History WesternAnimation / Ratatouille

18th Sep '16 12:16:55 PM eroock
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The eighth computer animated film by Creator/{{Pixar}}, '''''Ratatouille''''' (2007) is about a rat named Rémy who has a highly developed sense of taste and smell. Dissatisfied with eating garbage like the rest of his family, he wants to become a chef. When he winds up in Paris, he gets his chance to cook at the restaurant founded by his idol, Auguste Gusteau, by making a deal with the restaurant's garbage boy, Linguini, who (thanks to Rémy's interference) has been mistaken for a cooking genius. Rémy guides Linguini in the kitchen in a puppet-like manner so that Linguini doesn't lose his job, while Rémy gets the cooking experience (and critical fame) he desires.

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The eighth computer animated film by Creator/{{Pixar}}, '''''Ratatouille''''' ''Ratatouille'' (2007) is about a rat named Rémy who has a highly developed sense of taste and smell. Dissatisfied with eating garbage like the rest of his family, he wants to become a chef. When he winds up in Paris, he gets his chance to cook at the restaurant founded by his idol, Auguste Gusteau, by making a deal with the restaurant's garbage boy, Linguini, who (thanks to Rémy's interference) has been mistaken for a cooking genius. Rémy guides Linguini in the kitchen in a puppet-like manner so that Linguini doesn't lose his job, while Rémy gets the cooking experience (and critical fame) he desires.
11th Sep '16 7:39:36 PM rwe1138
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** The producers got authentic Culinary {{Badass}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Keller Thomas Keller]], acknowledged by damned near all other professional chefs to be the greatest American chef alive right now, who owns and runs several high quality restaurants (he's the only chef in America to earn a three-star rating for ''two separate restaurants'' '''''simultaneously''''') and is the author of ''several'' high-caliber cook books, to show how the craft works, and used Colette's [[TruthInTelevision mentoring montage]] to show that research off. That sequences serves not only to establish verisimilitude in that story, but also to develop Colette's character and encourage the heroes' and the audience's respect for her.

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** The producers got authentic Culinary {{Badass}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Keller Thomas Keller]], acknowledged by damned near all other professional chefs to be the greatest American chef alive right now, who owns and runs several high quality restaurants (he's the only chef in America to earn a three-star rating for ''two separate restaurants'' '''''simultaneously''''') and is the author of ''several'' high-caliber cook books, to show how the craft works, and used Colette's [[TruthInTelevision mentoring montage]] to show that research off. That sequences sequence serves not only to establish verisimilitude in that the story, but also to develop Colette's character and encourage the heroes' and the audience's respect for her.
11th Sep '16 7:31:38 PM rwe1138
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* RealityEnsues: Twice, both times showing that while a couple of main characters might change their minds abut rats, most people are still revolted by them.

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* RealityEnsues: Twice, both times showing that while a couple of main characters might change their minds abut about rats, most people are still revolted by them.
11th Sep '16 6:56:52 PM rwe1138
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* GoneHorriblyRight: Skinner tries to [[InVinoVeritas get Linguini drunk]] to get him to reveal something about Rémy. He gets him drunk, all right, but all he ends up with is a drunk Linguini talking about how ratatouille and how he doesn't think it sounds like that good a name for a dish because it doesn't sound delicious enough.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Skinner tries to [[InVinoVeritas get Linguini drunk]] to get him to reveal something about Rémy. He gets him drunk, all right, but all he ends up with is a drunk Linguini talking about how ratatouille and how he doesn't think it sounds like that good a name for a dish because it doesn't sound delicious enough.
11th Sep '16 6:34:27 PM rwe1138
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* DisappearedDad:Gusteau himself was this to Linguini. Justified in that Gusteau never knew he was a father in the first place, and only Renata was aware that Linguini was in fact Gusteau's son.

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* DisappearedDad:Gusteau DisappearedDad: Gusteau himself was this to Linguini. Justified in that Gusteau never knew he was a father in the first place, and only Renata was aware that Linguini was in fact Gusteau's son.
10th Sep '16 8:28:34 AM luiz4200
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* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: When Skinner finds out Remy does all the cooking Linguini takes credit for, he captures Remy and offers a deal: Remy develops a new line of frozen foods for Skinner and Skinner doesn't kill him.
9th Sep '16 1:35:51 AM AnotherGamer
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-->'''Chef Skinner''': ''They think you might be a cook, but you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a [[CurseCutShort sneaky, overreaching, little -- RAAAT!]]''

* ParentalBonus: When Linguini is trying to tell Colette that he's being controlled by Rémy, he says that he has "...a tiny, little.

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-->'''Chef Skinner''': ''They think you might be a cook, but you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a [[CurseCutShort sneaky, overreaching, little -- RAAAT!]]''

* ParentalBonus: When Linguini is trying to tell Colette that he's being controlled by Rémy, he says that he has "...a tiny, little.
RAAAT!]]''
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* ParentalBonus: When Linguini is trying to tell Colette that he's being controlled by Rémy, he says that he has "...a tiny, little..." causing her to glance downwards briefly.
* PeoplePuppets: Linguini.
* PetTheDog: Skinner tells Linguini he's sorry to hear about his mother's passing.
* PhraseCatcher: "Anyone can cook." Starts off as the title of Gusteau's cookbook, and other characters repeat those three words later on, as well.
* PosthumousCharacter: Auguste Gusteau, in a way. While the person himself is actually dead, he is seen through TV documentaries and as a figment of Rémy's imagination/conscience.
* PrecisionSwearStrike:
** "Welcome to hell"; granted, the point is a comparison to the ''place'', but it's still unusually heavy language for a G-rated animated movie.
** Ego's claim that it's impossible to find any perspective in "[[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch this bloody town]]" is a better example. It's actually quite jarring, especially with the way he says it.
* PragmaticVillainy: Skinner is a piece of work, but he also is a businessman. Thus, he won't fire a garbage boy if a chef makes the case that firing him for making a soup a reviewer liked would go against the restaurant's branding and mission statement. He also grudgingly accepts Linguini's growing success while trying to sabotage him subtly, and [[spoiler:plans behind the scenes to cheat him out of his inheritance]].
* ProperlyParanoid: Skinner strongly suspects that Rémy provides something important to Linguini's success, and of course, he's right.
* PunchClockVillain: Ego.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Colette does this to Linguini after Rémy makes him stop Colette adding sauce to a dish: "Don't. You. Dare."
* PunBasedTitle: "Ratatouille" is the name of an actual dish while the first syllable is also the main character's species. The same joke was made on ''Series/FawltyTowers'', decades earlier, and similarly, in ''VideoGame/DiscworldII'', which expanded upon the rodent-name food puns (like vole-au-vents).
* PursueTheDreamJob: Rémy is a cooking genius and he longs to become a chef.
* RealityEnsues: Twice, both times showing that while a couple of main characters might change their minds abut rats, most people are still revolted by them.
** Linguini comes clean about who's been doing the cooking, and [[spoiler:the entire kitchen staff walks out.]]
** Ego [[spoiler:is thoroughly delighted with his meal, meets the real chef, and overcomes his initial skepticism to write a glowing review of him... but the health inspector still shuts the place down for swarming with rats. This one gets a LampshadeHanging in the narration, no less.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Subverted with Skinner, who practices more under PragmaticVillainy. While he does hire Linguini on probation as a chef and gives him as much time as he needs to recreate the soup, he also plans to [[spoiler:cheat him out of his inheritance after learning Linguini is Gusteau's son]].
** PlayedWith Colette, given she is a KnifeNut but she's had to become a chef while facing sexist standards and thus is tough. Her advice helps Rémy and Linguini improve in the kitchen, when she could have easily "let you drown" as she points out later.
