Remy is a rat who lives in the attic of a French country home with his brother Emile and a rat pack led by his father Django. Gifted with a keen sense of smell and taste, Remy aspires to be a gourmet chef, inspired by France’s recently deceased top chef, Auguste Gusteau. Instead, however, his talent is put to work in sniffing for rat poison. When the pack is discovered by the home’s occupant, they flee into the sewers; Remy becomes separated from the others and ends up marooned underneath Gusteau’s restaurant in Paris, conversing with a hallucination of the famous chef.Urged on by Gusteau, Remy makes his way up to the restaurant’s kitchen skylight to watch the staff in action. There, he observes Alfredo Linguini being hired as an escuelerie by Skinner, the restaurant’s current owner, and Gusteau’s former sous-chef. When Linguini spills some of the soup and attempts to recreate it using random ingredients, Remy is horrified, and falls into the kitchen; there, instead of escaping, he fixes the soup. Remy is caught by Linguini just as Linguini is caught by Skinner, but before anyone can stop the serving staff, the soup is served and found to be a success. Colette, the staff’s only female chef, convinces Skinner to retain Linguini, believing him to be the success behind the soup. Linguini takes Remy home instead of killing him, as Remy was the „little chef“ who made the soup.After a lot of training, Remy and Linguini overcome their language barrier with Remy pulling Linguini’s hair under his toque Blanche to control his limbs like a marionette. The pair successfully meets the challenges devised by Skinner. Skinner, suspicious of Linguini’s talents, discovers that Linguini is actually Gusteau’s son and by Gusteau’s will, is the rightful owner of the restaurant; this revelation would ruin Skinner’s plans to use Gusteau’s name to market a line of microwaveable meals. Remy discovers the documents and takes them to Linguini, who subsequently fires Skinner and takes control of the restaurant. Linguini and Colette even begin to develop a romantic bond, leaving Remy feeling left out and taken for granted. Remy finds Emile in the restaurant’s trash, and Remy is reunited with the pack. Django warns Remy that humans and rats will never get along, but Remy does not believe him. Meanwhile, Remy begrudgingly feeds Emile and his friends by stealing from the kitchen’s pantry as the nights pass.Anton Ego, a food critic whose past review cost Gusteau’s one of its star ratings, announces he will review the restaurant again the next day based on its rising success. Linguini, under pressure of Ego’s pending arrival, has a falling out with Remy, causing Remy to retaliate by leading a raid on the kitchen’s food stocks that night. Linguini catches the rats in the act and chases them all out, including Remy, feeling betrayed. Remy, dejected, is captured by Skinner. In his cage, Remy has one final conversation with his phantom Gusteau, who tells him that the rat never needed his guidance and at that moment, he is freed by Django and Emile. Remy returns to the kitchen, where a frantic Linguini apologizes and asks Remy back to help. Linguini then reveals the truth about Remy to the staff, resulting in a mass walk-out by the disbelievers; Colette later returns after recalling Gusteau’s motto: „Anyone can cook.“Impressed by his son’s determination, Django organizes the rest of the pack to help out in the kitchen. They throw Skinner and a health inspector, bound and gagged, into the freezer when they try to interfere. Linguini uses roller skates to wait on all the tables by himself, while Remy and Colette work together to prepare a variation on ratatouille for Ego. Ego is amazed by the dish, which evokes childhood memories of his mother’s cooking, and asks to see the chef. Linguini and Colette wait until all the other customers leave to introduce Remy to Ego. Although initially disbelieving, Ego is brought into the kitchen to watch Remy recreate the dish; he leaves without any further comment. To everyone’s surprise, Ego writes a glowing review of the meal the next day, declaring Remy to be „nothing less than the finest chef in France.“In the dénouement, Gusteau’s is closed down by the health inspector, and Ego loses his job and his credibility as a food critic for praising a restaurant filled with rats. However, he eagerly funds a new restaurant run by Linguini and Colette, featuring dining areas for both humans and rats and a kitchen designed for Remy to continue cooking. The film ends showing a long queue outside and a sign displaying a rat wearing a toque and holding a spoon, above it, the name „La Ratatouille.“
My conclusion: So apart from the fact that I find the food itself delicious, the film is nicely done, even if you better not have rats in his kitchen. But somehow everyone has his secret.
Ego that he loves ratatouille, but must taste like with Mama otherwise Baaaaaaaaah, Gusteau that Linguini is his son (despite that he is dead), Skinner that he is not even the boss and that knows Remy cooking and Liguini Remy. But that makes the film beautiful again. Unfortunately I have not yet managed to go to the Disneyland Paris attraction and eat in the restaurant. The Ratatoille is supposed to be very good, I heard. I mean what would be Disney movies without a happy ending.