However this doesn’t prove to be a problem as Patton Oswalt and Lou Romano provide some excellent vocal work and help to bring the very likable characters to life. Another British actor, Ian Holm, also pops up as the villain of the piece, Skinner, and clearly relishes the role.
The only slight qualm I have with Ratatouille is the unusual lack of big laughs for a Pixar movie. That’s not to say there are not laughs, because there certainly are, including an ironic cameo from real-life Chef Jamie Oliver as a health inspector who gets more than he bargained for after visiting the restaurant.
The slight lack of laughs however is more than made up for with some brilliant action set-pieces including a frantic chase through the city. And of course no Pixar film would be complete without a short film to accompany it at the start, and the tradition continues here in the form of Lifted; an hilarious tale of an alien attempting an abduction for the first time.
Disney/Pixar have delivered the goods once again and when they do it as well as this it’s a splendid treat that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.