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Ratatouille Golden Book

We had a relatively exciting Saturday today. Out of the house by 10:00 a.m. (because no Phoenician does anything after noon in July), we journeyed to the local multiplex to catch an early showing of Ratatouille. It was sweet fun, filled with wonderful characters and a tangible sense of the aromas and tastes that fine food provide. I loved the Parisian atmosphere, the muted colors and the hazy look to the photography (how’d they do that?). Seeing it makes me appreciate the sheer heart Pixar puts into everything they do. Unlike the lowbrow pop culture gags and obnoxious celebrity voices which characterize a typical DreamWorks feature, Pixar has a fundamental understanding that story is the most important element in any film. That said, I didn’t fall head over heels in love with Ratatouille in the same way many of the critics have. It was enjoyable, had a great message, and handily beats most everything else currently in theaters, but it was also a little too long and a few of the talkier scenes could’ve been further snipped. On the Pixar scale I would place it on a level above Monsters, Inc. and A Bug’s Life (and way, way above Cars), but below Toy Story and The Incredibles. (image swiped off Cartoon Brew).

P.S. Although I kept my eyes peeled, I couldn’t find the Pizza Planet truck cameo or any of the other Pixar Easter Eggs. Oh well, something to look forward to on the DVD.

P.P.S. We also got to spend a few minutes playing around with the iPhones at our local Cingular outlet. Are those babies cool or what?

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