Ratatouille Art

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A new Pixar film usually means another great Chronicle Art Of book and, at the other end of the spectrum, another neat looking Little Golden Book.

It’s easy to overlook the Golden Books – and difficult to find them – even in major bookstores. I just came across the Ratatouille one at my local Ralphs supermarket this morning. It’s a 24 page delight (especially for $2.99), with gorgeous art, credited to Scott Tilley, Jean-Paul Orpinas (illustrators) and Tony Fejeran (designer). As a long time fan of vintage Little Golden Books, the recent Pixar volumes are excellent additions to the collection.

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Have you noticed how Pixar’s character merchandising art translates perfectly in two-dimensional and hand drawn versions? That’s due, of course, to the characters basic design and Pixar’s cartooning aesthetic. It’s also due to the calibre of artists assigned to create this ancillary artwork. One particularly cool looking publicity project was a series of images inspired by A.M. Cassandre’s vintage French posters, designed and painted by Stephane Kardos (above) and Eric Tan. It’s this kind of attention to detail, and sense of style, that keeps Pixar ahead of the pack – on screen and off.


  • Kevin

    The question I have is this… Is there any way to get my hands on those gorgeous posters that are mentioned?

  • http://www.scuzzbopper.blogspot.com Ken Priebe

    I’ve been collecting the various Disney/Pixar Golden Books for some time now.

    I found the Golden Book for Ratatouille here in BC the other day, plus another one titled ‘Oh Brother!’ based on the same film, with illustrations done in construction paper cutouts. Beautiful stuff.

  • Chris

    You should mention the super cool storybook Nate Wragg illustrated as well!

  • Randy

    Great stuff, but don’t forget that Production Designer Harley Jessup had a lot to do with the designs of these posters.

  • Andrew

    Try doing this with Shrek! Though, while films like Madagascar and Surf’s Up have tried to emulate this basic cartoon aethsetic as well, no one has done it as good as Pixar.

  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com/ Emmett Goodman

    RATATOUILLE really got me to thinking about character designs. There’s still so much I need to learn. In the past, for some reason, I was never compelled to purchase the “art of” books. Of course it took a while for me to seriously catch on to Pixar. The look of Ratatouille has many layers to it, so I am fascinated by what inspired those layers.

  • Resolver

    Chris, the Random House website has a hardcover 72-page “Limited Collectors Edition” “Read Aloud Storybook” ($8.99). Is that the one you mention as by Nate Wragg? Link

  • amid

    Resolver: The Nate Wragg book is this one.

  • Steve Gattuso

    I second Kevin’s question: Any idea if the posters will be made available to purchase? They’re magnificent!

  • slowtiger

    You should ask directly at http://www.cassandre.fr/

  • Don Shank

    see also Nate Wragg’s blog post about his book…

    http://n8wragg.blogspot.com/2007/06/too-many-cooks.html

  • http://www.AcmeArchivesDirect.com Morly

    Allow me to come to the rescue! I work for Acme Archives and we hold the production validated fine art license for Disney. I’m happy to report that we will indeed be offering ALL of the vintage-styled images as limited edition prints on paper and canvas (some on both, some only on paper). They are currently available at Disneyland and at some galleries (Van Eaton is one that I know of) and will be available on our site in a week or two (www.AcmeArchivesDirect.com). Feel free to contact me with any questions, too ([email protected]).

    Finally, we will be doing a piece from Nate Wragg’s work on Ratatouille in the coming weeks, as well!

  • http://amymebberson.blogspot.com Amy Mebberson

    I am LOVING how Ratatouille’s merchandise and book art are all using the flat stylised versions of Nate Wragg & co.

    The key art used on the homewares merchandise is just adorable.

    I want the Ratatouille cheese plates and knives :)

    Nate’s art is on the tshirts as well, it’s a pity they only come in tony childrens’ sizes.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Thanks for the heads up, Morly! (There goes my money again…)

  • http://cgi.ebay.com/Disney-Pixar-Original-Ratatouille-Animation-Art_W0QQitemZ110191354716QQihZ001QQcategoryZ20158QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem Darryl Bellach

    Disney/Pixar Ratatouille artwork goes to auction to benefit Sonoma Children’s Home

    An unprecedented donation has been made to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home: and it’s going up for auction on EBAY this week! The donated item is a one-of-a-kind animation artwork created by Darryl Bellach of Kenwood, California.

    The artwork, entitled “What’s Cooking� from Pixar’s Ratatouille is a rare piece of collectable art. Pixar has authorized only one artist, Darryl Bellach, to create his unique, three-dimensional art. To date, there exist only 25 original artworks in Darryl Bellach’s inimitable style. These 3-dimensional pieces, including “Finding Nemo�, “Monsters, Inc.�, “The Incredibles�, and “Cars�, hang in homes of elite animation art collectors, the last piece selling at auction for $42,000.

    From Academy Award-winning director Brad Bird and the amazing storytellers at Pixar Animation Movie Studios, RATATOUILLE, is an original comedy of about one of the most unlikely friendships imaginable. The film’s protagonist is a rat named Remy who dares to dream the impossible dream of becoming a gourmet chef in a five-star French restaurant. Together with a down-and-out garbage boy named Linguini, the pair carves their own imaginative path to becoming the greatest chef in Paris.

    This one-of-a-kind artwork features the Parisian five-star French restaurant kitchen along with “Remy” (voiced by Patton Oswalt) and “Linguini” (voiced by Lou Romano) who are the star characters of the film. This substantial piece of art is 52â€? high by 38 ½â€?â€? wide by 2 ¼â€? deep. The entire piece is offset with the “Ratatouille” logo that is also three dimensional.

    This exclusive, creative, and unique artwork is signed by 12 of Pixar’s most famous including John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Brad Lewis, David Eisenmann, Jason Deamer, Mark Walsh and other celebrity talents from the movie. Jason Deamer who is the Character Art Director for Pixar Animation Studio’s has drawn a one-of-a-kind picture of Remy on the back of this piece.

    The winner will receive a framed, companion photograph of the signatures on the backside of the artwork to hang along side “What’s Cooking?�.

    The artist, Darryl Bellach, has generously donated this one-of-a-kind piece, “What’s Cooking?â€? to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home. The entire proceeds, less any EBay fees, will go DIRECTLY TO THE VALLEY OF THE MOON CHILDREN’S HOME. The high bidder may find that all or part of the amount paid is considered a donation to a non-profit is tax deductible.

    The Valley of the Moon Children’s Home is Sonoma County’s only home for children who are victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Its mission is to positively impact the present and future lives of the children and to assure the children have positive opportunities in becoming productive and equal members of the community. More than 1,200 children from infants to age 18 are served at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home each year. For more information of the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home please visit their website at http://www.vomchildrensfoundation.org/.

    Anyone interested in bidding or following the exciting auction, go to EBAY, type in PIXAR, RATATOUILLE, ANIMATION ART. The auction ends Monday November 19.