If you grew up obsessed with Disney musicals like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, feast your eyes on Ratatouille: The Musical. No, it’s not headed to the Broadway stage any time soon. Instead, the “Ratatousical” is the collective creation of clever, musical theater-loving minds on TikTok.
The musical joke began in August, when TikTok user Em Jaccs uploaded her ode to Remy, the chef rat from Ratatouille. “Remy, the Ratatouille, the rat of all my dreams,” sang Em in a mousy voice. “I praise you, oh Ratatouille, may the world remember your name.”
For the record, no, Remy is not actually the titular Ratatouille. Instead, “ratatouille” is a stewed vegetable dish, which Remy makes at the end of the film for a big food critic. It didn’t matter to TikTokers whether the lyrics of this song made any sense, though. In October, Daniel Mertzlufft—the man behind TikTok’s viral Grocery Store Musical—took Em’s song and revamped it into a big musical number that sounds just like something out of Beauty and the Beast.
“I’m a writer, composer, arranger, orchestrator. And I remember in middle school, high school, those were the things that got me into orchestration and arrangement: listening to the world that Disney builds. I think the orchestrations