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Ratatouille - Visual Hollywood

Everything you need to

know about

Ratatouille

"It is a wonderful story about

following your passions

when all the world is against

you."

— Producer John Lasseter

This presentation by

David Bruce

visualhollywood.com


SHORT SYNOPSIS

Movies Contain the

Essence of Being Human

The film’s protagonist is a rat named Remy who dares to dream

the impossible dream of becoming a gourmet chef in a five-star

French restaurant. Together with a down-and-out garbage boy

named Linguini, the pair carves their own imaginative path to

becoming the greatest chef in Paris.


KEY ACTORS

The Cinematic Arts Have the

Power to Transform

LINGUINI

Voiced by Lou Romano

COLETTE

Voiced by Janeane Garofalo

REMY

Voiced by Patton Oswalt

SKINNER

- Voiced by Ian Holm


KEY TALENT

BRAD BIRD

(Screenwriter

Director)

Our Artists Are

Our Liberators

He is the director and writer of the ―The

Incredibles,‖ --about a family of super heroes

forced to go undercover and adopt civilian

identities.

Prior to joining Pixar, Bird wrote and directed

the critically acclaimed 1999 animated

feature, ―The Iron Giant.‖

Bird began his first animated film at the age

of 11, and finished it nearly three years later.

The film brought him to the attention of Walt

Disney Studios where, at age 14, he was

mentored by Milt Kahl, one of a distinguished

group of Disney’s legendary animators

known as the ―Nine Old Men.‖ Bird eventually

worked as an animator at Disney and other

studios.


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

JOHN LASSETER

(Executive Producer)

JOHN is chief creative officer of Walt

Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and

principal creative advisor, Walt Disney

Imagineering. He is a two-time Academy

Award®-winning director and oversees all

Pixar and Disney animated films and

associated projects. Lasseter directed the

groundbreaking and critically acclaimed

films ―Toy Story,‖ ―A Bug’s Life,‖ ―Toy

Story 2‖ and ―Cars.‖ Additionally, he

executive produced ―Monsters, Inc.,‖

―Finding Nemo‖ and ―The Incredibles.‖

In 2004, Lasseter was honored by the Art

Directors Guild with its prestigious

―Outstanding Contribution To Cinematic

Imagery‖ award, and received an honorary

degree from the American Film Institute.

Actors are

Liberators Unaware


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,

and even think. Can there be any better gifts?

PETER O’TOOLE

(Ego)

He began getting work in the theatre, before making his television

debut in 1954 and a very minor film debut in 1959.

O'Toole's major break came when he was chosen to play T.E. Lawrence

in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), after Albert Finney turned

down the role. His performance introduced him to U.S. audiences and

earned him the first of his eight nominations for the Academy Award for

Best Actor.


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

Filmmakers are Revolutionaries,

Not Just Entertainers

BRIAN DENNEHY

(Django)

Dennehy is primarily known as a dramatic actor.

His breakthrough role was as the overzealous

Sheriff Will Teasle in the First Blood (1982)

opposite Sylvester Stallone as Rambo. His other

roles include: a corrupt sheriff in the western

Silverado, and an alien in Cocoon, both released

in 1985. He later played memorable supporting

parts in such films as Legal Eagles (1986) and

Presumed Innocent (1990).


TRIVIA AND NEWS

The first trailer for Ratatouille debuted

The film's trailers say that the film's

title is pronounced "rat-a-too-ee".

This is a non-standard phonetic

notation which has the effect of

emphasizing the "rat" since the word is

more usually represented as "ra-tatouille"

or "ra-ta-tou-ille".

The same applies for the German title

where the phonetic notation is "rattetuu-ii"

(Note: "Ratte" means rat in

German.)

Brad Bird said "Ratatouille" was a

difficult word to pronounce, but there

was no better title so they tried to turn

it into a marketing strength.

Movie Making is the Convergence

of Many Talents and Art Forms


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories are

Transforming

All his life, Remy, has had a gifted sense of smell and a most

unusual dream for a rat: to cook in a gourmet restaurant.

Undeterred by the obvious problem of trying to make it in the

world’s most rodent-phobic profession, not to mention his family’s

urgings to be satisfied with the usual trash-heap lifestyle,


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

All Kids are Born Artistic

What is Natural is Essential

An attempt to burgle spices

from the kitchen with his

brother Emile is short-lived

when its occupant, an old

woman named Mabel, wakes

and discovers the rat pack. The

rats escape, but Remy is

separated from his family.

