Trivia / Ratatouille

  • Completely Different Title: In Japan, the movie is titled Rémy's Delicious Restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Janeane Garofalo as Colette, Brad Garrett as Gusteau and Ian Holm as Skinner. None of them are French.
    • Lou Romano as Linguini, who is half-French, half-most likely Italian (he's named after a pasta and his mother's name was Renata). Romano is American.
  • Genius Bonus: The sight of Remy nearly throwing up from the smell of Linguini's wretched cooking makes the latter look even more incompetent if you know that rats don't actually have a vomit reflex.
  • The Mockbuster: Video Brinquedo attempted to cash in on the success of this film with Ratatoing, a movie with a plot that was completely different (although infinitely more idiotic), but with a setting identical enough to be considered copyright infringement. Except instead of Paris it was, for Creator Provincialism reasons, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Reality Subtext: Comediane Janeane Garofalo plays a woman who had to fight tooth and nail to become successful in a career dominated by latently sexist traditions. She famously left the writing staff of Saturday Night Live after one season because the male-dominated team made it what she called a "boy's club."
  • The Red Stapler: Sales in pet rats went up considerably after this film's release.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Patton Oswalt's stand-up routine is not only quite vulgar, but filled with obscure, nerdy references and not appropriate at all for kids. He has one routine about how, in the press tour for this movie, he had a lot of trouble being positive and friendly in front of his audience. Although the man does do quite a lot of voice-work for many other lower-profile kid-friendly projects, so it was probably more about the required constant promotion of the film. His profane rant on Black Angus is what got him approached for the role; in addition to being really funny, Brad Bird liked the sound of Oswalt describing the food in his routine.
  • What Could Have Been: Gusteau was originally going to be more involved in the story — still living, but too depressed and gloomy from Ego's review. The producers felt the story was complicated enough, so his role was trimmed down.


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