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Ratatouille/Pixar Short Films Collection [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy
  • Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
  • Writers: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, Bob Peterson, Emily Cook, Jim Capobianco
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00118DQYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double bill featuring the popular animated adventure. In 'Ratatouille' (2007), Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is a rat who dreams of becoming a great French chef despite the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau (Brad Garrett). Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. Remy finds himself torn between his calling and passion in life or returning forever to his previous existence as a rat. 'Pixar Short Films Collection' comprises 13 animated shorts that chronicle how far Pixar and computer animation have come in the last 20 years.

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Ratatouille

As good a film as Pixar has ever put out, Ratatouille is a frantic, innovative movie, boasting some of the finest quality animation ever put on the screen. The film tells the story of wannabe-chef Remy The Rat, who becomes drawn into the mantra of legendary cook Gusteau, that anyone can cook. The deceased Gusteau’s ghostly image appears to Remy and guides him to his restaurant, whose standards have been slipping since his death. Remy, through the manipulation of a lowly restaurant worker called Linguini, soon starts secretly cooking the food, and this unusual set-up proves to be a trove of treasures that Pixar carefully picks through.

Ratatouille’s trick is to tie its cutting edge animation techniques to old-school essentials. At times harking back to the frenetic style you’d expect of Chuck Jones, it threads an original narrative through its story, which itself is packed with memorable characters (none more so than Peter O’Toole’s superbly-voiced restaurant critic). It perhaps runs a little too long, but it’s so well-written and so lavishly entertaining that it’s a churlish complaint to have.For in an era of cynically-produced family movies, Ratatouille is really something special. With an appeal that spreads across generations, and a quality that puts it right up there with Pixar’s finest, it’s an outstanding piece of cinema, and one set to be enjoyed for many, many years. Unmissable. --Simon Brew

Pixar Shorts

Pixar's unprecedented string of hit animated features was built on the short films in this collection. John Lasseter and Ed Catmull used these cartoons the way Walt Disney used the "Silly Symphonies" during the 1930s: as a training ground for artists and a way to explore the potential of a new medium. Although it's only 90 seconds long, "Luxo, Jr." (1986) ranks as the "Steamboat Willie" of computer animation: For the first time, audiences believed CG characters could think and feel. (It was also the first CGI film to make audiences laugh.)

When the artists began work on Toy Story, they had learned so much from the shorts, they were ready to undertake that landmark creation. In the later shorts, the viewer can see the artists continuing to experiment: with a more realistic human figure in "Geri's Game" and with new ways of suggesting atmospheric effects in "Boundin'." Some of the more recent shorts continue the adventures of the characters from the features. "Jack-Jack Attack" reveals what happened to the hapless baby-sitter while The Incredibles were off fighting Syndrome, while "Mater and the Ghost Light" shows that life goes on for the inhabitants of Radiator Springs. When Sully from Monsters, Inc. tries to adjust his seat in "Mike's New Car," the animators prolong the moment to wring every drop of humour from the situation--just as an earlier generation of animators milked Wile E. Coyote's antics for all they were worth. The long-unseen films for Sesame Street are an unexpected bonus. A delightful collection of entertaining shorts, and a significant chronicle of the growth of computer animation. --Charles Solomon


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Murphy on 11 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
This is my favourite Disney Pixar movie to date. Not just for kids, this movie is 'good fun for all the family'. Bright, colourful and entertaining...the children will love it. For the adults: a bit of sarcastic humour and a lot laughs.

I saw this at the cinema - much to the despair of many parents who seemed to think my utter amusement was disturbing? - and I promptly purchased this limited edition with Pixar shorts.

Since I can't begin to explain how funny this movie (and selected shorts) is/are, I can describe to you how impressive the graphics and overall concept were. The rats move like you'd expect; trust me, if you've ever seen a rodent move you'll be impressed by the 'true to life' depiction. I was pleased to see that, though the rats could talk to each other, the humans could not understand the rats...which leads to some novel interaction between our two main characters.

If you enjoyed The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., or Over the Hedge....you'll love this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ancient mariner on 27 July 2011
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this is what we have come to expect from Pixar - good, honest entertainment with a good story line and excellent graphics. The characterisations are totally believable and the voices match them perfectly.
The bonus in this set is to see how Pixar started with simple graphics and then developed the process into what we see today - a testament to their ingenuity and refusal to accept anything that could be better.
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By T. Williams on 8 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
I am major fan of the Disney Pixar movies and always eagerly await the next one. I do like this film but personally I don't find it as funny as movies like Toy Story 1 & 2 and The Incredibles. Having said that there are some great characters in this film and being an animal lover I think all the rats are adorable. Overall though I would give the film itself 4 out of 5. As this is a 2 disc special with the animated shorts on, the overall package is definately a 5 out of 5. I would definately recommend getting this package as the shorts are great to watch. Some you will have already seen before but most you probably won't. I especially liked the alien abduction short, I almost wet myself laughing at that one. I would definately recommend this 2 disc special to anyone, really good family entertainment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. White on 11 Feb 2008
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I ordered this item expecting it to arrive as 2 discs in a single box. Well it's not: it's the normal 2 Blu-Ray releases in a slipcase and that saves quite a bit of money on buying each separately. The films are superb. Ratatouille is all it's hyped to be and the Pixar shorts are equally marvellous. It's a joy to see the latter in HD after so many years of poor quality video and then mediocre DVD. This is a VERY good release.
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Both discs are first class, but had I bought the Pixar Shorts on its own for £17, or combined with Ratatouille for the normal street price of about £22, I'd have been pretty disappointed. Only when Amazon reduced the box set to £14 did it seem worthwhile.

Note that many of the Pixar Shorts are in less than full hi-def so a DVD version may suffice, especially if you already have lots of Pixar discs as you will already have some of the more recent shorts as extras.
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By R. Wood on 23 Feb 2014
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As always, disney doesn't let me down!! Saw the trailer for this film on another Disney DVD and my little boy looked fascinated so I bought him ratatouille as a surprise and he loves it! Funny story too!
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