When Ratatouille had come out, I thought it sounded mildly entertaining. The gist of the story was clear from the previews: a rat aspiring to become a chef; the rest could be easily figured out. I decided to skip going to the theater and wait for the DVD release. Now that I have seen it. I think I can say that my initial assessment was correct. Ratatouille is creative and entertaining but not spectacular. I liked Remy the rat and his unusual, especially for a rodent, cooking talent. The moment I saw Linguini, the clumsy new restaurant employee, I knew the two were going to somehow team up, and so they did, Remy cooking and Linguini taking all the credit. Predictably, it did not last long; when left on his own, Linguini could not re-create all the wonderful dishes Remy used to make, let alone cook something new to impress Anton Ego, the feared restaurant critic. Remy, however, returned just in time and saved the day.
The movie is fun to watch, especially for kids, and it is appropriate for them, delivering some good messages about friendship, telling the truth, and pursuing your dream. Bonus features of this DVD are rather limited: a short Your Friend The Rat extra and a funny computer-animated flick Lifted (not related to Ratatouille at all). I guess I expected more of "behind the scenes" stuff.