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How the makers of Ratatouille made sure they got it right

Ratatouille Kitchen Concept Art
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I saw Ratatouille over the weekend and I loved it. I was especially impressed with the attention to detail Brad Bird and company paid to the kitchen details as well as Remy’s character, mainly his love for food and fastidious attention to detail.

In order to inhabit Remy the rat with the soul of a true chef, Pixar hired Thomas Keller (French Laundry, Per Se) as a consultant on the film. A former French Laundry employee has recently spoken out about how much of Keller is in Remy (spoiler alert: a lot).

One of my other favorite parts of the movie were the cool little taste animations used to display how food “feels” as well as tastes. Each ingredient on its own had a unique style, like a visual chord, that would change and become a greater melody when the food was paired and tasted as a whole. I find this to not only be wonderfully artistic but also a great-and simple- way for kids to familiarize themselves with tasting and the concept of food as transcendental experience. The creator of these animations, Michel Gagne, has a wonderfully detailed blog about how these animations came into being. There’s even video!

via NY Magazine

Justin Dickinson



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