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[23.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Massawyrm...
[...] Ratatouille is exactly the type of sweet, entertaining film that got me right in the gut. Once again. Where Bird has managed to bring tears to my eyes every god damned time that Vin Diesel belts out that final SOOOOPERMAAAAN and gives me a 10 megawatt smile every time the Incredible family dons their masks to take out the Underminer, Ratatouille gave me a case of the fuzzy warm tinglies, delivering another perfect Brad Bird ending that spoke to me in ways other films don't. [...]

[22.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit Janeane Garofalo... Ausserdem gibt es bei AICN eine Kritik von Moriarty...

[21.06.2007] Disney's Buena Vista International versteigert eine Mini-Sprechrolle zugunsten des WWF...
Die eigene Stimme aus den Lautsprechern bundesweit in den Kinos zu hören - das ist in Kürze für einen umweltbewussten Filmliebhaber möglich: Ab sofort versteigert Disney's Buena Vista International auf dem Online-Marktplatz eBay eine Mini-Sprechrolle in dem neuen Animationsfilm RATATOUILLE. Der Öko-Bonus dabei: Der Höchsteinsatz geht komplett in die Naturschutzprojekte des WWF. Wer auf http://www.ebay.de (unter der Rubrik "Stars und Charity") das Meiste bietet, bekommt den Zuschlag und darf unter fachlicher Anleitung einen kurzen Satz sprechen, der dann in allen Kinos und später auch auf der DVD zu hören sein wird.
Dirk Barth, Leiter Corporate Fundraising des WWF, hat die Internetauktion zu RATATOUILLE ins Leben gerufen: "Mit dieser Auktion geht ein lange gehegter Wunsch in Erfüllung, denn wir möchten, dass die Menschen mit Umwelt- und Naturschutz positive Erlebnisse verbinden - wie zum Beispiel einen Kinobesuch. Dass wir mit RATATOUILLE jetzt sogar noch jemanden zum 'Filmstar' machen können, ist hoffentlich für möglichst viele ein zusätzlicher Anreiz, etwas für die Umwelt zu tun."
Die Versteigerung findet zwischen dem 18. und 22. Juni statt. Zur Synchronisation geht es dann ab dem 25. Juni ins Studio nach München - der genaue Termin wird direkt nach Zahlungseingang mit dem Gewinner persönlich festgelegt. Teilnehmen können alle über 18 Jahre. Welchen Satz der Gewinner sprechen wird, steht derzeit noch nicht fest. [...]


[20.06.2007] Buena Vista meldet...
[...] wenn die kleine Ratte Remy ab 03. Oktober über die deutsche Leinwand saust, um in RATATOUILLE die Küche des Pariser Nobelrestaurants "Gusteau's" gehörig durcheinanderzuwirbeln, wird sie dort auch die Bekanntschaft von Horst machen, einem deutschen Koch, der sich unter dem scharfen Regiment von Küchenfürst Skinner redlich müht, die Gäste des Gourmettempels zufrieden zu stellen. Kein leichtes Unterfangen, da die Glanzzeiten der "Grande Cuisine" in diesem Haus längst verstrichen sind. Doch Horst lässt sich nicht so leicht unterkriegen, für die deutsche Kinofassung bekommt er eine sehr kreative und lässige Hilfe: Starkoch Tim Mälzer leiht ihm seine Stimme! Tim Mälzer, der zu den beliebtesten Köchen Deutschlands zählt, neben zahlreichen Buchveröffentlichungen eine eigene Kochshow auf VOX hat, regelmäßig Gast bei ZDF "Kerners Köche" ist, ab Sommer mit seinem neuen Koch-Liveprogramm "Ham'se noch Hack" durch Deutschland tourt und mit "Das weiße Haus" eines der renommiertesten Restaurants hierzulande leitet, hat eigens für RATATOUILLE den Kochlöffel gegen das Synchronmikro getauscht, um bei dem neuesten Animationsspaß aus dem Hause Disney/Pixar dabei zu sein. [...]

[19.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen Schwung Kritiken... Und bei myway.com gibt es ein AP-Interview mit Brad Bird...
AP: [...] The advertising materials for "Ratatouille" cleverly work in its pronunciation (rat-a-TOO-ee). Was the title ever considered too much of a mouthful?
Bird:
It was a challenge, because we knew that a lot of people couldn't pronounce it. In fact, there were months where they tried to come up with another title, but no other title was as good as "Ratatouille." It's one word, it's French, it's about food and it has the word "rat" in it. So rather than view it as a weakness, we started going, "What if we view it as a strength and make the pronunciation part of the sales?" [...]


