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The Ratatouille-Themed Restaurant at Disneyland Paris May Not Be the Best Idea



Part of the brilliance of Pixar, when they’re not making stale sequels, is that they can take concepts that would never fly if you had to pitch them to an executive, and make them work. Like “a guy attaches balloons to his house, flies to South America, and meets his favorite movie star who tries to kill him with talking dogs.” Or “a rat wants to cook.”

Audiences who trust in filmmakers to take them on journeys, however, may not have quite the same boldness when it comes to food. And this is a Ratatouille tie-in pitch almost as bizarre as the movie’s premise: a replica of a French restaurant as imagined by American animators, recreated in France, where the hook is that a rat is supposedly doing all the cooking. There’ll also be a ride next door that simulates the feeling of being a small rat running around the kitchen.

The biggest issue it may face, however, is that, Anton Ego aside, most kids at Disneyland are not looking to eat ratatouille, the dish: eggplant and zucchini are rather consistently at the top of the gross veggies list for most kids I’ve met, and even some adults. Now, if they add on a Peter O’Toole-themed bar, THAT’s something I’d like to see.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist