We had some sad news this week with Seth's beloved guinea pig Howard (aka Mull) succumbing to the Enfield winter and breathing his last. We have enjoyed three years of Howard singing away like a Mogwai for his breakfast and eating like a small dog, so it was quite sad to say farewell. Now I worry for Vince (aka Kintyre) his life long friend that has been left all alone and is clearly fretting for his fat little buddy.
Seth was keen to send off Howard with a vikings burial. He had visions of sending him out on the water hole on a makeshift raft and then setting him on fire. Thankfully, I managed to talk him out of that, and we went for the more traditional option of a shoe box and a hole in the ground. So now Howard rests under the pines, forever looking out over the field of En and forever foraging in greener pastures. RIP Howard and farewell to you, our furry little friend.
Release Date: 2007
Running Time: 111 mins
I just adored this Disney animation about a rat with a natural gift for cooking; the combination of the Parisian street-scapes and rat infested sewers make a very interesting setting for this tale about a rather unlikely foodie that followed his dreams against the odds.
Remy the rat has aspirations of becoming a world class chef, much to the disgust of his kin. However, a twist of fate places Remy in the sewers below his culinary hero Auguste Gusteau's famous Parisian restaurant, and after a chance meeting with a bumbling Suez chef, he finds a rather unorthodox way of making his dreams a reality.
There is real sense of fun to this movie, the characters - both human and rodent, are a fabulous mix of flavours that will enchant children and amuse adults equally. Get yourself to France for a delicious sampling of Ratatouille as soon as soon as you can.
FINAL SAY: Anyone can cook.
3.5 Chili Peppers