July 4, 2007 |
We get the box-office concept of the penguin, we do. It's the rat movies we don't get. Penguins can be sweet little buddies struggling to survive in a harsh world ("March of the Penguins"); they can giggle and then dance like Savion Glover ("Happy Feet"). And boy, can they surf ("Surf's Up"). Last weekend brought "Ratatouille," about a rat living in the walls of a Paris bistro who wants to be a chef. Julia Child: rolling in her grave. Perhaps there are other cinematically underserved animals?
December 4, 2007 |
The rodent tale "Ratatouille" leads contenders for the Annie Awards honoring animation, picking up 13 nominations, among them best picture and voice-acting honors for Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm and Janeane Garofalo.
June 29, 2007 |
Show up and be yourself -- and get paid to do it. That's the job description Patton Oswalt accepted when he was cast as the lead voice in the new Pixar/Disney film, "Ratatouille." The film revolves around a rat named Remy (Oswalt) who dreams of becoming a master chef at a five-star restaurant in Paris. The voice of Remy had been difficult to cast, but then one day writer-director Brad Bird heard a routine of Oswalt's on the radio. "I was talking about the Black Angus Steak House....
August 17, 2007 |
PARIS -- Remy is an ordinary rat in Paris. Except that he can talk and has dreams of becoming a chef. It's not so surprising: Remy is the star of "Ratatouille," a new animated film. Remy is shown a pest-control shop by his father, who tells him that humans can't be trusted and do nasty things to rodents. To eerie background music and in the light of a street lamp on a wet night, the father points to the scores of dead rats hanging by strings in the window.
August 1, 2007 |
SOMETHING fresh happens onscreen in "No Reservations," the newest in that newly burgeoning genre, American foodie cinema, and it's not the sea bass poached in a court bouillon with sautéed batonnet of carrots and zucchini (though that fish with vegetables cut into baton shapes looks pretty fresh). Beyond the batonnet, viewers may discern a sea change in the way moviemakers are portraying a now glamorous profession (or hobby). After an awkward and self-conscious start ("Spanglish" anybody?