Colette Tatou, plum-haired heroine of Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille, is not a woman to be trifled with. As the only female in Gusteau’s kitchen – and very nearly the entire film, but for the gun-happy old lady at the beginning – Colette stands against the inequalities of the industry, whether it’s objecting to Chef Skinner’s ego-driven power trips or vouching for “talented”-yet-hapless Linguini. Plus she’s super handy with a blade, and you just don’t want to mess with a woman who can debone a chicken in 32.6 seconds flat.
Here I tried to capture Colette’s black and white checked chef togs, as well as her unnaturally hued hair (FINALLY a great, super appropriate use for a magnetic polish, which I used to create those little light-reflecting waves.) And over on my thumb is, as the French themselves would say, the piece de resistance, a lacquered loaf of bread fit for crackling. Mmmm, animated bread (actually, all of the food in Ratatouille looks amazing, particularly the scallops seared in some sort of cream sauce…whenever I watch Ratatouille, I always make sure I’m either eating something yummy or have access to something yummy, because it’s only a matter of time before I’m sprinting out to the kitchen to make, oh, I don’t know, pommes anna or a “simple” boeuf bourguignon.)