Continuing my countdown of every Pixar movie…
#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.
I found the “action” sequences went on a bit long for my personal taste (a gripe I have with many films, both animated and non-animated), but otherwise found this movie delightful.
This is a film I need to see again, as there are a couple of sequences, including the final one you mention, that made indelible impressions on me while the rest of the film I can’t remember nearly as well. When I think of this film, I think of Epcot’s Paris and Alex’s hilarious reaction to the thought of rats taking over a kitchen whenever anyone brings it up. Therefore, I have no earthly idea where it would fall in my ranking.
Finally I can comment because I saw this and loved it! Also love the dish Ratatouille
Glad to see the Ratatouille love 🙂 Definitely high in my top tier as well. This movie is so gorgeous and I especially love Colette’s character more with every rewatch. I disagree on any long action sequence other than that initial absurd old lady with her gun. Everything else in this movie is smooth damn sailing.
I rewatched this movie this past Friday with my girlfriend and it holds up beautifully! The score is impeccable, the story creative, the characters well fleshed out. This stylistically is the strongest Pixar movie in its world building serving as a love letter to Paris. It’s hilarious and motivating and has all the best components of a Pixar film. The cooking scenes are inspired. This is a movie to me without fault. My only disagreement with this placement is that it isn’t higher!