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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Ian McKellen
Andy Serkis
Hugh Jackman.
Directors
Henry Anderson
David Bowers
Sam Fell.
Screenwriters
Running Time
85 minutes

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Flushed Away
Aardman has done it again, this HAS to be seen.


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Plot
The pampered life of Kensington-dwelling pet mouse Roddy (Jackman) goes literally down the toilet when a sewer rat invades his home and flushes him down the loo.


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There is only so much you can do with Plasticine and endless patience. Initially it’s rather disappointing to see Aardman — the indisputable overlords of the ’move it a little bit; take a picture’ school of animation — abandon their modelling clay and jump on the overburdened, increasingly homogenized CGI bandwagon. But it quickly becomes apparent that there is good reason for this and, pleasingly, that the studio hasn’t lost the thing that makes it the equal greatest animation house in the world: a highly intelligent love of the silly.
 
Aardman, like Pixar, doesn’t try too hard to appeal to every possible audience demographic with trendy casting, pop tunes by the current 15-minuters and an equal division of fart jokes for the kids and sly double entendres for Mum and Dad. Instead, it simply trusts in the fact that good jokes are funny to everyone. And Aardman knows funny. Flushed Away’s script is slick with witty banter and knowing asides, but it’s the visual gags rather than the dialogue that really elevate it. Surely there can be nobody in the world that won’t find the sight of a slug, screaming at the top of its lungs and slithering for its life at the speed of a club-footed octogenarian sprinting through custard, utterly hilarious. If there is, avoid them. And you could watch the film on a loop for a month and still not catch all the background detail.
 
The story takes a little while to get going, but once it hits its stride it pulls some extremely clever tricks out of its U-bend. There are hints that this is a rodent James Bond, but they’re not blunt or lazy. Town mouse Roddy (beautifully voiced, with just a hint of camp, by Hugh Jackman) might look like 00.7”, but he is neither suave nor brilliant; he’s silly and prone to getting hit in the crotch — which is obviously much more appealing. Toad (Ian McKellen) is a clearer nod to Bond villainy, but at least he boasts a masterplan that’s infinitely more clever and diabolical than 90 per cent of those thought up by Bond’s nemeses. The only character a little underdone is Rita (Kate Winslet), your common or garden old man’s vision of a feisty young woman, Union Jack trousers, stompy boots and all. However, her lack of much funny to say is a minor quibble, when the broad cast each has a standout moment of mirth.
 
The reason for Aardman’s switch to CGI seems to be one of scale. It might be possible to animate an entire sewer city and numerous boat chases with a few tubs of Play-Doh, but by the time it was finished we would likely all be in our graves and several model manipulators would have been driven to madness. The change in medium isn’t entirely successful. The bulging eyes and Tic Tac teeth that are Aardman’s trademark look a little cheap and ungainly when transposed to computer animation, which has realism and visual awe as its primary selling points. But the method of animation is simply a means to an end. It’s the best method for telling this story, and is entirely forgotten as soon as the jokes start flying.

A good gag is funny whether animated with computers, paint, clay or bits of old, soggy ipecleaner. But we’d rather Aardman didn’t try the latter for their next project.

 


Verdict
The best animated movie of the year and only a whisker shy of the brilliance of Wallace and Gromit.


Reviewed by Olly Richards


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Not quite as good as empire say.

Whilst I agree with the review for its plus points I think empire have failed to touch upon many of its weaker points so let me be the one to explain them. Yes this is a children's film and should be remembered as being so first and foremost but to me the pacing was woeful, with barely any time to breathe before woosh there's rats getting flung about in mid air hanging onto something for dear life. After a while it becomes quite repetitive and you yearn for some of the quieter moments from class... More

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Posted by dfooster at 18:36, 08 February 2013 | Report This Post


Flushed Away Review

Clever and appealing for both children and adults, Flushed Away marks a successful entry into digital animated features for Aardman and Dreamworks Animations. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 22:02, 02 January 2012 | Report This Post


Brilliant, Laugh Out Loud Movie.

After the success of Wallace and Gromit, Dreamworks and Aardman brings us Flushed Away, a brilliant and laugh out movie with high-class cast and a film that really entertains. Roddy is a spoilt mouse, living alone after his owner goes on holiday. But his plans of doing the same thing every day goes horridly wrong with Sid comes from the sewers and flushes poor Roddy away. Frightened and wanting to go back up to, he must join with Rita, a street savvy headstrong woman, to escape from the evil Toa... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:51, 14 May 2009 | Report This Post


Flush with greatness

Loved it. Brilliant and funny. Not as great as Wallace but will fill the gap until the next one ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 00:36, 26 March 2008 | Report This Post


Flush with greatness

Loved it. Brilliant and funny. Not as great as Wallace but will fill the gap until the next one ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 00:36, 26 March 2008 | Report This Post


Animated Film Of 2006

Amazing animated film easily film of the year funny throughout was in pain from laughing just too funny! BRILLIANT! ... More

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Posted by Quinnie91 at 13:34, 07 March 2008 | Report This Post


Flushed Away

I was in pain from laughing so much at some of the sequences on offer here. Easily the best animated film of 2006. ... More

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Posted by jncorbett at 23:23, 26 August 2007 | Report This Post


Flushed Away

I was in pain from laughing so much at some of the sequences on offer here. Easily the best animated film of 2006. ... More

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Posted by jncorbett at 23:23, 26 August 2007 | Report This Post


Absolutley great! So much fun, and i never would have fought that the slugs are so cool! :D ... More

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Posted by kachna_ff at 10:37, 18 January 2007 | Report This Post


Absolutley great! So much fun, and i never would have fought that the slugs are so cool! :D ... More

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Posted by kachna_ff at 10:37, 18 January 2007 | Report This Post


RE: afloat in the sewers...

