#5. Ratatouille (2007)
(down two spots from previous ranking)
Brad Bird’s Ratatouille is a triumph of both concept and execution.
The premise — a rat with a gift for cooking — is both comically simple and curiously profound. Imagine if your very existence was uniquely horrifying in the very setting you felt most at home.
The visuals of this movie are breathtaking, with Bird taking full advantage of his Paris setting, and Michael Giacchino’s score is among my very favorites in a Pixar movie.
Bird also gives us Anton Ego, one of the studio’s most delightful antagonists. This stuffy food critic, voiced impeccably by Peter O’Toole, is such an indelible creation that he fully steals the film with very little screen time. The scene in which he delivers his final review, in voiceover, is a top-five Pixar sequence.
Ratatouille slipped a couple of spots in my list not because I loved it any less, but because two other films made an even bigger impression upon rewatch. I’ll write about the first of those tomorrow.