Leave it to Pixar to push the envelope with an animated paradox: a rat who dreams of becoming a chef. Remy travels from his home in the French countryside to Paris, only to be heartbroken when he learns that his cooking idol, Gusteau, has passed away. When Linguini, a culinary-impaired young man, catches Remy practicing in Gusteau's restaurant, the two form an alliance to make Remy's dreams come true. It's nothing short of culinary marvel as Remy hides under Linguini's hat and acts as puppeteer by pulling his hair to direct his hands. The idea of Remy may be hard to swallow, but this is one rodent you'd think twice about extinguishing.
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