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Jun '10

Film Food: Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille (Weekend Video Spotlight)

Film Food: Disney Pixar Movie Ratatouille

Weekend Video SpotlightSince Toy Story 3 was just released, I’ve been thinking about some of my favorite Disney and Pixar films, especially Ratatouille.

If you’ve ever seen this terrific animated film in which the characters celebrate the joy of cooking and unleash their creativity in the kitchen, you’ve probably noticed how surprisingly realistic and delicious the CGI food in the movie looks.

Below is a short video from the folks at Pixar and Disney which shows just how they cooked up all that food using special effects (with help from James Beard Award winner Thomas Keller).

According to Wikipedia’s Ratatouille Movie Page:

“Renowned Chef Thomas Keller allowed producer Brad Lewis to intern in his French Laundry kitchen. For the film’s climax, Keller designed a fancy, layered version of the title dish for the rat characters to cook, which he called confit byaldi in honor of the original Turkish name. The same sub-surface light scattering technique that was used on skin in The Incredibles was used on fruits and vegetables, while new programs gave an organic texture and movement to the food.”

Author of The French Laundry Cookbook and Ad Hoc at Home, Chef Thomas Keller also served as the culinary consultant on the James L. Brooks directed film, Spanglish.

The filmmakers and animators also took inspiration from Anthony Bourdain’s bestselling culinary memoir, Kitchen Confidential, when looking to create an authentic atmosphere for the film’s cooking and restaurant scenes.


You can also see this fascinating video about the foods in Disney and Pixar’s film Ratatouille here.

You can see other recent Weekend Video Spotlight Videos here.

You can also see’s growing collection of food, cooking, and travel videos here.

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(Photo Credit: Ratatouille Movie Still by Disney and Pixar.)

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