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Flushed Away (2006)

Duration 1h 25m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Christopher Lloyd, Joe Keenan, William Davies
Additional Info Story by: Sam Fell, Peter Lord, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais. It was the last co-operation between Aardman and Dreamworks. The characters look as if they are stop motion entities, but were actually computer generated.
Director David Bowers, Sam Fell
Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis, Shane Richie, Kathy Burke, David Suchet, Miriam Margolyes
Elevator Pitch Roddy, a pet rat in an upmarket house, is accidentally flushed down the toilet, where he discovers a rat metropolis and becomes friendly with Rita, a female rat who has a boat of her own, made of bits and pieces. Together they must deal with the evil toad and his henchmen, who are secretly intending to flood Ratopolis during half time in the world cup, when the sewers will be overwhelmed.
Content The rats look a lot like humans but with ratty faces and tails. Once Roddy is in the underworld the action is almost continuous, with the boats dashing through the sewers, and the characters swinging from a variety of cables, wires and ropes. They are captured by, and escape from, the evil toad and his helpers and henchmen. But can they save Ratopolis from the final flood?
A View There are moments of fun but not a patch on “Chichen Run” and “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”, the previous co-operative ventures. For me just too much time spent swinging from ropes and being chased, but kids might enjoy it. Cost and lot, and lost quite a bit but today, family viewing which you could watch for nothing or very little.

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