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Flushed Away (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Hugh Jackman , Kate Winslet , Henry Anderson , David Bowers  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy, Jean Reno
  • Directors: Henry Anderson, David Bowers, Sam Fell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Animated
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M343BC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flushed Away (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2 Animated Slug Songs
  • "The Music of Flushed Away" featurette
  • "Meet the Cast" featurette
  • DreamWorks Animation Jukebox
  • Flushed Away Jukebox
  • Build A Slug
  • Learn to Draw Roddy
  • A Maze of Pipes
  • Trailers: Bee Movie, Shrek The Third, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • DVD Rom: Flushed Away Underground Adventure (21 online adventures)

Editorial Reviews

Flushed Away is a rip-roaring nautical adventure with a twist: The heroes are a pair of rodents braving the sewers underneath London. Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is an upper-crust house-mouse who finds himself flushed into the subterranean sewers. Eager to return to his posh home, he enlists the help of a boat-captain rat named Rita (Kate Winslet), who has troubles of her own; namely the kingpin of the underworld, the Toad (Ian McKellen), and his henchmen including the French mercenary Le Frog (Jean Reno).

While technically Flushed Away could be considered part of the wave of celebrity-voiced, anthropomorphic-animal movies that hit in 2005-2006 (Madagascar, Over the Hedge, The Wild, etc.), it doesn't inspire the same sense of déjà vu. For one thing, its voice actors are less recognizable than the likes of Bruce Willis and Chris Rock. For another, its look is very distinctive. Like Nick Park's Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, it's a joint production of DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features, and although Park isn't involved, it retains his trademark blocky look of clay animation. But animating the movie by computer rather than by hand allows for some eye-popping tableaux, such as floodwaters rushing through the sewers and an entire town of little animated characters. It's a crazy thrill ride loaded with inside jokes and enough crude humor to earn a PG rating, and the band of singing slugs is also a hoot. --David Horiuchi

On the DVD
It's no surprise that the singing slugs are the stars of the DVD's bonus features. They're featured in two music videos (less than a minute total), and in a 13-minute segment an Aardman animator builds a slug out of plasticine. (In contrast, the lesson on drawing Roddy is a mere two minutes.) A song jukebox jumps to 10 musical points in the film, though the non-slug background music isn't really worth the jump. On the human side, there are eight-minute featurettes on the music and the voices, a set-top game that is easier to control than most such featurettes (and easier to beat too), and a commentary track by directors David Bowers and Sam Fell in which they have a grand old time remembering their inside jokes and showering love on the Spike and Whitey characters. The DVD-ROM has access to 21 more online games. --David Horiuchi

Fun Facts from Flushed Away

  • In Tabitha's room, there are a variety of dolls from previous DreamWorks Animation films, including a Gromit and several bunnies from Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, an Alex the Lion from Madagascar, and a Dragon from Shrek.
  • Many characters from past films make cameos in Flushed Away. For example, a Chicken Run chicken is on the second page of the Toad’s scrapbook, Gromit’s head is a pencil top in the Jammy Dodger, the penguin from Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers is on a stamp on the Jammy Dodger, and a poster of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is on the side of a bus in Kensington.
  • There are officially 60 million rats in the UK. That’s one rat for every person.
  • The various boats in the film are made up of flotsam and jetsam that rats could conceivably find in the sewer. For the double decker bus: Ice chest, retro flipping numbers alarm clock, bike lamp, buckle, oil drum, soup can, license plate, rope, plastic suitcase, jerry can. For the mini cooper: Soda can, battery, sardine can, butter knife, old lights.
  • Simulating the toilet water and making it look realistic proved to be a challenge. After much consideration, it was finally discovered that what was missing was caustics, or the use of light reflection off the bottom of the bowl. This was added and everyone was happy because they could finally get their mind out of the toilet.

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Product Description

Set on and beneath the streets of London, Flushed Away is the story of Roddy, an upper-crust "society mouse," who is rather rudely evicted from his Kensington flat when he is flushed down into Ratropolis, the bustling sewer world found under London’s streets. There, he meets Rita, an enterprising scavenger who works the sewers in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Together they must navigate their way through a busy city filled with dangers for any mouse, including terrifying rapids, treacherous whirlpools and, most of all, the villainous Toad and his hench-rats Spike and Whitey. Though completely out of his element at first, the privileged Roddy finds himself an unlikely hero when he learns that Ratropolis is in danger from the world above.

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Has A Certain British Charm To It..... November 13, 2006
Perhaps that's because it's from Aardman Studios, famous for "Wallace And Gromit" and "Chicken Run." Aardman is also well known for their claymation style of animation, which is lovingly preserved, albeit through the use of CGI in "Flushed Away."

