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Flushed Away - animated DVD review
FLUSHED AWAY rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 1/2 stars
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy
Directors: Henry Anderson, David Bowers & Sam Fell   Studio: Dreamworks Animated
DVD release: 20 February 2007   Runtime: 84 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Subtitles (English, Spanish, French), Audio tracks (English, Dolby Digital 5.1; English, Dolby Digital 2.0; French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo; Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Commentary by directors Bowers and Fell, 2 Animated Slug Songs, "The Music of Flushed Away" and "Meet the Cast" featurettes, DreamWorks Animation Jukebox, Build a Slug, Learn to Draw Roddy, A Maze of Pipes, Trailers (Bee Movie, Shrek the Third, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit), Flushed Away Underground Adventure DVD ROM

Roddy (Hugh Jackman), a posh English pet rodent, looks forward to having the run of the house while his owners are away on vacation. He is disturbed by a strange noise the first night, however, and soon discovers a sewer rat exploding from the toilet. Determined to rid himself of this unmannered and highly dirty disturbance, he offers up the "Jacuzzi." If there's one thing sewer rats are, it's crafty - and certainly not to be tricked into jumping into the toilet. The plot backfires, and Roddy finds himself Flushed Away.

Roddy lands in the of Ratropolis, an innovative sewer underworld. Intent on returning to his civilized "world above," he tracks down Rita (Kate Winslet), captain of the sewer voyaging vessel Jammy Dodger. Rather than finding a fast and fearless ticket home, he finds himself face to face with the goons of The Toad (Sir Ian McKellen), intent on retrieving a ruby they insist Rita has stolen. Roddy soon discovers it to be a fake, smashing it to prove his point. When he discovers how much it means to Rita, he promises her a jewel from his London home if she will just get him back. Rita and Roddy shake on the deal but soon uncover a larger and more devastating scheme in the works by The Toad.

What follows is a race against time to save the world and inhabitants of Ratropolis, many of which are Rita's family members. Roddy becomes a hero, discovers the value of family and friends, and is forced to make the choice between his isolated but highly comfortable life aboveground or the many adventures and friendships found underground.

Rife with British humor, Flushed Away is an adventure the whole family will enjoy. Although life in the sewer way leave some viewers a little squeamish, the ingenuity found in this underworld is well worth the visit (hand mixer jet skis, sock sleeping bags, bottle cap "steel toed" boots). Based on the look of clay animation and enhanced through computer animation, Flushed Away has a look and feel unique in the expanding library of animated design. Add to that the British accents, unique star players (rats and slugs), and you have a sure winner!
reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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