TikTok makes it easy for users to create and upload videos, which has sparked an array of enchanting memes, games, and challenges. The platform has also proved a place where artists can display their work, be it paintings, wood carving, or songwriting. Now, a pack of music lovers have joined forces for a sprawling collaboration, turning Pixar’s Ratatouille into a musical.
Directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, Ratatouille follows a French rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt), who dreams of being a chef. However, he faces two major obstacles. First off, his family doesn’t understand his dreams of culinary excellence, because they’re content to eat trash. Secondly, humans aren’t super thrilled about the idea of a rat cooking their meals. However, a fateful meeting with a clumsy kitchen worker named Linguini (Lou Romano), changes everything. Nested under Linguini’s chef’s hat, Remy tugs his hair to control his movements, using the man as a puppet. However, as the fame and acclaim all goes to the man, not the rat pulling the strings, tensions rise—even as Linguini falls in love with the fiery Colette (Janeane Garofalo)! Meanwhile, Remy must also avoid the jealous rival chef (Ian Holm) and a merciless food critic Anton Ego (Peter O’Toole).
Now that you know the context, enjoy a taste of this fan-made musical version of Ratatouille.
The New York Post reports it all began in August, when New Yorker Em Jaccs posted this vid to TikTok:
If you haven't gotten into the pure bliss that is RATATOUILLE THE MUSICAL, there's truly never been a better time! pic.twitter.com/CHhhEBZqBd— Remy The Ratatouille stan account (@mattdwille) November 16, 2020
From there, other users took the idea and ran with it. Among them is Jeremy Crawford (@jeromejarambe), who created a song of Remy’s dilemma.
Does this website know that Tik Tokers are making Ratatouille into a musical? And it’s absolutely incredible? (Thread) pic.twitter.com/L1PPvi2WvT— Zara Rahim (@ZaraRahim) November 15, 2020
Here is a delightful duet to capture the magic of Linguini and Remy’s blossoming bond. Music, lyrics and Remy performance by Olivia Barron (@localstupidlesbian), Linguni performance by Emma (@OtherHotEmma):
Thread of ratatouille musical tiktoks that slap pic.twitter.com/WbTkr8oeQd— Raychel (@raychdraws) November 16, 2020
The TikTok platform has a “duet” function, which allows users to create videos like the one above. The first user offers a setup, in this case, a song and half the sung lyrics, with all of the words in captions. Then, anyone on the app can play Linguini to her Remy. In this way, TikTok’s proved an incredible platform for this collaboration.
To speak to the brewing sexual tension between Linguini and the hard-as-nails Collette, Apressley (@aaacacia_) and Blake Rouse (@blakeyrouse) joined forces on a tango:
TikTokers are creating a Ratatouille musical with no centralized organization. It is astoundingly good. pic.twitter.com/giTn7eozi6— Hank (Fart Facts) Green (@hankgreen) November 14, 2020
Intrepid songwriter Gabbi (@fettucinefettuqueen) created a tune for Remy’s naysaying father, and dancer Alley Kerr (@alleykerr_) offered her proposed choreography:
the world is falling apart in 2020 and tik tok is over here making a Ratatouille Musical and honestly… Lin-Manuel Miranda could never pic.twitter.com/P8ilKYNNFR— 𝕝𝕛𝕨𝕣 • Lewis 😷 (@ljwr_) November 15, 2020
The Act II finale is figured out, courtesy of Daniel J Mertzlufft (@danieljmertzlufft).
One tiktok user, a composer named Daniel, submitted what the community has accepted as the official theme of the Ratatouille musical. pic.twitter.com/a9bka12fON— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker) November 15, 2020
Now imagine it with more people:
The sad part is I would go see Ratatouille the musical bc Act I Finale is already a banger i definitely cried when he raised the damn ladle 😖😒 pic.twitter.com/FeqrlwWjJP— gab (@sicklemoonblues) November 17, 2020
Jack Cleary (@jackattackcleary80) offered thoughts on how critic Anton Ego should be properly captured in look and lyrics.
Director’s chair pic.twitter.com/n7xPXzGIA8— Zara Rahim (@ZaraRahim) November 15, 2020
How about a song for Ego? Jared B. Goldsmith (@jaredbgoldsmith) has got one.
Rocky Pattera (@rockyroad) offered a rap with some Lin-Manuel Miranda spice:
lin manuel miranda has entered the tiktok ratatouille musical canon I am disgusted, appalled, fearful and ngl a little impressed pic.twitter.com/a7EuNgCRg3— meredithe ettrich (@meredithettrich) November 15, 2020
What about costumes? Maru (@Marumarkx) has ideas.
On costume design: pic.twitter.com/A0W1HuvHGi— Zara Rahim (@ZaraRahim) November 15, 2020
A finale verse for Collette was looped in with music by RJ Christian (@rjthecomposer), lyrics/performance by Momo (Momopeach02), and the proposed set design by Shoebox Musicals (@Shoeboxmusicals):
Here's tiktok user Momopeach02 submitting her version of Colette's final song, with melody provided by RJ. pic.twitter.com/M7oLjsubX8— Chappell Ellison (@ChappellTracker) November 15, 2020
Even in these scrappy early stages, the would-be Ratatouille musical, unofficial as it may be, is spurring excitement from aspiring audience members.
the ratatouille musical currently being made by the tik tok community. https://t.co/JWgpcDpUad— al lickteig. (@AllisonLickteig) November 15, 2020
Have you heard about the ratatouille musical or are you straight?— Cat McKinney (@catcmckinney) November 15, 2020
Please tell me that a Ratatouille musical is actually in production bc the music acc slaps😳— anika ranadive (@AnikaRanadive) November 15, 2020
I swear, if someone doesn’t actually get the Ratatouille Musical onto Broadway when this shit is all over then literally what is the point of even reopening Broadway at all.— hubbs (@kristinhubble) November 16, 2020
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