This week we're reviewing Ratatouille, Pixar's eighth movie. It is a movie about a rat who wants to cook and learns that he can control a young man by pulling on his hair just so. They create some great food, make some enemies, a restaurant, scare some patrons and generally have a good time. This movie is riddled with good ideas and does an amazing job at portraying them in ways that are quite organic and easy to pick up.
Some of the ideas that this move puts forward are these:
- Do not Steal. Ideas, food, things, etc. It's bad, so don't do it.
- It is better to do something than to do nothing. Doing nothing adds nothing to the world, but doing something will add...something.
- Anyone can learn to do anything. Not everyone will be great, but there is value in learning diverse skills.
- Life is all about change. We are always changing, and to try to avoid change is to try to avoid life.
While not directed towards younger kids like some of the other Pixar movies, Ratatouille is a great movie in it's own rights and will entertain the whole family while helping instill good ideas to those who think about it a bit.