Lonely, Remy imagines talking

with Gusteau, who guides and

comforts him. Remy finds

Gusteau's restaurant, which

has fallen on hard times since

Gusteau's death. It has been

taken over by Gusteau's souschef,

Skinner, who has sold out

Gusteau's image to sell

microwavable food products.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories Embody the

Essence of Being Human

Remy’s fantasies are

filled with flambés and

sautés. But when

circumstances literally

drop Remy into the

Parisian restaurant

made famous by his

culinary hero, Auguste

Gusteau -- whose

mantra ―anyone can

cook‖ has been Remy’s

life-long inspiration –

he soon finds that

being discovered in the

kitchen can be

alarmingly perilous if

you’ve got whiskers

and a tail.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Cinematic Story Telling is a

Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.

Just as Remy’s dreams look like they

will go up in smoke, he finds the one

thing he needs, a friend to believe in

him: the restaurant’s shy, outcast

garbage boy who is about to be fired

from his job.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Film making is a

Community Event.

Now, with nothing left to

lose, Remy and Linguini

form the most improbable

partnership – with

Linguini’s clumsy body

channeling Remy’s

creative brains – that will

turn Paris upside down,

leading them both on an

incredible journey of

comical twists, emotional

turns and the most

unlikely of triumphs,

which they could never

have imagined without

each other.


CRITICAL OPINION

Free Artistic Expression is

a Mark of a Free Society

"Ratatouille" is delicious.

--Justin Chang, Variety

It's always a pleasure to walk

into a new movie from Pixar:

Grade B

--Owen Gleiberman,

Entertainment Weekly

Brad Bird and Pixar recapture

the charm and winning

imagination of classic Disney

animation.

--Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood

Reporter

A hilarious and heartfelt

wonder... something to cheer.

--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


FILM REVIEW by david bruce

RATATOUILLE

Art is the Language

of Liberation

This film humorously traverses through universal

themes: the bonds of friendship and loyalty; the

battle against family expectations and finding

your own independence in spite of them; and

most of all, the importance of being true to who

you are, even if you’re not quite what anyone

expects.

We all connect to these themes, because we

have all experienced them. Says the film’s

director, Brad Bird: ―I think we all have

impossible dreams and we do what we can to

pursue them.‖

Bottom line: Got a dream? Pursue it! Additionally

the film underscores the joy of life pursuits with

friends. May this film inspire you to do just that.

David Bruce


FINDING TRUTH in

RATATOUILLE

Society is only as free as its arts.

Art is the voice of human freedom.

Pursuing one’s passion

against all odds

John Lasseter, (CCO Disney /

Pixar Animation) says:

―The idea of following one’s

creative passion against all

odds is one that Brad Bird

cares deeply about. And it

shows because he’s created an

amazing film that’s deeply

funny in an original way and

has a real emotional core to it,

which is so important to us.

There’s a level of depth,

complexity and humor to this

film that I don’t think any Pixar

film has had before.‖


LIFE CONNECTIONS in

RATATOUILLE

Art is a

Liberating Force

―The story has such a great

and relatable hero because in

order for Remy to do the one

thing he loves, he has to go

into a world that’s completely

hostile to him. He wants to

express himself in a way the

world doesn’t expect him to,

and I think a lot of people know

that feeling.‖

―The question is: just how bold

and clever can this little guy be

in pursuing the thing that

matters most to him, and what

will he discover along the

way?‖ --Brad Bird


WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANT

To Restrict Creativity is to Restrict

the very Nature of the Creator

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of

questions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).

In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author Kimberly

Blessing points out that movies can help us reflect

on five of life’s most important questions:

1) What is reality and how can I know it?

2) How can I find my true identity?

3) What the significance of my interactions with

others?

4) What’s the point of my life?

5) How ought I to live my life?

The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies can

and must play an essential role helping us explore

the meaning of our existence and our life together.

No other quest is more necessary or important.

Movies are powerful. Movies bring personal

meaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.

Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.

Visual Hollywood takes

an existential approach

to life. We celebrate

with human freedom.

We use movies and the

arts as a means of

understanding the

human condition and

our collective relation

to the world around us.

Our basic quest is:

1. To know what it

means to be human in

the world.

2. The pursuit of human

freedom.


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