Flushed Away

Flushed Away

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Director: David Bowers, Sam Fell

Cast: David Bowers, Sam Fell, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet

     
 

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A previously pampered society mouse must fight his way back to the comforts of Kensington after he is sent spiraling into an underground world filled with scavenger rats and villainous toads in a fun-filled family adventure produced by DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features and featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, and Jean Reno. Roddy… See more details below

Overview

A previously pampered society mouse must fight his way back to the comforts of Kensington after he is sent spiraling into an underground world filled with scavenger rats and villainous toads in a fun-filled family adventure produced by DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features and featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, and Jean Reno. Roddy (Jackman) was living the high life when he first met Sid the sewer rat (Shane Richie), but that's all about to change when Sid decides to send the hapless mouse down the pipes and stealthily take his place in the lap of luxury. Though the bustling sewer city of Ratropolis isn't without its fair share of kind citizens, it is certainly no place for a pampered mouse with a taste for life's finer things. Upon making the acquaintance of scavenger rat Rita (Winslet), Roddy is certain that the pair can navigate their way back to the surface in Rita's trusty boat, the Jammy Dodger, but Rita's help doesn't come cheap, and the nefarious Toad (McKellen) is determined to rid Ratropolis of all things rodent. When Toad's hapless hench-rats Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nighy) fail to achieve acceptable results, the green meanie is forced to call in the cavalry in the form of legendary French mercenary Le Frog (Reno) to get the job done.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
When the family's away, the mouse will play. But pampered house pet Roddy's home-alone romp is shattered when a sewer rat settles in. Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) tries to dispose of this ill-bred intruder by flushing him down the "Jacuzzi," but the rat knows a toilet when he sees one and flushes Roddy instead. Our hero finds himself in a subterranean metropolis that cleverly replicates London, a far cry from his palatial cage; and upon splashdown he finds himself embroiled in the affairs of scavenger rat Rita (Kate Winslet), who pilots a makeshift craft called the Jammy Dodger. She is pursued by the evil Toad (Ian McKellen), who is plotting to wipe out the underground city's rodent population. The first computer-animated feature from Britain's Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit) is an absolutely smashing adventure. While one misses the stop-motion plasticine delights of those films, Flushed Away more than compensates with superb voice work, including Andy "Gollum" Serkis and Bill Nighy as the Toad's bumbling henchrats and a hilarious Jean Reno as Toad's mercenary French cousin, Le Frog. Droll humor and whimsical characters -- such as singing slugs and accordion-playing frogs -- further reveal the Aardman hands behind the film. From a cockroach reading Kafka's The Metamorphosis to two slugs re-enacting the romantic spaghetti dinner from Lady and the Tramp, there are inventive throwaway gags and clever visual bits that will reward repeat viewing. Flushed Away pretty much sums up what unaccountably happened to this movie when it played in theaters. But as with The Iron Giant, another initially neglected gem, this film should be flush with success on DVD.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
UPC:
0097361233949
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
19,549

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Jackman Roddy
Kate Winslet Rita
Ian McKellen The Toad
Jean Reno Le Frog
Bill Nighy Whitey
Andy Serkis Spike
Shane Richie Sid
Kathy Burke Rita's Mum
David Suchet Rita's Dad
Miriam Margolyes Rita's Grandma
Rachel Rawlinson Tabitha
Susan Duerden Mother
Miles Richardson Father
John Motson Football Commentator
Douglas Weston Newspaper Seller
Roger Blake Policeman,Balloon Seller
Christopher Fairbank Thimblenose Ted,Cockroach,Passerby
Paul Shardlow Pegleg
Conrad Vemon Take Out
Jonathan Kydd Barnacle
Newell Alexander Tex
Susan Fitzer Edna
Joshua Silk Fergus
Meredith Wells Rita's Little Sister
Ashleigh-Louis Elliot Rita's Sister 2
Ashleigh Ludwig Rita's Sister 3
Christopher Knights Fat Barry,Market Trader
Emma Tate Fly-Lady,Passerby 2
Tom McGrath Action Figure,Artist
Sam Fell Liam,Prophet,Ladykiller,Fanseller
David Bowers Goldfish,Fly,Shocky,Henchfrog,Tadpole
Simon Callow Voice Only
Geoffrey Palmer Voice Only

Technical Credits
David Bowers Director
Sam Fell Director,Original Story
James Bolt Sound Mixer
Alan Cheney Animator
Dick Clement Original Story,Screenwriter
Eric Dapkewicz Editor
William Davies Screenwriter
Leslee Feldman Casting
Louis Flores Animator
Lionel Gallat Animator
Maryann Garger Co-producer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Christian A. Hatfield Animator
Matthew Head Animator
David A.S. James Production Designer
Jakob Hjort Jensen Animator
Priscilla John Casting
Fabrice Joubert Animator
Joe Keenan Screenwriter
Tim Keenan Animator
Cecil Kramer Producer
Ian La Frenais Original Story,Screenwriter
Andre LeBlanc Animator
Fabio Lignini Animator
Yancy Lindquist Special Effects
Christopher Lloyd Screenwriter
Chris Lloyd Screenwriter
Peter Lord Original Story,Producer
Jason Mayer Animator
Olivia Mole Set Decoration/Design
Andy Nelson Sound Mixer
Simon Otto Animator
Jane Poole Costumes/Costume Designer
Allen Ruilova Animator
Kenneth Smith Musical Direction/Supervision
Jason Spencer-Galsworthy Animator
David Sproxton Producer
Mark Tarbox Production Manager
Dave Tidgwell Animator
John H. Venzon Editor
Pierre-Olivier Vincent Art Director
Paul Westacott Set Decoration/Design
Mark Williams Animator
Scott Wills Art Director
Stephen Wood Animator
Masahito Yoshioka Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Flushed Away
1. Dancing With Myself [1:36]
2. Sid From the Sewer [1:54]
4. Roddy Gets Flushed [3:31]
4. The Jammy Dodger [1:22]
5. The Toad [3:56]
6. It's a Deal [5:27]
7. Rita's Family [1:53]
8. Ice Cold Rita [1:16]
9. Getting Away [3:43]
10. Le Frog [6:33]
11. Goodnight Roddy [2:43]
12. Goodbye Jammy [1:25]
13. Mr. Lonely [4:16]
14. Half Time [3:15]
15. Rollin' on a River [3:00]
16. End Credits [2:49]

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