Linguini's full name is Alfredo Linguini. Alfredo is a pasta sauce often served over fettuccine, named after its inventor, Italian chef Alfredo di Lelio. Linguini (also spelled Linguine) is a form of long, narrow, flat pasta, similar to spaghetti.
To save time and memory when animating the movie, human characters were designed and animated without toes.
Remy has 1.15 million hairs rendered, whereas Colette has 115,000 hairs rendered. An average person has about 110,000 hairs.
To create a realistic-looking compost pile, artists photographed and researched the way real produce rots. Fifteen different kinds of produce were left to rot and then photographed, such as apples, berries, bananas, mushrooms, oranges, broccoli, and lettuce.
Remy's father, Django, (voiced by Brian Dennehy), was named in homage to Django Reinhardt, the famous Belgian Romany jazz guitarist (1910-1953). In the Pixar short Your Friend the Rat (2007) (V), an extra on the Ratatouille DVD, a Django Reinhardt stamp is visible in the background.
Several changes to the design of the rats (primarily the nose and ears) were made after Debbie Ducommun, a rat expert, brought down several of her personal pets for the art and animation departments to observe.
Disney and Pixar were planning to bring a French produced Ratatouille branded wine to Costco stores. That was until the California Wine Institute complained, suggesting that a wine sporting cartoon characters would only encourage under-age drinking.
Michael Warch, the manager of sets and layout, holds a culinary degree.
Storyboard and animator Peter Sohn was cast on the spot for the role of Emile when director Brad Bird accidentally found out that his demeanor and voice were exactly like the character description of Emile.
The room that Anton Ego writes his review in is shaped like a coffin; in addition the back of his typewriter resembles a skull face - appropriate, because he writes "killer" reviews.
Worried that the general public wouldn't know how to pronounce the title, Disney/ Pixar had it spelt phonetically on all the posters and trailers.
Hidden Mickey: At the last scene in the film as Ego asks Remy to surprise him for dessert, three pans behind Remy in the kitchen form a hidden Mickey.
Colonel Rémy was the nom-de-guerre of Gilbert Renault, a hero of the French Resistance during WWII.
The brand of motorcycle that Colette rides, as evidenced by the logo on the gas tank, is Calahan - a reference to director of photography and lighting director Sharon Calahan.
Walt Disney Pictures were reluctant to push Ratatouille as a nominee for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, fearing that members might overlook it in the Best Animated Feature category where it was deemed to be a lock. Instead, they concentrated their efforts on making sure it won in the animated category.
As of January 2008, the film had grossed in excess of $206,000,000 in North America and a total over $620,000,000 worldwide, making it the third highest grossing Pixar film up to that point, just behind Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
Some of the scenes in the movie were rendered based on the rehearsal demo footage performed by Lou Romano (Linguini) and shot by DP Robert Anderson (XII) with Brad Bird supervising. An example from that has Romano taking his bicycle inside his house.
Skinner's car is an early 1960s Facel Vega HK 500. Facel Vega was an extremely obscure French marque built in tiny numbers at extraordinary cost for the very cream of society and glitterati for only 10 years between '54 and '64. Equivalent to somewhere between a Bentley and an Aston Martin, they were looked down upon by some for having a Chrysler V8 engine, but the eventual cost of designing their own engine pretty much destroyed the company. Arguably the most stylish car of all time.
Linguini's little apartment is located in the Montmartre section of Paris.
At the start of the teaser trailer, the pedestrian bridge in the foreground is the easily recognizable Pont des Arts. Drawing a line from the bridge to the Eiffel Tower places the fictional restaurant right across the river Seine from the Louvre, directly south-west of Pont du Carousel. Paris has been slightly remodeled though since Musée d'Orsay, seen to the east (left) of the restaurant, should be about 500 meters to the west along the river.
In the Spanish version, the famous Catalan chef Ferran Adrià voices a French client.
Every PIXAR film has had a reference to room A-113 from the California Institute of the Arts. A number of animators began their CalArts career in this room, including John Lasseter and Brad Bird. A-113 appears on a little tag clipped to the ear of a rat named Git.
