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The eighth computer animated film by Pixar, Ratatouille (2007) is about a rat named Rémy who has a highly developed sense of taste and smell. Dissatisfied with eating garbage like the rest of his family, he wants to become a chef. When he winds up in Paris, he gets his chance to cook at the restaurant founded by his idol, Auguste Gusteau, by making a deal with the restaurant's garbage boy, Linguini, who (thanks to Rémy's interference) has been mistaken for a cooking genius. Rémy guides Linguini in the kitchen in a puppet-like manner so that Linguini doesn't lose his job, while Rémy gets the cooking experience (and critical fame) he desires.

Played in theaters with Pixar short Lifted. For information on the follow-up short Your Friend the Rat, see the Pixar Shorts page. If you're interested in the tie-in game, go to this page. The Ratatouille characters also have a series of levels in the Kinect Rush: a Disney-Pixar Adventure.


For the actual dish that gave the movie its name, go to Snails and So On. Ratatouille is a garlicky stew of mostly squash, eggplant, and tomatoes, and whatever else the cook might have on hand that day and want to use up. As the film mentions, it's not considered haute cuisine in France... more like provincial peasant food—not that that makes it any less delicious.

Anyone can trope:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Deconstructed in the most pleasant way ever. Ego's review changed people's opinions about critics, showing that some can be more than complete assholes who like to complain just for the fun of it.
  • Accidental Kiss: Tugging on Linguini's hair while he's babbling to Colette causes him to dive forward and kiss her. Despite this not being what Rémy was aiming for, it stops Linguini from revealing their secret.
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  • Adoring the Pests: Linguini befriends a rat, lets him into the kitchen, and later lets other rats in as well. (This results in the closure of the restaurant once the health inspector finds out that Linguini had been letting rats touch the food.)
  • Adorkable: Most of Linguini's scenes are this trope, due to him being so dang clumsy and awkward.
  • An Aesop: As Ego himself puts it, "Not everyone can be a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere."
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: As crazy as it seems to non-French viewers, the pest control shop with the dead rats hanging in the window is an actual store in Paris. It's called Aurouze, and it's been around since 1872.
  • Ambiguous Criminal History: Horst the sous-chef has done time, but nobody knows what for because he changes the story every time. He's claimed to have robbed the second-largest bank in France using only a ballpoint pen and killed a man with his thumb, among many other things.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: Averted, even though it seems Ratatouille takes place in the past just by the technology seen, one of the two papers Remy brings Linguini as evidence that he's Gustauv's son and the rightful owner of the restaurant is dated 2004.
  • Amoral Attorney: Talon Labarthe, Skinner's lawyer, after proving that the young Linguini is the rightful heir to Gusteau's restaurant, is perfectly happy to advise his client on how to cheat the boy out of his inheritance.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: A swarm of rats can tie and lock up two grown men and cook up gourmet meals for a restaurant full of diners on par with a team of professional chefs.
  • Amusing Injuries: As Mustafa bursts back into the kitchen to let everyone know that Linguini's dish is a great success, he rams the door right into Skinner's face.
  • Angel Face, Demon Face: Ego looks cadaverous and evil until the very end of the film, where he appears to have gained some weight and lost his ghastly pallor.
  • Angrish: Linguini after Rémy has bitten him multiple times.
  • Angry Chef:
    • Colette is a fierce, bad-tempered woman who wants to work her way up in the kitchen. When saddled with teaching Naïve Newcomer Linguini, she warns him that being a restaurant cook is not like "playing in the kitchen with mommy"; she does eventually soften as they get to know each other. She also points out that she's the only woman in the kitchen staff, and thus has to be extra tough to make it in a traditionally male dominated industry.
    • Skinner, the current head chef at Gusteau's. He is arrogant and ill-tempered, and diminutive, ruling the kitchen with an iron fist. When he catches Linguini adding ingredients to a soup, he threatens to draw and quarter him.
  • Animal Lover: Discussed when Skinner asks if Linguini likes animals to try and get him to explain about Rémy. Linguini, who was drunk at the time, absently asks, "Animals? What kind?" to which Skinner responds, "Oh, the usual: dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs... rats?".
  • Animals Lack Attributes: Here's some fun trivia the kids might not want to know: Male rats have huge testicles. Aren't you glad they didn't add it into the film?
  • Artistic License – Biology: Rémy gags when he catches a whiff of the soup Linguini clumsily doctored. Rats are physically incapable of vomiting. Rule of Funny applies, of course.
    • Rémy also shouldn't have been taste-testing many of the dishes he prepared, as onions or scallions are used in most, and are toxic to rats and many other animals. Even chopping such vegetables or sniffing them to assess quality could've exposed the "little chef" enough to cause terminal anemia.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: Skinner has one when talking to Linguini about the soup he thinks Linguini concocted.
    Skinner: They think you might be a cook, but do you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a sneaky, over-reaching little— (spots Rémy trying to escape out the window and gasps) RAT!!
  • As You Know: Skinner lets his lawyer read the entire stipulation regarding the restaurant in Gusteau's will before snapping "I know what the will stipulates!"
  • Author Filibuster: Ego's speech at the end.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Using a shotgun to kill rats. You will make it pretty clear that they should Never Mess with Granny and you will completely ruin the rats' day, but you'll be lucky to hit even one of the rats and the collateral damage will be disastrous. By the time Mabel has a clear shot of Émile, she's out of cartridges; after she reloads and fires again, the ceiling collapses from all the holes she's blown in it.
  • Be Yourself: A major theme in the movie, although it is mildly subverted because Linguini and Rémy only reach success in the first place because they are basically each other.
    Linguini: Let's think this out: you know how to cook, and I know how to... appear human.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Rémy realizes Émile is about to get caught in a trap set by Skinner, and saves him, causing himself to be caught in the trap. Émile immediately rushes off to get Django to set Rémy free.
  • Big "NO!": Skinner when he realizes the soup he thinks Linguini cooked is leaving the kitchen.
    • Skinner after Talon reveals Linguini is Gusteau's son. Says it six times first, increasing in volume each time, before culminating in the Big "NO!" that ends the line.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Rémy does this to the Gusteau cut-outs in Skinner's office while trying to get the key to the food safe. Later in the scene he finds out that Linguini is Gusteau's son.
  • Biker Babe: Colette.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Rémy is in Gusteau's office and reading Renata's letter. Unless you have the subtitles on or can read French, you'll miss this one.
    Renata: Gusteau and I were very close.
