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  • Actors: Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy
  • Directors: David Bowers, Sam Fell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F2ZYQ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Roddy (voice of Hugh Jackman)is a decidedly uppercrust "society rat" who lives the life of a pampered pet in London. When a common s ewer rat named Syd comes spewing out of the sink and decides he's hit the jackpot, Roddy schemes to get rid of him. When Roddy lures Syd to the "whirlpool" in an attempt to flush him away, things go horribly wrong. Roddy's plan is foiled and he is flushed into the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis. Roddy wants out, so he employs the help of a sewer savy rat named Rita (voice of Kate Winslet). The two join together in an attempt to escape the deadly wrath of the villainous Toad (voice of Ian McKellan) who wants to get rid of them.

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Flushed Away is a rip-roaring nautical adventure with a twist: The heroes are a pair of rodents braving the sewers underneath London. Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is an upper-crust house-mouse who finds himself flushed into the subterranean sewers. Eager to return to his posh home, he enlists the help of a boat-captain rat named Rita (Kate Winslet), who has troubles of her own; namely the kingpin of the underworld, the Toad (Ian McKellen), and his henchmen including the French mercenary Le Frog (Jean Reno).

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 humour to earn a PG rating, and the band of singing slugs is also a hoot. --David Horiuchi

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By S. Turnbull on 9 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
I know that this film did not do too well at the box office which absolutely flummoxed me.I first saw it at the cinema with my 11 year old son-loved it so much that we then took along Grandma-then dad and then rushed out to buy the dvd upon release.The humour is without a doubt first class,some goes over the children's heads and are specifically aimed at the adults but without exception we all roar with laughter at every viewing.As with other reviewers I must point out the brilliance of Ian McKellen as Toad,Bill Nighy as the lovable but supremely daft henchman Whitey,Miriam Margolyes as Rita's crazy grandmother and Jean Reno as Le Frog.

There are lots of humorous references to other movies which will keep you on your toes as they come and go so quickly! Nemo is spoofed when Roddy sees a fish swimming around in a toilet bowl and is asked 'Have you seen my dad'(complete with liverpudlian accent!),Le Frog bears an uncanny resemblence to Inspector Clouseau with one of his henchfrogs being a mime artist called Marcel,an obvious reference to Marcel Marceau,there is a spaghetti kiss between two slugs (lady and the tamp)Toad mimics Larry Grayson in a 'Shut that door' imitation~I could go on as there are tons more but I shall leave you to discover then for yourself....

Please buy this dvd~laugh yourself silly and then watch it again to discover all the bits that you missed first time round.I cannot recommend this film highly enough so go on, get flushed away,you know you want to !!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Luke Hadlow on 26 April 2007
Format: DVD
The story is about a pampered rat named Rodney who lives in posh Kensington in London but then suddenly finds himself flushed away to the sewers and an underground world of ninja frogs, hench-rats and hilarious singing slugs. The animation is marvellous, and the attention to detail sublime, check out all the things the rats use to create their own version of London, very clever. Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Sir Ian McKellan, Andy Serkhis, Shane Ritchie et al provide the voices and are all brilliant. The story although good is I feel a little slow in places, hence the four stars and not five, but having said that, this movie will appeal to children and the child in us all. I definitely recommend this movie though, its great fun.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zoe on 6 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
I don't wish to repeat all the astute observations given by the other reviewers. This is indeed an hilarious film, appropriate for all ages, expertly voiced by one of the finest lineups of actors I've seen in an animated adventure.

Three reasons to see this film:
(1) singing slugs;
(2) frog mime;
(3) the rest of the film.

I consider this to be the world's second most perfect film. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is still number one. But then, Were-Rabbit has Wallace and Gromit, and was hand-animated. Let's consider this a *close* second.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2007
Format: DVD
Initially I was put of this movie by the mixed reviews and my kids who had seen it and not particularly liked the movie.
How wrong can some people be? This is a cracker, with a lot of adult humour wrapped up in a kids movie.
The story line has flaws, but it is a cartoon. The lead voices are great and give the characters great life.
I don't think the story would have translated onto a movie set using actors, but as cartoon characters it all hangs together and provides great entertainment. My kids loved it second time around!
Don't be put off by the bad reviews. Treat it like a cartoon and enjoy your childhood all over again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs on 4 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
Admittedly, those standards are 'way above anyone else's... I chuckled a few times in this, whereas "Chicken Run" had me in tears. It has the usual Aardman trademark of so many verbal and sight gags and references to other films flung at you that you need several viewings to get them all. Ian McKellen's megalomaniac frog was wonderful, as was Jean Reno's "Le Frog", but the singing slugs were the best. Still worth a view (and the kids will love it).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lollapalooza on 28 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Like many people with young children, we are constantly "forced" to watch the increasing number of animated films being released. This really isn't a problem when there are many such wonderful films with characters you love and care about.Then the bubble was burst with the "in our opinion" totally awful Madagascar rip off,The Wild ( wrong wrong wrong). So We delayed and delayed and reluctantly gave in to our sons demands to see Flushed away...... Oh my Goodness!! Laugh we didnt stop! It was wonderful and restored all my faith in this Genre. Youll love the characters ( Whitey and the slugs are mine!!)The quality, the story with lots of action, Everything. Gandalf as a Slimey Toad...Hilarious. Jean Reno as a froggy assassin. Its just brilliant...and when you watch it again and again you see more and more sneaky little jokes. Watch it,laugh at it, Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SILENT_TEAR on 11 July 2007
Format: DVD
Saw this on recommendation The story is simple enough, yet adequately satisfying by the time the end credits roll. As the trailer suggested, Aristocratic rat pet Roddy from Kensington (Hugh Jackman) thought he just had the whole classy apartment to himself, when an unexpected guest Slobby Sid voiced by (Shane Richie) from the sewers gatecrashes into his abode via his kitchen sink, and poor little roddie finds himself being flushed away via the jacuzzi/Bog lol All this in less than 10 minutes. So begins a mad journey in an unknown sewer world which replicated the modern London City above it with junk, where he has to figure out friend from foe, and find his way back to where he belongs.

The themes of family and friends do not come on too strongly, instead the story preferred to let the character interactions bring forth the messages. Supporting or interfering in his quest are characters like Rita voiced by the ever so sexy and gorgeous (Kate Winslet), The Toad voiced by(Ian McKellen), and French Le Frog voiced by (Jean Reno) and rat minions Whitey (Bill Nighy) and Spike (Andy Serkis). It's quite commendable that in its less than 90 minutes runtime, it allowed for quite a bit of set action pieces to develop, along with almost laugh a minute lines of dialogue, a good mix of songs (Hugh sings!) and ooh, a diabolical plot.

But what perhaps is the show stealer, are the sewer slugs. Ever popping up and performing at the right time, I'm sure they are crowd favourites despite their less than pleasant looking exterior.
If too many animated flicks left this year has left you jaded with the genre, Flushed Away to me is a breath of fresh air and to put it simply it flushes away the competition and sinks the rest and remains a floater..
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