Nearly random thoughts after watching the Pixar movie “Ratatouille” this weekend:
I’m sorry, but there’s no way I’m not going to flinch at the sight of an invasion of rats in a kitchen. The lead rat is cute. His brother is lovable. His father is respectable. But to see dozens of them swarming around food? I can’t buy into it.
That said, it’s a great movie. It all fits together, even if most of it was (like most Disney movies, honestly) easy to predict from a very early stage. The ending, most satisfyingly, was not something I predicted, though. That took me by surprise, made a lot of sense, and definitely sealed the movie with a happy ending worth enjoying.
Loved the “Lifted” short film. This was the first I saw it. I love silly slapstick, and an alien who can’t drag a human out of bed and into his ship will make me laugh every time. I think it was the bold brassy music that really sold it, though. Every time the music turns into a soaring John Williams riff, you expect something dramatic and awe-inspiring. And that’s when the alien hits the wrong switch.
The biggest surprise of the movie for me: The true break-out star of the movie is an Augie! Auguste Gusteau (nice punny name) rocked!
Was enjoying the credits, but thinking that the painted style looked somehow familiar. I had forgotten that Scott Morse worked on this movie until I saw his name in the credits.
Something for Pipeline: There’s a bold image at the end of the credits, basically promising that the movie was done without shortcuts — no motion capture done here! I liked that a lot, particularly given the past week’s “Alex Ross Ruined Comics” blogosphere debate.