Description: A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French 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 sewers 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 unlikely, and certainly unwanted, visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.
Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava (co-director)
Writers: Brad Bird (screenwriter), Jan Pinkava (original story by)
Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt
Pet rats were kept at the studio in the hallway for more than a year so that the animators could study the movement of their fur, noses, ears, paws, and tails.
To find out how to animate the scene where the Head Chef is wet, they actually dressed someone in a chef suit, and put him in a swimming pool to see which parts of the suit stuck to his body, and which parts you could see through.
Marketing tie-ins proved to be problematic for this movie as no food product company wanted to be associated with a rat.
In France, where this movie is set, the movie broke the record for the biggest debut for an animated movie.
(At around sixteen minutes) When Remy (Patton Oswalt) is climbing out of the sewers for the first time, he is barked at by a dog in one of the houses. You only see the dog’s silhouette, but it is actually the dog Dug from Pixar’s then still-in-production movie Up (2009).
PIXAR TRADEMARK: (At around one hour and fourteen minutes) Nearly every Pixar movie shows the Pizza Planet truck from the Toy Story franchise. The truck appears on the bridge over the Seine, in the scene where Skinner (Sir Ian Holm) chases Remy (Patton Oswalt).
Remy (Patton Oswalt) has 1.15 million hairs rendered, whereas Colette (Janeane Garofalo) has 115,000 hairs rendered. An average person has about 110,000 hairs.