[18.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit Patton Oswalt...

[17.06.2007] Der "Ratatouille" TV-Spot "Partners" ist online... Und bei AICN gibt es weitere Kritiken...

[12.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik...
[...] It is a film that everyone will enjoy. By the end of the film, if you aren't in love with these rats, there is something wrong with you. This film is very magical in ways that not only the best of Pixar has brought us, but the best that Disney used to bring us. Great characters, fantastic animation, and a sense of love in creating a unique story for the cinema. [...]
The people and rodents that inhabit Ratatouille seem real in their world. Yet this is an animated film, and there is some really great cartoon fun to be had in the movement of these characters. Especially in the character of Linguini. Watching as Remy learns to take control of Linguini's body movements is hilarious to see, and reminded me of the best of Chaplin and Goofy combined. The voice talent is top notch, as you would expect. [...]


[11.06.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Quint...
[...] RATATOUILLE is back to Pixar standard. Lots of character humor and heart, but no distracting wink-wink jokes.
You’ve seen the trailer, you know the plot. The trailers are accurate to the film. They’re not overselling it, or selling it as a different movie than it really is. If you like the trailer, you’ll love the movie.
I know geeks will love this because it’s Brad Bird. I know families will love this because it’s great Pixar. [...]
The animation is outstanding. The detail is incredible. I remember when MONSTERS INC. came out and I was obsessed with Sulley’s fur and how Pixar made it so realistic. They turn it up here. Remy’s fur is beautiful, and they even have small details like seeing his little rodent heart beating rapidly in his chest. I grew up with tons of hamsters and I recognized this immediately. It just makes the world that much easier to get in to. It’s got this hyper unreality to it. It’s still a cartoon, but those little details make it work.
RATATOUILLE is not as geeky cool as Bird’s previous two films, but it proudly stands amongst the best Pixar has to offer. [...]


[24.05.2007] Bei CS! gibt es den exklusiven "Cooking Up CG Food"-Podcast...

[22.05.2007] Moriarty von AICN berichtet über einen Besuch bei Pixar, inkl. Interview mit Brad Bird und Patton Oswalt...

[02.05.2007] Bei AICN gibt es einen Podcast über Patton Oswalt, der Remy im US-Original seine Stimme leiht...

[29.04.2007] Ein weiterer "Ratatouille" Trailer ist online...

[26.04.2007] Bei CS! gibt es einen "Schnitt"-Bericht...
[...] how do you convey the notion of food on screen? Pixar animators took a crash course on cooking and gourmet consultants were on hand to tell them about food, textures, and how kitchens are arranged. The same sub-surface light scattering technique that was used on skin in The Incredibles was used on fruits and vegetables to give them a hyperrealism. More than that, the characters talk about food and how it tastes and feels. There is also the use of music and abstract imagery to show what a certain taste is like.
But how will it compare to previous Pixar flicks? Bird recalls, "I was lucky enough to work with a lot of the old Disney masters when I was a kid and one of the things they always pushed was that they always considered themselves students. This studio also has the frame of mind that we are all students and we are always trying to top what we did before."
And with that, he becomes visibly excited when he whispers "Peter O'Toole is the grim eater food critic!" [...]


[24.04.2007] Bei Showbuzz gibt es Infos zum "Ratatouille" Videospiel...

[12.04.2007] Eine "Ratatouille" Behind the Scenes - Video ist online...

[25.03.2007] Die Offizielle Website bietet einen neuen "Ratatouille" Trailer...

[17.03.2007] Ein chinesischer "Ratatouille" Trailer ist online, der den Beginn der Freundschaft zwischen einem Küchenjungen und einer Ratte enthüllt...

[15.03.2007] CS! meldet...
Ratatouille director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) revealed today at ShoWest in Las Vegas that Peter O'Toole (Venus) will be providing a voice for the Pixar film, opening June 29. O'Toole voices a food critic named Anton Ego. [...]

