Although Ratatouille is not on the higher end of Pixar films in terms of worldwide popularity (at least not when it is compared to juggernauts like the Toy Story films and Finding Nemo), the film is considered one of the best films from the animation studio by many. Less popular films, though, are also less likely to inspire theme park attractions, but a Ratatouille ride is finally on the way. Given the animated film’s setting in France, it is only fitting that the first attraction based on the property is currently being built at Disneyland Paris. The first image of the ride has been released, and you can take a look at it after the break!
The Disneyland Paris Twitter account posted the image (via Pixar Post), which seems to be part of marketing material for the attraction. The vehicle, made to appear as the head of main character Remy, looks like it will hold a maximum of six people. The ride is bound for the Hollywood Studios park at Disneyland Paris.
The tweet also shared what will likely be the final name for the attraction, “Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy.” Punching that into the oh-so reliable (maybe not so reliable) Google Translate, it loosely translates to Ratatouille: Remy’s Totally Zany Adventure. Taking into account that name, along with the design of the ride vehicle, it is obvious that the attraction puts visitors into Remy’s shoes. That is in contrast to the dark rides we are usually used to seeing from Disney, which often delegate riders to being audience members viewing a storyline play out in front of them.
Going on a ride through the eyes of a rat, the perspective will almost certainly make the surrounding world seem bigger, with objects and humans appearing much larger, as hinted at by the image above. Disney has an incredible amount of experience creating a forced perspective, as seen in structures around its theme parks. Most notably, in A Bug’s Land, a section of the Disney California Adventure park, all objects, trees and characters are scaled to appear as if seen through the eyes of an insect.
Looking at it from the opposite point of view, Peter Pan’s Flight at various Disney Parks has been thrilling guests for decades by flying them over London, through several creative methods, including decreasing the size of buildings under the feet of riders. The result? An incredible feeling of quickly ascending to the skies over the beautiful city. The Disney Imagineers are well-versed in experimenting with perspective and I have no doubt that the Ratatouille ride will follow suit in a great way.
We are awaiting further details on the attraction, but for now all we have is a timeframe for its launch. “Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy” is scheduled to open at Disneyland Paris in 2014!