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RATATOUILLE

No, itís not THE INCREDIBLES but this Pixar flick by Brad Bird is still pretty special. The premise is so weird, and really, pretty disgusting in ďthe real worldĒ, but somehow Ratatouille works.

Patton Oswalt provides the voice for Remy, a French rat, who looks down on the scavenging, garbage eating ways of his fellow rats, and prefers fine cuisine instead. When he gets separated from his clan, which includes Brian Dennehy and John Ratzenberger among the voice talent, he ends up in Paris right near a famous restaurant. As youíve no doubt seen in the ads, there he hooks up with a young slacker-type, who sounds a whole lot like David Schwimmer, but is voiced by Lou Romano, a Pixar veteran, and hilarity and noveau cuisine ensue.

The flick also features Janeane Garofalo and Ian Holm among the voices, and really all the voice talent is superb. The art and animation are also top notch, and the movie is both funny and sweet. It IS weird, like I said before, the concept is just crazy, but itís a nice little movie. No, itís not exhilarating like The Incredibles, but itís good.

Also, like all Pixar flicks, thereís a short preceding Ratatouille. Itís called Lifted, and itís pretty funny.

B +

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