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Thomas Keller Cooks for Pixar


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Left to right: Photography by Deborah Coleman/Pixar; courtesy of Pixar

Foodies and film buffs are in for a treat when the home video version of Pixar Animation Studio’s Ratatouille hits stores this month. The DVD’s extra features will include a conversation with director Brad Bird and chef Thomas Keller about the connection between food and art. (The Emeryville-based animation studio hired Keller as a consultant, and the famed French Laundry chef voiced a character and designed the ratatouille dish featured in the film’s climax.) “These guys share a harmonic, creative soul,” says producer Brad Lewis (pictured, right, with Keller), who conducts the interview. “They just happen to work within different mediums.”

The DVD will also include a new short, Your Friend the Rat, starring Remy, Ratatouille’s heroic rodent gourmand. A high-
definition Blu-ray version will feature an interactive video game in which players can create a meal by navigating between kitchen stations in Gusteau’s, the film’s fictional French restaurant.

Ratatouille has grossed more than $400 million worldwide and is almost certain to be a Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee in February, though it might have some stiff competition from another food-themed cartoon. DreamWorks Animation’s Bee Movie, which hits cinemas on November 2, stars Jerry Seinfeld as a bee who sues the human race for stealing honey. Awards aside, Ratatouille’s star is pleased with how the film turned out.

“I think that Ratatouille will be considered to be at the top of the pantheon of food movies, with Babette’s Feast, Tampopo, and Big Night,” says actor Patton Oswalt, who voices Remy the rat. “This is the new standard—and I’m not just saying that because I’m in it.”

Ratatouille will be released on DVD and Blu-ray discs on November 6.

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