Director: David Bowers, Sam Fell
Voice Talents of: Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman,
Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Shane Richie, Simon Callow,
Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Palmer
Released By: UIP
Opening Day: 2 November 2006
A CG-animated co-production with acclaimed British animation
studio Aardman, “Flushed Away” tells the story
of a pampered British rat (Jackman) accidentally gets flushed
from his posh penthouse flat, into the mysterious sewers of
London. As he searches for a way back home, he falls in love
with the sewer and its creatures, including a scrappy Cockney
rat (Winslet) who steals his heart.
From the good people who brought us Wallace & Gromit in
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, DreamWorks and Aardman Animations
collaborate together again for Aardmann Animations’
first fully-CGI feature comedy, Flushed Away.
house pet rat, Roddy (Hugh Jackman) is living the good life
when his owners go out of town, but finds a change of fate
when a sewer rat, Sid gets accidentally spewed out the kitchen
sink and decides to take over the place. Roddy attempts to
trick Sid out of the house but ends up getting flushed away
into the sewers and unceremoniously lands up in Ratropolis
(think miniature version of London!).
this point on, this is where the fun really starts when he
meets Rita (Kate Winslet) on her boat. A street-smart and
sassy rat who happens to be on the run from the Toad Mob after
she steals something from them. After a series of misadventures
that puts Roddy on the Toad’s (Ian McKellen) Wanted
List too, Roddy manages to convince Rita to help him get back
home to Kensington in return for something that would help
solve her problems. After several failed attempts from the
Toad’s henchmen, Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill
Nighy), he decides to call on his cousin, the French mercenary,
Le Frog (Jean Reno) to help him.
though the plot itself is fairly simple and straightforward,
the dialogue is mostly quick and witty, the various situations
they get themselves into (or out of) will get you laughing
hilariously. If you’re a movie buff and observant, you
will be able to appreciate this movie a lot more as you spot
out the many movie references throughout the settings and
scene themselves. No doubt it would probably take a second
or third viewing before you can get all the references down.
One example is when Roddy tries to choose between an Elvis
outfit and Wolverine suit, a clear homage to Hugh Jackman’s
famous character in the X-Men movies.
aside, the movie is peppered with various types of music used
appropriately for each of the scenes. While some of the songs
and scores play as accompanying background music, some of
it is entertainingly played out by the animated characters
themselves, no doubt poking fun at overly dramatic scores
used in other movies. Music lovers should look out for occasional
appearances by the somewhat unpleasant (yet at the same time
very adorable) sewer slugs as they belt out both original
and recognized tunes.
though this movie is fully CGI due to the numerous scenes
with water, the essence of clay-mation is still omnipresent.
The animation is superb and the amount of detail given to
the sets and characters are overwhelming. The best part of
it is that they manage to do this in such a way that the CGI
is not there to take precedence over the movie itself, but
there to make the situation more believable and realistic.
The writers and animators obviously gave a lot of care and
thought over the character development as each one is well
drawn both in animation and personality.
great voiceover cast supports the characters and all the actors
are suitably well fitted to their creature. Hugh Jackman even
articulates in a pitch higher than his usual tone and you
can hardly believe it’s the same man who tends to speak
in a mostly low and deep voice when playing certain other
Taking into account that this is a comedy, and there aren’t
exactly that many moral lessons to be learnt at hand, this
movie will probably be better appreciated by the adults rather
than kids. Nevertheless, armed with a funny script and great
cast, Flushed Away is certainly a sure bet to get you entertained
on just about any occasion.
(Whether you’re a Shrek or Wallace and Gromit
fan (or both), this movie will not disappoint and definitely
makes for a good animated comedy intended for the family,
date and friends)
by Jolene Tan