A previously pampered society mouse must fight his way back to the comforts of Kensington after he is sent spiraling into an underground world filled with scavenger rats and villainous toads in a fun-filled family adventure produced by DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features and featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, and Jean Reno. Roddy (Jackman) was living the high life when he first met Sid the sewer rat (Shane Richie), but that's all about to change when Sid decides to send the hapless mouse down the pipes and stealthily take his place in the lap of luxury. Though the bustling sewer city of Ratropolis isn't without its fair share of kind citizens, it is certainly no place for a pampered mouse with a taste for life's finer things. Upon making the acquaintance of scavenger rat Rita (Winslet), Roddy is certain that the pair can navigate their way back to the surface in Rita's trusty boat, the Jammy Dodger, but Rita's help doesn't come cheap, and the nefarious Toad (McKellen) is determined to rid Ratropolis of all things rodent. When Toad's hapless hench-rats Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nighy) fail to achieve acceptable results, the green meanie is forced to call in the cavalry in the form of legendary French mercenary Le Frog (Reno) to get the job done.~Jason Buchanan
Ian La Frenais
Ian McKellenThe Toad
Jean RenoLe Frog
Kathy BurkeRita's Mum
David SuchetRita's Dad
Miriam MargolyesRita's Grandma
Douglas WestonNewspaper Seller
Roger BlakePoliceman, Balloon Seller
Christopher FairbankThimblenose Ted, Cockroach, Passerby
Christopher KnightsFat Barry, Market Trader
Emma TateFly-Lady, Passerby 2
Tom McGrathAction Figure, Artist
Sam FellLiam, Prophet, Ladykiller, Fanseller
David BowersGoldfish, Fly, Shocky, Henchfrog, Tadpole
I've been a fan of Aardman Studios since I fell for Wallace & Gromit twenty years ago. The studio specializes in a particular and very peculiar brand of comedy, part Monty Python and part Upstairs Downstairs. Much of their best stuff involves befuddled fuddy-dud Wallace and his super smart pooch Gromit, but even their films apart from those two ("Chicken Run," "Early Man,"
"Shaun the Sheep") have a goofy charm that makes them irresistible for kids and adults both. "Flushed Away" is a worthy addition to their catalog. It tells the story of a pampered mouse (voiced by Hugh Jackman) who, through misplaced trust in a conniving sewer rat, gets flushed into a new world and life he is totally unprepared for in Ratopolis. There he runs afoul of The Toad, Ratopolis's #1 gangster, and is reluctantly saved by Rita (Kate Winslet), a rodent who takes pity on him and agrees to help him get home. The jokes, the characters, the situations, and the delivery are all typical of Aardman--which means you'll have a lot of fun watching this film.
Flushed Away as a movie is probably Aardman Animation's most underrated installment. This is CG, their first I believe, in the Aardman style. The details even go far enough to include small discrepancies in the characters to mimic the human fingerprints and scratches.
The story is classic with very witty dry British humor. Lovable characters. Colorful world. A lot to love with this piece.
Special Features include:
- Slug Songs
- The Music of Flushed Away
- Meet the Cast