    • Even worse in foreign dubs, where the French lines are translated and read out loud. There's also the fact that Linguini is an illegitimate child and the product of an affair between Gusteau and Renata, which is not exactly a plot-point out of the typical Disney playbook.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Zig-zagged; this is a Disney film after all. Rémy manages to impress Ego with a simple ratatouille and, while he is surprised a rat was the one who did the cooking, Ego writes an honest review giving praise to him. However, Skinner and the health inspector had to be let out eventually, and of course they ratted, resulting in Gusteau's restaurant getting shut down. Ego loses his job and credibility, but he is still able to invest in the bistro Linguini and Colette set up that eventually becomes just as successful. Rémy and his family are on staff along with Linguini and Colette, and have access to all the food they can eat, thus giving everyone a happy ending regardless.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Rémy is blue and is the film's protagonist.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Played with. Mabel fires at least 10-12 shells from a pump shotgun whose magazine tube is nowhere near long enough to hold them all, but she does eventually have to stop and reload.
  • Bound and Gagged: Done by the rats to both Skinner and a health inspector near the end of the movie to get them out of the way, if only temporarily.
  • Brain with a Manual Control: Rémy doesn't even need to be inside Linguini's body to control him; Rémy gains absurdly precise control over Linguini's muscles by sitting on the top of his head under his chef's hat and pulling his hair. Don't think about it too hard, because that's all the explanation you're going to get.
  • Brandishment Bluff:
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Happens between Rémy and Linguini. Rémy had ordered a raid on the kitchen out of revenge for Linguini arguing with him, so Linguini ordered him out and warned him not to come back. Rémy did after Linguini cracked under the pressure of not being able to cook without him.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Horst, who claimed to have killed a man with his thumb. When Chef Skinner is fired and tries to spy on the kitchen, Horst wordlessly holds up his thumb as a threat.
    • After Skinner loses his job, he calls the health inspector and tries to convince the man that there was a massive rat infestation at Gusteau's. The inspector replies in a bored manner that his next opening is in three months, unless something is cancelled. He is treated as one of Skinner's failed attempts to sabotage Gusteau's and forgotten. At the movie's climax, the inspector suddenly enters Gusteau's kitchen and sees hundreds of rats in the kitchen, leading to a Mass "Oh, Crap!" moment. The rats then chase him out to his car and bound and gag him.
  • Buffy Speak:
    • Linguini, tired of the hair-ionette treatment, tells Rémy: "I am not your puppet! And you are not my puppet... controlling... guy!"
    • "Appetite is coming and he's going to have a big ego! I mean Ego! The critic! He's coming! And he's going to order!... Something... from our menu! And we're going to have to cook it! ...Unless he orders something cold!"
    • "And don't forget to stress its Linguini-ness."
    • And a mushroom zapped by lightning creates a taste that's "lightningy".
    • "[Linguini]'s toying with my mind like a cat with a ball of... something!"
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Subverted. The staff allows Linguini to be completely insane because he's a cooking genius. He's neither insane nor a cooking genius.
  • Casting Gag: Ian Holm, the voice of Skinner, had previously played the proprietor of a restaurant that was popular and profitable by serving mundane dishes instead of haute cuisine, in the film Big Night.
  • Caustic Critic: Anton Ego, and he lampshades the hell out of it in his final review.
  • The Cavalry: Rémy's family arriving to "man" the kitchen after the regular staff quit.
    Django: We're not cooks. But we are family. You tell us what to do, and we'll get it done.
  • Chekhov's Army: All the rats.
  • Chekhov's Gag: "I killed a man. With this... thumb."
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Linguini's roller skates.
    • Linguini's letter to Skinner from his mother, and Gusteau's will. Put together, these stipulate that Linguini is the true owner of Gusteau's as Linguini is Gusteau's son, and when Rémy brings these to Linguini later, Skinner is fired and Linguini becomes the owner of Gusteau's.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The health inspector, whose presence is ironically foreshadowed by Skinner:
    Skinner: Do you know what would happen if anyone knew we had a rat in our kitchen? They'd close us down. Our reputation is hanging by a thread as it is. Take it away from here. Far away. Kill it. Dispose of it. Go!
  • Chekhov's Skill: Linguini uses his rollerskating skill to become an incredibly fast waiter.
  • Comfort Food: Rémy served Ego ratatouille... which flashes him back to a time his mother made it for him when he was having a bad day, and it was so good that Ego gave the restaurant a rave review.
  • Crashing Dreams: Linguini has an anxiety-fueled dream where he's a waiter serving Anton Ego, who announces that he wants Linguini's heart "roasted on a spit" to eat. An extremely loud heart-beat sound begins playing as Linguini reacts in horror and Ego cackles evilly...which then fades into Colette knocking on the door to Linguini's office, startling him awake.
  • Creative Closing Credits: It's a Pixar movie!
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Linguini is a complete failure as a chef, but is quite possibly the fastest and best waiter in France, when he needs to be.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • As Rémy is biting Linguini you can catch the latter saying "Son of a—".
    • During the car breakout scene you can hear Rémy saying "What the—."
  • Cursed with Awesome / Blessed with Suck: Rémy. What good is being a great chef with refined tastes if A) your Extreme Omnivore family thinks you're just being unnecessarily picky and B) you're more likely to be slaughtered than be allowed into a proper kitchen?
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Skinner berates Linguini when he randomly puts together a soup which is served to the first reviewer:
    Skinner: You are cooking? How dare you cook in my kitchen! Where do you get the gall to even attempt something so monumentally idiotic? I should have you drawn and quartered! I'll do it! I think the law is on my side! Larousse, draw and quarter this man - after you put him in the duck press to squeeze the fat out of his head!
  • Daddy DNA Test: How Skinner, Rémy, Colette and Linguini find out that Linguini is Gusteau's son. It's Lampshaded that maybe Gusteau himself didn't realize he had a child, not because he died before Linguini's birth, but it may have been so long that he didn't remember being with Renata, and Renata specifically asked Skinner not to tell the boy.
  • The Dead Rise to Advertise: In-Universe. Chef Skinner uses the late Gusteau's image to sell many frozen foods, just changing his outfit to match whatever stereotype fits the food he is selling.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Anton Ego. For a good 3/4 of the movie, he's this trope:
      Anton Ego: (about the restaurant) Finally closing, is it?
      Servant: No...
      Anton Ego: More financial trouble?
      Servant: No, it's...
      Anton Ego: ...announced a new line of microwave egg rolls, what? Spit it out!
    • And:
      Anton Ego: I believe we placed Gusteau on the rating list next to a certain Chef Boyardee.
    • Rémy counts when he talks. When he's around Linguini and the other humans, he's more of a Silent Snarker.
  • Death by Despair: Gusteau died of broken heart after Ego's review causes his restaurant to lose one of its stars. Gusteau's death caused the loss of another star thanks to tradition.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • Colette's initial attitude towards Linguini comes off as rather... hostile but she becomes much mellower towards him as their relationship develops. It helps that there's an element of Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy thrown in.
    • Anton Ego could count at the film's end. True, his defrosting is much more abrupt and dramatic, but he's undeniably a much happier and friendlier person afterwards.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure between the two heroes has this on both ends. Linguini kicks Rémy out of the restaurant so he can focus on pleasing Ego, only to find the next day that he's being bombarded with orders for the unique dishes that only Rémy knows how to make. Rémy, meanwhile, appears to be upset that Linguini isn't revealing him to the public, not anticipating what the public's reaction would be if those of the health inspector and the entire kitchen staff are any indication.
