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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 »

Quotes

[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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If you are a rat lover, you will love this film
3 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a previous owner of fancy rats, I thoroughly enjoyed this accurate recap of the history of rats, and the artists' humorous take on it. Rats are a misunderstood species, given their connection to the plague. I think what the writers were trying to do was to point out to Westerners that our view on rats is based on generations of fear and bad information. It's unfortunate that the tone sounded "stuffy" or "preachy" to the other reviewers - I personally didn't think it did at all. Perhaps people were just not expecting a history lesson.

Rats make great pets - they are independent like cats, smart and loyal like dogs. It still amazes me when people would come over to my house and be shocked that my rat has the run of the place. And shocked that she comes to me when I call her name. I've had to tell them many of the things that were in this film - now I can just refer them to this film and not have to repeat myself over and over.

Aside from the content, the animation was great - a mix of CGI and traditional styles. I love the angular look of the traditional segments, which were reminiscent of the style of Chuck Jones.


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