Ratatouille – soundtrack by MICHAEL GIACCHINO.

Ratatouille (French pronunciation: [ʁatatuj], English: /rætəˈtuːiː/) is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was directed by Brad Bird, who took over from Jan Pinkava in 2005. The title refers to a French dish (ratatouille) which is served in the film, and is also a play on words about the species of the main character. The film stars the voices of Patton Oswalt as Remy, an anthropomorphic rat who is interested in cooking; Lou Romano as Linguini, a young garbage boy who befriends Remy; Ian Holm as Skinner, the head chef of Auguste Gusteau’s restaurant; Janeane Garofalo as Colette, a rôtisseur at Gusteau’s restaurant; Peter O’Toole as Anton Ego, a restaurant critic; Brian Dennehy as Django, Remy’s father and leader of his clan; Peter Sohn as Emile, Remy’s brother; Brad Garrett as Auguste Gusteau, a recently deceased chef; and Will Arnett as Horst, the sous-chef at Gusteau’s restaurant.

The plot follows Remy, who dreams of becoming a chef and tries to achieve his goal by forming an alliance with a Parisian restaurant’s garbage boy. Ratatouille was released on June 29, 2007 in the United States, to both positive reviews and box office success, and later won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, among other honors.


Voice cast

Main characters

  • Patton Oswalt as Remy, a rat who strives to serve a grander purpose in life. Director Brad Bird chose Oswalt to voice after hearing his food-related comedy routine. Remy was named after director Brad Bird’s dog, an American Hairless Terrier.
  • Lou Romano as Alfredo Linguini, the son of Auguste Gusteau. He is hired as the restaurant’s kitchen cleaner, but befriends Remy in the process.
  • Janeane Garofalo as Colette Tatou, Gusteau’s rôtisseur. She is assigned to tutor Linguini in cooking, later becoming his girlfriend.
  • Ian Holm as Skinner, a diminutive chef and owner of Auguste Gusteau’s restaurant. He plans to use Gusteau’s name to market a line of microwaveable meals. Skinner’s behaviour, diminutive size, and body language are loosely based on Louis de Funès.
  • Peter O’Toole as Anton Ego, a restaurant critic. He openly dislikes Auguste Gusteau’s methods and opinions. Ego’s appearance was modeled after Louis Jouvet.
  • Brad Garrett as Auguste Gusteau (whose first name and last name are anagrams of each other). The once greatest chef in France until his death by heartbreak caused by Anton Ego’s negative review of his restaurant. Many reviewers believe that Gusteau is inspired by real-life chef Bernard Loiseau, who committed suicide after media speculation that his flagship restaurant, La Côte d’Or, was going to be downgraded from three Michelin stars to two.La Côte d’Or was one of the restaurants visited by Brad Bird and others in France.
  • Brian Dennehy as Django, the father of Remy and Emile. His name is never mentioned in the film. Dennehy, during the 1980s, had previously worked with Disney on films Never Cry Wolf and The Man from Snowy River II.
  • Peter Sohn as Emile, Remy’s younger brother, who does not share his brother’s passion for cooking and eats whatever he can find out of the garbage. He is also a thief.

Other characters

  • Will Arnett as Horst, Skinner’s German sous chef.
  • Julius Callahan as Lalo, Gusteau’s saucier and poissonnier. Callahan also voices François, Skinner’s advertising executive.
  • James Remar as Larousse, Gusteau’s garde manger.
  • John Ratzenberger as Mustafa, Gusteau’s head waiter.
  • Teddy Newton as Talon Labarthe, Skinner’s lawyer. Labarthe bears resemblance to French actor Jean Reno.
  • Tony Fucile as Pompidou, Gusteau’s patissier. Fucile also voices the health inspector.
  • Jake Steinfeld as Git, a former lab rat and member of Django’s colony.
  • Brad Bird as Ambrister Minion, Anton Ego’s butler.
  • Stéphane Roux as the narrator of the cooking channel.
  • Thomas Keller as the male dining patron who asks what’s new.
  • Jen Herrmann as female dining patronMusic
    Ratatouille
    Soundtrack album by Michael Giacchino
    Released June 26, 2007
    Recorded 2005-2007
    Genre Classical
    Length 62:23
    Label Walt Disney
    Producer Michael Giacchino
    Pixar soundtrack chronology
    Cars(2006) Ratatouille(2007) WALL-E(2008)

    Brad Bird reteamed with Michael Giacchino on the score for Ratatouille since they got along well during the scoring of The Incredibles. Giacchino had written two themes for Remy, one about his thief self and the other about his hopes and dreams. He also wrote a buddy theme for both Remy and Linguini that plays when they’re together. In addition to the score, Giacchino wrote the main theme song, “Le Festin“, about Remy and his wishes to be a chef. Camille was hired to perform “Le Festin” after Giacchino listened to her music and realized she was perfect for the song; as a result, the song is sung in French in all versions of the film.