[14.03.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine detaillierte Beschreibung von Szenen, die auf der ShoWest gezeigt wurden...
[...] Brad Bird came out and introduced a 12 minute section of RATATOUILLE.
He had to do some set-up because this sequence came from about 20 minutes into the movie.
Basically, we know our lead rat, Remy, has a taste for gourmet foods and finds himself in Paris. We know the rat has seen TV and been inspired by a famous chef whose motto was "anyone can cook." We also know this chef is dead and his restaurant is the one we’re looking at when the clip opens.
The chef appears to our rat like an Obi-Wan Kenobi... whether it’s a ghost or a mental projection I’m not sure, but he pops up next to the rat as he looks down throw a window into the kitchen.
The chef, floating and blue-ish and still in his uniform, chef hat and all, quizzes the rat on who is who in the kitchen. That’s the sauce chef, that’s the main chef, that’s the assistant, that’s the garbage boy, etc. etc. A good way to introduce the audience to the goings on in a fancy kitchen.
We see that the clean-up boy, a tall skinny redhead, accidentally knocks over the soup, spilling most of it, and tries to fill it back up with water and various ingredients.
Remy is furious! "He thinks he can be a chef? He’s just a garbage boy!" The ghost reminds him that anyone can cook, why not him? Remy ain’t buyin’ it, though.
He’s also not watching where he’s standing and the window flips open under his weight, sending the rat straight down into the kitchen sink. He gasps for air, but has to avoid all the people in the restaurant, so he ducks under again as one passes by.
Remy plops out of the sink and onto the floor, scurrying under tables and stoves, trying to keep from being discovered, avoiding stomping feet and igniting stoves.
He sees a window open next to the newly created garbage boy soup, still bubbling on the stove and runs for it. He’s denied and somehow ends up on a cart that goes out into the restaurant, giving us a look at the difference between the crazed world of the kitchen and the serene, calm upper scale restaurant.
The waiter reaches under the cart to grab the salt and grabs Remy instead. Remy squeaks and the waiter’s eyes widen. He lets go, without a sound, and Remy jumps onto another cart heading back into the kitchen.
He makes his way to the window again, almost getting locked in the oven on the adventure over there, but he gets there. He’s running on the shelf above the soup and is nearly to freedom when his nose catches a whiff.
Remy nearly vomits, it smells so bad and he stops... considers... then he scurries around and throws in some ingredients. A pinch of pepper, some spices, etc. He sniffs again, a little more satisfied and runs to the open window.
I actually jumped when the fat chef spirit thing popped up in front of Remy, telling him to finish the job. He knows how to make it a fine soup, so do it.
Remy can’t resist and goes crazy. This sequence was actually a lot of fun as Remy grabbed handfuls of salt and pepper (pinches to us) and threw in potato and onion and pepper, using a ton of tricks... like running up the ladle handle to get to the rim of the pot to taste.
He gets it right and the camera spins around to show the garbage boy has been watching him the whole time, mouth agape. Remy sees him, freezes with the last bit of salt in his hand... he releases the salt into the soup and darts for the window.
The Garbage boy slams a colander down over him, trapping the rat. He smells the soup and is about to take a sip when the main chef, a short, crooked-toothed French man catches him. "You dare to cook!"
During this chew-out scene, a bowl of the soup is ladeled and taken out to the kitchen, the garbage boy trying to alert the angry chef. He points and the chef sees the doors to the restaurant swing closed.
He runs out after the soup, but freezes when he sees the commotion is having an affect on the restaurant, so he scurries back in, grabs a small stepladder and climbs up to the port window and looks out.
A woman takes a sip and calls for her waiter. The chef is freaking out. The waiter returns and says the woman wants to speak with the chef that made the soup. The small, angry man composes himself and walks out, but not before firing the garbage boy.
Of course, the soup is great and the woman wasn’t just a customer, but a critic and she loved it.
The chef is still pissed at the kid, though. A woman in the kitchen stands up for him, repeating the motto of the dead owner to the little man. He relents, but says he’s going to expect the garbage boy (I think his name was Linguini, but don’t quote me on that) to repeat his cooking performance and will be keeping a sharp eye on him.
Remy hears all this in the colander, but figures a way out and tries to escape once more, this time noticed by the angry little chef. The kitchen goes into panic mode, everybody trying to kill the rat. The garbage boy catches him in a jar and is told to take the rat out of the kitchen and kill it.
He leaves and we get a beautiful look at Paris at night, foggy, by the water.
The gangly kid takes the jarred rat and holds him over the river water. Remy is terrified and is able to connect with the kid, looking him in the eye, putting his little hands on the glass.
The kid is frustrated. He pulls the rat back over and is talking to himself. "I’m not a good chef, am I?" Remy shakes his head no. Then the kid gets a little crazy. "You can understand me?" Remy nods his head.
He quickly comes to the decision that the only way they can both survive (he made it clear he couldn’t lose this job) is to work together. "You can really cook?" Remy give a kind of I Guess So shrug and the kid lets him out of the jar.
Of course, Remy takes off, laughing. He’s free! But he looks back at the kid, head hanging low as he morosely walks to his bike. Remy pauses and then heads back, his eyes bright, reflecting the light as he walks back to the kid under the dark bridge. The kid notices him and that’s where the clip ended.
I loved it. I can’t really get across the character detail and nuance, but every single character felt right and real in the world. It’s something that was missing from CARS, which is a movie I really liked, but it was hard to connect to the characters. Here it’s instantaneous. You’re on Remy’s side straight away.
I also love the little detail Pixar put into the rat. Small stuff, like his chest rapidly moving, since his heart would be beating much faster than a human’s. Small stuff like that.
If anything, this footage got me more excited to see the flick. [...]