* ReassignmentBackfire: Skinner, trying to get Linguini kicked out of the kitchen, gives him the task of cooking a recipe that Gusteau himself said was a disaster. To his shock, Rémy quickly fixes the recipe to the point where it is so delicious that everyone else in the restaurant wants it, running the cooks ragged to keep up with orders and convincing everyone else in the kitchen that Linguini is a master chef.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Linguini discovers an unusually intelligent rat who not only knows how to cook delicious gourmet food, but even ''washes his hands'' before doing so. Instead of alerting scientists to this incredible find and possibly becoming famous for it, he just keeps it secret and lets it make food for him. One would think there'd be a sizeable niche market in "come see a rat cook haute cuisine!"
** The film notably explores this, actually, as mentioned in the RealityEnsues entry above. While Rémy's abilities are certainly amazing, the fact that he's a rat means that anyone who's aware of how things actually run in the restaurant immediately turns against him, as both the kitchen staff and the health inspector do. Interestingly this forms the basis of the plot, as Rémy would love nothing more than to cook for people, but everyone is hostile to him doing so because of his being...you know...a rat.
* LaResistance: One of the chefs was in one. They didn't win.
* RoadsideWave: Happens to Skinner after being ousted from the restaurant.
* RousingSpeech:
** Subverted when Linguini reveals Rémy to the rest of the kitchen and tells them that if they have faith in this rat's culinary genius, they will all have a glorious future; they all promptly quit. Also played straight because Rémy's family, moved by Linguini's speech and willingness to stand up for Rémy, decide to help out and do the cooking.
** Inverted earlier, as Linguini tries to inspire the cooks to make a 5-star-inducing dish for the harsh food critic Anton Ego. He fails to inspire anything but confused glances and yawning. Colette ends up doing the work for him with ''two sentences.''
* SayMyNameTrailer: It comes complete with a pronunciation guide.
* SceneryPorn: Pixar went to a lot of trouble to capture the look and atmosphere of Paris in the autumn.
** The early scene where Linguini nearly throws Rémy into the Seine (which takes place near Pont Notre Dame in the east bank) is beautifully rendered and lit, with a touch of light fog adding to the mood.
** Gusteau's restaurant, curiously, is a real restaurant in France, known in real life as the ''Tour d'argent'' (Silver Tower).
** The rat-catcher's shop is also real (down to the window display as depicted). It's also a taxidermist, thus explaining the trophies in the window.
** Almost indistinguishable, but in the beginning when Rémy ends up on the floor of the restaurant under the counters while hiding, there are tiny bits of food on the floor with him. They went to the trouble of ''detailing the crumbs on the floor that hadn't been completely cleared''.
* SelfDeprecation:
-->'''Ego:''' The bitter truth that we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The producers got authentic Culinary {{Badass}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Keller Thomas Keller]], acknowledged by damned near all other professional chefs to be the greatest American chef alive right now, who owns and runs several high quality restaurants (he's the only chef in America to earn a three-star rating for ''two separate restaurants'' '''''simultaneously''''') and is the author of ''several'' high-caliber cook books, to show how the craft works, and used Colette's [[TruthInTelevision mentoring montage]] to show that research off. That sequences serves not only to establish verisimilitude in that story, but also to develop Colette's character and encourage the heroes' and the audience's respect for her.
** Look closely at what Rémy does with Linguini's toilet bowl soup -- not all the stuff he's tossing in his readily recognizable, but the stuff that is (dressing, cream, shallots, etc.) more or less is turning it into a tomato ''bisque.''
** They also actually cooked some of the recipes used in the movie themselves, so that they could accurately render how foodstuffs look and react when being prepared via various cooking techniques.
** The ratatouille variant that Rémy prepares for Ego at the end was invented for the film; Chef Keller was asked what he would do if a critic like Ego were to suddenly enter his restaurant and, in a moment of inspiration, created the dish.
** If one looks closely, one can see that the chefs have small burn scars on the underside of their forearms.
** And speaking of burns, why does Larousse have a torch? It's not just because he's a pyro; that's a pastry torch, used to melt sugar for crème brûlée and certain other dishes.
** One of the animators jumped into a pool wearing a chef's uniform, so they could accurately render what such a uniform would look like soaking wet.
** When Skinner gets Linguini drunk, special attention is paid to how both hold their wine glasses: Linguini, who doesn't drink much, incorrectly holds the glass by its bowl; Skinner holds it by the stem, which is considered correct, as heat from the hand won't transfer to the wine and warm it too much.
* ShoutOut:
** Remy is introduced [[Film/TheGoodtheBadandtheUgly in a freeze frame of him crashing through a window.]]
** Look carefully, and you'll spot [[EnemyMime Bomb Voyage]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' on a street corner when Linguini and Colette roller-skate past Skinner. Here, he's not so villainous: just a regular old French mime.
** When Colette is introducing the other chefs she mentions one of them (the pyro) was a member of a failed [[LaResistance Résistance]] (although he won't say which war) -- cue the La Résistance music from ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', which shares a composer with this film.
** Possibly Colette herself: her last name is "Tautou", like the actress of ''[[{{Amelie}} Amélie]]''. And Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, mostly known by her family name, is a famous French author.
** The Health Inspector looks a little like [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]].
** Ego's FlashBack is very similar to the famous madeleine scene from Proust's ''À la recherche du temps perdu''.
** The first thing Skinner says to Linguini on his first day as an official chef is [[Series/HellsKitchen "Welcome to hell."]]
** The scene with the various Gusteau cutouts. One of them sounds like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes a certain rooster]]. Another, a cartoon of a literal corn-dog, talks like WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo.
** Not to mention that [[WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko some of the loop group of Paris]] worked on this film. (Cue the end credits)
** Émile also looks and acts a lot like [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Gus]].
** During the scene where the clan helps Rémy cook, he orders a steak really tenderized. The brawniest rat in the clan [[Film/{{Rocky}} punches the steak repeatedly]].
-->'''Rémy:''' Stick and move!
** When the old woman first attempts to fire her shotgun, an umbrella opens out of the end, quite reminiscent of a scene in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
** The proposed designs for Gusteau's line of foods, featuring the chef dressed in various regional costumes, is quite similar to the packaging of "[[Creator/PaulNewman Newman's Own]]" brand salsas and sauces.
* ShutUpKiss: An odd variation -- Rémy shuts Linguine up by "puppeteering" him into kissing Colette.
* SignificantAnagram / RepetitiveName: "Auguste" and "Gusteau" are anagrams of each other.
* SkeletonMotif: Food critic Anton Ego has a gaunt, skeletal appearance befitting his role as TheDreaded among restauranteurs. To bring the point home, his office is shaped like a coffin, and his typewriter resembles a skull.
* SlapSlapKiss: Rémy briefly witnesses a particularly extreme (though plot-irrelevant) one -- the woman is pointing a gun at the man and threatening to shoot him. Rémy keeps running, but after a shot is fired into the ceiling near him, he does a DoubleTake and runs back -- they're now kissing.
* SlowMotionDrop: When Anton Ego drops his pen after one taste of Rémy's ratatouille.
* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: There's the clumsy and incompetent human Linguini and his intelligent and professional chef rat Rémy who controls Linguini's movements.
* SmoochOfVictory: Colette gives one to Linguini during Anton Ego's final review.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Colette is very much aware that she is the only female chef in the restaurant and is a definite minority in the profession in general. She was forced to claw her way up and as a result feels that she has to be tough and defensive to succeed in a career she worked so hard for.
* SoapWithinAShow: A bizarre French soap opera appears on Linguini's TV.
* SoreLoser: Skinner.
* TheSpeechless: Rémy, a rat, is unable to communicate with Linguini, a human, throughout the whole film. The only time he speaks is to members of his own kind and to the audience, thanks to the TranslationConvention. When other characters react to his noises, they are shown to be the squeaks of a normal rat.
