I attended a sneak preview of Ratatouille tonite. I have to admit that i was at least partially wrong when i suggested that this flick would be Disney-Pixar's first flop: while it may still flop at the box office, it certainly isn't an artistic flop, quite the contrary, it was very good - miles ahead of recent animated films such as shrek 3 and surf's up. As usual for DP, the animation was superb. So much so that it at times it was almost distracting. With high-speed computers and graphics software and whatnot, everyone can make great-looking animated characters, but scenes with multiple interacting characters, and still-shots that draw attention to the back-scenery still separate the wheat from the chaffe, and Ratatouille has a lot of "wow" moments with these. And the story is engaging. The main rat character has plenty of charisma, and the action moves right along. I wondered whether a tale involving a rat cook could avoid being boring, but i was wrong about that too. A good number of laughs here. Anyway, Rat isn't a -great- film. Unlike Beauty and the Beast or the two Toy Story flicks, it doesn't elevate you to a higher place, so to speak. But it is very good. 8/10 stars. PS - Before the film there is an *excellent* Pixar short called "lifted". Don't arrive late because you won't want to miss it. Their best short in a good while. Also, we get to see a short preview of next summer's D-P movie, something called "wall.E". It's about a little robot.