Big question: Can the latest from Pixar ("Toy Story") cook up a winner after last year's underwhelming "Cars"?
Skip it: If you think animated flicks are kids stuff. Between Remy's sophisticated love of food, a flawlessly cast Peter O'Toole voicing pretentious dining critic Anton Ego and Linguini's boss getting him drunk so he'll divulge the secret to his success, the pleasures of "Ratatouille" are most delicious for adults.
Bottom line: Funnier than "Knocked Up," more exciting than "The Incredibles" and fresher and sweeter than "Finding Nemo," "Ratatouille" proves that there is something new under the animated sun. Now Bird just needs to share the recipe.
Bonus: Remy's dad (Brian Dennehy) says, "It isn't stealing if no one wants it," so no need to worry about federal prosecution when illegally downloading K-Fed's album!
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
Written and directed by Brad Bird; photographed by Sharon Calahan (lighting) and Robert Anderson (camera); edited by Darren Holmes; music by Michael Giacchino; production design by Harley Jessup; produced by Brad Lewis. A Walt Disney Pictures release; opens Friday. Shown with the short film "Lifted." Total running time: 1:50. MPAA rating: G.
Remy - Patton Oswalt
Django - Brian Dennehy
Gusteau - Brad Garrett
Linguini - Lou Romano
Colette - Janeane Garofalo
Skinner - Sir Ian Holm
Anton Ego - Peter O'Toole