Note to self: malls have bookstores, AKA parking was a bitch.
The movie itself was Pixar-good, and seeing it in digital projection was really pretty awesome: I favor it over film now. Visibly cleaner and crisper.
In every film that's been released on the big screen, Pixar usually has one "reality" moment, which they've kind of cranked up the knob to 11 and everything seems real instead of CG. Ratatouille doesn't have that: it has literally dozens of them. There were a couple of scenes that had the obviously-CG characters been in the shot would have been completely mistaken for real. In fact there was on toward the end (Colette in bed) that for a moment I was thinking was a puppet. And at the end of the credits was Pixar's little disclaimer that there was no motion capture used in the film, it was 100% animated.
The only thing that took me out of the movie was the voice of Django, Remy's father. I knew I knew the voice, but I couldn't quite place it until about 3/4 of the way through the movie as Brian Denehy. The rest of the voices eluded me, and I even got the voice of Anton Ego (the food critic) wrong (it was actually Peter O'Toole). Then I saw the credits and my jaw dropped, among those that I missed that I shouldn't have were:
Ian Holm (Skinner, the short little sous-chef with the horrible moustache)
John Ratzenberger (Mustafa, the African cook)
Janeane Garofalo (Colette, I can't believe I missed this one)
And the one that amazes me the most,
Brad Garrett as the voice of Gusteau.
Brad Freakin' Garrett. The six-foot-eight inch brother of Raymond on "Everybody Loves Raymond". I missed his voice. I will tell you now that that is nearly impossible, and I blame Pixar for melding the onscreen character with the voice so well that it didn't even occur to me who the actor was. That he first got his start as a voice actor was somehow lost on me.
And though it may not matter to many of you, sound design by Randy Thom.
It's been a long time since I've seen a G-rated movie in a theater, particularly a "kids" movie. What amazed me was the trailers, and how differently they were cut: I felt like my eyes had been assaulted after each one. COLORFLASHESFASTZIPZIPZIPCOLORPOW... it was like shopping in a Wal-Mart with a live video feed.