“Ratatouille” and “Bee Movie”: A Comparison

Last weekend, I decided to watch Ratatouille. After watching Ratatouille, I then made the decision to watch Bee Movie, which isn’t exactly the best thing to do. In honor of this viewing, I’ve put together a comparison to aid in anyone’s decision as to what film with a creature frequently viewed as a pest that was released in 2007.

Ratatouille is about a rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt) who dreams of being a chef and ends up helping a hapless garbage boy, Linguini (Lou Romano), in order to achieve this dream.
Bee Movie is about a bee, Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld), who leaves the hive, falls in love with a woman and finds out the human race has been stealing honey from people. He decides to sue the humans and fucks up the eco system.

Ratatouille is made by Pixar and manages to look realistic and cartoonish.
Bee Movie is not made by Pixar and looks like a cartoon.

Ratatouille not only features the voice talents of Oswalt and Romano, but also Brian Dennehy, Peter O’Toole, John Ratzenberger, Ian Holm, Brad Garret, and Janeane Garofalo. Each of these voiceovers feels more like acting; never once did it feel like an actor voicing themselves.
Bee Movie features the voices of Seinfeld, Matthew Broderick, Renée Zellweger, Kathy Bates, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Megan Mullally, and Patrick Warburton. Except for Zellweger, it feels like the actors are just doing what they usually do. I seriously kept expecting Warburton’s character to pull out a knife and kill someone at various points of the movie. Which would have made the movie a lot more interesting, but really shows just how much Venture Brothers I’ve watched.

Ratatouille does not employ pop culture references with its storytelling.
Bee Movie does employ pop culture references when telling a story. That being said, I did laugh very hard at “Bee Larry King.” (Barry: “How old are you?”) And that was about it.

Ratatouille has Peter O’Toole as the venomous food critic Anton Ego, “The Grim Eater.” And every second of the scenes with Ego is an absolute delight to watch and listen to.
Bee Movie doesn’t have Peter O’Toole. Period.

Ratatouille makes me cry every time when we hear Ego’s review of the titular restaurant in the film.
Bee Movie didn’t make me cry.


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