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Flushed Away [DVD]
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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.
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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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 !!
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.
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.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised. The humour is still very "Aardman-ish" and it's packed with good slapstick, irony and good musical jokes! The personalities are fine, with a good villain, some fine heavies, two great leading roles and quite some slugs. If you like Wallace and Gromit you'll love this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kids love this DVD! It's already been played three timesPublished 13 days ago by Melanie Houghton
Brought new and it came scratched.. Film keeps skipping would not recommend.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer