!! The film:

* AccidentalInnuendo:
-->'''Ego''': If I don't love it, I don't swallow!
* AluminumChristmasTrees: As crazy as it seems (to American viewers at least), the pest control shop with all the dead rats hanging in the window is an actual store in Paris. [[http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aePA9mMaULB4 It's called Aurouze, and it's been around since 1872.]]
* {{Applicability}}: Known as "''Literature/TheFountainhead'' With Cooking In Place Of Architecture" in [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivist]] circles, due to its protagonist longing to use his talent not for altruistic purposes like checking food for poison but "to make things, to add something to this world," his mentor who was a genius in his field and once considered the best but eventually fell from grace due to his unorthodox methods, its DesignatedVillain being a critic who seemingly likes to write trolling reviews ForTheEvulz. Though ultimately its the same critic's very high standards that leads to the film's CentralTheme that "not everyone can be a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere."
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Who knew that a rat controlling a human so he could cook would be such a hit?
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene with the arguing couple and the woman attempts to shoot the man, then they kiss. Yes, it's as absurd as it sounds.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_hdmt4vpBo "Le Festin"]].
** If you look at the translated lyrics, you'll see that the song is basically a theme for Remy and the film; the tale of a thief who hates stealing while feeling that there wasn't a choice in the matter. Later on, the thief achieves and a new start in life through his passion and determination to break free.
* DesignatedVillain: Anton Ego is like this, with his coffin-shaped room and menacing demeanor, despite only being a food critic. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when he tastes the ratatouille and realizes he loves it, breaking his apparent intimidating facade. By the end, he's good friends with the main characters.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Horst. [[ShroudedInMyth Guess why.]] That, or his THUMB OF DOOOOOOM!
* GeniusBonus: Anton's food-induced {{Flashback}} hails from Marcel Proust's concept of "involuntary memory". Quoth ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_Lost_Time#Themes In Search of Lost Time]]'':
-->No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, something isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory – this new sensation having had on me the effect which love has of filling me with a precious essence; or rather this essence was not in me it was me. ... Whence did it come? What did it mean? How could I seize and apprehend it? ... And suddenly the memory revealed itself. The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on those mornings I did not go out before mass), when I went to say good morning to her in her bedroom, my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane. The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it. And all from my cup of tea.
** It's actually a very well-known concept in France, used in common speak through the expression "''C'est ma madeleine de Proust''" (it's my madeleine of Proust).
*** The reference to chef Boyardee is surprisingly significant,he was also a well-known and successful chef that was reduced to a face on prepared foods after his death.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Considering the film is set in France, it shouldn't be a surprise that it was a smash hit there.
* HarsherInHindsight: During Linguini's TrainingMontage, Colette comments on how cooking is not "like Mommy in the kitchen" when Linguini had recently lost his mother to an unspecified illness.
** Also FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler:Ego loves the ratatouille so much because it is ''exactly like how his mother used to make it'']].
* HilariousInHindsight: The scene where Remy practices puppeteering Linguini, specifically the clip where the camera focuses on Linguini's right hand as he reaches for a tomato and ends up knocking over a wine glass, can remind some watchers of their experiences playing ''VideoGame/SurgeonSimulator2013''.
* IAmNotShazam: The film's title comes from a dish featured in the movie's climax (and the obvious pun on "rat"), not from any of the characters.
* NightmareFuel:
** The rat-catcher's shop, which is a RealLife store in Paris.
** Linguini's nightmare.
** Whenever the rats appear in large groups. First there's the scene where the old lady shoots down her ceiling, revealing that ALL the rats have been living [[{{Squick}} IN HER ROOF.]] Then there's the bit near the end where a swarm of rats chase the health inspector, ''swarm over his car'' (with him inside), interfere with the car's mechanics, and eventually bring him back, bound and gagged, to the kitchen, where they lock him in the freezer for who knows how long!
* PeripheryDemographic: ''{{The Onion}}'' AV Club noted that that this movie has a cult following amongst artists of all media, because it is one of the best at capturing the joy of creation. It is especially popular among culinary professionals.
* {{Squick}}: Collette's reaction to seeing the rats working in the kitchen, but the audience knows that they went for a thorough cleaning in the dishwasher before starting.
* TearJerker: Anton Ego's food-induced flashback. Some laugh, some weep.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Pixar's films are usually smart enough to entertain adults, but this is the first that honestly feels like it was made ''specifically'' for adults. It wasn't, but still.

!! The game:

* DemonicSpiders: The bubble-wrapped shrimps are extremely fast and can rapidly change directions on the move, making it exceedingly hard to defeat them without taking some damage first.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs – The dream sequences certainly give off that vibe, as you travel through the worlds of dancing bakery, cheese, vegetables, fruit cocktails and even a world of dishwashing at one point. There are floating bits of fruit/bread/etc. as platforms, soft cheese acting as trampoline in the related level and even a shark-fin-like ''knive blade'' floating in the world of dishwashing.

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