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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. He owns the famous restaurant, Ratatoing. After spending time talking about the food, he, his assistant Carol, and Greg get the food from other places. 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.

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 feign a kitchen accident to give him an excuse to escape.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Of the Sally Acorn-esque "boobs without nipples" variety.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "We're so bad!", one of the villains gloats.
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  • Catchphrase: Greg's "Precisely!"
  • The Chick: Carol.
  • City with No Name: The city has the Christ the Redeemer statue in it, but the architecture would suggest Rome or Paris. While explicitly Rio de Janeiro, it is referred to only as "The marvellous city" and "this city" in the English dub; the narrator's avoidance of giving a real name is hilarious at best.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Much of the dialogue in Ratatoing consists of characters 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 innuendos that is:
    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!
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  • 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: The cat.
  • Heel–Face Turn: 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 afterwards.
  • Idiot Ball: Everyone at one point or another. Ironically, Greg comes off as the smartest when he's supposed to be the idiot.
    • Despite seeing how Greg turned on the ceiling fan, Carol still takes a minute and a half to turn it off again, while being given very simple instructions by the token idiot.
      • Likewise, Greg decides to grab hold of Marcel instead of turning off the fan despite knowing how to operate it.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Reiterated over and 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 people 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 cook pot he constantly stirs is filled with brown sludge?
  • Inherently Funny Words: TOING.
    • Precisely!
  • Irony: Greg's supposed to be the idiot, but he 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 patrons tells us they're being treated very well there).
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Which gets used three times in the film. And has a rat pulling two chunks of cheese from his crotch.
  • Lost in Translation:
    • The Brazilian original was obviously supposed to take place in Rio de Janeiro. The English narrator refers to it only as "The marvelous city, land of sun and heat." This leads to 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 seemingly going out of its way to avoid mentioning Rio de Janeiro, its English trailer does.
  • Lull Destruction: Watch the preparation scene and the dancing scene in their original Brazilian language, and then take a gander at the English version.
  • The Mockbuster: Ratatouille with a bit of Flushed Away to boot.
  • 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 hair pieces added.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The girl main character is pink.
  • Shout-Out:
    • On the food raids, Greg wears a black beanie hat, which gives him the appearance of having Mickey Mouse ears.
    • One of the paintings is a mouse version of the Mona Lisa.
  • 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, among other things, full of people, while showing an empty street.
  • Villain Protagonist: Marcel is a liar, a thief, and sends the 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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