Meet the chef...

“Anyone can cook,” says master chef Gusteau at the start of Pixar’s eighth feature. “But only the fearless can be great.” It’s a motto the studio live and breathe by in Ratatouille, easily the studio’s most delightfully odd offering to date. Sure, there’s a talking rat who wants to become a chef, but it’s really a grown-up ode to fine cuisine and dreaming large.

Whizzy kitchen set-pieces, soufflé-light humour and one of Peter O’Toole’s last great roles as critic Anton Ego (whose flashback is a stand-out): it’s not just the dishes that are to die for in Brad Bird’s savoury saga.

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