Disney to Dish Out Pixar’s Ratatouille

After this summer’s release of Cars, the Disney distribution pit crew will don aprons to serve up Ratatouille, Pixar’s next CG-animated effort. The deal, announced with Thursday’s SEC filing, will see the new toon forked into theaters in the summer of 2007.

Though Disney has agreed to acquire Pixar, the deal hasn’t official gone through so Ratatouille was picked up under a separate deal that will have Pixar entirely bankroll the film’s production and pay Disney a distribution fee. Once the merger is complete, Disney will then own all rights to the family pic.

Though Pixar hasn’t released many details of the film, the story reportedly revolves around a rat named Ratatouille who lives in a upmarket Parisian restaurant run by an eccentric chef. Jan Pinkava, who served as an animator on Pixar’s Geri’s Game and A Bug’s Life, and story artist on Toy Story 2, is attached to direct from a script by composer Emily Cook (Spy Kids) and Kathy Greenberg.

Pixar’s slate beyond Ratatouille remains a mystery, but should come to light as the studio and Disney firm up their plans for the immediate future.