Monday, September 17, 2007

Ratatouille the 3rd (time)

I recently saw Ratatouille again, even though it will probably be on DVD any time now. I really enjoy seeing movies in a theater, especially animated ones, and the DLP was a nice plus. Digital projection doesn't impress me that much with live action, but seeing 3D animation in digital makes it even more lively and vibrant. Of course, I live for rich colors, so that and the clarity of picture are enough to make me overlook the downside of slight "stairstepping" on some diagonal fine lines that will surely disappear with upped resolution in the future.

Anyway, I got to thinking about Ratatouille not because of the presentation but the film itself. One thought that keeps popping into my head is that I actually enjoyed a film set in France and focused on haute cuisine more than a story about cars and various aspects of car culture, especially vintage cars and ways of life. Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am far from a "foodie", despite living in Northern California for many years. As for cars, they are my biggest love after animation, and I'm rather nostalgic at heart, so a story about old-times and old-time cars would be a "slam dunk" for me. Don't get me wrong, I really loved Cars, and saw it in theaters thrice as well. Somehow though, I just felt more involved with the characters in Ratatouille, and was more excited, sad and overjoyed with them. I honestly was not overly excited in the run-up to this film, and didn't go to see it until it had been out for a couple of weeks. The character designs appealed to me, but I wasn't sure how much story could be wrung out of the premise. Suffice it to say, before the film had even ended, I was sold on it.

There are some other upcoming animated films that I have had similar doubts about, but this film has reminded me that amazing stuff can spring from relatively austere sources.

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