10/31/2007: "Your Friend The Rat stills"
The following are three stills from Your Friend The Rat, a short that will be available on the standard DVD as well as the Blu-Ray edition of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille, both available November 6: Your Friend The Rat
The short features Remy & Emile as they guide viewers through the history of the rat and attempt to correct some common misperceptions of this furry and misunderstood friend. Written & Directed by:
Jim Capobianco Producer:
Ann Brilz Executive Producers:
Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Brad Lewis Story:
Jeff Pidgeon, Alexander Woo Cast:
Patton Oswalt (Remy), Peter Sohn (Emile), Lou Romano (Linguini) http://www.animated-news.com/wp-cont.../ratshort3.jpg http://www.animated-news.com/wp-cont.../ratshort1.jpg http://www.animated-news.com/wp-cont.../ratshort2.jpg
Sounds Very Interesting! Can't wait to see the finished product.
Rat DVD Has First Pixar 2-D Toon
The upcoming DVD release of Disney/Pixar's animated Ratatouille movie will feature something unique: The first hand-drawn animated 2-D short in Pixar's history. Jim Capobianco, who directed the short, titled "Your Friend the Rat," told reporters that he got the idea from seeing how much research the filmmakers did into rat behavior and history—much of which never made it into the final film.
"We had to be kind of smart and think of ways to put this together," Capobianco told a group of reporters at Pixar's headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., on Oct. 29. That meant finding people who could do the traditional animation, drawn with pencils on paper, as well as finding space at Pixar's vast campus to produce the 11-minute movie, which is also, oxymoronically, the longest short Pixar has ever produced.
The film features a mix of 3-D computer animation, 2-D line animation, live-action filmed segments and even a bit of stop-motion animation, another Pixar first. The movie stars Ratatouille's hero, Remy the rat (voiced by Patton Oswalt), and his brother, Emile (Peter Sohn), who talk about the history and behavior of rats in an effort to persuade human viewers not to kill the ubiquitous rodents. "We had to be scrappy" to get the movie made, said Capobianco, who worked as a story supervisor on Ratatouille.
For example, to shoot a sequence of stop-motion animation, Capobianco and his team made use of a darkened screening room at Pixar, since the studio has no stop-motion stages. For another sequence, Capobianco's animators drew a series of line drawings on a chalkboard. The result is reminiscent of 1960s-era educational films, old UPA shorts and classic Ward Kimball animation from Disney, he said.