A Ratatouille musical takes over TikTok and is assured to encourage Disney followers
If you grew up obsessed with Disney musicals like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, then why not take a look at Ratatouille: The Musical. No, it's not going to hit the Broadway stage that fast. Instead, the "ratatousical" is the collective creation of smart, music theater-loving minds on TikTok.
The musical joke started in August as a TikTok user Em Jaccs uploaded her ode to Remy, the ratatouille cook rat. "Remy, the ratatouille, the rat of all my dreams," Em sang in a lousy voice. "I praise you, oh Ratatouille, may the world remember your name."
For the record, no, Remy isn't actually the title Ratatouille. Instead, "Ratatouille" is a steamed vegetable dish that Remy makes for a major food critic at the end of the film. For TikTokers, however, it didn't matter if the lyrics of this song made any sense. In October, Daniel Mertzlufft– the man behind TikTok's viral grocery musical– –took Em's song and reworked it into a big musical number that sounds like something from "Beauty and the Beast".
"I'm a writer, composer, arranger, orchestrator. And I remember that in middle school and high school that got me into orchestration and arrangement: listening to the world that Disney is building. I think the orchestrations are one as well an integral part of building the world of Disney is the actual music, because it brings you into this world and makes it bigger, "explained Daniel Vulture, explaining how he created the musical sound. "I was very familiar with it because I studied it a lot. When I got around to it, I knew what we needed: big tremolo strings. We need a French horn. We need a lot of trumpet and brass. We need timpani. We need tubular bells . It's all those very specific, Disney-like sounds. "