The director of Ratatouille has dismissed a popular fan theory about the movie.
The Twitter post, accompanied by a few film stills, said: “In Ratatouille (2007), When Anton tastes Remy’s ratatouille, he’s reminded of his mother’s cooking.
Well, I’d love to confirm that we were ultra-deep thinkers and that there was a narrative behind the narrative, but…
When I took over the film we had a hellacious deadline and only 2 of the films many sets were built. Truth is we were just trying to reuse props where we could. https://t.co/yAaY0Iq3j5
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) September 17, 2019
“There’s a few hidden details that suggest Remy grew up in Anton’s mother’s house, learning to cook by watching Anton’s mother.”
Bird sadly shot the theory down.
“Well, I’d love to confirm that we were ultra-deep thinkers and that there was a narrative behind the narrative, but,” he tweeted.
“When I took over the film we had a hellacious deadline and only 2 of the films many sets were built. Truth is we were just trying to reuse props where we could.”
Bird’s last animated outing was as the director of Incredibles 2 having previously been at the helm of the original.
His next project is rumoured to be 1906, a live action disaster film set during the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that took place in San Francisco that year.
The film follows “a young man who discovers a series of secrets and lies that left San Francisco highly vulnerable to the fires that engulfed it in the aftermath of the historical 1906 earthquake.”
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The feature is an adaptation of James Dalessandro’s novel of the same name and has been in the works since 2008.
The director said on Variety’s podcast last year it may end up being an amalgam of a film and a TV show because there is so much story to be told.
“I love the movie experience and I would want the earthquake to be on a movie screen and yet I recognise that the story’s too [big],” he said. “So I’m kind of trying to get it done as an amalgam and people are kind of intrigued by it.”