toole add to the festive tone of this truly enjoyable movie.
Rated G, 98 mins.