Jon and I went to see Ratatouille today at the theater in town. This has got to be one of the best animated films I have seen in a long time. The animation/illustration is filled with incredible detail. It was impossible to take in everything from each scene because nothing was left out. I really must find out how this was done. I wanted to see this because I wanted a little escape from reality, and to have some fun which is what happened once the film started, till the very end. We even stayed to watch the animations while the ending credits were rolling.
This little rat feels he is somehow very different from the other rats because instead of merely scrounging for food scraps in humans' trash heaps, he wants fresh food...and he wants to cook like a grand human chef he sees on the television of a nearby house where his fellow rats find their food. His father isn't keen on the idea of his son choosing such a strange thing to do with his life, and in the typical "coming of age" theme that is found in many of these Disney films, he is separated from his father and family. Though he faces many obstacles and challenges, he finally succeeds at achieving his dream of being a great chef (with the help of a human named Linguini).
The rat is cute, the fellow rats are amusing, and the story has a good moral to it. Believe in yourself, go after your dreams and anyone can achieve anything if they are willing to do the work it takes to get there. I want to buy this when it comes on DVD.