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Flushed Away
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by U.J. Lessing

"All the Fun of the Sewers with None of the Fecal Matter"
3 stars

“Flushed Away” isn’t bad. In fact, it’s fun for both kids and adults, the characters are cute, the story is amusing especially when it’s droll, and the voice actors all seem to be having a good old time. That said, its certainly is the weakest film that Aardman Animation has ever produced, because it falls for many of the enticing overused clichés seen in a multitude of computer animated films. There are fast chases, lots of pratfalls, rubbery characters, weird noises, and frenetic chaos. Wasn’t there once a time when feature-length animators worried more about creating a magical film instead of finding yet another way of ripping off Chuck Jones’ highlights reels?

The story follows Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman), a pet rat who resides with an upper-class family in Kensington. Life is easy, but he lives a lonely existence in seclusion from other rats. All that changes with the arrival of Sid (Shane Ritchie), a sewer rat. Sid not only invades the place but also flushes poor Roddy down the loo and sends him deep into the unknown.

In the heart of the sewer, Roddy finds himself in a rat city modeled after London (although considerably cleaner than the actual city) and filled with lively feline characters and singing slugs. He quickly enlists the help of a Rita (Kate Winslet), a feisty and generic love-interest, to help get him back to the surface.

Standing (or hopping) in Roddy’s way is a gang of frogs led by a particularly sadistic abandoned pet (voiced splendidly by Ian McKellen). In the past, master thespians performed as Lear and Falstaff, so it’s ironic that in the 21st century, the greatest living actor, Sir Ian, portrays Toad the Mafioso frog.

While the story and action are engaging, they provide nothing outside the confines of the theater walls. Sure, there are lots of pratfalls. There are bangs and pows and splats and the singing slugs are cute, but don’t expect your child to remember much of what they’ve seen.

The character design seems to suffer from lifeless CGI. Yes, the characters look like Aardman creations, but the facial expressions and character interactions that seemed so rich and engaging in clay appear unresponsive when generated by a computer.

Personally, I think it’s time for every cartoonist out there to take a break from computer animation and get back to the business of doing it all by hand, because with the exception of the wildly original “Over the Hedge,” all of these pictures are starting to blend together to form one big, hypertensive splash of motion that threatens to over-stimulate us all!

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User Comments

9/11/12 marta gilson Enjoyed it 4 stars
11/26/08 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 5 stars
11/08/08 Tiffany Losco Good, kids liked it. 4 stars
9/14/07 Tracy My kids loved this. 5 stars
8/13/07 Louise GREAT FUN! and SOOO British!!! 5 stars
7/19/07 zenbo very meh 3 stars
7/09/07 Alexis Balmaceda I think " Flushed Away " was histarical and I loved the characters. 5 stars
6/22/07 Charles Tatum Very funny and very clever 4 stars
6/14/07 ric did not like kates character. Storys avarage. 2 stars
2/25/07 amys nana thought it was good fun just long enough for our 7 year old grand daughter who enjoyed it 4 stars
2/05/07 William Goss Pretty brisk, pretty clever, and pretty fun. 4 stars
2/04/07 Mike Nothin great, kinda boring, VERY average. 2 stars
1/01/07 Sarah Loved it. Very english humour suits me fine, not everyone though. 4 stars
12/25/06 paul anka It's a piece of crap 1 stars
12/14/06 ES Meh animation and nothing there, kind of annoying to watch. Not even worth seeing for free 2 stars
12/04/06 love this eeeeeeeeeee! just love them, they made the film. 5 stars
11/26/06 MP Bartley It's no Wallace and Gromit, but it's by far and away the kids film of the year. 4 stars
11/20/06 Pokejedservo Enjoyable though a bit flawed, not as good as the W&G films but does have that charm. 4 stars
11/15/06 Debbie Very cute. The kids love it! 5 stars
11/13/06 Tiffany Losco Cute movie, funny, still wondering about the screaming little slug things. 4 stars
11/11/06 DIANA I actually liked this movie... 4 stars
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  03-Nov-2006 (PG)
  DVD: 20-Feb-2007



Directed by
  Sam Fell
  David Bowers

Written by
  Dick Clement
  Ian LaFrenais

  Hugh Jackman
  Kate Winslet
  Ian McKellen
  Andy Serkis
  Bill Nighy
  Jean Reno

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