Ratatoing is a 2007 Brazilian rip-off of Ratatouille made by the infamous mockbuster animation studio Video Brinquedo.
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (unlike Ratatouille, which took place in Paris, France) Marcel Toing's restaurant Ratatoing is very well-regarded among the customers who eat there. But when a gang of evil rats try to steal his recipes, Marcel and his friends try to drive out his rivals out of business by sending them to a laboratory where they'll be experimented on by the scientists working there.
Why It Sucks
- It blatantly rips off Pixar's Ratatouille, which was released the same year as this movie.
- Poorly made animation, especially the mouth movements. Other examples are bad walk cycles and even errors: in 2 scenes, the pink rat, Carol, slides across the screen while walking. Additionally, there is a scene where a cat chases after them, and walks on two legs while waving its arms around as though it were on fire.
- Cacophonic background music.
- Bad lip syncing.
- The 3D models are recycled to make the minor characters.
- Untalented voice acting, especially the elderly rats at the beginning of the movie.
- The English dub makes the original Brazilian version even worse due to inserting random and loud noises in almost every scene that were originally meant to be silent.
- The green rat, Greg says the word "precisely" in the same tone '11 TIMES' throughout the movie.
- Some inappropriate moments for a family movie. For instance, Marcel's rivals are sent to a laboratory where they're subsequently experimented on by scientists (despite this, at the end one of the villains says that the captured rats have been treated well by the scientists working there) and Carol walks in a rather sexually provocative manner.
- Two-thirds of the film are loaded with filler that adds nothing to the plot. Nothing happens in the first 12 minutes of the film, except for repetitive, annoying dialogue of how much the customers like Marcel's food. There are even more obvious examples, with scenes that are repeated throughout the movie due to the low budget of the movie. For example, an out-of-nowhere action montage of the main characters getting ready for their mission is played three times in a row with no alterations. A scene of the group moving through a door is also played three times in the movie.
- Weird and downright annoying moments. For example, after the villains come up with their evil plans, they all dance together, annoyingly saying "ha-ha" over and over again until one of them scares a human woman. None of this is ever brought up again.
- Little-to-no story.