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  • Accidental Aesop: Marcel's inability to cook exceptional dishes without using stolen ingredients seems to teach that you cannot become successful without leeching off other popular people. Oddly appropriate for a Mockbuster. Or maybe not, considering that (1) Ratatoing doesn't steal much from Ratatouille apart from the "a rat cooks" premise, and (2) Ratatoing was a critical and commercial failure.
    • An analysis of the movie (posted on YouTube by user Schaffrillas Productions) is based on the thesis that the film delivers a powerful critique of class struggle entirely by accident.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • "I forgot we do something special on Thursday night!"
    • The English versions of the preparation scene and the dancing scene add some suggestive-sounding grunts. And of course, how can we not bring up that one part where Greg unintentionally appears to pull cheese straight out of his...well, you get it.
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  • Bile Fascination: Well, it’s not like there’s any other reason to watch Vídeo Brinquedo's Mockbusters.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Why exactly did Marcel's rivals dance before scaring the human customers?
  • Designated Hero: Marcel. Not only does he steal food from a human restaurant and send his rivals to an animal testing lab, but he's the protagonist of the story and we're apparently supposed to root for him.
  • Epileptic Trees: A common fan theory is that the rival rats were taken to NIMH.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The film and trailer as a whole. Popularized by Walrusguy.
    • "Precisely!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Marcel sends the rival rats to an animal testing lab for trying to steal recipes from him. It's made even worse because his recipes rely on stealing Food from a human Restaurant — when he tries to cook without them, his dishes end up being mediocre.
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  • Narm: Marcel struggles to lift a chocolate bar, but when the cat starts chasing him, he's able to carry it while running with ease and even surfs on the table with it. The cat's terrible animation doesn't help either.
  • Padding: Despite the movie being about 42 minutes, there's many scenes designed to just pad out the running time, such as repeated scenes of the mice gearing up, about five minutes of Ratatoing's customers praising the food (which also doubles up as Character Shilling), and the infamous minute-long dance number performed by the villains.
  • So Bad, It's Good: To some, thanks to the film's repetitious dialogue ("Precisely"), awful animation, and random scenes.
  • Uncanny Valley: Badly done CGI and poor character designs abound.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Marcel's rivals. They only cut off his source of fresh ingredients because they believe his restaurant is hurting their business, and that having to risk their lives once a week just to get ingredients is unreasonable. When they find out that sabotaging Marcel's restaurant didn't really help their business, they're forced to try and steal food anyway. Sure, they try to threaten the "heroes" to give them their cheese, but they immediately agree when Greg tells them to get their own cheese because there's enough for everyone... and then the "heroes" decide to capture them and have them sent to a lab anyway.


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