The movie was created in order to defuse a common insult against the Disney Corporation.A popular slang term for Disney is "the Mouse," after their most successful intellectual property, Mickey Mouse. Detractors like to spin that into "the Rat," invoking the animal's reputation for being sneaky and ridden with disease. Hence, Disney commissions Pixar to make a film about a lovable, soulful, artistic genius of a rat in order to improve the species' public image and make "the Rat" into a compliment.
The movie was created as a wake-up call for Disney.The folks at Pixar have often stated their love for classic Disney films. And just about every other critic noticed there was something familiar about the concept of the film: after a beloved chef's death, a new head chef capitalizes on the reputation of said chef by using it to churn out inferior frozen, prepackaged foods. note
The movie was intended as a Take That at Disney.Ratatouille was developed while Pixar and Disney were trying (and failing) to reach a new profit-sharing and distribution deal. If Disney and Pixar had not reached a new agreement, Ratatouille would've been Pixar's first non-Disney movie. Puts the scenes of everyone repulsed at rats in a new light.
That's no hallucination; that's Gusteau's ghost.Think about it — who is the real winner here? Gusteau's son attains his birthright and Gusteau's restaurant regains its reputation. The greedy little twerp who had pimped out Gusteau's image is ruined. All because Remy, the world's greatest chef, had a "hallucination" which guided him to the restaurant and encouraged him to help Linguini out. Maybe it was a more active form of guidance than Remy thought; Gusteau just went along with the "figment of your imagination" idea because he figured Remy would be more likely to accept a vision brought on by intense hunger than a departed spirit.
Gusteau is real, but doesn't guide Remy to his restaurant with the hope to save it.He wants to help Remy discover himself.
Gusteau actually cooks as bad as Linguini: he also had a rat in his headEventually Gusteau became independent and took the popularity to himself after learning on how to cook from a rat.
Remy is Gusteau.Think about it. Rats don't live long. Remy is young for a rat, and so he is only a few months old at the most. He certainly wouldn't have been born until after Gusteau died. By simple irony, Gusteau was reincarnated as a rat; but his previous life was so vivid that he was still a food-lover. The ghost-Gusteau that Remy keeps seeing is his subconscious broken memories of his old life. This is why he is so attracted to Linguini. He wants to be near his son.
Ego is Gusteau.Suffering from a continual inferiority complex, the man created an entirely alternate personality to be his exact opposite and criticise his every move. He's stereotypically French? His opposite, stereotypically English. He's grossly overweight? His opposite, vampirically thin. He even goes so far as to give the man a name implying an origin in the recesses of the unconscious mind. Ultimately, he grew bored of cooking; using some money from an old nest egg, he underwent dramatic surgery to bring 'Ego' - previously played by an actor - to life, until the time came to test his beloved long-lost son. This adds credence to Remy's cooking - it's so good that it inspires memories in a fake personality who logically shouldn't have them.
Colette lies about the kitchen crew to inspire or spook Linguini.So does the sous chef. Surely he didn't single-handedly create the hole in the ozone layer.
The movie is part of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy continuity.Remy is one of the smarter-than-human mice projection of the alien race that created Deep Thought. He just lost interest in the research of the ultimate question to Life, the Universe and Everything, in favor of cooking. The ability to control Linguini by pulling his hairs is not an anomaly; it's a feature of all humans.
Remy's colony is descended from the Rats of NIMH.In an effort to escape NIMH for good, the colony left their valley and traveled to France, eventually giving rise to a colony of rats that were smart enough to build boats, develop language, read, cook, etc.
Ego is a vampire.Normal food holds no pleasure for him; eventually Linguini's dish is the only thing capable of inspiring enjoyment in him outside of blood.
Ego had an unhappy childhood.The reason why he looks cold and dark-hearted and his criticism is direct and sharp is because he wants to impose his childhood misery upon others. It is also the reason why the ratatouille inspired enjoyment in him: he was reminded of his mother, who could possibly be the only person who cared for him.
