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Ratatouille is episode 166 focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of The Podcastibles miniseries covering the films of Brad Bird. Posted June 3, 2018.


this food is beautiful

The return of Bring Your Family to Podcast Day, in a way... Griffin's long-time sister Romilly Newman AND David's brother Joey Sims are both big fans of this movie, so here we are, time to #UniteTheSiblings and have them both on the show at the same time. This inspired them both artistically - one for food and one for creative production.

The story of the gestation of this movie at Pixar is wild. And I guess it kind of had to be, considering what this movie is about - just stop and think about it for a second sometime. A rat main character? He's a chef of fine food for people! And the rat controls his human 'avatar' by sitting under his hat and pulling his hair like it's Meet Dave! This is nuts.

Anyway, how was it that Brad Bird found his way onto this project and what changes did he make to salvage it for Pixar? What is it like to eat good food in Paris? What did the animators think of working for Brad Bird? Is this the best score that Michael Giacchino has ever done? And are the long-term cultural effects of this movie starting to show up in the new generation of food instagrammers and young chefs?

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • Ben has food-centric anecdotes based on his time working at (BLEEEEEP)
  • Griffin's diet: beige
  • Ben's dad has out and out refused the invitation to appear on the podcast. We will have to forever hold in our hearts the idea of Ben and his dad talking about Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore on the show.
  • David in Paris: sexy bartender
  • Griffin & David's new bistro, coming soon: Blank Chef
  • Griffin's ad read, according to Ben: sweaty like Giamatti in August.
  • Disney, in every store, every stage production, every amusement park installment: the most micromanaged work environment in the world
  • future guest James Newman's choice for movie to cover: The Sixth Man. I mean, it's gotta be twice as good as The Third Man, I would think.


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