Bonjour! And welcome to our behind-the-scenes look into the making of Ratatouille. Today’s menu is sure to be a dining experience you’ll never forget: featuring Easter eggs hatched directly from the movie and brought straight to your table, and a tantalizing facts sampler designed with the gastronome in mind.
So pull up a chair, sit back, and relax as the Oh My Disney kitchen proudly presents an eight-course meal of knowledge.
1. On every Pixar film, the team embarks on a research trip to get a better understanding of the world they are seeking to portray. Sometimes, these trips can involve going to not-so-great places—like the dump and a prison (Toy Story 3). Filmmakers on Ratatouille, however, got to take several excursions to arguably one of the greatest cities on Earth—Paris.
2. During one of their research trips, the team was inspired while walking underneath the Pont Alexandre III Bridge. This spot eventually became the location for the key scene in the film where Remy and Linguini form their unlikely partnership.
3. In addition to walking all around Paris, the team had the very hard task of eating all around Paris, enjoying restaurants such as Le Procope, La Tour d’Argent, Helene Darroze, Taillevent, and Chez Michel.
4. They also had several multiple hour, multiple course meals at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Napa, in addition to the many fine restaurants they dined at in Paris. Brad Lewis also completed a two-day internship in the French Laundry kitchen with Keller and his team.
5. Chef Thomas Keller, of the world famous French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, created the ratatouille served to Anton Ego at the end of the film.
6. When recording lines for a scene in which Remy hugs his father Django, Patton Oswalt (voice of Remy) actually hugged director Brad Bird to achieve a realistic sound.
7. The character Bomb Voyage from The Incredibles makes two appearances in Ratatouille. He appears as a mime on the bridge by Notre Dame when Linguini and Colette skate past. You will have to look very closely (and consult the headlines) to find his second appearance.
8. Several logos and signage throughout the film feature the names of people on the Ratatouille production crew. Colette rides a “Calahan” branded motorcycle, named after Sharon Calahan, the Director of Photography for Ratatouille. The bicycle ridden by Linguini is named “J.Deamer” for lead character designer Jason Deamer.
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