Saturday, November 11, 2006

My Take - Flushed Away

A Mini Movie Review
By: A. L. “Toni” Anderson

Flushed Away (2006) is the sort-of-cute new animated film by British directors David Bowers (storyboard artist for Wallace & Gromit - 2005) and Sam Fell. Sam Fell and Peter Lord (producer of Wallace & Gromit - 2005) are credited with the story. Original music is by Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia - 2005).

Roddy the Rat (voice of Hugh Jackman of The Prestige - 2006) is living in the lap of luxury in a dollhouse in Uptown Kensington, when he is unwillingly subjected to the presence of lower crust Sid (voice of (Shane Richie of British TV series EastEnders). In an unexpected turn of events, Roddy is unceremoniously flushed away to the sewer home of Rita (voice of Kate Winslet of All the King’s Men - 2006), The Toad (voice of Ian McKellen of The Da Vinci Code - 2006), and Le Frog (voice of Jean Reno also of The Da Vinci Code - 2006). In an effort to return to the status quo, he makes a deal with Rita and her family. He must then adhere to this deal, even against his own best interests.

Flushed Away is a typical British-style animated feature that has all of the comedic elements and atmosphere common to this type of film. In short, it is not well suited to the sensibilities of a mature, bred-in-America adult. The visuals are good, but the songs are tedious, and the humor is distinctly British.

Despite the film’s shortcomings, the kiddies seem to enjoy it. If your young kids are bored on a Sunday afternoon, Flushed Away is a good way to bring them out of the autumn doldrums. [1:24]

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[© 11/10/2006]


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