In my whole life, I’ve missed out on very few animated movies. (I thank my late Disney-employed grandfather for that.) When a new one comes out, it’s the only time I can handle sitting in a theater surrounded by chattering movie-goers. Mainly because when you take in an animated movie, be it Pixar or Disney or Disney-Pixar, the young audience is supposed to chatter. And I love to join in. I gasped when Mufasa died, I cried when Boo called Sulley “kitty,” and I cheered when I recognized NPR’s Sarah Vowell as the voice of Violet Parr.

The newest Disney-Pixar offering, Ratatouille, is for all the eight-year-old (and older) aspiring foodies out there. From the press release:

In the hilarious new animated-adventure, Ratatouille, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the city of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen at one of Paris’ most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy’s amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a hilarious and exciting chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

And because it’s an animated flick, there needs to be a lesson:

Remy finds himself torn between following his dreams or returning forever to his previous existence as a rat. He learns the truth about friendship, family and having no choice but to be who he really is, a rat who wants to be a chef.

Awwwww! Ratatouille comes to a theater near you on June 29. You can watch the delicious trailer here.

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