* SpiritAdvisor: Rémy, desperate to talk to someone, imagines up Auguste Gusteau. Rémy is fully aware that Gusteau is a figment of his imagination and he disappears when Rémy realizes he can rely on his own judgment. This is actually played with, for the most part it does seems like his imagination. But as the film goes on Gusteau starts to feel more like his own entity than Rémy's considering his reactions. Even Rémy starts to wonder when Gusteau departs his final words of wisdom on him. So it's more or less leave the audience to decide if it's really coming from Rémy's mind or Gusteau's actual ghost helping him.
* SpitTake: Subverted. Ego ''starts'' one when he hears that Gusteau's is "popular" again, but pauses to check the label and decides his wine is too good to waste in such a fashion. ParentalBonus moment: That's a real wine, and ''far'' too good to spit out like that.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Linguini's first attempt to carry Rémy around in the kitchen results in the rat slipping in his uniform and the boy drawing lots of attention with his gyrations. It gets worse when Linguini starts slapping Rémy inside his clothes in frustration, and the latter retaliate by biting.
* StartMyOwn: [[spoiler:After they lose Gusteau's restaurant thanks to a health inspector finding out about the rats. Rémy, Linguini, and Colette start up their own restaurant, a small bistro with Ego as a main investor and Rémy's clan both helping out in the kitchen as well as being served alongside humans. It turns out to be a huge success.]]
* StickEmUp: Sous-chef Horst says that he "once robbed the second biggest bank in France using only a ball-point pen." Of course, as Colette notes, he changes stories every time he's asked.
* StrawCritic: Subverted. Ego is extremely hard to please, but his high standards are sincere, and when confronted with true culinary genius he recognizes and supports it, even when doing so jeopardizes his career.
* SuddenlyShouting: Colette when tutoring Linguini.
--> '''Colette''': "Every second counts, and YOU CANNOT BE MOMMY!"
--> '''Colette''': "Keep your station clear, or I WILL KILL YOU!"
* SuperWindowJump: Remy's introduction.
* TakeThat: Some have seen Skinner's use of Gusteau's imagery as just a ''wee'' bit of a dig by Pixar at [[Creator/{{Disney}} their distributor.]] A derivative, uncreative sellout plastering the image of a beloved, deceased innovator all over his less-inspired creations and a whole slew of cheap, worthless products; ring any bells? [[note]]It's worth noting that [[RealitySubtext this film was being made during difficult contract negotiations, so...]][[/note]]
* TakeThatCritics: Some people have taken Ego's review to be an attack on the incredible willingness of critics to tear things apart for no good reason. Though film critics appreciated the fact this film shows it to be a more complex affair and that Anton Ego is ultimately very sincere about his high standards and will go out of his way to back a true genius.
* TantrumThrowing: Rémy starts throwing things around in the restaurant backyard after Linguini spurns him. It doesn't go very far since he's rather small, but he manages to break a wine bottle.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Colette is a Technician, and Rémy (controlling Linguini) is all Performer, and they both need to balance their game.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Who uses a shotgun against ''rats''?
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Poor Rémy never really finishes any meal he makes, notably the "lightningy-cheese-mushroom-saffron" recipe from the beginning of the film, or when Linguini snatches him away from his omelette while rushing for work. Lampshaded and finally averted when Linguini (after being bitten a dozen times) notices how hungry his new friend is and gives him a piece of cheese.
* ThisIsMyStory: The movie starts with Rémy crashing through a window. The action is paused and he starts narrating with the following line.
-->'''Rémy:''' This is me. I think it's apparent I need to rethink my life a little bit. What's my problem? First of all, I'm a rat, which means life is hard. And second, I have a highly developed sense of taste and smell.
* TitleDrop:
** The eponymous dish has great significance in the movie's climax [[spoiler:and the bistro that Rémy, Linguini, and Colette set up in the film's end is named "La Ratatouille."]]
** However, this trope is also parodied when earlier Linguini brings up the subject of "ratatouille" for no other reason besides being drunk.
--->'''Linguini:''' Ratatouille. It's like a stew, right? Why do they call it that? If you're gonna name a food, you should give it a name that sounds delicious. Ratatouille doesn't sound delicious. It sounds like "rat" and "patootie". Rat patootie! Which does not sound delicious.
* TrainingMontage: Rémy and Linguini practicing their puppetry in Linguini's apartment, and Colette teaching Linguini how to work in a professional kitchen.
* TranslationConvention: We can hear the rats speaking English, but it's shown that the old lady at the start of the film (and presumably all the other humans) hears nothing but squeaks. And for that matter, all the humans in France speak English too.
* TrueCompanions:
** The extended clan of rats.
** Also the chef team of Gusteau's. Colette spends time telling Linguini all about them because he's as much of a realized chef as the rest of them (or so she thinks). [[spoiler: But when he reveals that the secret to his cooking was a ''rat tugging his hair'' the whole time, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere they all wordlessly threw off their aprons and left]]. Colette as well, but [[ChangedMyMindKid came back to help at the last minute]].]]
* TruthInTelevision: The rants Colette gives to Linguini regarding what it takes to be an effective and successful chef could have come, word for word, from any chef in the world who has ever had to take a brand new cook in hand and change him from a kitchen-halting speedbump into a frictionless part of the kitchen machine. And given the participation of Chef Thomas Keller in this movie, they most likely did. Yes, Chefs are really that strict in restaurants, considering you have to be on the constant move to get orders done and make sure customers are happy with it as well. High-class restaurants even moreso. Also the part of Colette had it way more difficult than any of the male cooks to get into a star-prized restaurant as Gusteau's is very true, since female chefs are rare, ''especially'' in France.
* {{Tsundere}}: Colette turns out to be one. She appears hostile and confrontational at first when mentoring Linguini, but warms up to him when he takes her cooking advice and they eventually get together.
* VillainHasAPoint: Skinner in the beginning is justifiably angry when he catches the new garbage boy "cooking" since these dishes are prepared at professional standards and one screw-up could cost the restaurant another star. He also hires Linguini as a chef on probation, to see if he can survive the kitchen, after tasting his (actually Rémy's) soup because having talent is one thing and having discipline is another.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Anton Ego fits this trope to a T. He seems less interested in doing his job and more interested in acting on some bizarre vendetta against Gusteau's.
* VisualPun: Skinner's humiliating ousting from the restaurant and subsequent creepy determination to prove that a rat is involved somehow ends up driving him in Seine.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Linguini does this out a window after a brief taste of his own soup... before Rémy fixes it.
* WelcomeToHell: "Now, recreate the soup."
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rémy, who is never quite understood by his father, but despite this, wants to be appreciated by him.
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* WhamLine: "[[spoiler:He's your '''''son'''''?]]"
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Lampshaded. Rémy's major struggle is the fact that humans think rats are gross; the movie shows them as just mischievous and self-interested at worst.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Rémy has to fight for his respect as a chef, through Linguini at least.
* WhatTheHellHero: Linguini is furious when he catches Rémy helping his clan to steal food from the restaurant fridge. So much so he tells Rémy never to come back.
* WhenEldersAttack: A crazy old woman tries to shoot the rats with a shotgun, but completely and utterly fails.
* XRaySparks: When Rémy and Émile are cooking something on the TV antennae over chimney smoke, they are struck by lightning and their skeletons show.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler:Ego gave Gusteau's a great review... but since the rats tied up the health inspector -- they had to release him -- the restaurant got closed. But don't worry, Rémy soon gets his own restaurant.]]
* YouDirtyRat:
** Averted. Literally and metaphorically since Rémy's seen washing his hands, and even uses a Dish washer to wash loads of them [[spoiler:when he asks for their help in cooking meals in the kitchen.]]
