Release Date: November 3rd, 2006 by Paramount Pictures.
The Voices: Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Shane Richie, Jean Reno, Kathy Burke, David Suchet, Miriam Margoyles, Susan Duerden, Miles Richardson.
Directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell.
BASIC PREMISE: Roddy (voice of Jackman), a mouse, gets flushed down the toilet into the London sewer system where he joins Rita (voice of Winslet), a rat, to stop Toad (voice of McKellen) from his evil plans to flood the sewer.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Flushed Away will delight both old and young with its British humor, wildly imaginative characters and a lively, fast-paced plot. Roddy, a lonely pet mouse that pretends to be friends with Barbie dolls, tries to flush a rat named Sid (voice of Richie) down the toilet, but, instead, ends up getting flushed down there himself. He lands on Rita’s boat and joins her in the first adventure to her protect a ruby from the hands of Toad, the bad guy. Once the ruby turns out to be a fake, their new adventure is to defeat Toad along with his two dim-witted helpers (voice of Nighy and Serkis) and Le Frog (voice of Jean Reno) who plan to destroy this underground rat city, which resembles London. Keep an eye out for some of pop references, i.e. when a little fish asks Roddy, “Have you see my Dad?”. Co-directors David Bowers and Sam Fell do a masterful job of making sure that the CGI animation closely resembles the claymation of Wallace and Gromit, created by the same animation studios, Dreamworks and Aardman. Pay close attention to imaginative background details. What truly makes this film sparkle, though, is the very British humor which does resort to occasionally silliness, but with plenty of panache and witty lines—i.e, Le Frog when says, “I can laugh to anyone’s pain but my own. I’m French”. Surprisingly and fortunately, there's not too much toilet humor despite the film's title. Out of all of the lively creatures, the ones who steal the show with their absurdity are the adorable, singing slugs. They help to make Flushed Away both funny and refreshing in the same way that the penguins helped in Madagascar.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Other than the importance of having good friends, none is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Delightfully entertaining. A hilarious, witty film for all ages.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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