Theatrical Release: June 29, 2007
DVD Release: November 6, 2007


In this hilarious new animated-adventure, Ratatouille, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the city of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen at one of Paris’ most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy’s amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a hilarious and exciting chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

Dove Review

This movie has some constructive positives. There is a theme of friendship, of being devoted to family, going after one’s dream, and the animation is excellently executed. The humorous moments too are plentiful. The voice talent is great, including actors Ian Holm and Brian Dennehy.

The film captures Paris wonderfully and the viewer will feel as if he/she is dining in this rich environment. The characters are memorable and the audience will be cheering for Remy and his dream. There is some cartoon-type violence and a few minor issues of content which are listed below. Dove gladly approves “Ratatouille” for family viewing. This is one amazing rat your family would gladly invite to dinner.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing in a couple of scenes. One kiss is rather lengthy.
Language: H-1; Freakin'-1.
Violence: Like in Looney Tunes, a grandmotherly type uses a shotgun to try to kill a bunch of rats but she is unsuccessful; a character receives a few bites; a scene of dead rats hung in traps; a couple of characters are kidnapped but everything works out; some auto accidents; a character is punched; some knives are used to restrain a character.
Drugs: Some toasts and drinking of wine and champagne. One character becomes intoxicated.
Nudity: None
Other: The mention of an unknown son; a vague reference to heaven.


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Writer: Brad Bird and Jim Capobianco and Jan Pinkava
Director: Brad Bird
Producer: Brad Lewis
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 110 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter