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Plot Summary

In the film, the lead character, a rat called Remy, wants to give up his “ratty” life and instead become a chef, as he adores food and wants to emulate a Master chef called Gusteau (a play on Gustatory – to do with taste). He just cannot eat rotten or junk food as his clansmen do; instead he wants to create food by playing around and combining different ingredients. This of course, is anathema to his father and clansmen. The film then proceeds to narrate his various trials and tribulations, as well as the strange alliances he needs to enter into to realize his dream.

What Worked

  • The animation of the film is smooth and the film has some wonderful sequences; one where Remy is separated from the rest of his family and has to travel down a canal using Gusteau’s cookbook as a raft; another where he skips from a boat to the bank of the Seine, and then to a boat again, while being pursued by the insane head chef; and yet another where the home of Anton Ego (an acerbic food critic, whose reviews make or break restaurants) is shown designed like the interior of a plush coffin, complete with red felt lining and all!
  • There is another scene in the film where the clan of rats takes over the kitchen to help Remy prepare meals for the patrons, as the human help has refused to work with a rat as head chef! This scene possibly suggests that dialogue between one social group and its Other is imperative to dispel prejudices and foster respect, and that this could be achieved by the very basic activity of cooking and eating food together.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • I thought that the length could have been trimmed down a bit by cutting down on the romance between the garbage boy and Colette (one of the assistant chefs); which I felt was not essential to the plot, and tended to take the film away from its main themes. But then the film is set in Gay Paree; c’est la vie!