In France, where the film is set, the film broke the record for the biggest debut for an animated film.
The concept was first hatched by Jan Pinkava in 2001 and he had mapped out the original design, sets, characters and core story. However, Pixar management were not convinced that the main story was delivering the goods so Pinkava was replaced by Brad Bird in 2005.
The window shop displaying dead rats actually exists. It is the window of Destruction des Animaux Nuisibles, an exterminator established since 1872, located 8 rue des Halles in the first arrondissement.
Brad Bird cast Patton Oswalt in the title role after hearing his stand-up routine about the menu at the Black Angus Steakhouse.
The French waiter in the trailer talking about the cheeses is voiced by the film's director, Brad Bird.
Debuted at #1 in the US charts with $47 million, the lowest figure for a Pixar movie since A Bug's Life.
Wherever possible, Brad Bird had mainly female animators working on the character of Colette.
To find out how to animate the scene where the Head Chef is wet, they actually dressed someone in a chef suit, and put him in a swimming pool to see which parts of the suit stuck to his body, and which parts you could see through.
The final Pixar movie to use the customized Walt Disney Pictures logo that debuted in Toy Story.
Part of the story was initially supposed to take place in the catacombs below Paris. This idea was dropped when Brad Bird took over the project from Jan Pinkava. Only short sections taking place in the sewers remain from the original project.
The changes that Brad Bird brought to Jan Pinkava's original story were that he killed off Gusteau, gave larger roles to Skinner and Colette and also redesigned the rats to make them look a bit more like rats.
Jan Pinkava's involvement in the film ended after a few years when John Lasseter decided that the leadership and vision required to helm a full-length animated feature were simply not there. Brad Bird, who had just finished The Incredibles was asked to help out whenever he inundated Lasseter with appealing story ideas for the project. Eventually, he was given the reins, while Pinkava left the company.
Marketing tie-ins proved to be problematic for the film as no food product company wanted to be associated with a rat.
Nearly every Pixar film shows the Pizza Planet Truck from Toy Story. The truck appears on the bridge over the Seine on the scene where Skinner chases Remy.
Pet rats were kept at the studio in the hallway for more than a year so that the animators could study the movement of their fur, noses, ears, paws and tails.
Until the advent of WALL·E the following year, Ratatouille held the most Oscar nods for a computer animated film with a total of four nominations.
The ratatouille dish prepared by Remy is the alternate variation called confit byaldi. It was adapted by film consultant Thomas Keller (IV). This variation differs much from the conventional ratatouille in terms of preparation and method. The major difference is that the vegetables used are sliced thinly and baked instead of cooking them in the pot.
As of January 13, 2008 the film has grossed $206,445,654 in North America and a total of $624,445,654 worldwide, making it the third highest grossing Pixar film of all time, just behind Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
When Remy is climbing out of the sewers for the first time, he is barked at by a dog in one of the homes. You only see the dog's silhouette, but it is actually the dog, Dug, from Pixar's then still-in-production film, Up.
The animation team worked alongside chef Thomas Keller (IV) at his restaurant French Laundry in order to learn the art of cooking. Mr. Keller also appears in a cameo role as the voice of a patron at Gusteau's.
Composer Michael Giacchino happened to score the short film that preceded "Ratatouille" in theaters, Lifted.
During the character design process, the sculptor created nine handmade clay sculpts of the film's protagonist, Remy. Six of those sculpts were different design explorations. The last three were different poses of the final design.
Pixar's 8th feature length feature.
Gusteau's first and last names ("Auguste Gusteau") are anagrams of each other.
Brad Bird, producer Brad Lewis and some of the crew went to Paris for a week to get the feel of the city. They took a motorcycle tour around the capital and ate at its five top restaurants.
When Ego, the food critic, reads back his first scathing review, he compares Gusteau to Chef Boyardee, who was in fact a real chef (true Italian name spelled Boiardi) famous for his brand of food products.