  • Diegetic Switch: "Le Festin" playing over the finale. As the camera pans over the line outside the new restaurant, you can see a woman singing the song to her boyfriend.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gusteau himself was this to Linguini. Justified in that Gusteau never knew he was a father in the first place, and only Renata, Linguini's mother, was aware that Linguini was in fact Gusteau's son.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Linguini with Colette, much to Rémy's chagrin. If you look closely, you can see that this is what caused him to spill the soup in the beginning, setting the whole plot into motion.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
  • Don't Explain the Joke: When Rémy is working as a "poison-sniffer" at the beginning of the movie, he tries to make a witty remark but it goes over the other rat's head; his consequent attempts to explain the joke just make it worse.
    Rémy: [After sniffing some other rat's food] Close to Godliness.
    [Other rat gives a puzzled look]
    Rémy: ...which means "clean". You know, "cleanliness is close to..." [Beat; he looks at the other rat again and then stops] Never mind. Move on.
  • The Door Slams You: As Mustafa bursts back into the kitchen to let everyone know that Linguini's dish is a great success, he rams the door right into Skinner's face.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • Colette hits Linguini in the face on several occasions when she is upset with him. He never complains and she is still presented as completely sympathetic throughout the film.
      • She also stabs knives through his sleeves and threatens to kill him if he doesn't keep his station clean. While she probably didn't seriously intend to hurt him in either case, it's unlikely he would get away with doing the same to her.
    • It is heavily implied that a couple Rémy ran into had the woman try to shoot the man, but it's still Played for Laughs.
  • Dramatic Ammo Depletion: When Rémy and Émile are discovered by Mabel early in the film, she goes for the most extreme form of pest control available: a pump action shotgun. She shoots the rats several times but misses, and when Émile is helplessly dangling from the ceiling lamp, she gets a clear shot as he cowers. She pulls the trigger, and nothing happens. However, she remembers to reload.
  • Dramatic Drop: Ego drops his pen when he first tastes Rémy's ratatouille.
  • Dropping the Bombshell: Skinner reveals during a discussion with his lawyer that he is paranoid about the rat, thinking Linguini is trying to psyche him out. Skinner's lawyer notes that he had to take a second sample of Linguini's hair. When Skinner asks why, the lawyer says:
    Lawyer: The first time, it came back identified as rodent hair.
  • Dying as Yourself: Non-living variant. At the end of the movie, Gusteau's restaurant is closed down due to the rat infestation, but it manages to restore its honorable 5-star rating back, and thus going off on a high note.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A few minutes into the film, a shadow of a dog can be seen against a wall while it barks off-screen. According to the DVD commentary, that dog is Dug from Up.
  • Epilogue Letter: Anton Ego narrating his glowing review in the final scene.
  • Escape Convenient Boat: Rémy attempts this twice; it doesn't work the first time, but does the second.
  • Even the Rats Won't Touch It: Linguini's attempt at soup, quite literally. Rémy catches a whiff of it and chokes (quite a feat, considering rats don't have a gag reflex). But then, he is a particularly fussy rat.
  • Evil Laugh: Ego in Linguini's nightmare. He does this as we zoom in on Linguini's terrified face, and then suddenly yells as it echoes out when Linguini comes to in his office.
  • Expressive Ears: Even though his behaviors and mannerisms are slowly becoming more human, Rémy has this in spades.
  • Eye Recall: Ego has a vivid recollection of his loving mother triggered by his first taste of the rat's signature dish...the same one she made to comfort him.
  • Face Palm:
    • Rémy facepaws a few times, mostly around Émile.
    • Colette while Ego is observing the kitchen in Gusteau's after his meal.
    • Gusteau does it in a deleted scene in which he is still alive after Skinner brings up the idea of "Corn Puppies."
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Django is this to Rémy, and for good reason. Firstly, he thinks Humans Are Bastards, and secondly, he thinks it would be too dangerous to let his son live out his dreams, and at first, he's right. He comes round near the end because of how he's impressed by Rémy's determination and Linguini's courage.
  • Fat and Skinny: Émile is the Fat to Rémy's Skinny.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted. Colette makes it clear that it's very difficult for a woman to get into haute cuisine, due to the sexism ingrained in the system, and that the only reason why she managed to become a professional chef was because she was willing to go through hell. (This is quite true; women have an extremely hard time making it in the culinary world, particularly in France.)
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Ego demands his assistant "spit it out" — then does a Spit Take when the assistant does.
  • Foil:
    • Rémy is a talented chef who's determined to break free of the norm; Linguini is horrible at cooking and has no ambitions greater than holding a steady job. On the other hand, Linguine is attractive and, well, human, making him a great maitre d'. Rémy is a blue rat, and it's best he remains hidden and in the kitchen, not interacting with the public.
    • As pointed out in the Technician vs. Performer section, Colette is a by-the-book chef while Rémy loves experimenting. Interestingly, they both hold Gusteau in high regard, but take different interpretations of his advice while adhering to his most cherished belief: anyone can cook. They also make a great team when they do cook together.
  • Food Porn: Pixar took extra care to make sure the food was delicious-looking.
  • Foreshadowing: As Rémy is running through walls, he passes an arguing couple with the woman holding the man at gunpoint. The gun goes off near Rémy, who runs back to investigate. The man forces the gun from the woman's hand and they start kissing. Colette and Linguini initially start off like this, with Linguini intimidated by Colette, and Rémy creates a similar situation between them, as Linguini falls on Colette, kissing her as she pulls a mace spray on him.
  • For Want of a Nail: Rémy only got left behind at the beginning because he went back to get the Gusteau cookbook.
    • Rémy only ended up in Gusteau's kitchen because Linguini was Distracted by the Sexy when Colette passed him and knocked the pot off the stove.
    • Rémy only found out Linguini was Gusteau's son (which in turn led to Linguini becoming Gusteau's new owner) because of Émile telling his friends Rémy could steal from the food safe for them.
    • Lampshaded when Linguini reveals Rémy to the kitchen staff, stating that Rémy is the reason Gusteau's is popular again and thus the reason Ego is there.
  • French Cuisine Is Haughty: Ratatouille is set in "Paris, France, home of the finest restaurants and the greatest chefs in the world". The movie actually does a great deal to subvert this trope. Gusteau's philosophy was that "anyone can cook", which is derided by snooty food critic Anton Ego, and at the end, Ego is won over by the eponymous stew, considered a lowly "peasant dish", which brings forth warm memories of his childhood. Colette lampshades the trope, but points out that it doesn't mean the cooks themselves are at all snooty.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Thoroughly averted, as Disney is wont to do. Wine features prominently in the film, as it would in the real culinary world, and as noted below, Linguini is quite drunk in one scene, after having consumed almost an entire bottle of wine.
