Flushed Away (Widescreen Edition)
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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 Toads scrapbook, Gromits 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. Thats 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.
Stills from Flushed Away (click for larger image)
- 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Chrissy K. McVay - Author
The signing slugs were one of the perks in the movie, very, very amusing, though everything else was just laugh-out loud comedy.
It's defintily a family movie that everyone can enjoy.
Part of it was technical. "Flushed Away" contains so many scenes with water and fluids rising, splashing and whirling that stop motion would have been next to impossible. CG was the best way to handle it. Luckily Aardman kept their traditional look to their characters. In the end, the mix works wonderfully. The film is dynamic, fast paced and lots of fun. The CG helps, and doesn't stand out at all. In fact the movie is full of details in backgrounds and throw away sight gags that you can watch it multiple times to take it all in.
The voice casting and performances are excellent. Everyone seems to be having a great time with their parts and somehow manages to make you forget you are listening to a bunch of A-list celebraties. I'd hate to single any one performance out, because they were all so good. The score and songs used in the film also work wonderfully. The songs are picked because they fit the film (and are not shoehorned into the movie to sell the soundtrack), and that is refreshing.
If there is anything wrong with the movie its the simple fact that the script feels overly worked to make it more family friendly. In other words, some of the simple charms that Aardman has in their films has been polished and scrubbed away.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great family movie with some really funny parts. Fun for parents to watch with kids. But some of the songs get stuck in your head for days ("poor poor Roddy, flushed down his... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by A Beut
OH MY GOSH...this movie is ADORABLE!!! My 5-yr-old granddaughter LOVED it! I don't know why it wasn't promoted more than it was. A true hidden gem for the littles.Published 13 days ago by Cathy