Ratatouille Previews at ShoWest

Tuesday’s opening day ceremony for the ShoWest exhibitor convention in Las Vegas featured a 12-minute preview of Ratatouille, the next CG-animated feature film from Disney and Pixar. Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant) was on hand to introduce the exclusive footage, which was well received by all accounts.

Ratatouille stars comedian Patton Oswalt as the voice of a rodent who lives in a Paris eatery and fancies himself a gourmand. His quest to obtain tasty treats, however, proves dangerous as rats are not exactly welcome in high-end restaurants.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bird joked that the film seemd a bit out of place in a summer filled with such high-profile sequels as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and that Pixar considered the title Ratatouille 1 and marketing it as the prequel to the sequel. He also admitted that getting moviegoers to care about a rat was not an easy task, but pointed out that Pixar managed to elicit sympathy for superheroes in The Incredibles and made audiences feel at home under water with Finding Nemo.

Developed from a concept by Oscar-winning Pixar short director Jan Pinkava (Geri’s Game) and scripted by Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg, Ratatouille is slated to hit theaters on June 29, 2007.