  • Get Out!: Skinner telling Linguini to get out of the food safe after asking what he (Linguini) was doing in there.
    • Linguini orders Rémy and the other rats out after discovering them raiding the kitchen, and warns Rémy never to come back before slamming the doors on him.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Skinner tries to get Linguini drunk to get him to reveal something about Rémy. He gets him drunk, all right, but all he ends up with is a drunk Linguini talking about ratatouille and how he doesn't think it sounds like that good a name for a dish because it doesn't sound delicious enough.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: In one scene, Linguini seems to be wearing boxers with the logo of a certain other film by Pixar imprinted on them.
  • Head in a Vise: When Skinner catches Linguini messing with the soup, he threatens to, among other things, put him on the duck press "to squeeze the fat from his head!"
  • Head Pet: Rémy, while technically not a pet, rides on top of Linguini's head to control him while cooking since the chef's hat hides him from sight.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Something like this happens to Ego after he eats some of the ratatouille, and learns that the chef that made it is Rémy, after which he gives a more positive review of Gusteau's. Even after Gusteau's is shut down for rat infestation, when Ego loses his credibility as a food critic, he willingly funds the new replacement bistro.
  • Heroic Bastard: Linguini is Gusteau's illegitimate son. That's the underpinning of half the plot.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Rémy is this on account of him being a rat, and as a result, whenever humans see him, they try to attack or even kill him, such as Mabel who tries to take him and Émile out with a shotgun, the chefs in Gusteau's and random people on the Paris streets who throw bottles at him before he escapes into a sewer. The only people not to treat him like vermin are Linguini and (eventually) Colette and Ego.
  • Honor Before Reason: Anton gives a rave review to a restaurant's rat's food, knowing it would probably destroy his career — which it did.
  • Hot-Blooded: Colette qualifies based on her passionate introduction.
  • How We Got Here: The film opens with Rémy crashing through a glass window with a book over his head. The first part of the story is spent explaining how he got into that predicament.
  • Humans Are Bastards: According to Rémy's father, anyway. It turns out that we're not really that bad (see below).
  • Humans Are Morons: Unlike Rémy's father (directly above), Rémy believes the humans are just ignorant, seeing that rats have traditionally been pests, anyway.
  • Humans Are Special: At the same time, Rémy admits that humans are incredibly creative compared to other species, food being the most prominent example.
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: Linguini when Skinner sees Rémy in the kitchen and whacks him with the handle of Linguini's mop.
  • Idiot Ball: When Linguini spills the soup, instead of doing something that a normal person would do, he tries to fix it by throwing random ingredients into it and hoping nobody sees what he's doing. Of course, this is done purely to advance the plot by getting Rémy into the kitchen.
  • I'll Kill You!:
    Colette: (sweetly) I'll make this easy to remember: Keep your station clear (not so sweetly) OR I WILL KILL YOU!
  • Imaginary Friend: The Gusteau who floats beside Rémy when he wants or needs someone to talk to. He vanished for good when Rémy realizes he doesn't need Gusteau any more.
  • Impairment Shot: We get the blinking eye shot from Linguini's perspective as Rémy tries to wake him.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Rémy's ratatouille is so good that Ego freezes with wonder at the first bite.
  • I Miss Mom: Implied with Ego when he eats the ratatouille Rémy prepared. It's so good it causes him to remember his mother's cooking that helped cheer him up one day in his youth.
  • The Inspector Is Coming: Two of them actually, at the same time. The main focus is on Anton Ego, an infamous restaurant critic whose review already cost the restaurant one of its star ratings. But while Rémy and the other rats are preparing the food, a health inspector shows up unannounced and sees all the rats.
  • Insult Backfire:
    Django: We [rats] don't leave our nests. We make them bigger.
    Rémy: Well maybe I'm a different kind of rat.
    Django: Maybe you're not a rat at all.
    Rémy: Maybe that's a good thing.
  • In Vino Veritas: Subverted: Skinner gets Linguini drunk on wine in order to invoke this trope, but instead Linguini just rambles about how ratatouille doesn't seem like a very appetizing name for a dish.
  • Irony: Early on Colette warns Linguini that the kitchen is a stressful environment and that he 'cannot be mommy' while there. Yet Anton Ego is 'defeated' by a Ratatouille dish which brings back memory of his mother and childhood; in other words, being mommy.
  • I Was Named "My Name": Averted. While Rémy's real name is, well, Rémy, Linguini names him Little Chef.
  • Jerkass:
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Anton lambasted Gusteau's restaurant for declining standards — which it had under Skinner's stewardship. It's hinted at with Skinner wanting to commercialize Gusteau's name to serve fast food, like Mexican food (from a famed French chef.)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Django. He is a Fantasy-Forbidding Father and dislikes Rémy being a picky eater, but it's also clear he loves both his sons and wants to keep them out of danger.
  • Justified Title: There's the obvious pun (which is lampshaded by Linguini for a Title Drop), but there's also the meal served up at the film's climax, and the name of the restaurant the main characters eventually start up.
  • Kill It with Fire: After Linguini takes over Gusteau's and cancels the frozen foods, the crew celebrates by burning them (and the promotional billboards) out back.
  • Kindness Button: Rémy manages to press Anton's by serving him a simple peasant dish, ratatouille, that has him flash back to his own childhood where the dish was a Comfort Food served by his mother.
  • Knife Nut: Colette pins Linguini's sleeve to a chopping board with three huge knives whilst explaining to him how difficult it was for her to get to where she was, and if the knives aren't enough, there's her smile when she warns Linguini not to mess up. She's most definitely a knife nut.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When Rémy first experiments on pulling hairs to control Linguini, he comments "That's strangely involuntary!" Plus Rémy's comment about this puppet-controlling idea being 'crazy' can be a subtle lampshade over how fantastical it is.
  • Large and in Charge:
    • Inverted; Skinner is in charge of a restaurant where all of his employees are about twice his height.
    • Played straight you realize that his predecessor was Gusteau, who we could safely assume to have been the largest person in the room.
  • Large Ham:
    • Ego is an unusual form of Ham, bringing something of an understated Pantomime Villain flavor to the proceedings.
    • Skinner too, of course.
  • Last-Name Basis: Linguini's first name is Alfredo, but he is always referred to by his surname, except by Larousse when he first points him out to Skinner when they first meet, and by his mother in her letter to Skinner.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Linguini, while ranting in front of Colette: "I love you-uur advice!"
  • Lethal Chef: Judging from Rémy gagging at the mere smell of Linguini's improvised soup, this is how he cooks without the rat's help. Linguini himself took a testing taste of said soup earlier... and immediately ran to the window to lose his lunch. Considering that rats are physically incapable of vomiting, the soup must smell terrible to make Rémy gag. Considering some of the things Rémy's brother and father eat, he has to be used to really bad smells — especially since smell and taste work together.
  • Lonely Bachelor Pad: Linguini's initial place of residence is one of these. In his own words, "I know it's not much, but it's... not much."