Here is the real review for this piece: /link]  The reviewer nailed it better than anybody! ... More

Posted by Ti at 19:01, 12 January 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Superb, but not the equal of Wallace and gromit

I'm going to see it in about an hour with my daughters, I hope it's not utter poodles.  ... More

Posted by Charlie Dont Surf at 11:53, 31 December 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Superb, but not the equal of Wallace and gromit

I thought that Flushed Away was very funny in places - the slugs in particular being inspired. It's one of the better animated films to come out this year, and it does contain an undercurrent of more adult humour. It's definitely worth catching.   8/10 ... More

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Posted by Paul2j at 01:15, 31 December 2006 | Report This Post


Superb, but not the equal of Wallace and gromit

The film is really funny, has a great stoyr, and a very witty script. Aardman have pulled it off again, but it dosen't quite equal the perfectness (if thats even a word: ) of Wallace and Gromit, but its still a great and very funny British film! ... More

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Posted by HayaoMiyazakiRules at 18:42, 28 December 2006 | Report This Post


Flushed Away

I have to agree with "mrdoom14." I was expecting it to be as funny as "Wallace and Gromit." Oh how I was wrong. ... More

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Posted by JACK M14 at 14:59, 24 December 2006 | Report This Post


I WAS ON HOLIDAY IN U.S.A ME & MY SISTER & HER FAMILY .WENT TO THE SEE THIS MOVIE AND WE ENJOY THIS.MOVIE ... More

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Posted by soulfood at 21:32, 15 December 2006 | Report This Post


Flushed away!

This film was enjoyable but I don't think it is the best to come out of Dreamworks and even Ardman studies. Although I did like the singing slugs! ... More

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Posted by Empo at 10:51, 12 December 2006 | Report This Post


Flushed away!

This film was enjoyable but I don't think it is the best to come out of Dreamworks and even Ardman studies. Although I did like the singing slugs! ... More

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Posted by Empo at 10:51, 12 December 2006 | Report This Post


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I thought this was great fun. I'm a bit unsure how people can say it's not up to other Aardman movies as it pisses all over Chicken Run, and wasn't far off if not equal to Were-Rabbit. Lots of good jokes and funny scenes throughout and certainly not just for kids, this is a great family movie. ... More

Posted by skeletonjack at 16:42, 08 December 2006 | Report This Post


best animated movie of the year (not)!! Nowhere near as good as other Ardmann pics. slightly dissappointing- poor plot and animation wasn't up to scratch! ... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 19:49, 07 December 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Aardman's first disapointment

Have i just seen the same film that people have been saying it wasnt very good?   I wasnt expecting a lot ( I dont know why, as it was Aardman), but myself and all of us (loads there were!) came out loving it. There were some cracking jokes for adults (the japanese flag one had us pmsl, along with the obvious French mickey taking) and loads of ingenius stuff in the background (Frozen Han solo, Wart & peace, the lion from Madagascar, rex the runt t-shirt etc). Excellent casting... More

Posted by Desleader at 23:31, 06 December 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Aardman's first disapointment

Aardman's equivalent to Cars......still one of the years best animation films but could have been so much more. There own high standards are'nt quite met but I'd rather pick this over Ice Age 2, Ant Bully, Barnyard, etc. ... More

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Posted by stuieboy at 21:34, 04 December 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Aardman's first disapointment

In a year when we've been fed a fair few animated movies this one shines brightly above the rest. The storyline itself is fairly basic but still entertaining but the animation and detailed are so rich that it really works. It's funny, it's fairly original, there's a real sense of Britishness and it's far from just a kids film there's loads of little "in" jokes for movie fans (Bond, Finding Nemo etc...) and adults (French surrender, England and penalties etc...). Really great stuff... ... More

Posted by Marvel_79 at 10:19, 04 December 2006 | Report This Post


Flushed Away

I was disapointed in this film. Apart from Aardman's outstanding animation, thats about it realy.The film has a very weak storyline and completely lachs the charm and brilliance of Aardman's excellent two predecessors, Wallace and Grommit And The Curse of the Ware Rabbit and Chicken Run.Defintely Aardman's first disapointment aswell as the most disapointing film of the year. ... More

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Posted by mrdoom14 at 12:27, 02 December 2006 | Report This Post


My son, aged 12, said this is the best film he's ever seen. As we walked out, he said that we must get it on DVD and by the next day he was begging to see it again next weekend. His parents and brother also enjoyed it (I liked it better than Curse of the Ware-Rabbit) Lots of little jokes in the background, a voicecast that adds to the experience rather than being an annoyance and those lovely slugs. ... More

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Posted by Hengist at 10:22, 29 November 2006 | Report This Post


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