Flushed Away (2006, Computer-Animated Adventure Movie) – 4/10 review

Hugh Jackman: Roddy
Kate Winslet: Rita
Jean Reno: Le Frog
Bill Nighy: Whitey
Andy Serkis: Spike
Shane Richie: Sid
Ian McKellen: The Toad
Director: David Bowers
Director: Sam Fell
Producer: Cecil Kramer
Producer: Peter Lord
Producer: David Sproxton
Writer (Story): Sam Fell
Writer (Story): Peter Lord
Writer (Story): Dick Clement
Writer (Story): Ian La Frenais
Writer (Screenplay): Dick Clement
Writer (Screenplay): Ian La Frenais
Writer (Screenplay): Chris Lloyd
Writer (Screenplay): Joe Keenan
Writer (Screenplay): Will Davies
Head Of Character Animation: Jeff Newitt
Sam Fell: Liam, Prohpet, Ladykiller, Fanseller
David Bowers: Goldfish, Fly, Shocky, Henchfrog #1, Tadpole

Flushed Away (2006)

Roddy St. James, a pampered rodent, finds himself in the London sewer and desperate to get back to his posh Kensington residence.

4/10

Clearly trying too hard to be wacky and charming from the off but instantly and never succeeding. I cannot fathom movies that insist we watch cowardly, self-obsessed, charmless fools ("useless, whiny, stuck-up, pompous big girl’s blouse" according to the script) just so that they can have a character arc. Nor movies that deliberately include a mime under the (criminally mistaken) belief that they are hilarious. Still, this miserable quality of work fits in perfectly with Dreamworks Animation’s contemporary output and I suppose, on the plus side, it doesn’t promote bestiality. One thing it proves beyond all doubt is that Nick Park’s efforts with Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run were more than just iconic design. Much, much more.

This movie contains mild bad language and mild comic violence.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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