[05.03.2007] AICN berichtet über die WonderCon, u.a. über das "Ratatouille"-Panel mit Brad Bird...
[...] Bird joked that with so many sequels coming out this summer, that he should rename the film RATATOUILLE 1. "'Cause you've got DIE HARD 4, SPIDER-MAN 3, ALIEN vs PREDATOR 2..."
He went on to explain the story: A rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt) lives with his family in the French coutryside, until Remy has them discovered and kicked out. Now he's on his own in the city of lights. Remy is unusually skinny because he only likes human food, not rat food (Bird showed sketches that emphasised a more emaciated appearance). Although Remy's personality was written by Bird, he heard Patton Oswalt do a routine about a "steakhouse" and decided he was the one for the job. Other characters include Remy's glutton brother (voiced by a Pixar animator who also did the voice of Dash's teacher in THE INCREDIBLES), their dad (Brian Dennehy), a hapless garbage boy-turned-chef named Linguini (Lou Romano), a snooty food critic named Anton Ego (Peter O'Toole), the evil restaurant owner named Skinner (Ian Holm), and the ghost of the restaurant's previous proprietor/Master chef named Gusteau (Brad Garret). Remy has long been a fan of Gasteau's food and imagines his ghost coming to him.
THE FIRST (really funny) CLIP showed Remy & the ghost looking down on the kitchen from the skylight as Gusteau quizzes Remy on who each member of the kitchen staff must be. They watch as a clumsy Linguini ruins a soup--Remy freaks. He enters the kitchen (in that typical Pixar way of his POV while trying not to get chopped, stepped on, or found) and--as if by instinct--drops proper ingredients into the soup (I know, I don't make it sound like much... but I'm not Brad Bird and you haven't seen this footage). He's spotted by Linguini, leading to an awkward stare between the two.
THE NEXT CLIP shows a caught Remy trapped in a glass jar. Skinner orders Linguini to take him out and kill him. Linguini bikes to the pier, but feels too guilty to toss Remy in. While talking, he realises Remy understands his words: "I'm not a good chef am I?" [Remy shakes his head] "But YOU are!" Linguini promises to let him go if he helps him in his kitchen. Remy agrees, but no sooner does Linguini open the lid then Remy runs off. However, guilt captures him as he looks back on the pathetic would-be chef. He runs back to him. [...]


[10.02.2007] Cool... "Ratatouille" Test-Footage ist aufgetaucht !!!

[06.12.2006] Bei Google kann man einen Blick auf die Hauptcharaktere werfen...

[22.11.2006] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zu einer frühen Testvorführung einer Rohfassung von "Ratatouille"...
[...] The plot seems simple, but like any Brad Bird flick, it has a ton of heart and humor. Much of the action scenes were storyboards and gray-scale, but still promised to be dazzling when complete. The humor moments were hilarious and had the audience rolling. The voice acting was fantastic, with no recognizable A-list Hollywood stars to distract you from the characters, no singing in the edit that we saw either. The music was completely forgettable as it was just filler at this point I suspect. During the movie Lasseter would scribble down notes at various points.
The movie lasted a little over an hour and a half, and was greeted with resounding applause by the audience. When the lights came up I look in front of me to see John Lasseter reach over and shake Brad Bird's hand with a huge smile on his face. [...]


[07.11.2006] Bei AICN kann man einen Blick auf das "Ratatouille" Teaser-Poster werfen...

[10.06.2006] Bei Apple.com gibt es nun den "Ratatouille" US-Trailer...

[26.05.2006] Bei Cinoche.com war kurzzeitig der französische "Ratatouille" Trailer online... Bei AICN gibt es die englische Übersetzung der enthaltenen Dialoge...

