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Hurrah for 'Ratatouille'

June 26, 2007|By HANNAH TUSSING

Movie review

What is ratatouille?

It's a dish made by sauting eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, onions and tomatoes.

But it's also a movie opening in theaters Friday, June 29. The story line for "Ratatouille" is very unusual in that the creators at Pixar use a rat as the main character. A rat isn't exactly man's best friend. Most people think of rats as dirty, disease-carrying, thieving rodents.

Nonetheless, this has a recipe for a hilarious family film: Add Remy the rat, mix in his living in a Parisian bistro and his dream of becoming a gourmet chef, and ta-da. And don't forget, what is the one thing that a gourmet kitchen DOES NOT need? A rat!

"Ratatouille" is an enjoyable film. The animators have involved the characters in lots of physical comedy - near collisions in the kitchen, pots and pans falling, and people slipping and tripping. The movements of all the characters are life-like, and Remy's facial expressions are adorable. The lovable character even washes his paws before cooking.

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Also, this movie is set in Paris. The colors used throughout the movie are bold and pleasant. It's like a huge painting come to life. The story is intriguing and takes many unexpected twists. Even if you're not a rat lover, "Ratatouille," rated G, is an entertaining film for all ages.

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