** Played with when Skinner catches Linguini cooking he begins to call him something like "You dirty--," then notices Rémy and screams "RAT!"
-->'''Chef Skinner''': ''They think you might be a cook, but you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a [[CurseCutShort sneaky, overreaching, little -- RAAAT!]]''
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* CrashingDreams: Linguini has an AnxietyDream where he's a waiter serving Anton Ego, who announces that he wants Linguini's heart "roasted on a spit" to eat. An extremely loud heart-beat sound begins playing as Linguini reacts in horror and Ego cackles evilly...which then fades into Colette knocking on the door to [[spoiler: Linguini's office]], startling him awake.

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* CrashingDreams: Linguini has an AnxietyDream [[AnxietyDreams anxiety-fueled dream]] where he's a waiter serving Anton Ego, who announces that he wants Linguini's heart "roasted on a spit" to eat. An extremely loud heart-beat sound begins playing as Linguini reacts in horror and Ego cackles evilly...which then fades into Colette knocking on the door to [[spoiler: Linguini's office]], startling him awake.
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* CrashingDreams

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* CrashingDreamsCrashingDreams: Linguini has an AnxietyDream where he's a waiter serving Anton Ego, who announces that he wants Linguini's heart "roasted on a spit" to eat. An extremely loud heart-beat sound begins playing as Linguini reacts in horror and Ego cackles evilly...which then fades into Colette knocking on the door to [[spoiler: Linguini's office]], startling him awake.



* ParentalBonus: When Linguini is trying to tell Colette that he's being controlled by Rémy, he says that he has "...a tiny, little..." causing her to glance downwards briefly.
* PeoplePuppets: Linguini.
* PetTheDog: Skinner tells Linguini he's sorry to hear about his mother's passing.
* PhraseCatcher: "Anyone can cook." Starts off as the title of Gusteau's cookbook, and other characters repeat those three words later on, as well.
* PosthumousCharacter: Auguste Gusteau, in a way. While the person himself is actually dead, he is seen through TV documentaries and as a figment of Rémy's imagination/conscience.
* PrecisionSwearStrike:
** "Welcome to hell"; granted, the point is a comparison to the ''place'', but it's still unusually heavy language for a G-rated animated movie.
** Ego's claim that it's impossible to find any perspective in "[[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch this bloody town]]" is a better example. It's actually quite jarring, especially with the way he says it.
* PragmaticVillainy: Skinner is a piece of work, but he also is a businessman. Thus, he won't fire a garbage boy if a chef makes the case that firing him for making a soup a reviewer liked would go against the restaurant's branding and mission statement. He also grudgingly accepts Linguini's growing success while trying to sabotage him subtly, and [[spoiler:plans behind the scenes to cheat him out of his inheritance]].
* ProperlyParanoid: Skinner strongly suspects that Rémy provides something important to Linguini's success, and of course, he's right.
* PunchClockVillain: Ego.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Colette does this to Linguini after Rémy makes him stop Colette adding sauce to a dish: "Don't. You. Dare."
* PunBasedTitle: "Ratatouille" is the name of an actual dish while the first syllable is also the main character's species. The same joke was made on ''Series/FawltyTowers'', decades earlier, and similarly, in ''VideoGame/DiscworldII'', which expanded upon the rodent-name food puns (like vole-au-vents).
* PursueTheDreamJob: Rémy is a cooking genius and he longs to become a chef.
* RealityEnsues: Twice, both times showing that while a couple of main characters might change their minds abut rats, most people are still revolted by them.
** Linguini comes clean about who's been doing the cooking, and [[spoiler:the entire kitchen staff walks out.]]
** Ego [[spoiler:is thoroughly delighted with his meal, meets the real chef, and overcomes his initial skepticism to write a glowing review of him... but the health inspector still shuts the place down for swarming with rats. This one gets a LampshadeHanging in the narration, no less.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Subverted with Skinner, who practices more under PragmaticVillainy. While he does hire Linguini on probation as a chef and gives him as much time as he needs to recreate the soup, he also plans to [[spoiler:cheat him out of his inheritance after learning Linguini is Gusteau's son]].
** PlayedWith Colette, given she is a KnifeNut but she's had to become a chef while facing sexist standards and thus is tough. Her advice helps Rémy and Linguini improve in the kitchen, when she could have easily "let you drown" as she points out later.
* ReassignmentBackfire: Skinner, trying to get Linguini kicked out of the kitchen, gives him the task of cooking a recipe that Gusteau himself said was a disaster. To his shock, Rémy quickly fixes the recipe to the point where it is so delicious that everyone else in the restaurant wants it, running the cooks ragged to keep up with orders and convincing everyone else in the kitchen that Linguini is a master chef.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Linguini discovers an unusually intelligent rat who not only knows how to cook delicious gourmet food, but even ''washes his hands'' before doing so. Instead of alerting scientists to this incredible find and possibly becoming famous for it, he just keeps it secret and lets it make food for him. One would think there'd be a sizeable niche market in "come see a rat cook haute cuisine!"
** The film notably explores this, actually, as mentioned in the RealityEnsues entry above. While Rémy's abilities are certainly amazing, the fact that he's a rat means that anyone who's aware of how things actually run in the restaurant immediately turns against him, as both the kitchen staff and the health inspector do. Interestingly this forms the basis of the plot, as Rémy would love nothing more than to cook for people, but everyone is hostile to him doing so because of his being...you know...a rat.
* LaResistance: One of the chefs was in one. They didn't win.
* RoadsideWave: Happens to Skinner after being ousted from the restaurant.
* RousingSpeech:
** Subverted when Linguini reveals Rémy to the rest of the kitchen and tells them that if they have faith in this rat's culinary genius, they will all have a glorious future; they all promptly quit. Also played straight because Rémy's family, moved by Linguini's speech and willingness to stand up for Rémy, decide to help out and do the cooking.
** Inverted earlier, as Linguini tries to inspire the cooks to make a 5-star-inducing dish for the harsh food critic Anton Ego. He fails to inspire anything but confused glances and yawning. Colette ends up doing the work for him with ''two sentences.''
* SayMyNameTrailer: It comes complete with a pronunciation guide.
* SceneryPorn: Pixar went to a lot of trouble to capture the look and atmosphere of Paris in the autumn.
** The early scene where Linguini nearly throws Rémy into the Seine (which takes place near Pont Notre Dame in the east bank) is beautifully rendered and lit, with a touch of light fog adding to the mood.
** Gusteau's restaurant, curiously, is a real restaurant in France, known in real life as the ''Tour d'argent'' (Silver Tower).
** The rat-catcher's shop is also real (down to the window display as depicted). It's also a taxidermist, thus explaining the trophies in the window.
** Almost indistinguishable, but in the beginning when Rémy ends up on the floor of the restaurant under the counters while hiding, there are tiny bits of food on the floor with him. They went to the trouble of ''detailing the crumbs on the floor that hadn't been completely cleared''.
* SelfDeprecation:
-->'''Ego:''' The bitter truth that we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The producers got authentic Culinary {{Badass}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Keller Thomas Keller]], acknowledged by damned near all other professional chefs to be the greatest American chef alive right now, who owns and runs several high quality restaurants (he's the only chef in America to earn a three-star rating for ''two separate restaurants'' '''''simultaneously''''') and is the author of ''several'' high-caliber cook books, to show how the craft works, and used Colette's [[TruthInTelevision mentoring montage]] to show that research off. That sequences serves not only to establish verisimilitude in that story, but also to develop Colette's character and encourage the heroes' and the audience's respect for her.
** Look closely at what Rémy does with Linguini's toilet bowl soup -- not all the stuff he's tossing in his readily recognizable, but the stuff that is (dressing, cream, shallots, etc.) more or less is turning it into a tomato ''bisque.''
