How I never saw this is a mystery. From 2007, which to my shock is five years ago, and for some inane reason, this got under my radar. I viewed it this evening with boy, 10, and it is suitable for all but the very small.
Well, it's marvellous. It has the underdog story and the marginalisation so beloved of Disney writers, together with the utterly unlikely denouements. Brad Bird directs, of Incredibles fame, and this has the same zip and energy. Set entirely in Paris, and in English, where a rat can understand a human but not vice versa, step forward and hear the tale of a rat with preternatural cooking skills, who somehow inveigles a spot in a fading Parisian haute cuisine établissement and wows the critics. The plot involves inopportune health inspectors and stunning chase scenes, spurned chefs who seek revenge, a subplot involving inheritances, a love story and a good lash of slapstick and/or verbal jousting.
Really rather good.