Flushed Away is a 2006 British-American computer-animated action-adventure comedy film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell, produced by Cecil Kramer, David Sproxton, and Peter Lord, and written by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Chris Lloyd, Joe Keenan and William Davies.
It is the third and final film to be co-produced by Aardman Animations and DreamWorks Animation following Chicken Run (2000) and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), and was Aardman's first completely computer-animated feature as opposed to their trademark stop-motion animation.
A pet fancy rat called Roddy St. James (voiced by Hugh Jackman), after a mishap with a sewer rat named Sid (Shane Richie), ends up flushed down from his swank Kensington home into the underworld of vermin beneath London. Desperate to get home, he encounters Rita (Kate Winslet), who is on the run from a crime lord called The Toad (Ian McKellen).
Why It Rocks
- It was Aardman's first feature film to use with CGI. The animation is pretty good and is stylized to look like claymation.
- Great voice acting, especially Hugh Jackman as Roddy and Kate Winslet as Rita.
- Ratropolis seems to be a great place in England.
- Ian McKellen did a great job voicing The Toad as the film's main antagonist.
- The Toad that has a backstory about how he got a pet from a boy before he got a pet rat and flushes the toad in the toilet is charming.
- Great action scenes.
- The talking slugs are hilarious.
- Great songs, especially Ice Cold Rita and What's New Pussycat?
- There's even some Easter Eggs from other DreamWorks properties and the works of Aardman too in the vein of Pixar, like an Alex plush toy referencing that character from Madagascar.
- The characters are hilarious and likeable, particularly Roddy and Rita.
- Funny scenes like when Rita beats up Roddy.
- It has many funny jokes such as the time joke.
The Only Bad Quality
- Sid can be unlikable at times since he was the one who flushed Roddy down the toilet.
Flushed Away receiving positive reviews from critics and audiences, who praised its animation, characters, writing, soundtrack, humour and voice performances. It has a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.7/10 based on 131 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads "Clever and appealing for both children and adults, Flushed Away marks a successful entry into digital animated features for Aardman Animations." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 74, indicating "generally favourable reviews.
Flushed Away collected $64,488,856 in the United States, which was below the average of other CGI films from DreamWorks Animation, and $111,814,663 from international markets for a worldwide total of $176,319,242. The film opened to number three in its first weekend, with $18,814,323, behind Borat and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Produced on a budget of $149 million, poor box office reception resulted in a $109-million write-down for DreamWorks Animation, and in a termination of the partnership with Aardman Animations.