Posted on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 Peter Sciretta
“We were thinking about retitling it Ratatouille 1. And to let you know it’s the introduction to the sequel.”
Brad Bird began his presentation with a slide show of the war the development of graphics and slimming Remy, the main Rat character from Ratatoille. As shown in the early sculpts for Emile, his brother, the friendly gregarious rat that eat anything (I know about the House, Soane). Django (Brian Denahey) plays the father. Linguini, the hapless chef voiced by Pixar artist Lou Ramono (who served as art director on The Incredibles). He also expressed nervous stomach in this film. He’s the guy who has trouble holding on to work. He’s a garbage boy who is thrust into the work of the great chef “but in truth is not.” The character is voiced by Peter O’toole. His boss, Skinner is voiced by Ian Holms.
Remy is a wonderful cook, but he can’t be in the kitchen because if word got out, the restaurant will die. And Remy can’t let that happen because of the death of the restaurant is also a death of rats who live on garbage.
Bird explains that the movie begins with Remy and his family live on a farm. But when Remy knew the family, they are chased out into the Open, where it becomes family somehow ends up in Paris alone. It is close to my favorite chef of Milan. But my favorite chef is long since dead. So Remy hangs around modern fake version of the guy I saw on TV (voiced by Brad Garett).
The first clip shows Remy a modern fake Milan as they watch the chefs cooking in the kitchen. Remy observes the child ruining the soup and decides to take action. He jumps down in the pelvis, runs along the floor, hides under the kitchen equipment where he almost gets burned to death. It’s fantastical chase sequence that goes around the entire kitchen. Remy ends up miraculously escaped from the oven before crawling to safety on a trolley service that goes to the main dining area. Finally back in the kitchen, Remy adds spices and ingredients to the soup in an attempt to fix the mistake. He searches the kitchen and incredibly fantasy sequence makes the soup complete. But just as he finishes, he is caught by the child.
Bird explained the following: at this moment Skinner catches linguini with a soup ladle in his hand and goes ballistic. While all this bombing is happening, the soup, get out a food critic who ends up loving. He knows that this guy is an idiot but at the same time see that he is doing the right thing. So he lets her do it.
This is where the next section begins. Skinner catches a glimpse of Remy and linguini. Caught in a bottle, and Linguini is given the task to get rid of Remy in the river. But linguini can’t get the nerve to throw them out. Linguini starts talking to Remy who nods and gestures again. Linguini come up with a plan for Remy to cook for him, so he won’t lose his job. And with that he lets Remy free. But Remy runs away. If we look back see the Depression the child is sulky, it is said that go back. A lot of emotion is shown, these new bonds are formed.
Other highlights from the panel include the following:
Randy Newman doesn’t do the ratatouille score. Instead of that guy who did the music for The Incredibles is doing it.
When asked if John Ratzenberger would be included in the movie Brad jokingly asked the audience if he should include them. He explained to the audience that Ratzenberger in every successful Pixar movie to date.
Bird said he wrote a new script from the basic story. Came on board the project when most of the sets have already been built. “It’s a spontaneous movie and if I had more time, I might not have felt like this.”
Jaun who won an Oscar for Jerry’s game who came up with this idea.
Well, actually, my next project might be live action. That said, there is a tendency for people who succeed in animation to leave. I’m not that kind of guy, I love animation.” Birds also love all kinds of 2D and 3D animation.
They actually test the game story and put it in 3D IMAX. The problem with that is, I think John Lasseter believes there must be a reason for it. Especially with IMAX and the cuts that would be good for normal screen can be development on the giant screen. Is it really that redefined the film for IMAX. I looked at it, and we hope and waiting for the technology to get a little better. I’ve seen some 3D that is really amazing. Don’t rule it out, but don’t feel this is the right time to go 3D. So one day, maybe.
Read Brad’s comments on The Incredibles 2 in the last bulletin.
With this film his strategy to stay with Remy on the ground and to stay with Remy from his point of view.
Brad, I think Pixar’s development model is changing. Now they are developing 5 or 6 movies at the same time. Some of them are still in the early “What if” stages while others have finished the story reels.
Brad sounds very weasely coward, a man who is in the movie for two seconds.
Ended the panel by entering the local trailer which shows essentially a very tightly edited version of the two sequences mentioned above. Then it shows the comedy that requires from Remi The Game of the puppet master under Linguini’s hat chef. The clip ends with Remy waving guy cycling in the street, who becomes distracted and give in a parked car. I’m sure the trailer will debut online next week.
In conclusion, the footage impressed me more than I expected to. That the characters are well developed, Pixar another hit on their hands. But the question is: Will the children be able to pronounce the title?
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