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Marcel Toing knows where to steal the freshest ingredients.

"Meet Marcel Toing! Proud owner of restaurant Ratatoing!"

An animated movie from Vídeo Brinquedo.

Marcel Toing is a talking rat living in a world of talking rats, who owns the famous restaurant Ratatoing. After closing time, he and his friends Carol and Greg get the food from other places to use in their restaurant. Meanwhile, a group of villain mice plan to find out the secret of the recipes.

Contrast Ratatouille, since it's a complete and utter knockoff — kind of. The film's plot (such as it is) has little in common with the Pixar film.


This film provides examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The female mice wear necklaces.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Speaking to customers makes Marcel incredibly uncomfortable, to the point where his friends fake a kitchen accident to give him an excuse to escape.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Of the Sally Acorn-esque "boobs without nipples" variety.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Toing" is a Spanish onomatopoeia for a squeaking sound, which fits with the movie being about rats.
  • Buffoonish Tomcat: This is rather reminiscent of Tom from Tom and Jerry and/or an Sylvester-esque style in two scenes where Marcel deceives the fat cat named Palo that was chasing him and having the cat chasing him when reappearing (also the cat's amusing running animation when standing up helps out his clownish "Dumb Muscle" look as well).
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  • Card-Carrying Villain: "We're so bad!", one of the villains gloats.
  • Catchphrase: Greg's "Precisely!"
  • Character Shilling: Fills the first ten minutes of the runtime, with everyone just sitting in the restaurant talking about how great the food and the chef is.
  • The Chick: Carol.
  • City with No Name: Averted. While explicitly Rio de Janeiro, it is referred to only as "the marvelous city" and "this city" in the English dub. Without context, it seems like the narrator is going out of his way to avoid saying the name of the city, but "the Marvelous City" ("Cidade Maravilhosa" in Portuguese) is actually a common nickname for Rio in Brazil.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Much of the dialogue in Ratatoing consists of characters saying the same thing over and over, with another character repeating what someone just said, pointing out something which is obvious from the visuals, or repeating what someone just said.
  • Double Entendre: Lots of innuendos. Really, really bad ones:
    Carol: Hey, my handsome friend, are you ready for more food adventures tonight?
    Marcel: I'm always ready, because I know how to keep my equipment prepared!
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Someone trying to sabotage your restaurant? Send them to an out of town laboratory.
  • Easily Forgiven: Marcel has two of his competitors sent to an out of town laboratory. Their spouses aren't exactly thrilled with this, but continue to come and eat at his restaurant anyway.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: As part of the villain's plan. They scare the patrons of the human restaurant, so they increase "security" and make it harder for Marcel to get ingredients.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: From Greg saying his Catchphrase, no less. He even says it again while they're laughing!
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    Marcel: Just look at all that delicious cheese just waiting to be taken!
    Carol: Oh really? But what about the cat?
    Marcel: There's no sign of him, I checked everywhere!
    Greg: Look behind you, Marcel! *cut to cat standing directly behind Marcel*
    • Greg fails to notice one of the antagonists using the secret tunnel, directly in front of him.
      • Although considering Marcel couldn't see the strawberries on the table without using a pair of night-vision goggles, perhaps they're just all incredibly near-sighted.
  • Fly in the Soup: Played with; one of the villains seems to notice a fly in his meal and calls the waiter over to complain, but it's to complain that he ordered the flies in Gorgonzola sauce, and his meal clearly has Camembert sauce instead.
  • Gonk: Palo the cat. Although, not as ugly as actual gonk-like cats and/or animated cats since Palo is on the more Ugly Cute side of this because of his weird design that stands out from the mice.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Shown with Palo the cat, after having been fed by Marcel. It cooperates with him to take out the rival rats and becomes a recurring customer in his restaurant afterward.
  • Idiot Ball: Everyone at one point or another. Ironically, Greg comes off as the smartest when he's supposed to be the idiot and/or the idiotic Fat Comic Relief.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Reiterated over and over again. It's not so much that the food or Marcel's cooking is special — it's that the customers have only ever eaten things that came out of the trash.
  • Informed Ability: The first twelve minutes of Ratatoing are nothing but customers repeating how good Marcel Toing's food is. The sight of the actual food itself would suggest otherwise.
    • Perishable food which is just left lying on the table all night. And he makes it last all week without refrigeration since he only steals on Thursdays. Still wondering why the cooking pot he constantly stirs is filled with brown sludge?
  • Inherently Funny Words: TOING.
    • Precisely!
  • Irony: Greg's supposed to be the idiot, but ends up coming across as the smartest character in the movie.
  • Karma Houdini: Marcel. No one has a problem with him having his competitors taken to be used as test rats in a laboratory (although one of the antagonists reveals they're being treated very well there).
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Which gets used three times in the film. And has Greg pulling chunks of cheese from his crotch.
  • Lost in Translation:
    • The movie is obviously supposed to take place in Rio de Janeiro, but in the English version it's only ever referred to by its Brazilian nickname "the Marvelous City", making it seem like the narrator is keeping the true setting a secret.
    • A restaurant patron casually saying she'd come from "a great distance" (instead of, say, "all the way from Brasilia") to sample the delicious food.
    • In spite of the film itself never mentioning Rio de Janeiro by name, its English trailer does.
  • Mega Neko: Also that aforementioned cat Palo to the titular mice. Although this is somewhat averted when you compared this cat's size since Palo seems smaller than typical cats when he is seen with people.
  • The Mockbuster: Ratatouille with a bit of Flushed Away to boot.
  • Namesake Gag: One of the most ridiculous examples of this trope, since the restaurant is named "Ratatoing", after its owner and founder, Marcel Toing.
  • No Name Given: One of the villains is just called "Brown Haired Rat" by the credits.
  • Palette Swap: Most of the rats are recolors of the same two models with hairpieces added.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The heroine rat Carol is pink.
  • Series Continuity Error: Carol states that they've "never had any chocolate before" in their restaurant, but in an earlier scene they offered a customer chocolate sponge cake with ice cream and biscuit bran.
  • Shout-Out:
    • On the food raids, Greg wears a black beanie hat, essentially giving him Mickey Mouse ears.
    • One of the paintings is a mouse version of the Mona Lisa.
  • Silly Walk: Rather a 'Silly Run' embodiment of this trope with the aforementioned Palo running in the silliest way possible.
  • Stock Footage: The scene with the trio prepping to raid the human kitchen is reused in its entirety later in the movie.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: U.N. Owen Was... A Mouse!
  • Thriving Ghost Town: The narrator describes Rio as full of people, while showing an empty street.
  • Villain Protagonist: Marcel's a liar, a thief, and sends any rats who know his secret off to a lab to be test subjects... and he's the main character.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Subverted - rats are both heroes and villains.


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Carol the "sexy" rat

Danny expresses disgust with Carol's sexualization in Ratatoing. She's designed and animated in a way that's fanservicey, but the movement, cheap CG, and her being a rat make it fall flat.

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