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Ratatouille Is a Mecha Anime

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Ratatouille Is a Mecha Anime refers to a running joke categorizing the 2007 animated Pixar film Ratatouille as a mecha film. The joke stems from the core element of the film, the rat character Remy controlling the human Alfredo Linguini by pulling his hair, resembling the core element of the mecha genre in which a pilot controls a giant humanoid robot from inside of it. First gaining virality in 2018, the joke spawned memes and humorous fan art over the following years.

Origin

Prior to the meme's popularization in 2018, the joke that the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille could be categorized as a mecha anime has been made by multiple users on X[1][2][3] / Twitter but failed to get significant traction (examples shown below).


James Valle @ Nishife @KentaroPJJ I just realized... Ratatouille is a mecha anime in disguise. 3:31 PM ⚫ Nov 19, 2014 ÷ IMMEDIATE DECAPIT @imblambo ratatouille is a mecha anime 4:30 PM Dec 3, 2016

On March 2nd, 2018, X[4] / Twitter user @380kmh posted a Steven Crowder 'Change My Mind' meme in which the sign read "Ratatouille is a mecha. Change my mind." The meme garnered over 4,500 reposts and 10,000 likes in six years (shown below).


RATATOUILLE IS A MECHA CHANGE MY MIND

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On March 6th, 2018, Redditor HocusPinkus posted "Ratatouille is a mecha anime" in the /r/showerthoughts[5] subreddit, where it gained over 60 upvotes in six years. On June 20th, X user @RevolverUnit made another post categorizing Ratatoille as a mecha anime, which received over 2,100 reposts and 4,900 likes in six years (shown below). On August 28th, Tumblr[6] user made a similar post that garnered over 13,500 reblogs and 14,000 likes in six years.


i Moero on his Nekketsu @RevolverUnit If you think Neon Genesis Evangelion is a mecha anime then Ratatouille is a mecha anime too 4:25 PM Jun 20, 2018

The joke was followed by various memes based on it. For example, on November 3rd, 2018, Redditor Sanchezator posted a Galaxy Brain meme that received over 450 upvotes in the /r/animemes subreddit[7] in six years (shown below, left). On January 1st, 2020, Redditor Keye_Necktire posted a meme that garnered over 12,000 upvotes in the subreddit[8] in four years (shown below, right).


Some of the Best Mecha Anime Of All Time PHILANT GURREN LAGANN DISNEY PIXAR RATATOUILLE Attack on Titan 進撃の巨人

In addition to memes on Reddit and X, the joke also inspired various fan art. On April 9th, 2018, Imgur[9] user Gary24 posted the earliest artwork inspired by the joke, posting[10] a colored version of it on April 12th (shown below, left).

On January 29th, 2022, X[11] user @mixxavii posted the earliest viral artwork based on the joke, with the post gaining over 24,400 reposts and 179,000 likes prior to being made private (shown below, right).


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PATCROSSCARTOONS.COM BROSS 2020 Is Ratatouille a mecha film? SCIENCE CANCEL CULTURE
NOLTEONT Pilot the Frenchman, Remy. Or Emile will have to do it again. GRAUDINS 23 圓多

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