Ratatouille ★★★★½

Built around the wildest premise from a studio that exclusively utilizes wild premises, Ratatouille frequently comes close to buckling under the weight of its insane central concept, but somehow emerges unscathed. At the point of its release, it was simultaneously Pixar’s most realistic movie and its most cartoonish — it’s more rooted in real-world design and physics than anything they’d done before, but its zippy action sequences feel like modernized Looney Tunes. 

Brad Bird somehow holds the entire project together with straightforward vision, using the bonkers concept for a simple and incredibly sweet story about self-acceptance and embracing your passions. It celebrates food, creativity, and friendship, and even has a healthy view of criticism despite the terrifying introduction of Anton Ego. I can’t believe how well it all works.

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