In Theatres: 
Jun 29, 2007
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 50 Minutes

It would seem the farther Pixar goes with their films the better the animation becomes. How things can be animated yet look so real and textured is a mystery to me and I am thankful everyday of my life that I was born in an era where film has taken such leaps and bounds to create something new and exciting.  Ratatouille is opened by a new Pixar short titled Lifted. The story of an alien DMV so to speak and one alien who is, uh, troubled. Very funny if not maybe a little disturbing.

Then the big show begins. The kids seemed to enjoy what the film had to offer but it soon began to nag me that the film just wasn’t geared towards kids.
Ratatouille has a run time of just under 2 hours long and it seems that the plight of our heroes just doesn’t concern kids and maybe goes on to long involving mature themed elements without enough silly kids stuff. The pressure of a job your less then qualified for, Love at a maturity level I don't think they can comprehend, hate, health code shtick. Of course the only real laughs that the kids got were probably from the physical humor where someone gets hurt. So in my opinion this is a film that is optional for your kids. As an adult I highly recommend it.

Brad Bird has always had a flare for the dramatics. His Iron Giant film worked on both levels of adult and child because there was an even balance of humor for both and in the end the message was universal. His first picture for Pixar, The Incredibles, took him to new heights where there were actual deaths and major acts of terrorism that played out on a modern level, yet, there was an even balance of humor for both adults and children. For some reason this picture scores a G rating which I thought was odd because of the content that I assume our all wise and knowing MPAA managed to assume would float over kids heads like a transparent balloon. A woman threatens to kill a man with a gun and when her attempts fail they embrace in a passionate kiss, one character mutters, "Son of a….". Okay he technically didn’t say it but do any of us really want our own children responding to things by repeating the phrase "Son of a…"? Maybe I’m just being to picky here.

If I had seen the movie with my wife instead of my daughter I think I would have been able to enjoy it more because the content of the film belongs in the adult world. Scenes in the film that I loved reminded me of those old Tom and Jerry flicks where abstract shapes and random sounds were used as visual metaphor. The language barrier that exists between our heroes offers up absolutely hilarious and adorable pantomime instances where much of the hilarity is owed to the animators who created such a life like and believable character that is able to convey emotion through shrugs of the shoulders or widening of the eyes. Absolutely brilliant. As for the story telling, I have to say it again, this is a cute film for adults with very little to offer to kids but that’s just one man’s opinion.

AJ Garcia
Review by AJ Garcia
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