Executive Meddling: For the better, perhaps. The film's original director, Jan Pinkava, was replaced with Brad Bird after Pinkava was unable to come up with a satisfactory resolution to the story. Bird, who had won an Oscar for his work on The Incredibles a year earlier, was given a tight deadline to rewrite the script using already finished models of the characters in place and make it better! Among the most apparent changes were redesigning the rats to make them less cartoony and killing off Gusteau, only having him appear through Rémy's imagination. He won a second Oscar for this film. Needless to say, he took a brief hiatus from film-making after this.