Pixar’s 8th feature film is one hailed by many as a perfect film, not just one of their favorite animated films, but a film that deserved a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. I personally don’t love this film all that much, but I definitely do like it. Which film is that? Ratatouille, of course!
The film centers on a rat named Remy, voiced by Patton Oswalt, who has a gift for cooking and wants to cook gourmet dishes rather than eat garbage like the rest of his rat family.
After getting separated from his family due to an accident (that he may have inadvertently caused himself), he finds himself at a French restaurant in Paris named Gusteau’s. There he comes into contact with a worker named Linguini, voiced by Lou Romano, who’s quite pathetic at any job that he takes.
The two happen to cross paths and desperation pairs the two together making Linguini an amazing chef with Remy being the strings behind this proverbial puppet.
So where does our forgotten/minor character come into play? Well, you see, Gusteau’s was named after its former owner who’s recently passed away. It has since been under the command of a chef named Skinner, voiced by Ian Holm.
Skinner is a man who wants to put Gusteau’s name on various frozen food products and sell them to worldwide rather than just cook food for the Parisian restaurant-goers only. And Francois appears to be his marketing person.
Not much is known about Francois. He seems to be of Indian descent, is voiced by an actor named Julius Callahan, and only appears in one scene. Yet, he plays an essential part in Skinner’s plan. He is the one who decides and designs what is to be sold worldwide. He has to know the tastes of different parts of the world as well as the demand of certain foods in different parts of the world.
I highly doubt Skinner could have put this over by himself.
Whether or not this plan succeeds or is carried through at all, well…you’ll have to watch the movie. But you don’t need to have seen the movie in order to join me in commemorating our forgotten/minor character: Francois!