Ratatoing is a 2007 Brazilian rip-off of Ratatouille made by Video Brinquedo.
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (unlike Ratatouille, which took place in Paris, France) Marcel Toing's restaurant Ratatoing is very well-regarded among the customers who eat there. But when a gang of evil rats try to steal his recipes, Marcel and his friends try to drive his rivals out of business by sending them to a laboratory where they'll be experimented on by the scientists working there.
Why It Sucks
- It blatantly rips off Pixar's Ratatouille, which was released the same year as this movie.
- Even the title rips off that movie. It's like the creators of the movie couldn't pronounce Ratatouille right, or even come up with an original title for that matter.
- Poorly made and rancid animation like with Video Brinquedo's other movies, especially the mouth movements and walk cycles. However, the biggest, most laughable offender comes in the form of a scene where a cat chases after them, and walks on two legs while waving its arms around as though it were on fire.
- Speaking of the animation, there are even some errors:
- In two scenes, Carol, the pink rat, slides across the screen while walking.
- Sometimes, whenever rat characters speak, their noses sporadically move upwards.
- There are some occasions where certain characters in the background and foreground don't appear to be animated, and as a result, appear frozen stiff.
- During the suit-up montage, Greg, the green rat, is seen putting on a beanie hat, even though in a couple of shots earlier, he was already wearing it.
- During the establishing shot of Rio De Janeiro at the beginning of the movie, the sky sinks below the horizon line.
- The unnamed brown-haired female rat's notebook does not have a skin at the back.
- In one scene, Marcel's hand clips through the pole used to stir the contents in his cooking cauldron.
- In one shot during the scene where the villains wreak havoc in the human restaurant, Oscar, the gray rat with glasses is way out of scale.
- Cacophonic background music.
- Bad lip syncing. And this isn't the result of it originally being produced in a different language - it's just as bad in the original Brazilian version.
- The 3D models are recycled to make the minor characters.
- Annoying voice acting, especially from the elderly rats at the beginning of the movie.
- The English dub wastes usually great talents like Wayne Grayson, Mike Pollock, Dan Green, Lisa Ortiz, and Veronica Taylor.
- Awful dialogue, especially the opening narration, which overuses the word "city".
- The English dub makes the original Brazilian Portuguse version even more worse due to inserting random and very loud noises in almost every scene that were originally meant to be silent.
- The film's attempts at humour don't work and instead come off as flat and unfunny, notably the 'fly in sauce' scene and even the infamous 'ceiling fan' scene.
- The green rat, Greg, says the word "precisely" in the same tone 11 times throughout the movie, and it sounds like the exact same recording was recycled.
- One of the paintings features a rat that looks way too similar to Mickey Mouse.
- Some inappropriate moments for a family movie:
- Marcel's rivals are sent to a laboratory where they're subsequently experimented on by scientists. Despite this, at the end one of the villains says that the captured rats have been treated well by the scientists working there.
- During the scene where they put on their dance, the villains can be heard mumbling really weirdly. (clear)
- Carol walks in a rather sexually provocative manner (presumably a political propaganda on left spectre).
- During the suit-up montage, Greg is shown pulling out two lumps of cheese in a manner that makes it look like he's doing so from out of his groin.
- There's a continuity error in the scene where Marcel finds a bar of chocolate in which Carol states that they've "never had any chocolate before", even though Greg used that ingredient to make some ice creams earlier in the movie.
- Two-thirds of the film are loaded with filler that adds nothing to the plot. Nothing happens in the first 12 minutes of the film, except for repetitive, annoying and overused dialogue of how much the customers like Marcel's food. There are even more obvious examples, with scenes that are repeated throughout the movie due to its low budget. For example, an out-of-nowhere action montage of the main characters getting ready for their mission is played three times in a row with no alterations. A scene of the group moving through a door is also played three times in the movie.
- Speaking of filler, the film has little-to-no story at all.
- Weird and downright annoying moments. For example, after the villains come up with their evil plans, they all dance and sing along together, annoyingly saying "ha-ha-ha-ha!" over and over again and making a lot of creepy noises until one of them scares a human woman. Also, they don't know that they can flee away from them. None of this is ever brought up again and makes that moment entirely pointless.
- All the female rat characters have lady parts and none of the rats wear clothes. This makes for a very uncomfortable scene where Carol turns to the camera and winks.
- Some of the scenes have fade outs that look like they are commercial breaks but then they do them again only 10-20 seconds afterwards, making them completely unnecessary and pointless.
- False advertising: On the DVD cover, Marcel wears a chef's outfit, complete with a hat, even though he doesn't at all in the entire movie.
- Several plot holes:
- Junior's father thinks that "cheddar is just plastic", which is plain stupid. In fact, cheddar isn't even made of plastic, and it's made of real life foods.
- How can a single strawberry make a week's worth of dishes for Marcel's restaurant?
- The ending is stupid, as Marcel's friends are laughing just because Greg says "precisely" and they continue laughing and he says it again.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- While the voice acting is annoying, there is effort put into it, especially from Wayne Grayson, Mike Pollock, and Dan Green.