  • Lost Aesop: Gusteau's Arc Words "Anyone CAN cook". In real life with patience, practice and following the recipe religiously... of course anyone can cook. The film however, has to build up a rat as the central protagonist, and thus, has to completely butcher these words of wisdom. Ego reinterprets Gusteau's message, saying that Gusteau meant "Not everyone CAN become a great artist; but a great artist can come from ANYWHERE" (i.e. a rat).
  • Male Gaze: After Linguini and Colette get together, there's a slow pan up of Colette as they work in the kitchen, presumably from Linguini's perspective.
  • Marionette Motion: Rémy's control of Linguini.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Colette and Linguini, especially when Colette starts mentoring Linguini and is initially cold and hostile towards him.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: While they mention several times that Gusteau is a figment of Rémy's imagination, he also tells Rémy several things that Rémy couldn't possibly know.
  • Mean Boss: Skinner.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Alfredo Linguini, a kind of pasta.
    • Also, Skinner (named after scientist B. F. Skinner, who performed experiments on rats to study animal behavior).
    • "Auguste Gusteau" translates into "majestic palette", and "gusto" is related to words referring to the sense of taste or appetite (i.e. "gustatory"). A man with a sense of taste befitting royalty? He might just make a good chef.
      • Bonus points for "Auguste Gusteau" being an anagram.
    • Ratatouille initially seems to be used merely as a double meaning title; however, it later carries significance as the meal that impresses Ego despite its "peasant dish" status.
    • "Anton Ego", the critic.
  • Mentor Ship: Linguini/Colette.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: When Rémy's dad unites the rat colony to replace the kitchen staff.
  • Missing Mom: Linguini's mother is recently dead and Rémy's is never mentioned at all.
  • A Mistake Is Born: Inverted, when one realizes that Linguini is essentially the illegitimate son of famed chef August Gusteau; a letter from Linguini's deceased mother to Chef Skinner (Gusteau's former Sous-Chef, now owner of the restaurant) even admits that Linguini was born of the results of an affair between them, and begs for him not to reveal the information.
  • Mister Exposition: Skinner's lawyer. "I know what the will stipulates!"
  • 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: A three-layered version of this early on. The mood goes from pleasant as Rémy is listening to Gusteau talking on the TV, then to shock as Rémy learns Gusteau's restaurant lost its coveted five-star rating and a heartbroken Gusteau died shortly after, then to panic when Mabel wakes up, sees Rémy and Émile and starts firing at them with a shotgun.
  • Motion Capture: Averted. In the credits there's a logo that says: "100% pure animation! No motion capture used!" It's Pixar, this is a solemn oath of the staff.
  • Monumental View: Linguini's apartment has a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Mouthy Kid: A baby rat at the end when Rémy is telling his story.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Horst, who comes up with a different story every time someone asks what he did time for.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Just about everything Ego says before getting an excellent meal from Rémy.
  • My Car Hates Me: Happens to the health inspector when the rats come after him. By the time the car does start, the rats have swarmed all over it.
  • Mysterious Past: Most of the chefs.
  • The Napoleon: Skinner, as he is probably about half the height of everyone else in the kitchen.
  • Narrator All Along: It turns out that Rémy is telling his story to his fellow rats at the end of the film.
  • National Stereotypes: Virtually all French stereotypes make cameos here. Almost all are affectionate, however.
    Colette: We hate to be rude... but we're French. So long!
  • Noodle Incident: Horst tells a different version of how he got arrested anytime he's asked.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Averted: Pixar assumed the name of the movie might be hard to pronounce for Americans, so all posters included a phonetic guide under the name: (rat-a-too-ee)
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent:
    • Everyone except Linguini and the rats speak in French accents, save for a German and a Jamaican chef. Given his name, Linguini is probably Italian, but speaks with no such accent.
    • And Anton Ego, voiced by the very English-sounding, and very not-trying-to-hide-his-accent, Peter O'Toole, which is odd since flashbacks show Ego grew up in a very provincial part of France.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Linguini does this to Rémy when he comes to look for him in the kitchen after their fight and apologies for losing his temper whilst going on how Rémy has never let him down before and how he was the best most trustworthy friend he has all the while unaware that Rémy had brought his entire family to pillage the kitchen as revenge for their argument. Cue an Oh, Crap! from Rémy when his cover is blown.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: When Skinner finds out Rémy does all the cooking Linguini takes credit for, he captures Rémy and offers a deal: Rémy develops a new line of frozen foods for Skinner and Skinner doesn't kill him.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Rémy and Émile early on when Mabel wakes up and starts firing at them with a shotgun.
    • Rémy and Émile when Mabel is about to shoot the latter while he's hanging from a light. Thankfully she was out of cartridges.
    • Rémy when he realizes that Linguini is watching him fix the soup. The Depth of Field blur even vanishes at that moment.
    • Skinner, when he realizes Linguini's soup has left the kitchen.
    • Two at the same time. Skinner gets one when he sees Rémy trying to escape out the kitchen window (fearing for the restaurant's reputation), and Rémy as well when he realizes Skinner has seen him and alerted everyone else to his presence.
    • Linguini has one when he accidentally knocks the jar Rémy is in into the river Seine. He then dives in after him to rescue him.
    • When Linguini is about to reveal Rémy to Colette, Rémy forces Linguini to kiss her. Colette (understandably) pulls a can of mace on him and his half-terrified (the mace), half-ecstatic (the kiss) look is an animation feat.
    • Skinner after he reads Renata's letter and learns Linguini is Gusteau's son.
    • Skinner when he sees Rémy in his office with Gusteau's will and Renata's letter in his mouth.
      • Skinner again when Colette presents Gusteau's will and informs him that Linguini is now the owner of the restaurant... right after Skinner unwittingly (and rudely) told his new boss to get out of his own office.
    • Rémy, after Émile accidentally blows the rats' cover during the raid Rémy orchestrated on the kitchen.
    • Both Skinner and the health inspector get a moment after barging in the kitchen and seeing all the rats.
  • Once Killed a Man with a Noodle Implement: One of the chefs at Gusteau's is said to have served time in prison, but he never tells the same story about why he went to jail twice. One of his claims is that he "killed a man... with this thumb"; we never know for sure, but simply showing that thumb to Skinner is enough to scare him off.
  • One-Word Title: Ratatouille
  • Only One Name: Obviously all the named rats, as well as all the cooks in the kitchen other than Colette and Linguini (Colette's surname is Tatou according to Skinner) and Linguini's first name is Alfredo.
  • On One Condition: Had Linguini not claimed the inheritance his father left him within the first two years after Gusteau's death, Skinner would have inherited the restaurant.
  • Parental Abandonment: Rémy's mother was written out of the movie, Linguini's mother had recently died and his dad was Gusteau, who had also died a few years before. Although Rémy's separation with his father is a plot point, it's not quite as sad as that other movie where a rodent is separated from his father.
