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Rat-a-too-ee!

By William Skidelsky  

This morning, I noticed a poster for the new Disney-Pixar animation movie Ratatouille, the story of a rat who dreams of becoming a top Parisian chef. There underneath the title, Ratatouille, was a phonetic transliteration: “rat-a-too-ee.” I checked out the film on the internet and, with every appearance of the film’s logo, there it was again: the title, and under it that phrase: “rat-a-too-ee.” I can’t help but find this amusing—and a bit depressing. No doubt the film has noble intentions—to alert children to the concept of gastronomy, to Parisian sophistication and the idea of eating healthily and well. But…

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