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Flushed Away

Released

Latest Home Video

Feb 19, 2007

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

85

Cast

Hugh Jackman

Kate Winslet

Ian McKellen

Jean Reno

Studio

2006 Dreamworks

Still shot from the movie: Flushed Away.

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OverallA
ViolenceB
SexB+
LanguageB+
Drugs/AlcoholA
Run Time85

Making the Grades

While his owners are away, Roddy the pet rat (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is planning to slip out of his gilded cage and go play with the action figures, dress-up dolls, plastic cars and theater-sized TV. But his leisurely activities are curtailed by the unexpected arrival of Sid (Shane Richie), a belching sewer rat whose wanderings through a mysterious maze of plumbing pipes just happened to take a fortuitous turn.

Disgusted with the uncouth intruder, the resourceful Roddy schemes to rid himself of the pest by offering his unwelcome guest a tour around the penthouse followed by a dip in the porcelain whirlpool located in the bathroom. Unfortunately, Sid is not quite as ignorant as he appears, so when it comes time to pull the handle, it is the luckless host who ends up being flushed down the loo.

After his water-slide-like plunge comes to an end, a drenched and nearly drowned Roddy finds himself in a booming rodent metropolis deep beneath the streets of London. Determined to make his way back home, the unintentional visitor asks the locals for some help and is directed to the captain of the Jammy Dodger. Yet instead of Rita (voiced by Kate Winslet) getting him out of his rat's nest, Roddy is pulled into the seafarer's sticky situation involving a villainous Toad (Ian McKellen) and his henchmen, Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nighy).

Bringing together the creative team at Aardman Studios (who are responsible for the likes of Wallace and Gromitand Chicken Run) and Dreamworks Animation (the masterminds behind the Shrek franchise), Flushed Away marries a clay animation look with hi-tech computer graphics. Although this gives the production exceptional images and the characters unlimited possibilities, that probably won't be what impresses viewers most. Audiences will likely be more excited over the incredibly clever plotline, puns, and parodies. (The silly, singing slugs might just do it too.)

Offering a solid story from beginning to end, this witty film begs for repeated watching in order to catch all the rapid-fire comedy. Parents will be pleased to note that the script doesn't really contain any "potty" jokes, and includes only a few moments of mild sexual innuendo and a murmur of language in a foreign tongue. And while characters are often in peril and threatened with death, all the violence is portrayed in a slapstick style, with little worry real harm will come to anyone. The biggest concern may be the politically incorrect depictions of some French frogs. (Perhaps the British writers are just testing the good humor of their neighbors across the channel.)

Thankfully, for entertainment seekers young and old, Flushed Away is one movie that goes "down the drain" and comes up smelling like a rose.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Flushed Away.

Roddy lives a life of luxury without purpose. Rita lives a life of purpose without luxury. Which would you prefer? Why are we sometimes deceived into thinking someone else’s life would be much better than our own?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G
AB G
MB G -----
ON G
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of Flushed Away...

  DVD Release Date: 20 February 2007

The DVD release of Flushed Away is drowning in bonus extras. Presented in either wide or full screen, both versions offer commentary by directors David Bowers and Sam Fell, a behind the scenes interactive tour, and a peek at the animator’s gallery. Featurettes allow fans to Meet the Cast, travel From Clay to CG: A Technical Journey, and catch the Jammy Dodger Fly-Thru. For those who enjoyed the music in the film, the DVD provides two Animated Slug Songs and a Flushed Away Jukebox. More active options include the games Maze of Pipes and Build-A-Slug, Learn to Draw Roddy and the DVD Rom: Flushed Away Underground Adventure. There are also trailers for Bee Movie, Shrek The Third, and Wallace & Gromit. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

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