  • Parental Bonus: When Linguini is trying to tell Colette that he's being controlled by Rémy, he says that he has "...a tiny, little..." causing her to glance downwards briefly.
  • Parents Are Wrong: Rémy is a rat who wants to be a chef, but his dad wants him to eat garbage like all the other rats. Eventually Rémy proves himself as a chef and his Dad learns to accept it.
  • People Puppets: Linguini.
  • Pet the Dog: Skinner tells Linguini he's sorry to hear about his mother's passing.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Anyone can cook." Starts off as the title of Gusteau's cookbook, and other characters repeat those three words later on, as well.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Renata should have told her son, that Gusteau is his father.
  • Posthumous Character: Auguste Gusteau, in a way. While the person himself is actually dead, he is seen through TV documentaries and as a figment of Rémy's imagination/conscience.
  • Precision Swear Strike:
    • "Welcome to hell"; granted, the point is a comparison to the place, but it's still unusually heavy language for a G-rated animated movie.
    • Ego's claim that it's impossible to find any perspective in "this bloody town" is a better example. It's actually quite jarring, especially with the way he says it.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Skinner is a piece of work, but he also is a businessman. Thus, he won't fire a garbage boy if a chef makes the case that firing him for making a soup a reviewer liked would go against the restaurant's branding and mission statement. He also grudgingly accepts Linguini's growing success while trying to sabotage him subtly, and plans behind the scenes to cheat him out of his inheritance.
  • Properly Paranoid: Skinner strongly suspects that Rémy provides something important to Linguini's success, and of course, he's right.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Ego.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Colette does this to Linguini after Rémy makes him stop Colette adding sauce to a dish: "Don't. You. Dare."
  • Pun-Based Title: "Ratatouille" is the name of an actual dish while the first syllable is also the main character's species. The same joke was made on Fawlty Towers, decades earlier, and similarly, in Discworld II, which expanded upon the rodent-name food puns (like vole-au-vents).
  • Pursue the Dream Job: Rémy is a cooking genius and he longs to become a chef.
  • Reality Ensues: Twice, both times showing that while a couple of main characters might change their minds about rats, most people are still revolted by them.
    • Linguini comes clean about who's been doing the cooking, and the entire kitchen staff walks out (even though Colette returns later).
    • Ego is thoroughly delighted with his meal, meets the real chef, and overcomes his initial skepticism to write a glowing review of him... but the health inspector still shuts the place down for swarming with rats. This one gets a Lampshade Hanging in the narration, no less.
    • A small one happens when Linguini and Rémy pass the soup test. Colette shows them that simply being able to make delicious food is only one aspect of being a cook; you not only have to be good at cooking, but also good at organization, timing, and efficiency due to each dish having different cooking times (and must all arrive piping hot at the same time), the massive amounts of orders they have during service, and to keep hazards in the kitchen (which is filled with hot fluids, hot surfaces and sharp objects) to a minimum. Rémy can be briefly seen trembling, clearly having thought that his nose and cooking expertise was all he needed, while Linguini is clearly stunned and can only count on Rémy even more to help him do all of the above.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Invoked in-universe by Linguini when he defends Rémy, and explains that the rat is the real cook while he has no actual talent. As he points out, "I know it sounds insane, but, well the truth sounds insane sometimes!" Sadly, it just wasn't enough.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Subverted with Skinner, who practices more under Pragmatic Villainy. While he does hire Linguini on probation as a chef and gives him as much time as he needs to recreate the soup, he also plans to cheat him out of his inheritance after learning Linguini is Gusteau's son.
    • Played With Colette, given she is a Knife Nut but she's had to become a chef while facing sexist standards and thus is tough. Her advice helps Rémy and Linguini improve in the kitchen, when she could have easily "let you drown" as she points out later.
    • It's implied that Gusteau was one, given that his motto is "Anyone can cook" and his entire staff is full of colorful characters united by their ability to cook.
  • Reassignment Backfire: Skinner, trying to get Linguini kicked out of the kitchen, gives him the task of cooking a recipe that Gusteau himself said was a disaster. To his shock, Rémy quickly fixes the recipe to the point where it is so delicious that everyone else in the restaurant wants it, running the cooks ragged to keep up with orders and convincing everyone else in the kitchen that Linguini is a master chef.
  • Red Is Heroic:
    • Linguini has auburn hair, wears red shoes, rides a red bike and is the film's deuteragonist.
    • Inverted when Skinner steals Lalo's scooter to chase after Rémy.
  • La Résistance: One of the chefs was in one. They didn't win.
  • Roadside Wave: Happens to Skinner after being ousted from the restaurant.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • An inverted example occurs when Linguini tries to inspire the cooks to make a 5-star-inducing dish for the harsh food critic Anton Ego. He fails to inspire anything but confused glances and yawning. Colette ends up doing the work for him with two sentences.
    • A Double Subversion occurs at the end of the film. When Linguini reveals Rémy to the rest of the kitchen and tells them that if they have faith in this rat's culinary genius, they will all have a glorious future; they all promptly quit. However, Rémy's family is moved by Linguini's speech, decide to help out and do the cooking.
  • Say My Name: Émile and Rémy do this to each other when they reunite outside Gusteau's.
  • Say My Name Trailer: It comes complete with a pronunciation guide.
  • Scenery Porn: Pixar went to a lot of trouble to capture the look and atmosphere of Paris in the autumn.
    • The early scene where Linguini nearly throws Rémy into the Seine (which takes place near Pont Notre Dame in the east bank) is beautifully rendered and lit, with a touch of light fog adding to the mood.
    • Gusteau's restaurant, curiously, is a real restaurant in France, known in real life as the Tour d'argent (Silver Tower).
    • The rat-catcher's shop is also real (down to the window display as depicted). It's also a taxidermist, thus explaining the trophies in the window.
    • Almost indistinguishable, but in the beginning when Rémy ends up on the floor of the restaurant under the counters while hiding, there are tiny bits of food on the floor with him. They went to the trouble of detailing the crumbs on the floor that hadn't been completely cleared.
  • Screaming Woman: Mabel when her ceiling falls in, bringing the entire rat colony with it.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: A subverted example occurs when Linguini tries to bail just before Colette tastes Rémy's soup but Horst grabs him before he could escape.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    Ego: The bitter truth that we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.
  • Showing Up Chauvinists: Colette is the only female chef at Gusteau's, which, as she tells Linguini, required her to be better and tougher than anyone else to be taken seriously. As Linguini's mentor, she's a Stern Teacher who doesn't hesitate to intimidate him with her knife skills.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The producers got authentic Culinary Badass Thomas Keller, acknowledged by damned near all other professional chefs to be the greatest American chef alive right now, who owns and runs several high quality restaurants (he's the only chef in America to earn a three-star rating for two separate restaurants simultaneously) and is the author of several high-caliber cook books, to show how the craft works, and used Colette's mentoring montage to show that research off. That sequence serves not only to establish verisimilitude in the story, but also to develop Colette's character and encourage the heroes' and the audience's respect for her.