    The music for Ratatouille gave Giacchino his first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score as well as his first Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album. Giacchino returned to Pixar to score their 2009 blockbuster Up.

    No. Title Length
    1. “Le Festin” (performed by Camille) 2:50
    2. “Welcome to Gusteau’s” 0:38
    3. “This Is Me” 1:41
    4. “Granny Get Your Gun” 2:01
    5. “100 Rat Dash” 1:47
    6. “Wall Rat” 2:41
    7. “Cast of Cooks” 1:41
    8. “A Real Gourmet Kitchen” 4:18
    9. “Souped Up” 0:50
    10. “Is It Soup Yet?” 1:16
    11. “A New Deal” 1:56
    12. “Remy Drives a Linguini” 2:26
    13. “Colette Shows Him le Ropes” 2:56
    14. “Special Order” 1:58
    15. “Kiss & Vinegar” 1:54
    16. “Losing Control” 2:04
    17. “Heist to See You” 1:45
    18. “The Paper Chase” 1:44
    19. “Remy’s Revenge” 3:24
    20. “Abandoning Ship” 2:55
    21. “Dinner Rush” 5:00
    22. “Anyone Can Cook” 3:13
    23. “End Creditouilles” 9:16
    24. “Ratatouille Main Theme” 2:09

Michael Giacchino (Italian pronunciation: [dʒakˈkiːno]; born October 10, 1967) is an Italian American composer who has composed scores for movies, television series and video games. Some of his most notable works include the scores to television series such as LostAlias and Fringe, games such as the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty series, and films such as Mission: Impossible IIIThe IncrediblesStar TrekCloverfieldRatatouilleUpSuper 8Cars 2,50/50, and John Carter. Giacchino has received numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy, multiple Grammys, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award.

Career

Video games

When Giacchino’s internship ended, Universal hired him, giving him a job right out of college. He later moved to Disney, and when Disney relocated to Los Angeles, Giacchino moved with them, working in publicity, while taking night classes in instrumentation and orchestration at UCLA. His work for Disney had him interacting with the various personnel who worked in films, such as the producers who hired composers, so when a job at Disney Interactive opened for a producer, Giacchino obtained the job, thinking he could hire himself to write music for the games he produced.

Giacchino’s composition work for Disney Interactive during the 16-bit era included the Sega Genesis game Gargoyles, the SNES game Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow and the various console versions of The Lion King. However his first major composition was for the DreamWorks video game adaptation of the 1997 movie, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The video game was the first PlayStation- (also on Sega Saturn) console title to be recorded with an original live orchestral score. Giacchino has since continued his relationship with DreamWorks, providing full orchestral scores for many of their popular videogames. He also worked with Pandemic studios to create the theme for Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction. Giacchino’s award-winning compositions covers the first three Medal of Honor series, (UndergroundAllied Assault and Frontline, along with the original Medal of Honor and Heroes: 2), and also the scores for several other World War II-related video games like Secret Weapons Over NormandyCall of Duty and Call of Duty: Finest Hour. Additionally, Giacchino composed themes for The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, and co-wrote the theme of Black with composer Chris Tilton. He also composed the score for Alias, which was based on the television series of the same name. In 2008 Giacchino wrote music for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty. In 2007, he returned to the Medal of Honor franchise as he composed the music for Medal of Honor: Airborne.

Film and television

Giacchino’s work on various video games led to his entrance into television.

In 2001, J. J. Abrams, producer of the television series Alias, discovered Giacchino through his video game work and asked him to provide the new show’s soundtrack. The soundtrack featured a mix of full orchestral pieces frequently intermingled with upbeat electronic music, a departure from much of his previous work. Giacchino would go on to provide the score for J.J. Abrams’s 2004 television series Lost, creating an acclaimed score which employed a unique process of using spare pieces of a plane fuselage for percussion parts. The score for Lost is also notable for a signature thematic motif: a brass fall-off at the end of certain themes. Just like his counterpart Stu Phillips, he worked with the television show creator Abrams on his shows with his music scores while Abrams supplied the show’s main themes on his certain shows such as Alias.

