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Flushed Away
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by Doug Bentin

"Flush dance"
4 stars

Until someone creating animated films in the western world realizes that they can be made for adults and gives us one that is, we have to be grateful for cartoon pictures like “Flushed Away” which, while still for the kiddies, is at least clever enough to make a pleasant diversion for the ex-kiddies. It took nine writers to come up with final screenplay. Nine. If writers used steroids, this team could be the San Francisco Giants.

The film tells the story of a pampered pet rat named Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) who gets flushed down the toilet by sewer rat Sid (Shane Richie) who wants to take over Roddy’s posh cage while the human owners are out of town. Roddy finds himself in the
“underworld,” a cleverly conceived London of the drain pipes in which the rats and mice have recreated the city above. The film’s design is one of its brightest features.

Roddy meets Rita (a brilliant Kate Winslet), who operates a motor barge and has run afoul of The Toad (Ian McKellen slicing the ham so delightfully thick he should win the Deli Owner of the Year award). Rita has a ruby Toad wants, but Toad’s real master plan is to drown all the rodents in Rat London and turn the under-city into a playground for his millions of offspring, as sick-making a group of pollywogs as you’d ever want to see.

It may be the most nefarious scheme in the long history of nefariousness. The Toad, the most sophisticated movie villain since Dr. No went underwater, wants to make his move during half time of the World Cup when everyone in Europe goes to the toilet at the same time, sending a tsunami of flushings down the pipes.

He turns the chase over to his two less than bright henchrats Whitey (Bill Nighy) and Spike (Andy Serkis), but when they inevitably fail to capture Roddy, Rita and the jewel, Toad calls for the help of a relative from France, Le Frog (Jean Reno).

The film is primarily one hour-long chase sequence. Co-produced by DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, the picture is a nice blend of action, color, clever voice performances, and witty verbal and sight gags. There is a slight tendency to go for the cheap laugh by joking around with some du-jour pop culture references that may not make sense in 10 years—a small fish at one point asks Roddy “Have you seen my dad?” and I wondered how long it will take before kids don’t get the “Finding Nemo” joke—but I guess not many people are making films for the ages anymore.

And what is it about Brit actresses that makes them so good at providing voices for animated characters? I only got the charm of Minnie Driver when she was Jane in Disney’s animated “Tarzan,” and Helena Bonham Carter was terrific in “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride,” as Winslet is here. I guess that in America we think that kids will react to Julia Roberts’ name in the credits the way their parents do and it doesn’t matter how ill-suited her voice may be for the character. These English lasses put their all into it.

Directors David Bowers and Sam Fell know that the best way to keep the kids from squirming is to give them lots of color and movement, and “Flushed Away” has those elements in spades. I like the overall design of the characters as well. They have that patented Aardman, rural England, buck-toothed, comically ugly quality we’ve come to know from the Wallace and Gromit series.

“Flushed Away” is certainly not the best film I’ve seen this year, but it is one of the most thoroughly entertaining. See it and you’ll never be able to flush a small animal down the toilet with the same insouciance again.

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originally posted: 11/15/06 17:29:15
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User Comments

9/10/12 marta gilson Enjoyed it 4 stars
11/25/08 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 5 stars
11/07/08 Tiffany Losco Good, kids liked it. 4 stars
9/13/07 Tracy My kids loved this. 5 stars
8/13/07 Louise GREAT FUN! and SOOO British!!! 5 stars
7/18/07 zenbo very meh 3 stars
7/08/07 Alexis Balmaceda I think " Flushed Away " was histarical and I loved the characters. 5 stars
6/21/07 Charles Tatum Very funny and very clever 4 stars
6/13/07 ric did not like kates character. Storys avarage. 2 stars
2/25/07 amys nana thought it was good fun just long enough for our 7 year old grand daughter who enjoyed it 4 stars
2/05/07 William Goss Pretty brisk, pretty clever, and pretty fun. 4 stars
2/03/07 Mike Nothin great, kinda boring, VERY average. 2 stars
1/01/07 Sarah Loved it. Very english humour suits me fine, not everyone though. 4 stars
12/24/06 paul anka It's a piece of crap 1 stars
12/13/06 ES Meh animation and nothing there, kind of annoying to watch. Not even worth seeing for free 2 stars
12/03/06 love this eeeeeeeeeee! just love them, they made the film. 5 stars
11/25/06 MP Bartley It's no Wallace and Gromit, but it's by far and away the kids film of the year. 4 stars
11/19/06 Pokejedservo Enjoyable though a bit flawed, not as good as the W&G films but does have that charm. 4 stars
11/14/06 Debbie Very cute. The kids love it! 5 stars
11/12/06 Tiffany Losco Cute movie, funny, still wondering about the screaming little slug things. 4 stars
11/10/06 DIANA I actually liked this movie... 4 stars
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  03-Nov-2006 (PG)
  DVD: 20-Feb-2007



Directed by
  Sam Fell
  David Bowers

Written by
  Dick Clement
  Ian LaFrenais

  Hugh Jackman
  Kate Winslet
  Ian McKellen
  Andy Serkis
  Bill Nighy
  Jean Reno

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