    • Look closely at what Rémy does with Linguini's toilet bowl soup — not all the stuff he's tossing in his readily recognizable, but the stuff that is (dressing, cream, shallots, etc.) more or less is turning it into a tomato bisque.
    • They also actually cooked some of the recipes used in the movie themselves, so that they could accurately render how foodstuffs look and react when being prepared via various cooking techniques.
    • The ratatouille variant that Rémy prepares for Ego at the end was invented for the film; doing it with the sliced vegetables is a variant called confit byaldi, the sauces and presentation are Keller's. (A version of the recipe was published to go with the publicity for the movie. - be warned that it takes a long time to make if you don't have a brigade of sous-chefs or helpful rats behind you.)
    • If one looks closely, one can see that the chefs have small burn scars on the underside of their forearms.
    • And speaking of burns, why does Larousse have a torch? It's not just because he's a pyro; that's a pastry torch, used to melt sugar for crème brûlée and certain other dishes.
    • One of the animators jumped into a pool wearing a chef's uniform, so they could accurately render what such a uniform would look like soaking wet.
    • When Skinner gets Linguini drunk, special attention is paid to how both hold their wine glasses: Linguini, who doesn't drink much, incorrectly holds the glass by its bowl; Skinner holds it by the stem, which is considered correct, as heat from the hand won't transfer to the wine and warm it too much.
    • Even the rats' social structure appears to have been researched, as they are accurately described as a "colony" rather than a swarm or pack, and Rémy's father comes across as more of a foreman on a job site than a commander or monarch, as befits rats' very fluid group dynamics.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: An odd variation — Rémy shuts Linguine up by "puppeteering" him into kissing Colette.
  • Significant Anagram: "Auguste" and "Gusteau" are anagrams of each other.
  • Skeleton Motif: Food critic Anton Ego has a gaunt, skeletal appearance befitting his role as The Dreaded among restaurateurs. To bring the point home, his office is shaped like a coffin, and his typewriter resembles a skull.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Colette starts out as a hardcore lady chef trying to get ahead in a system whose rules were written by a male-dominated hierarchy, and Skinner assigns Colette to be Linguini's mentor after she spares him from being fired. Later on, Colette thinks that Linguini is ignoring him when he was actually cooking in his sleep, and just when Linguini is about to tell Colette his secret, Rémy pulls on Linguini's hair and he accidentally kisses her, with a romantic relationship blossoming between the two of them.
    • Rémy briefly witnesses a particularly extreme (though plot-irrelevant) one — the woman is pointing a gun at the man and threatening to shoot him. Rémy keeps running, but after a shot is fired into the ceiling near him, he does a Double Take and runs back — they're now kissing.
  • Slow-Motion Drop: When Anton Ego drops his pen after one taste of Rémy's ratatouille.
  • Smart Animal, Average Human: There's the clumsy and incompetent human Linguini and his intelligent and professional chef rat Rémy who controls Linguini's movements.
  • Smooch of Victory: Colette gives one to Linguini during Anton Ego's final review.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Colette is very much aware that she is the only female chef in the restaurant and is a definite minority in the profession in general. She was forced to claw her way up and as a result feels that she has to be tough and defensive to succeed in a career she worked so hard for.
  • Soap Within a Show: A bizarre French soap opera appears on Linguini's TV.
  • Sore Loser: Skinner.
  • The Speechless: Rémy, a rat, is unable to communicate with Linguini, a human, throughout the whole film. The only time he speaks is to members of his own kind and to the audience, thanks to the Translation Convention. When other characters react to his noises, they are shown to be the squeaks of a normal rat.
  • Spelling for Emphasis: When Skinner fires Linguini due to thinking he's trying to cook, he says, "You're fired! F-I-R-E-D, fired!".
  • Spirit Advisor: Rémy, desperate to talk to someone, imagines up Auguste Gusteau. Rémy is fully aware that Gusteau is a figment of his imagination and he disappears when Rémy realizes he can rely on his own judgment. This is actually played with, for the most part it does seems like his imagination. But as the film goes on Gusteau starts to feel more like his own entity than Rémy's considering his reactions. Even Rémy starts to wonder when Gusteau departs his final words of wisdom on him. So it's more or less leave the audience to decide if it's really coming from Rémy's mind or Gusteau's actual ghost helping him.
  • Spit Take: Subverted. Ego starts one when he hears that Gusteau's is "popular" again, but pauses to check the label and decides his wine is too good to waste in such a fashion. Parental Bonus moment: That's a real wine, and far too good to spit out like that.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: Linguini's first attempt to carry Rémy around in the kitchen results in the rat slipping in his uniform and the boy drawing lots of attention with his gyrations. It gets worse when Linguini starts slapping Rémy inside his clothes in frustration, and the latter retaliate by biting.
  • Start My Own: After they lose Gusteau's restaurant thanks to a health inspector finding out about the rats. Rémy, Linguini, and Colette start up their own restaurant, a small bistro with Ego as a main investor and Rémy's clan both helping out in the kitchen as well as being served alongside humans. It turns out to be a huge success.
  • Stealth Insult:
    Rémy: "You could fill a book, a lot of books, with things Dad doesn't know. And they have, which is why I read."
  • Stealth Pun: The music which plays over the beginning of the credits is a Latin-jazzed-up version of the music which plays during Colette's Training Montage. Specifically, it's a salsa arrangement!
  • Stick 'em Up: Sous-chef Horst says that he "once robbed the second biggest bank in France using only a ball-point pen." Of course, as Colette notes, he changes stories every time he's asked.
  • Straw Critic: Subverted. Ego is extremely hard to please, but his high standards are sincere, and when confronted with true culinary genius he recognizes and supports it, even when doing so jeopardizes his career.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Colette when tutoring Linguini.
    Colette: "Every second counts, and YOU CANNOT BE MOMMY!"
    Colette: "Keep your station clear, or I WILL KILL YOU!"
    • Horst also has a habit of doing this when things start to go wrong.
    Horst: "He changed it AS IT WAS GOING OUT THE DOOR!"
    Horst: "It's your own recipe! How can you not know YOUR OWN RECIPE?!"
  • Super Window Jump: Rémy's introduction.
  • Take That!:
    • Some have seen Skinner's use of Gusteau's imagery as just a wee bit of a dig by Pixar at their distributor. A derivative, uncreative sellout plastering the image of a beloved, deceased innovator all over his less-inspired creations and a whole slew of cheap, worthless products; ring any bells? note 
    • The end credits feature a quality assurance guarantee certifying that "no motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the making of this film." At the time, mo-cap animation was a very common trend in American cinema.
    • What was Ego's latest negative review on Gusteau's? "Gusteau has finally found his rightful place in history right alongside another equally famous chef: Monsieur Boyardee".
