Flushed Away (DVD)

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Roddy is a decidedly upper-crust "society mouse" who lives the life of a beloved pet in a posh Kensington flat. When a sewer rat named Sid comes spewing out of the sink and decides he's hit the jackpot, Roddy schemes to rid himself of the pest by luring him into the "whirlpool." Sid may be an ignorant slob, but he's no fool, so it is Roddy who winds up being flushed away into the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis. There Roddy meets Rita, an enterprising scavenger who works the sewers in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Roddy immediately wants out, or rather, up; Rita wants to be paid for her trouble; and, speaking of trouble, the villainous Toad--who royally despises all rodents equally, making no distinction between mice and rats--wants them iced ... literally. The Toad dispatches his two hapless hench-rats, Spike and Whitey, to get the job done. When they fail, the Toad has no choice but to send to France for his cousin--that dreaded mercenary, Le Frog.

Product Details

Barcode
6004416082715
Department
Movies & TV
Released
16 Jan 2015
Format
DVD
Studio
Dreamworks
Runtime
85 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Flushed Away
Release Year
2006
Running Time
86 min
Language
English
Categories
Childrens / Animated Characters / Animated Worlds / London, England / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
This computer-animated feature, directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell, explores a whole new world under London. A pet mouse named Roddy St. James (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is pretty much spoiled rotten. His owners live in a chic Kensington apartment, and Roddy has everything he could possibly want--except friends and a family. Everything changes for Roddy when his owners go away for a few days and their flat is invaded by a common rat, Sid (Shane Richie). Determined to reclaim his apartment and boot out the intruder, Roddy tries to talk Sid into enjoying the apartment "Jacuzzi," which is actually the toilet. But Sid is smarter than he looks, and soon Roddy is traveling down the pipes out of his sheltered life into a world that he never knew existed.

Emerged in Ratropolis and completely out of his element, Roddy is immediately caught up in an adventure. He meets Rita (Kate Winslet), a street-smart scavenger who travels the sewers by boat looking for riches that will help her care for her parents and multitude of siblings, and hires her to help him get above ground. But the villainous Toad (Ian McKellen) and his rodent henchmen, Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nighy), are constant problems. To make matters worse, the Toad is preparing to hatch an evil plot that promises to wipe out all the rats and mice dwelling underground, and he brings in his mercenary Parisian cousin Le Frog (Jean Reno) and his team to help get the job done. This comedy/adventure features first-class animation from the team that created WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT and is voiced by an all-star cast.
Notes
Theatrical Release: November 3, 2006
Cast & Crew
Director
David Bowers / Sam Fell
Voice
Ian McKellen / Kate Winslet / Hugh Jackman / Bill Nighy / Jean Reno / Andy Serkis
Screenwriter
William Davies / Joe Keenan / Ian La Frenais
Composer
Harry Gregson-Williams
Producer
Cecile Kramer / David Sproxton
Story
Dick Clement / Sam Fell / Peter Lord
Co-Producer
Maryann Garger
Screenplay
Chris Lloyd
Movie Critics
Box Office
"[A] very fine addition to the animation art form, with lead characters that have a winning everyman quality..."
Kim Williamson (1 Dec 2006, p.78)
Entertainment Weekly
"[With] a sculpty CGI sheen that engagingly mimics, without quite reproducing, the thumb-print tactility of Aardman's clay-figure style....[I]t hits its own sweet spot of demented delight." -- Grade: B+
Owen Gleiberman (10 Nov 2006, p.58)
New York Times
"The picture relentlessly picks up speed, zooming from drollery to anarchy to complete -- albeit brilliantly controlled -- comic chaos."
A. O. Scott (3 Nov 2006, p.E8)
Sight and Sound
"[W]ith its energetic baddies and toned-up gags, Aardman's film is easily one of the funniest, most enjoyable cartoons of the year..."
Andrew Osmond (1 Jan 2007, p.59)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he core values of the Aardman brand are carried over intact....A movie that will leave adults and children alike with big smiles..."
Neil Smith (1 Jan 2007, p.42)
Ultimate DVD
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he animation is great, with the slugs stealing the show..."
Nikki Baughan (1 May 2007, p.98)