A Trip To Paris
Animators took several trips to Paris to get the feel of the city for the film. While it’s common for the Pixar team to visit real-life locations before they design them for their animated movies, Paris was a pretty good place to visit, surely making the “Toy Story 3” team, who ventured to a prison and a garbage dump, quite jealous.
Remy Has A Lot Of Hair
For a rat, Remy has a lot of hair. Animators rendered Remy with 1.15 million hairs on his body. In comparison, Colette has just 115,000 hairs on her head. The average human has approximately 110,000 hairs.
It’s Anthony Bourdain’s Favourite
TV personality Anthony Bourdain cites “Ratatouille“ as one of his favourite films, citing the film’s attention to detail in the kitchen. "They got the food, the reactions to food, and tiny details to food really right - down to the barely noticeable pink burns on one of the character's forearms. I really thought it captured a passionate love of food in a way that very few other films have,” he said.
Only The Rats Have Toes
To save time and memory space when animating the film’s characters, none of the humans were designed and rendered with toes. Only the rats have toes.
Minimal Marketing Tie-Ins
Pixar/Disney films typically have a lot of food-based marketing tie-ins…but not Ratatouille. No food product companies wanted their food to be associated with rats. Disney and Pixar were planning a “Rataouille”-branded wine made for Costco stores but the California Wine Institute filed a complaint suggesting that an animated character on a wine bottle would encourage under-age drinking.
The Ratatouille Was Designed By A Real Chef
The ratatouille that food critic Anton Ego feasts upon at the end of the film was created by famed Chef Thomas Keller at his Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry. Filmmakers spent hours eating at the restaurant, dining on French cuisine. Producer Brad Lewis spent a two-day internship in the restaurant’s kitchen. In return, Chef Keller’s voice can be heard as one of Gusteau’s patrons.
Female Animators Worked On Colette
Director Brad Bird requested Pixar’s female animators to work on bringing Colette to life. She is mainly animated by women.
Rats Make Good Pets
The “Ratatouille” team kept pet rats in the studio hallway for more than a year so the animators could get up close and personal to study the movement of their furry friends’ noses, ears, fur, tails and paws. A rat expert was also consulted to make sure the look of Remy and his pals was accurate.
Pizza Planet Delivers In France
The Pizza Planet delivery truck from “Toy Story” makes an appearance. The van can be spotted driving over one of the bridges that crosses the Seine about 15 minutes into the film. The van can be seen in every Pixar animated film.
‘The Incredibles’ Cameo
Bomb Voyage from “The Incredibles” makes a cameo on a Paris bridge as a mime. Linguini also sports an “Incredibles” logo on his underwear. Dug, the dog from “Up” can also be seen in silhouette, barking at Remy from the window of one of the Parisian homes.