We saw it at one of five theatres in the greater New Orleans area showing the Sneak Peek.
Short review, no spoilers: Better than Oscar caliber!
As many of you may know, New Orleans is based in part on French culture, and it's known for it's cooking. Here, we don't eat to live. We live to eat! Even po-boy sandwich shops and sno-ball stands get star'ed reviews by food critics. And a lot of our chefs are internationally known (such as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse) as well as they earn regional and national James Beard Awards.
From our perspective, "Ratatouille" not only hit it outta the ballpark, but the homerun was sustained from moment one of the movie to the end.
Better (or at least as outstanding as) "Finding Nemo" or "The Incredibles" or the two "Toy Story" movies.
Not a drooling fan girl. Just fact.
Bring a pack of tissues, you might get misty-eyed during parts of it, either due to how much heart went in, or the uncanny accuracy of the passion for food, how restaurant kitchens really operate, or the mutual lessons many of the character develop and learn from one another.
Our suburban theatre was nearly sold out. One child was restless and confused "Where are they now?" in one of the first restaurant kitchen scenes, then everyone settled down and enjoyed. Overt laughter. Enthusiastic applause during more than one moment in it, especially as plot and character resolutions were happening. Big applause when the credits began to roll.
There are a couple of Hidden Mickey's. Look at the top of the pot of soup Remy cooks (well known 9-minute clip online) . In fact, when my dear husband took a screen capture of it, he used Photoshop to get in close, and it's either a Hidden Mickey or a Hidden Remy! Second Hidden Mickey is in the closing credits, on screen left, there is a faucet, and just behind or just above the faucet is what I think is the Hidden Mickey.
This is probably among the first if not the first Pixar or Disney animated film, rated G, to have a plot point of having DNA testing to determine paternity of a major character! Might be a French thing, might be where our society has come to in 2007, but I wonder if Walt is spinning a bit in his grave ovewr that one? I'm not offended by it, since it serves how cutthroat business had gotten to that point in the movie, but it's just amusing to contrast "today" and "olden times" in Disney or even Pixar films.
Surely "Ratatouille" will reap an oscar for Best Animated Film of 2007! But somehow, in my heart, it deserves something better than Oscar, I don't know what or how high an accolade, but "Ratatouille" was embraced by one theatre's New Orleans area audience (AMC Palace 16 at Elmwood, in Harahan, Louisiana ).
I never checked my watch! I loved this movie.
You will not be disappointed! Go plan to see "Ratatouille" June 29th or opening weekend, or sometime.
PS: What they say about the quality of bread in the movie, in New Orleans with our French bread, that actually is very true!