I know that I'm in the minority when I say this, but I think Ratatouille is my favorite Pixar movie. The combination of anthropomorphic rodents, an underdog chef, and delicious looking French food just hits me on a spiritual level!
Even though this is one of my favorite animated films and I've easily seen it over ten times (it was on Netflix for a long time, alright?), I'm still not as eagle-eyed as some fans out there. Redditor Pinktense recently pointed out, and subsequently built a theory upon, something I never noticed.
Pinktense contends Linguini was not the only person in the Gusteau family who had a little help from chefs of the rodent variety. Now that I read their reasons why, it seems like a pretty solid theory!
The lawyer never specifies whose hair was identified as rodent hair
All we know is that one of the hairs between Gusteau and Linguini was a rodent hair. Instead of the hair belonging to Remy, given this new theory, it's a possibility that the rodent hair belonged to Gusteau's "Little Chef."
And we never see Skinner get a hair sample from Linguini
The only hair sample that we see being pulled by Skinner's lawyer comes from Gusteau's toque. The hair sample that they referred to as being tested in the previous images must have come from Gusteau and not Linguini!
This scene suggests he actually used a saliva sample
Much easier to determine Linguini's relationship to Gusteau through a saliva test rather than plucking a hair from his unsuspecting head. I imagine he would have noticed that too!
Who else moves involuntarily when their hair is pulled like that?
Perhaps it's a genetic trait? I don't know about you, but I most certainly can't be controlled by someone pulling my hair in certain directions.
Who taught Gusteau that anyone can cook?
It's a lesson Gusteau knew all too well and a philosophy he carried with him his entire career. It wouldn't be shocking that he learned it first hand from his helpful rodent friend.
Is Gusteau's little friend visible on this magazine cover?
Alright, this could easily be discounted as a weird shadow or a bad haircut, or you could reason that Gusteau wouldn't likely be jumping around with a rodent under his hat. But if you really want to lean into this theory, we could say that maybe that dark spot atop his head is Gusteau's "Little Chef."
Maybe it contributed to Gusteau's losing a star
Anton Ego, although a stern and brutal critic, definitely had an eye for good food. This theory could mean that the night Ego reviewed Gusteau's and took away a star was after the death of Gusteau's "Little Chef." Even with his talented kitchen staff, without his little friend he may have struggled with coming up with new recipes and maintaining the quality of his food.
Furthermore, the death of his partner, paired with his restaurant doing poorly, could have sent Gusteau's health into a downward spiral, ultimately leading to the chef's death.
As is the case with any fan theory, it is by no means air-tight or perfect, but it's still plausible and definitely adds a new, fun element to the story. Good catch, Pinktense, and thanks for sharing with us!
(Via: Reddit, Pinktense)