The story revolves around Roddy (Hugh Jackman), a family pet who gets flushed into the sewers of London by an unwelcome guest named Sid (Shane Richie). Sid takes over the world "up there" while Roddy is left to fight for his life in the seedy underbelly of London's sewers. In all actuality, though, life in the sewers isn't too terribly bad. When Roddy arrives there, he finds a near replica of London full of busy streets and shops. He decides that he must get home, and seeks out the aid of Rita (Kate Winslet), a female rat who's known for shady dealings. On her tail (pun intended) are the goons of The Toad (Sir Ian McKellan), who says that a ruby he owned which fell from the crown of either Prince Charles or the Queen (I don't remember which) was stolen by her and he wants it back. Of course Roddy thinks that by assisting him in finding the ruby, he'll get help in return to get back home. What he gets instead is more trouble when Rita steals something else from The Toad.

From there, the story becomes a pretty decent action/comic yarn where The Toad's cousin, Le Frog (Jean Reno) and his henchmen try to retrieve the item that Rita has stolen. It's an integral part of a master plan for revenge by The Toad on all of rodent-kind. Along the way, Roddy and Rita become close friends and Roddy decides that he has to help Rita and her family. It's all tied nicely together in the end and is definitely fun to watch.

The voice talents are wonderful. Jackman, Winslet, McKellan and Reno all do wonderful jobs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, original, and very funny animated film October 30, 2006
I have to be honest. This probably deserves four stars instead of five, but despite a sometimes-rushed narrative there were so many delightful moments in this film that I couldn't with a light heart give it less. In the never-ending search for new subjects to animate, no one had before attempted to tell a story about sewer rats. Fortunately, the rats in FLUSHED AWAY are remarkably humanoid, largely covered with light-colored skin, and sporting not terribly disgusting tails. So while this is a story of rats, they are rats with all of the unpleasantries associated with the vermin stripped away.

The film was made by Aardman Productions, the company founded on the success of Nick Park's amazing Claymation projects, most famously the Wallace and Gromit films as well as CHICKEN RUN. This film is all CGI, I suspect because most of the scenes are set in the sewer, which is surrounded by water. I'm not sure that it would be possible to do a Claymation project that involves copious amounts of water. Although the film is CGI, all the characters sport the look that we all associate with Nick Park projects. Interestingly, Park does not appear in the credits, although the aesthetic he created permeates the film.

The story tells the ordeals suffered by Roddy, a pet rat owned by a little girl in Kensington in London. When the family is on vacation and the house is invaded by a street punk rat (voiced by Shane Ritchie of THE EASTENDERS), the elegant rat finds himself flushed down the toilet to the sewer, where he discovers an entire community of rats. Wanting to return home, he is directed to a boat owned by a female rat named Rita. The rest of the film deals both with Rita's attempt to help Roddy get home as well as their struggles to evade the minions of a toad sewer lord.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See! November 4, 2006
By cosmo
The first two reviews pretty well summed up this great movie! Funny, fast paced and lots of in jokes, past film references, sight gags from other Aardman films, a good story and was well executed!

I highly recommend this movie if you love "Chicken Run", and "Wallace & Gromit". If you have not seen any of Aardmans other shows/movies you will miss a few sight gags, but that is certionly no reason not to see this! So in the end; This movie is a must see and definitely fun for the whole family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute animation March 6, 2007
Wonderful animation movie with cute songs, adorable critters and sweet characters. A privileged pet rat gets flushed by an unwanted, rude guest (another rat from the sewers) and is sent into a world far different than his pampered cage. He struggles to get back 'up top' to his old home and easy lifestyle. However, a rich rat discovers that his cushy life is pretty empty without friends and family and must decide if they are better than clean cages and cuisine. Delightful family entertainment!

Chrissy K. McVay - Author
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining But Needs Nick Park's Creative Genius October 3, 2009
"Flushed Away" is a CG animation produced by DreamWorks and Aardman, companies that brought us wildly imaginative and hugely entertaining "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit." Their new collaboration "Flushed Away" is as an enjoyable ride as the Oscar-winning predecessor, but the creativity and imagination of Wallace and Gromit are somehow missing.

Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is a pet mouse living in a posh house in Kensington. His affluent life is suddenly over, however, when he is literally "flushed away" by an intruder, a sewer mouse named Sid (Shane Richie). Through the pipes Roddy goes deep down into the underworld, where he encounters a feisty, street-smart female mouse Rita (Kate Winslet), who is being chased by the scheming kingpin "The Toad" (Ian McKellen).

"Flushed Away" suffers from underdeveloped characters and weak storyline. Of all the animation characters I have ever seen, Roddy is probably the least interesting hero. All Roddy wants to do is going up above, back to his old house, and it is not a very difficult thing to do (Sid already did that). Hugh Jackman does his best, but voice acting is not his forte, and many of his scenes are stolen by The Toad's ridiculously incompetent henchmen Whitey and Spike (Bill Nighy and Andy Sarkis) and the singing slugs.

According to IMDb, as many as five credited screenplay writers (and another six writers who did additional screenplay material) were attached to the project. But you will notice there is someone who should be here. For all funny slapstick jokes, pop culture references ("Finding Nemo" "Batman" etc.) and visual detail of the London underworld, "Flushed Away" is a little disappointing, lacking Nick Park's creative genius.
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