** They also actually cooked some of the recipes used in the movie themselves, so that they could accurately render how foodstuffs look and react when being prepared via various cooking techniques.
** The ratatouille variant that Rémy prepares for Ego at the end was invented for the film; Chef Keller was asked what he would do if a critic like Ego were to suddenly enter his restaurant and, in a moment of inspiration, created the dish.
** If one looks closely, one can see that the chefs have small burn scars on the underside of their forearms.
** And speaking of burns, why does Larousse have a torch? It's not just because he's a pyro; that's a pastry torch, used to melt sugar for crème brûlée and certain other dishes.
** One of the animators jumped into a pool wearing a chef's uniform, so they could accurately render what such a uniform would look like soaking wet.
** When Skinner gets Linguini drunk, special attention is paid to how both hold their wine glasses: Linguini, who doesn't drink much, incorrectly holds the glass by its bowl; Skinner holds it by the stem, which is considered correct, as heat from the hand won't transfer to the wine and warm it too much.
* ShoutOut:
** Remy is introduced [[Film/TheGoodtheBadandtheUgly in a freeze frame of him crashing through a window.]]
** Look carefully, and you'll spot [[EnemyMime Bomb Voyage]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' on a street corner when Linguini and Colette roller-skate past Skinner. Here, he's not so villainous: just a regular old French mime.
** When Colette is introducing the other chefs she mentions one of them (the pyro) was a member of a failed [[LaResistance Résistance]] (although he won't say which war) -- cue the La Résistance music from ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', which shares a composer with this film.
** Possibly Colette herself: her last name is "Tautou", like the actress of ''[[{{Amelie}} Amélie]]''. And Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, mostly known by her family name, is a famous French author.
** The Health Inspector looks a little like [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]].
** Ego's FlashBack is very similar to the famous madeleine scene from Proust's ''À la recherche du temps perdu''.
** The first thing Skinner says to Linguini on his first day as an official chef is [[Series/HellsKitchen "Welcome to hell."]]
** The scene with the various Gusteau cutouts. One of them sounds like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes a certain rooster]]. Another, a cartoon of a literal corn-dog, talks like WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo.
** Not to mention that [[WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko some of the loop group of Paris]] worked on this film. (Cue the end credits)
** Émile also looks and acts a lot like [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Gus]].
** During the scene where the clan helps Rémy cook, he orders a steak really tenderized. The brawniest rat in the clan [[Film/{{Rocky}} punches the steak repeatedly]].
-->'''Rémy:''' Stick and move!
** When the old woman first attempts to fire her shotgun, an umbrella opens out of the end, quite reminiscent of a scene in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
** The proposed designs for Gusteau's line of foods, featuring the chef dressed in various regional costumes, is quite similar to the packaging of "[[Creator/PaulNewman Newman's Own]]" brand salsas and sauces.
* ShutUpKiss: An odd variation -- Rémy shuts Linguine up by "puppeteering" him into kissing Colette.
* SignificantAnagram / RepetitiveName: "Auguste" and "Gusteau" are anagrams of each other.
* SkeletonMotif: Food critic Anton Ego has a gaunt, skeletal appearance befitting his role as TheDreaded among restauranteurs. To bring the point home, his office is shaped like a coffin, and his typewriter resembles a skull.
* SlapSlapKiss: Rémy briefly witnesses a particularly extreme (though plot-irrelevant) one -- the woman is pointing a gun at the man and threatening to shoot him. Rémy keeps running, but after a shot is fired into the ceiling near him, he does a DoubleTake and runs back -- they're now kissing.
* SlowMotionDrop: When Anton Ego drops his pen after one taste of Rémy's ratatouille.
* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: There's the clumsy and incompetent human Linguini and his intelligent and professional chef rat Rémy who controls Linguini's movements.
* SmoochOfVictory: Colette gives one to Linguini during Anton Ego's final review.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Colette is very much aware that she is the only female chef in the restaurant and is a definite minority in the profession in general. She was forced to claw her way up and as a result feels that she has to be tough and defensive to succeed in a career she worked so hard for.
* SoapWithinAShow: A bizarre French soap opera appears on Linguini's TV.
* SoreLoser: Skinner.
* TheSpeechless: Rémy, a rat, is unable to communicate with Linguini, a human, throughout the whole film. The only time he speaks is to members of his own kind and to the audience, thanks to the TranslationConvention. When other characters react to his noises, they are shown to be the squeaks of a normal rat.
* SpiritAdvisor: Rémy, desperate to talk to someone, imagines up Auguste Gusteau. Rémy is fully aware that Gusteau is a figment of his imagination and he disappears when Rémy realizes he can rely on his own judgment. This is actually played with, for the most part it does seems like his imagination. But as the film goes on Gusteau starts to feel more like his own entity than Rémy's considering his reactions. Even Rémy starts to wonder when Gusteau departs his final words of wisdom on him. So it's more or less leave the audience to decide if it's really coming from Rémy's mind or Gusteau's actual ghost helping him.
* SpitTake: Subverted. Ego ''starts'' one when he hears that Gusteau's is "popular" again, but pauses to check the label and decides his wine is too good to waste in such a fashion. ParentalBonus moment: That's a real wine, and ''far'' too good to spit out like that.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Linguini's first attempt to carry Rémy around in the kitchen results in the rat slipping in his uniform and the boy drawing lots of attention with his gyrations. It gets worse when Linguini starts slapping Rémy inside his clothes in frustration, and the latter retaliate by biting.
* StartMyOwn: [[spoiler:After they lose Gusteau's restaurant thanks to a health inspector finding out about the rats. Rémy, Linguini, and Colette start up their own restaurant, a small bistro with Ego as a main investor and Rémy's clan both helping out in the kitchen as well as being served alongside humans. It turns out to be a huge success.]]
* StickEmUp: Sous-chef Horst says that he "once robbed the second biggest bank in France using only a ball-point pen." Of course, as Colette notes, he changes stories every time he's asked.
* StrawCritic: Subverted. Ego is extremely hard to please, but his high standards are sincere, and when confronted with true culinary genius he recognizes and supports it, even when doing so jeopardizes his career.
* SuddenlyShouting: Colette when tutoring Linguini.
--> '''Colette''': "Every second counts, and YOU CANNOT BE MOMMY!"
--> '''Colette''': "Keep your station clear, or I WILL KILL YOU!"
* SuperWindowJump: Remy's introduction.
* TakeThat: Some have seen Skinner's use of Gusteau's imagery as just a ''wee'' bit of a dig by Pixar at [[Creator/{{Disney}} their distributor.]] A derivative, uncreative sellout plastering the image of a beloved, deceased innovator all over his less-inspired creations and a whole slew of cheap, worthless products; ring any bells? [[note]]It's worth noting that [[RealitySubtext this film was being made during difficult contract negotiations, so...]][[/note]]
* TakeThatCritics: Some people have taken Ego's review to be an attack on the incredible willingness of critics to tear things apart for no good reason. Though film critics appreciated the fact this film shows it to be a more complex affair and that Anton Ego is ultimately very sincere about his high standards and will go out of his way to back a true genius.
* TantrumThrowing: Rémy starts throwing things around in the restaurant backyard after Linguini spurns him. It doesn't go very far since he's rather small, but he manages to break a wine bottle.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Colette is a Technician, and Rémy (controlling Linguini) is all Performer, and they both need to balance their game.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Who uses a shotgun against ''rats''?
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Poor Rémy never really finishes any meal he makes, notably the "lightningy-cheese-mushroom-saffron" recipe from the beginning of the film, or when Linguini snatches him away from his omelette while rushing for work. Lampshaded and finally averted when Linguini (after being bitten a dozen times) notices how hungry his new friend is and gives him a piece of cheese.
