Ratatouille. Rated PG.

Featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Ian Holm, Lou Romano, Brian Dennehy, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, and John Ratzenberger.

One of the things I most look forward to each year, is the latest Pixar release, so with my popcorn & ice cream I sat down and watched Ratatouille, and it seems Pixar once again have another hit on their hands.

The story tells of a rat Remmy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) who wants to be a chef, and he goes to Paris to follow his dreams he soon encounters kitchen hand Linguini (voiced by Lou Romano) who also dreams of being a chef, and they soon form a unlikely alliance. This movie is clever on so many levels. I like how every time Remmy is about to cook, the animators make a point of showing Remmy washing his hands, and that Remmy has decided to walk on his hind legs, brilliant. The laughs come thick and fast, and again Pixar have created a story that both young and old alike can enjoy.

The animation also got me too, as with the rats especially Remmy, you see each individual hair, wow. The story captures you and sucks you in. And the voice talents are pretty amazing too, with such actors as Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Ian Holm , and Brain Dennehy leading their voices to a host of very memorable characters.

Pixar has done it again, brillant stuff, and I am all set to revisit this movie again. Perfect family entertainment.


Underdog. Rated PG.

Starring & Featuring the voices of Jason Lee, James Belushi, Alex Neuberger, Peter Dinklage, and Patrick Warburton

Underdog is the live action version of the 1960s cartoon series of the same name which I always saw as a parody / spoof of Superman. I am a sucker for super-hero movies, from the block-busters to even the z - graders, and was looking forward in seeing this movie. After the fact yes I was happy I went and saw it, and my reaction was, it was OK. Which I will explain later in this review.

The story tells of a not too good police dog, who mistakes a leg of pork, for a bomb and after he is laugh at he takes off and is soon captured and taken to the sinister Barsinister (Peter Dinklage). An experiment goes horribly wrong and soon the dog is given super-powers, and can talk to humans. He is then taken in by a ex-cop (James Belushi) and is begrudgily befriended by his son (Peter Dinklage), who helps mentor Shoeshine (the name given to him by the family) to become Underdog defender of Capitol City.

Fans for the original series that the movie was based on will properly be disappointed, as this movie it seems has been remade with a new audience, and the family in mind. And for that it is mostly harmless family friendly fun. I have to say the two / three year old in front of me was having a whale of a time. For me alone, I thought it was OK - not a great movie, all rather forgettable really, but still I do do regret seeing it, and will properly go back and watch is harmless little time-waster.