[15.03.2006] Quint von AICN hat den "Ratatouille" Trailer auf der ShoWest gesehen...
[...] The trailer opens with a big table of cheese with the waiter, in heavy French accent, pointing to different kinds of cheese, describing the differences of the cheeses. We never see his face, just his hand as it gestures at the tray, with the camera focusing on each different sample of cheese as he's talking about it. Then, he says this last cheese is rare and expensive, but exceptional. The camera pans over to see a gray rat caught like a deer in headlights, a piece of the expensive cheese in his mitts. The rat is of the cute rat varieties, not the evil R.O.U.S. type ("I don't think they exist.")
The waiter shouts, the patrons scream and the rat screams himself and runs like a bat outta hell. He runs through the kitchen, knocking pots and pans over, cheese still in a death grip. He makes a leap off of a table, kitchen knives and other utensils falling around him and then it freeze-frames, like an action movie with the hero jumping over a cliff or away from a fireball or something.
The rat introduces himself to us. The voice was familiar, but I couldn't place it. He says that he loves good food, and it's a good thing he lives in Paris because there's a lot of it... It's just hard to get.
It cut to our hero grey rat walking about outside, near what looked like a sewage pipe or something. He tells us about his distaste for trash and love for real food. His dad yells at him from inside the pipe (we never see him), telling him he wouldn't be hungry all the time if he just ate trash like all the other rats. A chubby rat comes along eating something... dirty. It's gray-ish/black and it could be rotting oyster... or something. The chubby rat tells the gray rat that once you get paste the gag reflex, you'd be surprised what you can eat. The gray rat asks the chubby one what the hell he is eating. Mouth full, the chubby rat just kinda goes, "I don't know."
Then it cuts back to the freeze frame of the gray rat in mid-leap and it reiterates how dangerous it is for a rat with a taste for real good food is in Paris. The film unfreezes and the rat hits the ground running, darting into a crack in the wooden wall, followed almost immediately by the falling cutlery imbedding itself into the wood around the hole.
So, there you go. RATATOUILLE the trailer. It was funny, looked good... It didn't blow me away or anything, but the talent involved is undeniable. [...]


[13.03.2006] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Pixar Animation Studios' Brad Bird will direct "Ratatouille," the computer-animated mouse tale that was developed in-house by the studio's Oscar-winning short-film director Jan Pinkava ("Geri's Game"). The deal was confirmed Friday at the Disney shareholders meeting in Anaheim. The story centers on a skinny rodent who fancies himself a gourmand and lives in a Parisian restaurant. A sneak peek of the film, with fully rendered CG characters, was introduced by John Lasseter and shown to attendees at Friday's meeting. It was expected that Pinkava would direct the project, and Bird was said to be developing a sequel to his 2004 Oscar-winning film "The Incredibles." Execs also confirmed at the meeting that Glen Keane's directorial debut, "Rapunzel," remains in the early stages of production utilizing a combination of 2-D and 3-D processes. "Ratatouille" is the eighth animated feature film produced by Pixar. It is scheduled for release June 29, 2007.

[11.03.2006] Im Forum von Animation Republic schreibt der Insider "Daikun" über das letzte "Disney shareholders' meeting", bei dem u.a. Pixar's John Lasseter zugegen war...
[...] before he handed over the stage, he dropped a bombshell: An exclusive trailer for Pixar's next project! It's called Ratatouille. It's directed by Brad Bird, and it looks pretty good so far (it's coming in Summer 2007). [...]
Ratatouille is a movie about a rat who isn't like normal rats; he prefers eating fancy, classy human food instead of garbage and old cheese. The scene basically involves him getting caught eating away at a customer's food at a super-expensive restraunt. A wild chase scene ensues. The plot wasn't 100% developed in the trailer, but the film appears to show promise. [..]


[03.02.2006] CS! meldet...
The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios have agreed to extend their current distribution agreement to include Pixar's 2007 release, Ratatouille, a deal that will be moot if Disney's proposed acquisition of Pixar closes this summer as expected.
The two companies negotiated what amounts to a one-picture extension as a fail-safe measure in case the acquisition doesn't happen.
"This is a deal that Disney and Pixar negotiated independent of the proposed merger to handle the distribution of 'Ratatouille' until such time as the transaction closes," Pixar said Thursday.
Pixar would finance all the production costs of Ratatouille and pay Disney a straight distribution fee under the new deal, according to a regulatory filing. Pixar would also own the film.
The extension differs from the current arrangement, where Disney and Pixar split the production costs and the profits, and share ownership of the copyright.


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