Monday, July 02, 2007

No soup for you!

Not that I'm the champion of everything Disney (ok, shucks...I am), but I've become distressed with the lack of knowledge regarding the recent movie Ratatouille. Not that people don't know about this movie in general. I am not a marketing person for Disney films (ok...I am). It's more about the amazing slew of people that don't know...

A. How to pronounce this word.
B. What it is.

I got tired of hearing 'Want to see Rataroo?' 'How about Rattan?' 'Or Rat-a-tat-tat?' The Rat Movie?

So, for the edification of you go:

Ratatouille ("ra-ta-TOO-ee", IPA:[rætəˈtui, -ˈtwi]; French pronunciation: [ʁataˈtuj]) is a traditional French Provençal stewed vegetable dish.

Tomatoes are a key ingredient, with garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, some herbes de Provence, and sometimes basil. All the ingredients are sautéed in olive oil.

The name of the dish appears to derive from the French touiller, "to stir", although the root of the first element "rata" is slang from the French Army meaning "chunky stew".

There you have it! From now on, I expect you all to at least call it 'The Soup Movie.'

There will be a quiz on this tomorrow. Bring your scantrons.


Hyperion said...

Dragon will disagree, but it's basically just Minnestrone or Gumbo. Every culture has this as a food staple. The real question is: how much of a god is Brad Bird? I say huge god, but I'm willing to debate

Schrodinger's Kitten said...

I can only aspire to be as awesome and god-like.

Cheryl said...

Not that I'm a marketer of all things rat (okay, I am), but this movie looks very cute. It's about time rats and veggies had their moment in the sun.

Dragon said...

I disagree with Hyperion. Not about Brad Bird but about what Ratatouille is.