In 2004, Giacchino received his first big feature film commission. Brad Bird, director of Pixar’s The Incredibles, asked Giacchino to provide the soundtrack for the film after having heard his work on Alias. The upbeat jazz orchestral sound was a departure in style not only for Giacchino but for Pixar, which had previously relied on Randy and Thomas Newman for all of its films. Director Brad Bird had originally sought out John Barry – perhaps best known for his work on the early James Bond films—but Barry was reportedly unwilling to repeat the styles of his earlier works.

Giacchino was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2005 for The Incredibles: Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition.

Like his other counterparts Joel McNeely, J. A. C. Redford and Frank DeVol, Giacchino mostly associated with Disney from early in his career up to most recently, ranging from video games such as Mickey Mania and Gargoyles to films such as The Incredibles and eventually collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Giacchino also composed scores for the 2005 films Sky High and The Family Stone, and the television movie The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz. Additionally, he wrote the music for Joseph Barbera’s final theatrical Tom and Jerry cartoon The Karate Guard, and scored the Abrams-directed 2006 film Mission: Impossible III. Giacchino’s next musical achievement was his Paris-inspired score for the Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille, which includes the theme song “Le Festin”, performed by French artist Camille. He received his first Academy Award nomination for this score. He also created the score for Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film.

As of 2010, Giacchino’s latest score was for the Pixar film Up (and its accompanying animated short Partly Cloudy) for which he collaborated with director Pete Docter. This marked the first time Giacchino worked with a Pixar director other than Brad Bird. This work gained Giacchino his first Academy Award, for Best Score—the first-ever win for Pixar in that category. Giacchino notes that he won on the same night as his SVA classmate Joel Harlow won for Best Makeup Oscar for Star Trek.

Giacchino has continued his collaboration with J. J. Abrams. For the Abrams-produced monster film Cloverfield, Giacchino wrote an homage to Japanese monster scores in an overture entitled “ROAR!”, which played over the credits (and which constituted the only original music for the film). He composed for the pilot of the new Abrams series Fringe, after which Giacchino gave scoring duties to his assistant Chad Seiter (who scored the first half of season one), and then Chris Tilton (who scored the latter half of season one and everything after that).

Giacchino has frequently referenced previous work; both in style and naming. Giacchino used themes from the track “U-Boat” from the Metal of Honor soundtrack in the track “Sawyer Jones and the Temple of Boom” from the final Lostsoundtrack. In terms of naming, the score for The Incredibles contains a piece named “100 Mile Dash”, and the album with the score from Ratatouille has a track entitled “100 Rat Dash”. Another series of examples: “World’s Worst Beach Party” from the first Lost album, “World’s Worst Last 4 Minutes To Live” from the Mission: Impossible III soundtrack, “Galaxy’s Worst Sushi Bar” from Star Trek (2010 deluxe release), “World’s Worst Landscaping” from the second Lost album, “World’s Worst Car Wash” from the soundtrack album Lost: The Final Season, and “World’s Worst Field Trip” from the soundtrack of Super 8. The soundtrack for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol also has a track titled “World’s Worst Parking Valet”. Inversely, the score for Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction has a track entitled “World’s Best Carpool Lane”; the Speed Racer score has tracks entitled “World’s Best Autopia” and “World’s Worst Road Rage.”

Additional compositions

In addition to his long list of soundtracks, in 2005 Giacchino collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 atDisneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland. Giacchino was also contracted by Sarah Vowell, who played character Violet in The Incredibles, to compose the score to the audio version of her book Assassination Vacation. Michael Giacchino’s music can also be heard in “Star Tours: The Adventure Continues” during the “travel log videos” shown in the cue line for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of the attraction.

In 2009 he was asked to conduct the Academy Awards orchestra for the 81st Academy Awards. For this project he rearranged many famous movie themes in different styles, including a 1930’s Big Band treatment of Lawrence of Arabiaand a bossa nova of Moon River.

