If I were to make a list of favorite modern directors, after seeing Ratatouille this past week, Brad Bird's name would certainly make the list.
Debatably my favorite animated film from this past decade is the Iron Giant (I wrote about it's themes of Good and Evil last September). In the Iron Giant, the messages, themes, story-line is incredible, and while the animation is weak and limited under the smaller Warner Bros. animation studio.
Now with the backing of Pixar, Brad Bird has brought us two more entertaining, but morally and psychologically complex stories, first The Incredibles, and now Ratatouille.
Watching Ratatouille was pure enjoyment, the story itself modernized the rags to riches themes you might read in a Horatio Alger dime novel. In an era of corporation scandal, dishonesty for personal/corporate gain, and commercialization, Rataouille creates a refreshing picture of a dream that could be.
Brad Bird has re-invented Pinocchio's Jiminy Cricket in the form of an apparition of a dead chef and yet the presentation is so fresh.
I am excited to see what Brad Bird continues to do as a writer and a director, and if Ratatouille became the 2nd animated film to be nominated for best picture (the first being Beauty and the Beast) than that would be fine with me.
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