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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:44 PM
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Anthony Bourdain weighs in on the animated movie "Ratatouille"

"I think it's quite simply the best food movie ever made, Tony wrote today in an email. The best restaurant movie ever made--the best chef movie. The tiny details are astonishing: The faded burns on the cooks' wrists. The "personal histories" of the cooks...the attention paid to the food...And the Anton Ego ratatouille epiphany hit me like a punch in the chest--literally breathtaking. I saw it in a theater entirely full with adults--and the reaction to that moment was what movie making was once--a long time ago--all about: Audible surprise, delight, awe and even a measure of enlightenment. I am hugely and disproportionately proud that my miniscule contribution (if any) early early in the project's development led to a "thank you" in the credits. Amazing how much they got "right."


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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:48 PM
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1. I liked it too.
Bourdain is the Mr. T of the culinary world (he doesn't put up with fools or jibber jabber) and I agree with his review of Ratatouille.
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:51 PM
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2. I loved it and must buy the DVD
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:52 PM
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3. Love love love Pixar!
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:55 PM
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4. It is a breathtaking film. I'm glad to hear Bourdain found it so authentic.
It works on several levels. It's a simple Disney "Outcast dares to dream and makes all his dreams come true" plot, but it is also one of the most amazing feats of animation I've ever seen, and the cuisine aspect is inspiring and educational. Incredible film.

Between Pixar and Studio Ghibli, animation is in its golden age.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 04:00 PM
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14. It was retelling of Cyrano De Bergerac.
I was impressed.
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bumblebee1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 01:15 AM
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5. Hubby and I went to see "Ratatouille" July 8.
It was a birthday gift to me. I asked that we see it. We both enjoyed the movie. Beside the story, we also noticed they got the rat movements down precisely. You see, we raise rats. One part did crack me up. It wasn't in the movie, but a little girl sitting behind us. In one scene, Remy is crossing the street. The people walking around were screaming, "Rat!!!" "They're disgusting!" The little girl behind us then said, "Rats are not disgusting. They're cute." I couldn't help but chuckle at that one.
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 04:57 AM
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6. Awww!
This is good to hear. I'd been wanting to go see it. Loves me some Pixar!
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:11 PM
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7. kick
for Remy and Bourdain.

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MysticalChicken Donating Member (832 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:27 PM
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8. This is my favorite Pixar movie so far.
I'm a huge fan of them. I can't remember the last time a movie made me so happy. When I left the theater the first thing that popped into my head was "So when's the DVD coming out?"

I wouldn't be averse to seeing it in the theater again. The only movie I've ever seen more than once in the theater was Beauty and the Beast back in 1991. Actually I think I saw that one three times in the theater. Twice with my mom, and once with my mom and grandmother, who thought it was too scary for me (I was twelve). I was like "I've seen this before. It's not scary." And then I got the VHS tape and watched it about seventeen trillion more times.
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catmandu57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 01:56 PM
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9. I liked it
I don't think it's geared to children though, more to adults, but the kids are going to flock to it because of the animation. I can't wait for the dvd, sounds like a good christmas present to me.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:50 PM
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10. I thought it was good for the pure comedy of it
and because it brought a smile to my kids' faces. We are now playing the video game from the movie.
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:54 PM
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11. My darn kids saw it with their dad
so now I have no excuse :( AND Janeane Garafolo plays the woman chef and I have a massive girl crush on her. I bet they'll have it on DVD for Xmas.
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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:56 PM
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12. The woman chef is very good
I had no idea it was Janeane Garafolo!
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AverageJoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:58 PM
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13. My wife, our four-year-old son and I all loved it
My son and I even went back for a second viewing. We'll certainly get the DVD, too.
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