Awards, nominations and recognition

Awards

  • 2001 Interactive Achievement Awards for Original Music Composition – Medal of Honor: Underground
  • 2003 Game Developers Choice Awards for Excellence in Audio – Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
  • 2003 Interactive Achievement Awards for Original Music Composition – Medal of Honor: Frontline
  • 2004 IFMCA Award for Score of the Year – The Incredibles
  • 2004 IFMCA Award for Composer of the Year
  • 2004 Game Developers Choice Awards for Excellence in Audio – Call of Duty
  • 2005 Emmy Award for Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) – Lost
  • 2007 Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for a Short Film – Lifted
  • 2007 StreamingSoundtracks.com Award for Composer of the Year
  • 2008 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album – Ratatouille
  • 2010 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Score[20] – Up
  • 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Up
  • 2010 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album – Up
  • 2010 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition – “Married Life (from Up)
  • 2010 BAFTA Award for Best Music – “Up”
  • 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Score – Up

Nominations

  • 2005 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album – The Incredibles
  • 2005 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition – “The Incredits” (from The Incredibles)
  • 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Score – Ratatouille
  • 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series – Lost
  • 2010 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album – Star Trek
  • 2010 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement – “Up With End Credits (from Up)”
  • 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series – Lost

Recognition

  • The score for Season 1 of Lost was cited by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross as “some of the most compelling film music of the past year.”[21]

Films

Title Year Notes
Legal Deceit 1997
My Brother the Pig 1999
The Trouble With Lou 2001
Sin 2003
The Incredibles 2004 Pixar Production
Sky High 2005
The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz 2005 Television movie
The Family Stone 2005
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World 2006
Mission: Impossible III 2006 Bad Robot Production
Ratatouille 2007 Pixar Production
Cloverfield 2008 Bad Robot Production
Uncredited
Only composed “Roar!” for ending credits
Speed Racer 2008
Star Trek 2009 Bad Robot Production
Up 2009 Pixar Production, Oscar Winner
Land of the Lost 2009
Earth Days 2009
Let Me In 2010
Cars 2[22] 2011 Pixar Production
Super 8 2011 Bad Robot Production
Monte Carlo 2011
50/50 2011
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011 Bad Robot Production
John Carter[23] 2012
Untitled Star Trek sequel[24] 2013 Bad Robot Production

Video games

Title Year Notes
Mickey Mania 1994
Gargoyles 1995
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow 1995
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 Dreamworks Interactive Production
Chaos Island 1997 Dreamworks Interactive Production
Small Soldiers 1998 Dreamworks Interactive Production
T’ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger 1999 Dreamworks Interactive Production
Warpath: Jurassic Park 1999 Dreamworks Interactive Production
Medal of Honor 1999 Dreamworks Interactive Production
Muppet Monster Adventure 2000
Medal of Honor: Underground 2000 Dreamworks Interactive Production
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2002 2015, Inc./EA Los Angeles Production
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002 EA Los Angeles Production
Call of Duty 2003 Infinity Ward Production
Secret Weapons Over Normandy 2003
Call of Duty: Finest Hour 2004
Alias 2004
The Incredibles 2004
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction 2005
Black 2006
Medal of Honor: Vanguard 2007 EA Los Angeles Production
Medal of Honor: Airborne 2007 EA Los Angeles Production
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 2007 EA Canada Production
Lost: Via Domus 2008 Bad Robot Production
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty 2008
Fracture 2008 With Chris Tilton and Chad Seiter

Television

Title Year Notes
Alias 2001–2006 Bad Robot Productions
Lost 2004–2010 Bad Robot Productions
Six Degrees 2006–2007 Bad Robot Productions
Fringe 2008–2011 Bad Robot Productions
Undercovers 2010 Bad Robot Productions
Alcatraz 2012 (Pilot only) Bad Robot Productions

Short films and other works

Title Year Notes
No Salida 1998 Short film
String Of The Kite 2003 Short film
Space Mountain at Disneyland 2005 Theme park attraction
Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland 2005 Theme park attraction
Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris 2005 Theme Park attraction
The Karate Guard 2005 Short film
One Man Band 2005 Short film
Jack-Jack Attack 2005 Short film
Lifted 2006 Short film
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater 2007 Short film
Presto 2008 Short film
81st Academy Awards 2009 Awards ceremony, conductor
Partly Cloudy 2009 Short film
Dug’s Special Mission 2009 Short film (edited from Up)
Prep & Landing 2009 TV Christmas Special
Day & Night 2010 Short film
Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom 2010 Theme park attraction
Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa 2010 Short film
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios 2011 Theme park attraction
The Ballad of Nessie 2011 Short film
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 2011 TV Christmas special

From: en.wikipedia.org

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