Underrated movie alert!
Release date: June 29, 2007
Director: Brad Bird
Who should watch this movie: Aspiring chefs and/or artists. Fans of Patton Oswald.
When should you watch this movie: When you just discovered the Bon Appetit youtube channel. When you’ve just followed @grossypelosi on instagram.
The sell: This movie is criminally underrated in the disney/pixar universe. Likely because it is a strange premise and a hard sell: A rat becomes a chef in a french fine-dining establishment by sitting on top of the klutzy dishwasher’s head and pulling his hair to control his body. Yeah, it’s weird, but wow does it work! This movie is so well animated and so well written, it makes you want to jump on the next plane to Paris and eat cheese slowly with your eyes closed. The portrayal of culinary life is highly accurate (minus the rat) and it gives audiences a glimpse into the glamorous, punkrock, romantic, crazy world of cooking. It is a celebration of food and of the love of food. Great for all ages, but don’t watch when you’re hungry.