Its villain is decidedly...ethnic. And the rest of the characters are...not.
As someone who finds this whole branch of history quite interesting, I'd like to point out the less than stellar records of most of the large animation companies. Disney is the largest and the one I know the most about (at one point in time I read lots and lots of books on Disney, and of course the Internet is always an interesting resource.) One famous example of Disney's apparent racism is in the classic movie Aladdin. Note that Jasmine and Aladdin look decidedly Caucasian. Their skin is so fair you wouldn't know they were supposed to be Arabs unless they up and told you. Now consider the evil vizier Jafar.
Not so Caucasian, eh?
Which brings me to Ratatouille. Lovely movie, great characters. Except that they're all supposed to be French, yes? And they're all supposed to look French.
Even the sallow, dour critic with the attitude is white (tinged with shades of blue, certainly, but still, the skin color is white.)
In fact, he looks a hell of a lot like Jafar, doesn't he? The whole movie long I saw him as a shorter, sillier version of Jafar.
I wonder how long it takes before someone accuses Pixar of racism. I also wonder whether they meant it. I'm willing to bet they didn't. But you really can't make everyone else in a movie look sweet and white (like Disney did with Aladdin, Jasmine and the Sultan) and then have one person stand out as ethnic and have that person be the villain..and not expect a response, now can you?
I'm curious as to whether anybody else noticed this.