* ThisIsMyStory: The movie starts with Rémy crashing through a window. The action is paused and he starts narrating with the following line.
-->'''Rémy:''' This is me. I think it's apparent I need to rethink my life a little bit. What's my problem? First of all, I'm a rat, which means life is hard. And second, I have a highly developed sense of taste and smell.
* TitleDrop:
** The eponymous dish has great significance in the movie's climax [[spoiler:and the bistro that Rémy, Linguini, and Colette set up in the film's end is named "La Ratatouille."]]
** However, this trope is also parodied when earlier Linguini brings up the subject of "ratatouille" for no other reason besides being drunk.
--->'''Linguini:''' Ratatouille. It's like a stew, right? Why do they call it that? If you're gonna name a food, you should give it a name that sounds delicious. Ratatouille doesn't sound delicious. It sounds like "rat" and "patootie". Rat patootie! Which does not sound delicious.
* TrainingMontage: Rémy and Linguini practicing their puppetry in Linguini's apartment, and Colette teaching Linguini how to work in a professional kitchen.
* TranslationConvention: We can hear the rats speaking English, but it's shown that the old lady at the start of the film (and presumably all the other humans) hears nothing but squeaks. And for that matter, all the humans in France speak English too.
* TrueCompanions:
** The extended clan of rats.
** Also the chef team of Gusteau's. Colette spends time telling Linguini all about them because he's as much of a realized chef as the rest of them (or so she thinks). [[spoiler: But when he reveals that the secret to his cooking was a ''rat tugging his hair'' the whole time, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere they all wordlessly threw off their aprons and left]]. Colette as well, but [[ChangedMyMindKid came back to help at the last minute]].]]
* TruthInTelevision: The rants Colette gives to Linguini regarding what it takes to be an effective and successful chef could have come, word for word, from any chef in the world who has ever had to take a brand new cook in hand and change him from a kitchen-halting speedbump into a frictionless part of the kitchen machine. And given the participation of Chef Thomas Keller in this movie, they most likely did. Yes, Chefs are really that strict in restaurants, considering you have to be on the constant move to get orders done and make sure customers are happy with it as well. High-class restaurants even moreso. Also the part of Colette had it way more difficult than any of the male cooks to get into a star-prized restaurant as Gusteau's is very true, since female chefs are rare, ''especially'' in France.
* {{Tsundere}}: Colette turns out to be one. She appears hostile and confrontational at first when mentoring Linguini, but warms up to him when he takes her cooking advice and they eventually get together.
* VillainHasAPoint: Skinner in the beginning is justifiably angry when he catches the new garbage boy "cooking" since these dishes are prepared at professional standards and one screw-up could cost the restaurant another star. He also hires Linguini as a chef on probation, to see if he can survive the kitchen, after tasting his (actually Rémy's) soup because having talent is one thing and having discipline is another.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Anton Ego fits this trope to a T. He seems less interested in doing his job and more interested in acting on some bizarre vendetta against Gusteau's.
* VisualPun: Skinner's humiliating ousting from the restaurant and subsequent creepy determination to prove that a rat is involved somehow ends up driving him in Seine.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Linguini does this out a window after a brief taste of his own soup... before Rémy fixes it.
* WelcomeToHell: "Now, recreate the soup."
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rémy, who is never quite understood by his father, but despite this, wants to be appreciated by him.
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* WhamLine: "[[spoiler:He's your '''''son'''''?]]"
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Lampshaded. Rémy's major struggle is the fact that humans think rats are gross; the movie shows them as just mischievous and self-interested at worst.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Rémy has to fight for his respect as a chef, through Linguini at least.
* WhatTheHellHero: Linguini is furious when he catches Rémy helping his clan to steal food from the restaurant fridge. So much so he tells Rémy never to come back.
* WhenEldersAttack: A crazy old woman tries to shoot the rats with a shotgun, but completely and utterly fails.
* XRaySparks: When Rémy and Émile are cooking something on the TV antennae over chimney smoke, they are struck by lightning and their skeletons show.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler:Ego gave Gusteau's a great review... but since the rats tied up the health inspector -- they had to release him -- the restaurant got closed. But don't worry, Rémy soon gets his own restaurant.]]
* YouDirtyRat:
** Averted. Literally and metaphorically since Rémy's seen washing his hands, and even uses a Dish washer to wash loads of them [[spoiler:when he asks for their help in cooking meals in the kitchen.]]
** Played with when Skinner catches Linguini cooking he begins to call him something like "You dirty--," then notices Rémy and screams "RAT!"
-->'''Chef Skinner''': ''They think you might be a cook, but you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a [[CurseCutShort sneaky, overreaching, little -- RAAAT!]]''

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* ParentalBonus: When Linguini is trying to tell Colette that he's being controlled by Rémy, he says that he has "...a tiny, little..." causing her to glance downwards briefly.
* PeoplePuppets: Linguini.
* PetTheDog: Skinner tells Linguini he's sorry to hear about his mother's passing.
* PhraseCatcher: "Anyone can cook." Starts off as the title of Gusteau's cookbook, and other characters repeat those three words later on, as well.
* PosthumousCharacter: Auguste Gusteau, in a way. While the person himself is actually dead, he is seen through TV documentaries and as a figment of Rémy's imagination/conscience.
* PrecisionSwearStrike:
** "Welcome to hell"; granted, the point is a comparison to the ''place'', but it's still unusually heavy language for a G-rated animated movie.
** Ego's claim that it's impossible to find any perspective in "[[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch this bloody town]]" is a better example. It's actually quite jarring, especially with the way he says it.
* PragmaticVillainy: Skinner is a piece of work, but he also is a businessman. Thus, he won't fire a garbage boy if a chef makes the case that firing him for making a soup a reviewer liked would go against the restaurant's branding and mission statement. He also grudgingly accepts Linguini's growing success while trying to sabotage him subtly, and [[spoiler:plans behind the scenes to cheat him out of his inheritance]].
* ProperlyParanoid: Skinner strongly suspects that Rémy provides something important to Linguini's success, and of course, he's right.
* PunchClockVillain: Ego.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Colette does this to Linguini after Rémy makes him stop Colette adding sauce to a dish: "Don't. You. Dare."
* PunBasedTitle: "Ratatouille" is the name of an actual dish while the first syllable is also the main character's species. The same joke was made on ''Series/FawltyTowers'', decades earlier, and similarly, in ''VideoGame/DiscworldII'', which expanded upon the rodent-name food puns (like vole-au-vents).
* PursueTheDreamJob: Rémy is a cooking genius and he longs to become a chef.
* RealityEnsues: Twice, both times showing that while a couple of main characters might change their minds abut rats, most people are still revolted by them.
** Linguini comes clean about who's been doing the cooking, and [[spoiler:the entire kitchen staff walks out.]]
** Ego [[spoiler:is thoroughly delighted with his meal, meets the real chef, and overcomes his initial skepticism to write a glowing review of him... but the health inspector still shuts the place down for swarming with rats. This one gets a LampshadeHanging in the narration, no less.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Subverted with Skinner, who practices more under PragmaticVillainy. While he does hire Linguini on probation as a chef and gives him as much time as he needs to recreate the soup, he also plans to [[spoiler:cheat him out of his inheritance after learning Linguini is Gusteau's son]].
** PlayedWith Colette, given she is a KnifeNut but she's had to become a chef while facing sexist standards and thus is tough. Her advice helps Rémy and Linguini improve in the kitchen, when she could have easily "let you drown" as she points out later.
