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Prepare For Your Mind To Be Blown By This "Ratatouille" Fan Theory That Honestly Makes So Much Sense

Ever wonder why the food critic would get so sentimental?

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Pixar, of course, is notorious for hiding Easter egg surprises inside their films to reveal unexpected details.

A lot of the time, this includes references to other Pixar movies, like when Mr. Potato Head from Toy Story reads A Bug's Life book.
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A lot of the time, this includes references to other Pixar movies, like when Mr. Potato Head from Toy Story reads A Bug's Life book.

And in Ratatouille, for example, there are Easter eggs like this one, which makes a reference to Up.

It's Dug The Talking Dog!
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It's Dug The Talking Dog!

But last week, Imgur user ManImgurUsernamesAreDifficultToThinkOf noticed a few more details hidden in Ratatouille that tie together two previously unrelated characters: the old woman whose house Remy sneaks into, and Ego, the food critic.

Ready for this?
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Ready for this?

Okay, so in the movie's first big scene, we're inside the old woman's house, in the countryside. And there are a few distinctive items in the kitchen...

Like the teapot, stove handles and jars...
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Like the teapot, stove handles and jars...

And the curtains, sink faucet, and the fruit bowl here.

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We see these SAME items again later, during the hugely important scene where Ego, the food critic, has a flashback about his mother cooking for him.

YUP.
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YUP.

It's not just the two kitchens that match. Here's another shot inside the woman's house from the first scene...

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And here's the flashback again, with the SAME furniture and fireplace.

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According to this theory, these similarities mean that the old woman is actually Ego's mother.

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In this theory's timeline, Ego grew up in that house in the countryside with his mother, who would cook ratatouille for him. Years later, it's Ego's childhood home that Remy sneaks into to watch cooking shows, and we can probably assume Remy ends up watching Ego's mother cook, as well.

Which means...

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Remember that dish of ratatouille that totally blows Ego's mind at the end of the movie?

Remy's ratatouille reminds Ego of his mother's — BECAUSE REMY ACTUALLY LEARNED HOW TO MAKE IT FROM HER!

Light. Bulb.
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Light. Bulb.

The movie was right all along — anyone can cook!

Or at least, learn how to make a dece ratatouille.
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Or at least, learn how to make a dece ratatouille.

Damn, Pixar. You've done it again.

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You could say we're feeling pretty RATtled.

This post was translated from Spanish.

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