Ratatouille, a 2007 American computer-animated film presented by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It was the last Disney/Pixar film to use the Pixar exclusive Walt Disney Pictures logo.
This light-hearted movie bagged an impeccable number of awards including Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film (2008), Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film (2008), Critic’s Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature (2008) and many more.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you already knew this earlier. But, what’s going to completely amuse you are these interesting facts about the movie Ratatouille.
Ratatouille Movie Facts
1. Remember the hero Remy- the Rat Chef? Well, his original name was Art.
2. Can you imagine what a lightning-struck mushroom would look like? Neither did the artists of the film? In order to find out the same, the artists put a flame torch to a real cheese covered mushroom.
3. When conducting research in Paris, the filmmakers took more than 4500 reference photos.
4. I am sure you must not have noticed that none of the human characters in the movie have any toes. As explained, the artist at Pixar skipped this detail to save time.
5. Guess what? 43 crewmembers attended cooking classes to research the world of a French kitchen. I believe that’s how it came out this beautiful!
6. Remember Chef Skinner, the antagonist of the Ratatouille movie? His name is a nod to behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, famous for experiments with Rats.
7. The soup Remy creates in Gusteau’s kitchen is Potato Leek. Well, I wondered about it then and I am glad I know it now!
8. Golette rides a “Calahan” branded motorcycle, named after Sharon Calahan, the director of photography for Ratatouille. In fact, many of the foods and other props used in the film are named after crewmembers at Pixar.
In the wine category, there are many bottles names after the crewmembers like:
“Chateau-Bird Champagne”- Named for director Brad Bird
“Chateau-Jessup Pauillac Medoc” – For production designer Harley Jessup.
Another bottle- For animator Tony Fucile.
Also, an olive oil brand is “D. Louis”, an allusion to art director Dominique Louis
A “Bouchiba” branded spaghetti named for animator Bolhem Bouchiba while Producer Brad Lewis named the mixer after himself.
9. There are references to The Incredibles in the movie. Did you spot it? When Linguini and Collette are roller-skating, you can see Bomb Voyage in the background. Note that the boy watching the mime is young Anton Ego. Bomb Voyage also emerges on the newspaper Colette reads the reviews in.
10. You can find Gusteau’s location on the left bank of the river Seine in the 5tharrondissement in Paris.
11. Wondered where is Linguini’s little apartment located? It is in the Montmartre section in Paris.
12. Surprisingly, more than 270 pieces of food were created digitally. Every item was prepared in a real kitchen, then photographed, then eaten.
13. Do you know that the Chef Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Napa Valley created the Ratatouille dish that was served in the movie to Anton Ego.
14. Director Brad Bird chose Patton Oswalt as Remy after hearing his food-related comedy routine.
Hope you enjoyed them!