While the general consensus seems to be that Cars isn’t quite up to the standards of genius presented by previous Pixar efforts, their next comes from┬ádirector Brad Bird, who already holds a perfect record for animated masterpieces (Iron Giant and The Incredibles).

The story of Ratatouille, based on a short by Pixar regular Jan Pinkava, follows the titular vermin (named for a delicious dish) and his quest for fine cuisine at a Paris restaurant operated by a peculiar chef. It also fortunately has nothing to do with NASCAR.

It took me a few moments (and some Google keystrokes) to place that rat’s voice: diminutive stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt, whose geekcentric material I’ve really come to appreciate. Not an expected choice, but Pixar is typically spot-on with selecting vocal talent, so the faith is maintained.