Really, what else is there to say about the omnipotence of Pixar? How about this: They're robots from outer-space that have concocted a flawless entertainment formula (typically blending visual mastery, imaginative storytelling, witty humor and John Ratzenberger) that wins over critics and normal human beings alike time and again (even if Carsshowed a few slight glitches in the matrix). What's scary is that Ratatouille is one of their best films yet, easily among their top three. What's even scarier is that they appear to challenging themselves, "What can't we make audiences fall in love with? How about a rat who cooks?!" Well, turns out Remy (Patton Oswald) is the most lovable rodent since Splinter, and has surely given his species a fighting chance to coexist more fruitfully with future generations of humanoids. Just think how many kids pleaded for pet rats after this one (hey, hamsters are close). Young buck Peter O'Toole continues chewing up the scenery as a stuffy food critic (Pixar's revenge for the staggering 24% percent of critics on Rottentomatoes who didn't deem Cars fresh pickings?), while Lou Romano marks the studio's latest in-house talent to thrive as the voice of Remy's man-pal Linguini. You have eight months to enjoy repeated viewings of Ratatouille on DVD before Pixar's next film drops: It's called Wall-E, and it's about -- get this -- robots in outer-space.
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