The latest offering from Disney-Pixar, 'Ratatouille' will join the illustrious list of animated movies that have cross-generational appeal.

The film follows the adventures of Remy (Oswalt) who is a member of a colony of rats forced to flee to the city after an elderly lady discovers that her country house is infested with the creatures.

However, in the rush to avoid being shot, Remy is separated from his family and friends and must go it alone when he eventually arrives in Paris. As luck would have it, the little fella comes across the restaurant of deceased chef Auguste Gusteau. Remy has always idolised the late cook, inspired by his mantra: 'Anyone can cook'.

About the same time, a nervous garbage boy called Linguini (Romano) gets a job at Gusteau's. He stumbles upon the rat's ability to cook and before you can say frog's legs the two are collaborating and tickling the culinary senses of the Parisian public.

Despite immediate success the illicit partnership soon encounters problems. Skinner (Holm), who took over the five-star restaurant after Gusteau's demise, smells a rat (literally) and sets about trying to prove the new sensation is not as talented in the kitchen as he appears to be. To add to Linguini's woes, the city's top and most ruthless food critic, Anton Ego (O'Toole), is not best pleased with the resurgence of a restaurant he had consigned to history.

Remy, meanwhile, struggles to juggle his new life - living and working with Linguini - and his loyalty to his ever-hungry family.

Visually, 'Ratatouille' is stunning and it manages to bring Paris alive on the screen. The characters are endearing and even the most hardened rat-hater will have a soft spot for Remy. The bad guys are also a real treat, with Peter O'Toole delivering Ego's acerbic lines with his usual class.

And, like all the best animated work, its humour is layered so that both young and old come away with a cheeky smile.

Séamus Leonard