I have seen many Disney movies and a huge fan. Started with Jungle book when I was super small, later saw many others but the one that is my favorite and I can watch a billion times has to be “Ratatouille”. When I saw the trailers, we were not living in a place which had a multiplex so I couldn’t really see it on the big screen but I made sure I got the CD as soon as it came out, and then there was no stopping me. I remember all the dialogues by heart. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen this film. I see it each time it comes on T.V. or whenever someone comes home for a party. There are so many other films that tell you to go out there and follow your dreams but here it’s different, he is a rat. I fell in love with rats after seeing this movie and if one does come to my house for a visit I’m not as scared as I used to be. This post is all about one can learn from this movie, though all Disney movies teach you something or the other.
1) Dare to Dream – It doesn’t matter where you come from. In this case, Remy is a rat and to him it didn’t matter where he came from. Always believe in yourself and just jump, emphasis on the word “BELIEVE”. Dream big or small, don’t be scared to fall. Follow that inner call and stand tall. OK, that rhymed. Don’t be scared to create, to think and to imagine.
“Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.” – Chef Auguste Gusteau
2) Love what you do – Do what you love. It should excite you, make you go nuts. Always do what your heart yearned for. Take that risk, even if that risk puts everything at stake. Because when you’ll look back there will be no regrets. Remy loves to cook, he risks his life and goes to the kitchen, learns to read and identifies all the ingredients, he doesn’t settle for second best because he wants to do his work with perfection.
“I can’t believe it! A real gourmet kitchen and I get to watch!” – Remy
3) Humans will always get in your way- But you can always scurry your way through. There is absolutely no doubt that there will be lots of people who will try and stop and most of the times they will be your loved ones. At that time, listen to your heart. Starting with the old lady who wanted to kill Remy and his family, then to the head chef who was after Remy’s life since he entered the kitchen the first time, but the very first time he entered his work was noticed.
4) Trust – Trust your instincts, your family-they will always be there, love you unconditionally and probably the only living beings who will accept you as you are and let you be you, your friends and sometimes your enemies too. In the movie they show that the trust falters and then we know what happened, everything goes Topsy-turvy.
5) Strive for perfection – Always strive for perfection. Never feel that you have achieved what you wanted, keep making it better, there is always scope. Stay hungry, stay foolish. Keep on learning. I would also like to mention a movie which you must see (Jiro Dreams of Sushi). This movie fits the point perfectly. The scene in the movie where he improves upon a dish Gusteau had created is, I don’t have words to describe it. I love seeing the colors in this film. Each scene is a beautiful painting. Sometimes when the gets over, I just rewind back and see all the dishes he made. Just to see those tiny hands create magic.
“[Humans] don’t just survive; they discover; they create. … I mean, just look at what they do with food!” – Remy
6) Paris – Go see new places, don’t be afraid to search. In the movie Remy is sitting very close to the place he always dreamt to be all he had to do was get up and go. So you want to go somewhere, go. Don’t be afraid. The movie shows how beautiful Paris is by the way.
I can actually see the whole movie playing in front me while I write this.
I like Anton Ego’s role very much and liked his review when he eat that Ratatouille made by Remy:
“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the *new*. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new: an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.”
Another good dialogue:
Mustafa: [taking Ego’s order] Do you know what you’d like this evening, sir?
Anton Ego: Yes, I think I do. After reading a lot of overheated puffery about your new cook, you know what I’m craving? A little perspective. That’s it. I’d like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?