  • Take That, Critics!: Some people have taken Ego's review to be an attack on the incredible willingness of critics to tear things apart for no good reason. Though film critics appreciated the fact this film shows it to be a more complex affair and that Anton Ego is ultimately very sincere about his high standards and will go out of his way to back a true genius. It can also be seen as a Take That! to critics who have fun at negative reviews, which has become far more common with the rise of YouTube critics, for example.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Rémy starts throwing things around in the restaurant backyard after Linguini spurns him. It doesn't go very far since he's rather small, but he manages to break a wine bottle.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Colette is a Technician, and Rémy (controlling Linguini) is all Performer, and they both need to balance their game.
  • Teeny Weenie: When Linguini tries to confess to Colette about Rémy (until Rémy forces him to kiss her) he says something along the lines of "I have a tiny... uh, little...". Cue Colette briefly glancing down, as though she thought he was referring to a different dirty little secret.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Who uses a shotgun against rats?
  • There Was a Door: While being chased by Mabel, Rémy escapes through the only exit within reach: straight through the window.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Poor Rémy never really finishes any meal he makes, notably the "lightningy-cheese-mushroom-saffron" recipe from the beginning of the film, or when Linguini snatches him away from his omelette while rushing for work. Lampshaded and finally averted when Linguini (after being bitten a dozen times) notices how hungry his new friend is and gives him a piece of cheese, which Rémy proceeds to devour like it's the end of the world.
  • This Is My Story: The movie starts with Rémy crashing through a window. The action is paused and he starts narrating with the following line.
    Rémy: This is me. I think it's apparent I need to rethink my life a little bit. What's my problem? First of all, I'm a rat, which means life is hard. And second, I have a highly developed sense of taste and smell.
  • Three-Month-Old Newborn: All of the baby rats shown when the colony is evacuating are fully furred and open-eyed, with not a pinkie to be seen.
  • Title Drop:
    • The eponymous dish has great significance in the movie's climax and the bistro that Rémy, Linguini, and Colette set up in the film's end is named "La Ratatouille."
    • However, this trope is also parodied when earlier Linguini brings up the subject of "ratatouille" for no other reason besides being drunk.
      Linguini: Ratatouille. It's like a stew, right? Why do they call it that? If you're gonna name a food, you should give it a name that sounds delicious. Ratatouille doesn't sound delicious. It sounds like "rat" and "patootie". Rat patootie! Which does not sound delicious.
  • Training Montage: Rémy and Linguini practicing their puppetry in Linguini's apartment, and Colette teaching Linguini how to work in a professional kitchen.
  • Translation Convention: We can hear the rats speaking English, but it's shown that Mabel, the old lady at the start of the film, (and presumably all the other humans) hears nothing but squeaks. And for that matter, all the humans in France speak English too.
  • True Companions:
  • Truth in Television: The rants Colette gives to Linguini regarding what it takes to be an effective and successful chef could have come, word for word, from any chef in the world who has ever had to take a brand new cook in hand and change him from a kitchen-halting speedbump into a frictionless part of the kitchen machine. And given the participation of Chef Thomas Keller in this movie, they most likely did. Yes, Chefs are really that strict in restaurants, considering you have to be on the constant move to get orders done and make sure customers are happy with it as well. High-class restaurants even moreso. Also the part of Colette had it way more difficult than any of the male cooks to get into a star-prized restaurant as Gusteau's is very true, since female chefs are rare, especially in France.
  • Tsundere: Colette turns out to be one. She appears hostile and confrontational at first when mentoring Linguini, but warms up to him when he takes her cooking advice and they eventually get together.
  • Villain Has a Point: Skinner in the beginning is justifiably angry when he catches the new garbage boy "cooking" since these dishes are prepared at professional standards and one screw-up could cost the restaurant another star. He also hires Linguini as a chef on probation, to see if he can survive the kitchen, after tasting his (actually Rémy's) soup because having talent is one thing and having discipline is another. He also tells Linguini to get rid of Rémy or Gusteau's will close down, and is ultimately proven right when the health inspector orders the restaurant shut down due to vermin infestation.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Anton Ego fits this trope to a T. He seems less interested in doing his job and more interested in acting on some bizarre vendetta against Gusteau's.
  • Visual Pun: Skinner's humiliating ousting from the restaurant and subsequent creepy determination to prove that a rat is involved somehow ends up driving him in Seine.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Linguini does this out a window after a brief taste of his own soup... before Rémy fixes it.
  • Welcome to Hell: "Now, recreate the soup."
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Rémy, who is never quite understood by his father, but despite this, wants to be appreciated by him.
  • Wham Line: Or rather, Wham Lines.
    Skinner: He is not Gusteau's son! Gusteau had no children!
    • And later, In-Universe, when Rémy reads Renata's letter: "Alfredo is Gusteau's son". This is true for Rémy and for Gusteau's ghost, as Gusteau never knew he was a father.
    Rémy: He's your son?!
    Gusteau: I have a son?!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Lampshaded. Rémy's major struggle is the fact that humans think rats are gross; the movie shows them as just mischievous and self-interested at worst.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Rémy has to fight for his respect as a chef, through Linguini at least.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Colette tells off Linguini for spending so much time with the press rather than doing his job as a cook and cooking. She does so by hustling him away from the press conference after Ego intimidates Linguini.
    • Linguini is furious when he catches Rémy helping his clan to steal food from the restaurant fridge. So much so he tells Rémy to never come back.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Skinner fails this. He finds out that Renata's letter reveals that Linguini is Gusteau's son, but she just wants him to hire the boy and give him a stable job. The right thing to do would be to give Gusteau's massive fortune to his legitimate child, rather than leaving it with his second-in-command. Skinner verifies with his lawyer via DNA test if this is true, and on finding out it does, he plans to wait until Linguini misses the window to claim his inheritance and then fire him so no one is suspicious. Unsurprisingly, Linguini and Colette agree to fire Skinner after they find out the truth and claim his inheritance in time.
  • When Elders Attack: A crazy old woman tries to shoot the rats with a shotgun, but completely and utterly fails.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Doubles as a Freeze-Frame Bonus. While Rémy is cooking a mushroom over a chimney, he and Émile are struck by lightning and their skeletons show.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Ego gave Gusteau's a great review... but since the health inspector saw the restaurant infested with rats — they had to release him — the restaurant was closed and Ego lost his job and his credibility. But don't worry, Rémy soon gets his own restaurant with Ego as a patron.
  • You Dirty Rat!:
    • Averted. Literally and metaphorically since Rémy's seen washing his hands, and even uses a Dish washer to wash loads of them when he asks for their help in cooking meals in the kitchen.
    • Played with when Skinner catches Linguini cooking he begins to call him something like "You dirty—," then notices Rémy and screams "RAT!"
    Chef Skinner: They think you might be a cook, but you know what I think, Linguini? I think you are a sneaky, overreaching, little -- RAAAT!


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Anton Ego might be surprised, but he isn't the type to waste good wine.

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