Flushed Away
Year:
2006
Country:
USA, UK
Genre:
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Animation
IMDB rating:
6.8
Director:
David Bowers, Sam Fell
Hugh Jackman as Roddy
Kate Winslet as Rita
Ian McKellen as The Toad
Jean Reno as Le Frog
Bill Nighy as Whitey
Andy Serkis as Spike
Kathy Burke as Rita's Mum (voice)
David Suchet as Rita's Dad
Miriam Margolyes as Rita's Grandma
Rachel Rawlinson as Tabitha (voice)
Susan Duerden as Mother (voice)
Miles Richardson as Father (voice)
John Motson as Football Commentator (voice)
Storyline: Roddy is a decidedly upper-crust "society mouse" who lives the life of a beloved pet in a posh Kensington flat. When a sewer rat named Sid comes spewing out of the sink and decides he's hit the jackpot, Roddy schemes to rid himself of the pest by luring him into the "whirlpool." Sid may be an ignorant slob, but he's no fool, so it is Roddy who winds up being flushed away into the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis. There Roddy meets Rita, an enterprising scavenger who works the sewers in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Roddy immediately wants out, or rather, up; Rita wants to be paid for her trouble; and, speaking of trouble, the villainous Toad - who royally despises all rodents equally, making no distinction between mice and rats--wants them iced... literally. The Toad dispatches his two hapless hench-rats, Spike and Whitey, to get the job done. When they fail...
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Reviews
not real coherence to the title
The story opens up obviously, focusing on the main character and the clear fact that he's all alone. Then the conflict buildup follows, with all those unclear cause-effect relationship failed to be explained. Then the main adventure starts, only giving small emphasis to the movie's title. The rest of the story continues on quite unclear, not really minding the necessary details. The ending also proves to be severely unclear with the finale and conflict conclusion being too quick to resolve. Despite the big names in the voice acting cast, this movie really fails to deliver the best of them into the motion. Hugh Jackman sounded a bit younger than he really is here. Bill Nighy felt so underrated with his insignificant portion here.
2014-09-26
Pleasantly entertaining animation, excellent McKellen
This film turned out to be solidly entertaining. The animation is a blocky Aardman-like, but done using CGI. The results are fine. The story is light, basically just an excuse for an adventure through London's sewers where there's an entire community of creatures living, Dickens style. Ian McKellen is tremendous voicing the villainous Toad. Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet are dependable as a pair of constantly bickering opposites who ultimately attract. There are some inappropriate Americanisms throughout the production, which otherwise retains a typically British sense of humor. Recommended.

Overall 7/10
2009-02-02
Smile Away
I've always enjoyed those Aardman animations. The characters look very similar to those seen in Aardman's 'Curious Creatures'. However, here instead of using the 3d models (claymation), computer graphics have been applied. Even though the story isn't something people take away home, 'Flushed Away' has its own charm and the British humour stands out thanks to the smart and witty character(ization)s and smart dialogue and becomes a cleverly significant part of the screenplay. The screenplay is extremely fast paced such that if you miss a minute, you'll be lost. The character formation is remarkable. Both worlds are created with great attention to detail. I particularly liked the wonderful way the underground world was created. The voice actors form a one-of-a-kind fantastic ensemble and do nothing short of a great job. This is one film that i think will get better with repeated viewing. At least I can bet that you'll smile away for the most part. A great movie for kids. Heck, why only kids?
2007-09-04
good, but something missing
I'm Australian, I love British humour, and although I'm a dad I thoroughly enjoyed other Aardman offerings like Wallace + Grommit and Chicken Run.

But somehow, Flushed Away left me a bit cold.

Perhaps because the plot was so worn and predictable (Will he get back? Will he get the girl? Will he save the sewer? Well duh!).

Perhaps because the jokes were old ("Hey, let's pull out some French stereotypes for the frogs!").

Perhaps because the action wasn't zany enough. (The chases in the The Wrong Trousers and A Tight Shave were totally wacky and brilliant, but what was this in Flushed Away... a James Bond spoof? Yawn.)

Perhaps because the characters, while likable, weren't lovable. And the bad guy wasn't evil enough for me to hate him, or comic enough for me to laugh at him.

On the plus side the first 10 or so minutes are great; there was some nice comic relief from some of the minor characters (the evil henchmen, the grandmother and the slugs); and there was a little (though perhaps predictable) twist at the end.

