Pixar has never made a bad film, but when last year’s Cars got so-so reviews, it became the first of their films I did not see in a theater. Ratatouille, on the other hand, has gotten rave reviews (96 on Metacritic, which currently puts it at #6 on their all-time best-reviewed list).

All I can say is, wow.

[about a month passes while I’m too busy to finish reviews…]

The visuals are great, with some scenes of the main character, a rat named Remy with highly developed senses of smell and taste, running up, down, across, and through while the “camera” follows in close pursuit. The emotional tone is perfect. The pacing is good, though I remember there might have been one or two brief slow parts. The voice talent is very good and seems to have been chosen more for their talent than their celebrity than is usual these days in animated features.

If you haven’t seen it by now, you’re running out of time to see it on the big screen (since I took so long to post this). It will be good on DVD as well (coming 11/6/2007), though the visuals deserve a biggish screen if you have it.

I’ll give it a full 4 stars out of 4 stars.

Seen 8/16/2007.


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