Michel Gagne


In the Fall of 2006, I was contacted by Brad Bird to create a series of animated vignettes for his movie Ratatouille. The concept was to design and animate abstract representations of what the character was tasting.

After discussing ideas and concepts with Brad Bird, I created a series of images to illustrate potential ideas of how the taste could be visualized in an abstract way. These were reviewed by Brad and shown to the music composer as inspiration

Conceptual Artwork | Remy's Visualization | Drawings | Compositing and Digital Enhancements | Final Compositing

Taste Visualization for Pixar's Ratatouille


During production, I came up with an idea to do the opening titles and setting them up in a microscopic world.

I pitched the idea to the directors and producer but was told that most likely the Farelly brothers' team would be handling that part of the movie. Undeterred, I decided to go ahead on my own time and produce the sequence without permission.

I storyboarded and created all the animation on paper. Then, I recruited Ryan Woodward to digitally composite the elements, add the camera moves and apply the various filters to produce the final look of the piece.

Needless to say, it didn't take long for the folks at Warners to warm up to my idea and the sequence was quickly integrated in the film. When you watch the clip, look closely at all the different organisms. Each one has a unique way to move, swim and walk about.

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