So I had a reasonable hour and a half but, for whatever reason, I felt like it could have been a whole lot better.
2007-01-01
if you thought Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Wererabbit was funny,
you will really love this film.what a riot it was.it's from Dreamworks and Aardman Entertainment,the same people behind Wallace and Gromit.it's hysterically funny and fast paced and exciting.i loved Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of The Wererabbit,but i thought this movie was even funnier.it's a bit more risqué with the humour,which adults will pick up on,and kids will of course love it.a lot of the humour is very cheeky.there is a bit of rude,and crude humour here.not only is the film funny,it also looks very good,technically.the choice of actors for the voices was brilliant.the whole thing is just so well done.for me,Flushed Away is a 10/10
2008-03-23
Really enjoyable movie!
My 12 year old son & I saw this in the cinema and we thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife hadn't seen it so we rented it tonight for her...and we enjoyed it just as much, if not more. It's a really great storyline, albeit a little predictable, and the voice talent in this film is fantastic. Bill Nighy, in particular, is excellent as Whitey. I enjoyed this more than HAPPY FEET, which seemed to take itself a little too seriously. It's got a requisite amount of toilet humour (both literal and figurative) so the young boys will love it. But see it for the voice talent and the brilliant animation. Of course, WALLACE is also a favourite of ours! Really enjoyable film.
2007-04-07
Good, clean fun
From the creators of "Wallace & Grommitt," this is a CGI masterpiece; from the goofy rodent and frog characters, to the wonderful storyline to the dozens of pop cultural references and throw-a-way gags, which remind one of the sharp writing in "Hoodwinked."

Roddy (voice of Hugh Jackman) is an uptown rat belonging to the little girl of upscale parents in Kensington, England. The family leaves on a trip one day, however, and he finds himself flushed into the sewers of London, where he must learn to exist in a subterranean world run by a ruthless Toad (Ian McKellan) and his hilarious rodent hencemen, Sid and Whitey (Shane Ritchie and Bill Nighy).

Wanting desperately to return to his life of comfort and ease, Roddy enlists the aid of a tugboat captain, Rita (Kate Winslet), to take him back to the surface.

But complications arise when Rita steals a "main cable" which controls the city's floodgate – a device the Toad will do anything to get back –including sending a group of French frogs (get it?), led by Jean Reno ("The Pink Panther").

Plenty of laughs, despite the Englocentric humour, this may actually give "Cars" a run for its money come Academy Award time. This toilet comedy is good clean fun for the whole family.
2006-10-31
Hysterical
I thought that this movie was so funny. There is so much laugh-out-loud humor as well as a subtler humor running through it.

Quick synopsis: Roddy, a pet rat, is left home alone while his family goes on vacation. Sid, a sewer rat, gets caught in an updraft and arrives in Roddy's house. He quickly takes over and ends up flushing Roddy down the toilet where he discovers a complete rat city in the sewers. As he is searching for a way home, he meets Rita, a rat who runs a river boat, and gets caught in her run from The Toad.

If you like Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, you will love it.

It is wacky and silly, but great. The slugs are roll in the aisle funny and the French frogs are also very funny. Be sure to watch for a cameo by Wolverine's costume and another from "Nemo".

The voice artists are great at capturing their characters and the animation is great. It is a blend of claymation and computers and they do it very well.

Although it has a few elements of gross humor, the rest is kid-friendly and clean. There is also a whole level of humor running through the movie that the parents will enjoy even if the kids don't get it.

Although it is not a must-see in the theater, it is definitely worth seeing.
2006-11-04
Hollywood action mixed with Aardman humor doesn't go down smooth
This animated film about a rich but lonely rat named Roddy (Hugh Jackman) who gets flushed down the toilet by a sewer rat and ends up finding love and saving the rat world while trying to make his way back home had odd British and American flavors not completely weaved together. A collaboration of Aardman, who does the witty and very British Wallace and Gromit films and Dreamworks, which is about as Hollywood as they come came across as slightly uneven. Even Kate Winslet at Rita the rat or Jean Reno as Le Frog couldn't make this a superior Shrek-like film. The humor was either in-your-face potty (or slug, there's a whole singing slug thing going on) humor, they are in the sewer after all, or way over the head of the kids who would be attracted to this (the French jokes). An American Animated Action film with British wit, it tried and had a few stand out bits, but wasn't memorable in the end.

This movie is like trifle, made with jello cake. You've seen those lemon sponge cakes with the red and green splotches because it was make with red and green jello. It's set and stiff and kind of cold, but cakey too. Take this jello cake and throw it into a trifle with the pudding or syllabub and fruit, even the best fruit and you've got a heterogeneous trifle, partly British, partly American, sweet, but slightly odd and uninspiring. 5/10 http://blog.myspace.com/locoformovies
2007-03-24
Entertaining Family Movie
I saw this today with my two sons who are 8 & 11. I am quite a big fan of many of the actors who voiced characters in this film. I am also a fan of it's unique format, whether it was stop motion or animated to appear that way, it looked great and very unique. I see MANY family movies and this one ranked very high on my list. Many of the jokes in the film, particularly the ones in the songs had me and my kids doubled over in laughter. Attendance was light as we attended a matinée, but you could hear others in the theatre howling with laughter also. There are almost too many animated films coming out these days, but this one was really original and enjoyable. Money well spent.
2006-11-03
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