On Monday I caught an early screening of the new Pixar movie Ratatouille at the Alamo Downtown.
First of all, it’s kind of awesome that Patton Oswalt and Janeane Garofalo are starring in a Disney movie. If there was some kind of “who’s going to star in the next Pixar movie?” pool at my work, I’d give them both million-to-one odds. But somehow, two of the most hilarious, abrasive, unapologetically liberal comedians in the business slipped into what could very well be the biggest kids’ movie of the year. AND it doesn’t hurt that Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Peter O’Toole and Will Arnett (all of whom are awesome) lend their voices as well.
But besides the top-notch voice acting, Ratatouille really is a fantastic movie. It’s fun, it’s sweet, and, of course, it looks absolutely amazing. I might even like it more than The Incredibles, which is saying a lot for me. The whole thing just has a great vibe, and I sort of didn’t want it to end (which, I’ll admit, might have had a lot to do with all the animated food. This movie will make food lovers h-u-n-g-r-y).
Patton and Janeane were at the theatre for a post-screening Q&A, and a good chunk of it is now available on Youtube.