Pixar’s Ratatouille was first released on June 29th, 2007.
Walt Disney Pictures were reluctant to push Ratatouille (2007) as a nominee for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, fearing that members might overlook it in the Best Animated Feature category where it was deemed to be a lock. Instead, they concentrated their efforts on making sure it won in the animated category. (x)
Of course, parents and kids like this movie for different reasons, as it features 11-year-old Riley and how her emotions are maneuvered by five personalized emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. There was a dad in front of me howling with laughter when Joy and Sadness and Bing Bong (who represents Riley’s imaginative childhood) went two-dimensional in Riley’s chamber of abstract thinking, as his kids stared at him blankly. The theater-wide crying probably started when Bing Bong faded away, but from separate perception angles. The kids were going to miss a fun and funny pink elephant. Parents sobbed over the fact that those days of droopy diapers and chubby legs staggering around like Andy Capp after a night at the pub are long gone, never to return. I will likely never read a book that rhymes out loud to my kids again; this was the high point of my day for several years.
Worked on this as a warm up this morning, I might need to finish it though. I also shot a quick video of me working. Sorry for the shakiness, I was holding my phone in one hand, sketching with the other. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTujww0NcY4
I’m using a Wacom Cintiq and Photoshop CC. File is 300 dpi, and pretty big. Also using a “copic” brush that I had downloaded, not sure where I got it though (sorry!). Had sketched the first layer using a blue colored pencil brush, then brought the opacity way down and added a new layer to sketch over, refine the drawing, etc.
“I know this sounds insane, but… well, the truth sounds insane sometimes, but that doesn’t mean it’s not. Uh, the, the truth. And the truth is, I have no talent at all. But this rat, he’s the one behind these recipes, he’s the cook! The real cook. He’s been hiding under my toque. He’s the reason I can cook the food that’s exciting everyone, the reason Ego is outside that door! I know it’s hard to believe, but hey, you believed I could cook, right? Look. This works. It’s crazy but it works. We can be the greatest restaurant in Paris and this rat, this brilliant Little Chef, can lead us there. What do you say?”