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.
|Soundtrack album by Michael Giacchino|
|Released||June 26, 2007|
|Pixar soundtrack chronology|
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.
|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|
|7.||“Cast of Cooks”||1:41|
|8.||“A Real Gourmet Kitchen”||4:18|
|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|
|15.||“Kiss & Vinegar”||1:54|
|17.||“Heist to See You”||1:45|
|18.||“The Paper Chase”||1:44|
|22.||“Anyone Can Cook”||3:13|
|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 Lost, Alias and Fringe, games such as the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty series, and films such as Mission: Impossible III, The Incredibles, Star Trek, Cloverfield, Ratatouille, Up, Super 8, Cars 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.
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, (Underground, Allied 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 Normandy, Call 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.
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.”
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.
|My Brother the Pig||1999|
|The Trouble With Lou||2001|
|The Incredibles||2004||Pixar Production|
|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|
|Cloverfield||2008||Bad Robot Production
Only composed “Roar!” for ending credits
|Star Trek||2009||Bad Robot Production|
|Up||2009||Pixar Production, Oscar Winner|
|Land of the Lost||2009|
|Let Me In||2010|
|Cars 2||2011||Pixar Production|
|Super 8||2011||Bad Robot Production|
|Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||2011||Bad Robot Production|
|Untitled Star Trek sequel||2013||Bad Robot Production|
|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|
|Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction||2005|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|How to Hook Up Your Home Theater||2007||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|