* ReassignmentBackfire: Skinner, trying to get Linguini kicked out of the kitchen, gives him the task of cooking a recipe that Gusteau himself said was a disaster. To his shock, Rémy quickly fixes the recipe to the point where it is so delicious that everyone else in the restaurant wants it, running the cooks ragged to keep up with orders and convincing everyone else in the kitchen that Linguini is a master chef.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Linguini discovers an unusually intelligent rat who not only knows how to cook delicious gourmet food, but even ''washes his hands'' before doing so. Instead of alerting scientists to this incredible find and possibly becoming famous for it, he just keeps it secret and lets it make food for him. One would think there'd be a sizeable niche market in "come see a rat cook haute cuisine!"
** The film notably explores this, actually, as mentioned in the RealityEnsues entry above. While Rémy's abilities are certainly amazing, the fact that he's a rat means that anyone who's aware of how things actually run in the restaurant immediately turns against him, as both the kitchen staff and the health inspector do. Interestingly this forms the basis of the plot, as Rémy would love nothing more than to cook for people, but everyone is hostile to him doing so because of his being...you know...a rat.
* LaResistance: One of the chefs was in one. They didn't win.
* RoadsideWave: Happens to Skinner after being ousted from the restaurant.
* RousingSpeech:
** Subverted when Linguini reveals Rémy to the rest of the kitchen and tells them that if they have faith in this rat's culinary genius, they will all have a glorious future; they all promptly quit. Also played straight because Rémy's family, moved by Linguini's speech and willingness to stand up for Rémy, decide to help out and do the cooking.
** Inverted earlier, as Linguini tries to inspire the cooks to make a 5-star-inducing dish for the harsh food critic Anton Ego. He fails to inspire anything but confused glances and yawning. Colette ends up doing the work for him with ''two sentences.''
* SayMyNameTrailer: It comes complete with a pronunciation guide.
* SceneryPorn: Pixar went to a lot of trouble to capture the look and atmosphere of Paris in the autumn.
** The early scene where Linguini nearly throws Rémy into the Seine (which takes place near Pont Notre Dame in the east bank) is beautifully rendered and lit, with a touch of light fog adding to the mood.
** Gusteau's restaurant, curiously, is a real restaurant in France, known in real life as the ''Tour d'argent'' (Silver Tower).
** The rat-catcher's shop is also real (down to the window display as depicted). It's also a taxidermist, thus explaining the trophies in the window.
** Almost indistinguishable, but in the beginning when Rémy ends up on the floor of the restaurant under the counters while hiding, there are tiny bits of food on the floor with him. They went to the trouble of ''detailing the crumbs on the floor that hadn't been completely cleared''.
* SelfDeprecation:
-->'''Ego:''' The bitter truth that we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The producers got authentic Culinary {{Badass}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Keller Thomas Keller]], acknowledged by damned near all other professional chefs to be the greatest American chef alive right now, who owns and runs several high quality restaurants (he's the only chef in America to earn a three-star rating for ''two separate restaurants'' '''''simultaneously''''') and is the author of ''several'' high-caliber cook books, to show how the craft works, and used Colette's [[TruthInTelevision mentoring montage]] to show that research off. That sequences serves not only to establish verisimilitude in that story, but also to develop Colette's character and encourage the heroes' and the audience's respect for her.
** Look closely at what Rémy does with Linguini's toilet bowl soup -- not all the stuff he's tossing in his readily recognizable, but the stuff that is (dressing, cream, shallots, etc.) more or less is turning it into a tomato ''bisque.''
** They also actually cooked some of the recipes used in the movie themselves, so that they could accurately render how foodstuffs look and react when being prepared via various cooking techniques.
** The ratatouille variant that Rémy prepares for Ego at the end was invented for the film; Chef Keller was asked what he would do if a critic like Ego were to suddenly enter his restaurant and, in a moment of inspiration, created the dish.
** If one looks closely, one can see that the chefs have small burn scars on the underside of their forearms.
** And speaking of burns, why does Larousse have a torch? It's not just because he's a pyro; that's a pastry torch, used to melt sugar for crème brûlée and certain other dishes.
** One of the animators jumped into a pool wearing a chef's uniform, so they could accurately render what such a uniform would look like soaking wet.
** When Skinner gets Linguini drunk, special attention is paid to how both hold their wine glasses: Linguini, who doesn't drink much, incorrectly holds the glass by its bowl; Skinner holds it by the stem, which is considered correct, as heat from the hand won't transfer to the wine and warm it too much.
* ShoutOut:
** Remy is introduced [[Film/TheGoodtheBadandtheUgly in a freeze frame of him crashing through a window.]]
** Look carefully, and you'll spot [[EnemyMime Bomb Voyage]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' on a street corner when Linguini and Colette roller-skate past Skinner. Here, he's not so villainous: just a regular old French mime.
** When Colette is introducing the other chefs she mentions one of them (the pyro) was a member of a failed [[LaResistance Résistance]] (although he won't say which war) -- cue the La Résistance music from ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', which shares a composer with this film.
** Possibly Colette herself: her last name is "Tautou", like the actress of ''[[{{Amelie}} Amélie]]''. And Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, mostly known by her family name, is a famous French author.
** The Health Inspector looks a little like [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]].
** Ego's FlashBack is very similar to the famous madeleine scene from Proust's ''À la recherche du temps perdu''.
** The first thing Skinner says to Linguini on his first day as an official chef is [[Series/HellsKitchen "Welcome to hell."]]
** The scene with the various Gusteau cutouts. One of them sounds like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes a certain rooster]]. Another, a cartoon of a literal corn-dog, talks like WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo.
** Not to mention that [[WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko some of the loop group of Paris]] worked on this film. (Cue the end credits)
** Émile also looks and acts a lot like [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Gus]].
** During the scene where the clan helps Rémy cook, he orders a steak really tenderized. The brawniest rat in the clan [[Film/{{Rocky}} punches the steak repeatedly]].
-->'''Rémy:''' Stick and move!
** When the old woman first attempts to fire her shotgun, an umbrella opens out of the end, quite reminiscent of a scene in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
** The proposed designs for Gusteau's line of foods, featuring the chef dressed in various regional costumes, is quite similar to the packaging of "[[Creator/PaulNewman Newman's Own]]" brand salsas and sauces.
* ShutUpKiss: An odd variation -- Rémy shuts Linguine up by "puppeteering" him into kissing Colette.
* SignificantAnagram / RepetitiveName: "Auguste" and "Gusteau" are anagrams of each other.
* SkeletonMotif: Food critic Anton Ego has a gaunt, skeletal appearance befitting his role as TheDreaded among restauranteurs. To bring the point home, his office is shaped like a coffin, and his typewriter resembles a skull.
* SlapSlapKiss: Rémy briefly witnesses a particularly extreme (though plot-irrelevant) one -- the woman is pointing a gun at the man and threatening to shoot him. Rémy keeps running, but after a shot is fired into the ceiling near him, he does a DoubleTake and runs back -- they're now kissing.
* SlowMotionDrop: When Anton Ego drops his pen after one taste of Rémy's ratatouille.
* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: There's the clumsy and incompetent human Linguini and his intelligent and professional chef rat Rémy who controls Linguini's movements.
* SmoochOfVictory: Colette gives one to Linguini during Anton Ego's final review.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Colette is very much aware that she is the only female chef in the restaurant and is a definite minority in the profession in general. She was forced to claw her way up and as a result feels that she has to be tough and defensive to succeed in a career she worked so hard for.
* SoapWithinAShow: A bizarre French soap opera appears on Linguini's TV.
* SoreLoser: Skinner.
* TheSpeechless: Rémy, a rat, is unable to communicate with Linguini, a human, throughout the whole film. The only time he speaks is to members of his own kind and to the audience, thanks to the TranslationConvention. When other characters react to his noises, they are shown to be the squeaks of a normal rat.
