Remy, a resident of Paris, appreciates good food and has quite a sophisticated palate. He would love to become a chef so he can create and enjoy culinary masterpieces to his heart's delight. The only problem is, Remy is a rat. When he winds up in the sewer beneath one of Paris' finest restaurants, the rodent gourmet finds himself ideally placed to realize his dream. - Google
This movie goes far beyond the cute, amusing tale of a rat who longs to be in the kitchen. Remy, the protagonist, struggles between loyalty and his passion for food. His strong emotions often cause him to do things we know he shouldn't, which is what makes a movie so exciting and real. Linguini, Remy's human, also has issues keeping secrets, lying, and concealing his love for Colette. I loved getting to know the characters and feeling their struggles with them.
This film takes notes from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, except that instead of interpreting music through visuals, it interprets taste. I thought it was a creative and interesting thing to portray. There were also several stunning views of Paris, detailed foods, and realistic animal and human animation. (The fur technology at Pixar never ceases to impress me.) A few impressive crowd scenes were featured as well.
Patton Oswalt (Minecraft Story Mode, Wordgirl, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) was a great Remy. His voice was just right for the character. It was a happy medium between average and distinctive, so he still sounded just like a regular Joe but just different enough that you knew he was important. I also love Lou Romano's performance as Linguini. His voice is what made him such a lovable dork whom I wanted to see succeed. Other great actors in this film are Janeane Garofalo (Colette), Brad Garrett (Gusteau), and Peter O'Toole (Anton Ego).
Pixar produces mostly 5 star films (in my opinion), and this is no exception. It is often overlooked when naming great Pixar films, but it deserves recognition as an excellent film. Now, pardon me while I go make some ratatouille.