Linguini is the hapless farmer from "Lifted."That farmer was slammed around his farmhouse like a pinball by that goofy alien. Repeated head trauma would explain why Linguini was so bad on his feet and unable to hold down a job. Living in the US would explain his American accented French, and why Gusteau did not know of him before his death.
Ego is immortal.He became so bored with immortality that he became a Caustic Critic, taking out his ennui on the food that he became bored with. The ratatouille brought him back to his childhood, when everything was still full of wonder, and he decides to be more constructive with his eternal life.
Horst suffers from Split Personality DisorderThat's why he always gives a different explanation when asked why he spent time in prison. Every single personality remembers it differently. That would also explain why most of the answers are so wacky. Many of those personalities don't have a full grasp of reality. They imagine something unbelievable because they don't understand that it is possible... Robbing a bank with a ballpoint pen?! Horst hasn't gone on medication because he has no need for it. The personalities are only a little different, and they share information and common memories. He can cook efficiently no matter which personality is in control. Why waste a lot of money and time on unreliable pills and therapy when he can get by just fine? It's not like anyone would dare hurt him. His coworkers dismiss his quirk as a sign that he doesn't want to reveal the 'actual reason'.
Horst is really Chuck Norris.'Nuff said.
Ratatouille is an obscure sequel to South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.No no no, just hear me out; remember the chef who was in 'La Resistance', but never talks about it? That's really Mole; 'La Resistance' refers to the group of kids devoted to saving Terrence and Phillip, and the reason he never talks about it was because a) it's not exactly a noble resistance to talk about, and b) he was supposed to have died.
Renata Linguine was a Mafia PrincessShe had to go back to her father after a long enough stint in Paris to fall in love with Gusteau and conceive Alfredo. Since Alfredo is half-French, he wouldn't qualify for membership in The Mafia and thus was left without the help of The Family when Renata died.
Ego's mom is the old lady from the beginning.You know, the owner of the house infested by Remy's family. Hear me out: Ego's childhood home used to be in the country, this lady lives in the country. Plus, this lady must have been the same age as the critic's mother, since he's no rosebud either. Maybe Remy watched the old lady cooking, and got some of her style. Also, Ego might had been in a fight with his mother and cut the contact, making the scene where he tries the Ratatouille a lot more meaningful.
Skinner sabotaged Gusteau.Skinner wanted to launch a line of frozen foods under Gusteau's name. When he refused, he purposely batched Anton ego's dish in order to loose a star. Skinner did not intend to kill Gusteau, only to dishearten him enough to let Skinner make the frozen dinners. Gusteau's death was a fortunate coincidence considering Skinner got all rights to his name and restaurant.
Ego's Childhood Flashback was just a metaphor.Ratatouille wasn't Ego's favorite childhood food. It was a metaphor that Ego locked away his childhood along with his happiness and after eating Ratatouille released it.
The black and white report on Gusteau was a VHSThere are DNA tests and stuff.
Colette is based in apperence at least partially off Motoko Kusenagi
Horst is The Joker.Let's see, he has a Multiple Choice Past to be sure, but perhaps his "normal" appearance is just some good makeup. But wait you say, he's not a walking wasteland of Comedic Sociopathy right? Given how much of The Unfunny Horst happens to be, maybe he's trying to parody what he thinks normal people act like while on downtime. Even the Ace of Knaves needs a breather, after all.
Horst did time for public nudity and/or public urination.And he's so embarrassed by it that he makes up crazy stories to cover it up and keep people too scared of him to really look into it.
The movie takes place in the same universe as The Incredibles.And the hair-acting-as-marionette-strings is his lame super power.
Skinner bought Gusteau's.After the place was shut down. Skinner bought it by a pittance along with the right to Gusteau's name and resumed his plans of selling frozen foods. He also rehired the employees who left when Linguini told them about the rat.
Skinner killed Gusteau.He poisoned Gusteau and only made it look like a trauma caused by Ego's negative review.