* SpiritAdvisor: Rémy, desperate to talk to someone, imagines up Auguste Gusteau. Rémy is fully aware that Gusteau is a figment of his imagination and he disappears when Rémy realizes he can rely on his own judgment. This is actually played with, for the most part it does seems like his imagination. But as the film goes on Gusteau starts to feel more like his own entity than Rémy's considering his reactions. Even Rémy starts to wonder when Gusteau departs his final words of wisdom on him. So it's more or less leave the audience to decide if it's really coming from Rémy's mind or Gusteau's actual ghost helping him.
* SpitTake: Subverted. Ego ''starts'' one when he hears that Gusteau's is "popular" again, but pauses to check the label and decides his wine is too good to waste in such a fashion. ParentalBonus moment: That's a real wine, and ''far'' too good to spit out like that.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Linguini's first attempt to carry Rémy around in the kitchen results in the rat slipping in his uniform and the boy drawing lots of attention with his gyrations. It gets worse when Linguini starts slapping Rémy inside his clothes in frustration, and the latter retaliate by biting.
* StartMyOwn: [[spoiler:After they lose Gusteau's restaurant thanks to a health inspector finding out about the rats. Rémy, Linguini, and Colette start up their own restaurant, a small bistro with Ego as a main investor and Rémy's clan both helping out in the kitchen as well as being served alongside humans. It turns out to be a huge success.]]
* StickEmUp: Sous-chef Horst says that he "once robbed the second biggest bank in France using only a ball-point pen." Of course, as Colette notes, he changes stories every time he's asked.
* StrawCritic: Subverted. Ego is extremely hard to please, but his high standards are sincere, and when confronted with true culinary genius he recognizes and supports it, even when doing so jeopardizes his career.
* SuddenlyShouting: Colette when tutoring Linguini.
--> '''Colette''': "Every second counts, and YOU CANNOT BE MOMMY!"
--> '''Colette''': "Keep your station clear, or I WILL KILL YOU!"
* SuperWindowJump: Remy's introduction.
* TakeThat: Some have seen Skinner's use of Gusteau's imagery as just a ''wee'' bit of a dig by Pixar at [[Creator/{{Disney}} their distributor.]] A derivative, uncreative sellout plastering the image of a beloved, deceased innovator all over his less-inspired creations and a whole slew of cheap, worthless products; ring any bells? [[note]]It's worth noting that [[RealitySubtext this film was being made during difficult contract negotiations, so...]][[/note]]
* TakeThatCritics: Some people have taken Ego's review to be an attack on the incredible willingness of critics to tear things apart for no good reason. Though film critics appreciated the fact this film shows it to be a more complex affair and that Anton Ego is ultimately very sincere about his high standards and will go out of his way to back a true genius.
* TantrumThrowing: Rémy starts throwing things around in the restaurant backyard after Linguini spurns him. It doesn't go very far since he's rather small, but he manages to break a wine bottle.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Colette is a Technician, and Rémy (controlling Linguini) is all Performer, and they both need to balance their game.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Who uses a shotgun against ''rats''?
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Poor Rémy never really finishes any meal he makes, notably the "lightningy-cheese-mushroom-saffron" recipe from the beginning of the film, or when Linguini snatches him away from his omelette while rushing for work. Lampshaded and finally averted when Linguini (after being bitten a dozen times) notices how hungry his new friend is and gives him a piece of cheese.
* ThisIsMyStory: The movie starts with Rémy crashing through a window. The action is paused and he starts narrating with the following line.
-->'''Rémy:''' This is me. I think it's apparent I need to rethink my life a little bit. What's my problem? First of all, I'm a rat, which means life is hard. And second, I have a highly developed sense of taste and smell.
* TitleDrop:
** The eponymous dish has great significance in the movie's climax [[spoiler:and the bistro that Rémy, Linguini, and Colette set up in the film's end is named "La Ratatouille."]]
** However, this trope is also parodied when earlier Linguini brings up the subject of "ratatouille" for no other reason besides being drunk.
--->'''Linguini:''' Ratatouille. It's like a stew, right? Why do they call it that? If you're gonna name a food, you should give it a name that sounds delicious. Ratatouille doesn't sound delicious. It sounds like "rat" and "patootie". Rat patootie! Which does not sound delicious.
* TrainingMontage: Rémy and Linguini practicing their puppetry in Linguini's apartment, and Colette teaching Linguini how to work in a professional kitchen.
* TranslationConvention: We can hear the rats speaking English, but it's shown that the old lady at the start of the film (and presumably all the other humans) hears nothing but squeaks. And for that matter, all the humans in France speak English too.
* TrueCompanions:
** The extended clan of rats.
** Also the chef team of Gusteau's. Colette spends time telling Linguini all about them because he's as much of a realized chef as the rest of them (or so she thinks). [[spoiler: But when he reveals that the secret to his cooking was a ''rat tugging his hair'' the whole time, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere they all wordlessly threw off their aprons and left]]. Colette as well, but [[ChangedMyMindKid came back to help at the last minute]].]]
* TruthInTelevision: The rants Colette gives to Linguini regarding what it takes to be an effective and successful chef could have come, word for word, from any chef in the world who has ever had to take a brand new cook in hand and change him from a kitchen-halting speedbump into a frictionless part of the kitchen machine. And given the participation of Chef Thomas Keller in this movie, they most likely did. Yes, Chefs are really that strict in restaurants, considering you have to be on the constant move to get orders done and make sure customers are happy with it as well. High-class restaurants even moreso. Also the part of Colette had it way more difficult than any of the male cooks to get into a star-prized restaurant as Gusteau's is very true, since female chefs are rare, ''especially'' in France.
* {{Tsundere}}: Colette turns out to be one. She appears hostile and confrontational at first when mentoring Linguini, but warms up to him when he takes her cooking advice and they eventually get together.
* VillainHasAPoint: Skinner in the beginning is justifiably angry when he catches the new garbage boy "cooking" since these dishes are prepared at professional standards and one screw-up could cost the restaurant another star. He also hires Linguini as a chef on probation, to see if he can survive the kitchen, after tasting his (actually Rémy's) soup because having talent is one thing and having discipline is another.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Anton Ego fits this trope to a T. He seems less interested in doing his job and more interested in acting on some bizarre vendetta against Gusteau's.
* VisualPun: Skinner's humiliating ousting from the restaurant and subsequent creepy determination to prove that a rat is involved somehow ends up driving him in Seine.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Linguini does this out a window after a brief taste of his own soup... before Rémy fixes it.
* WelcomeToHell: "Now, recreate the soup."
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rémy, who is never quite understood by his father, but despite this, wants to be appreciated by him.
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* WhamLine: "[[spoiler:He's your '''''son'''''?]]"
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Lampshaded. Rémy's major struggle is the fact that humans think rats are gross; the movie shows them as just mischievous and self-interested at worst.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Rémy has to fight for his respect as a chef, through Linguini at least.
* WhatTheHellHero: Linguini is furious when he catches Rémy helping his clan to steal food from the restaurant fridge. So much so he tells Rémy never to come back.
* WhenEldersAttack: A crazy old woman tries to shoot the rats with a shotgun, but completely and utterly fails.
* XRaySparks: When Rémy and Émile are cooking something on the TV antennae over chimney smoke, they are struck by lightning and their skeletons show.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler:Ego gave Gusteau's a great review... but since the rats tied up the health inspector -- they had to release him -- the restaurant got closed. But don't worry, Rémy soon gets his own restaurant.]]
* YouDirtyRat:
** Averted. Literally and metaphorically since Rémy's seen washing his hands, and even uses a Dish washer to wash loads of them [[spoiler:when he asks for their help in cooking meals in the kitchen.]]
** Played with when Skinner catches Linguini cooking he begins to call him something like "You dirty--," then notices Rémy and screams "RAT!"
-->'''Chef Skinner''': ''They think you might be a cook, but you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a [[CurseCutShort sneaky, overreaching, little -- RAAAT!]]''

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