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Your Friend the Rat (2007)

Video  -  Animation | Short | Family  -  6 November 2007 (USA)
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Remy and Emile plead the case for rats by illustrating the historical and scientific facts about the species and their interaction with humans.

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A forthright Remy and his reluctant brother Emile speak out for oppressed rats everywhere. Remy rolls film explaining that rats see themselves as on a par with men, who, instead, make war on rats. Remy gives a history lesson: heroism in India, black rat migration from the Middle East to Europe during the Crusades, the Black Death of 1347 to 1352, and Remy's contention that the flea was the villain. Enter the brown or Norway rat - from China. Both travel on ships around the world, with the larger brown pushing out the smaller black, and both live symbiotically with man. Then, Emile explains what's cool about rats. Trade phobia, Remy tells humans, for utopia. Any chance of that? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A 2-D rendering of the title robot from Pixar's next feature project, _WALL·E (2008)_ appears as the driver of a futuristic Mars vehicle during the musical number. See more »

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[first lines]
Remy: Hello, I'm Remy and this is my brother Emile.
Emile: Hi.
Remy: We're here to speak out on behalf of repressed rats everywhere. Rats who don't have the access to media that our movie escorts us. Yes, we have to. We rats have to take a stand.
Emile: You said we'd sing something. You know, joke around. You did not say we were going to take a stand.
Remy: This is important. Humans need to know, humans need to...
Emile: Feed us. That's what you need to do. Leave some garbage out and we won't bother you. Just leave the ...
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Plan B
Music by James G. Dashe
Lyrics by Jim Capobianco and James G. Dashe
Arrangement by Jennifer Hammond and Michael Giacchino
Performed by Patton Oswalt, Peter Sohn, and James G. Dashe
Music recorded at Skywalker Scoring Stage
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Very Funny Rat-istry Lesson
12 December 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Your Friend the Rat (2007)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very funny and highly entertaining "learning" films has the rats from Pixar's RATATOUILLE telling us the history of rats and explaining why humans should make peace with them. We get to learn various things like how they help us in science experiments, how they are worshiped in India and we get to learn about their earliest days on Earth. I was really shocked to see how funny this short was and it really wanted to make me watch the feature, which I'm sure is a good thing. There were several jokes that had me laughing out loud including the wonderful one where the rats were hit with an atomic bomb and we're told they suffered no side effects but then we see them walk out with three heads on the one body. The black plague sequence was also extremely funny as well as the scenes where we learn that rats can get into your home by the toilet. I enjoyed that they also mixed up the animation a little here as it wasn't all CG. The final joke with the rats trying to keep the disclaimer off the screen also worked very well.


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