Flushed Away official site: http://www.flushedaway.com/
I think this would be a memorable movie post as it marked the number 100th movie post I have. Er… yeah… 100th movie post but not my number 100th movie since I have a lot of movie marathon (lots of movie review in one post) when I first started.
Well, looking at the rating, you must know I am glad my memorable post isn’t ruin by some bad story line, bad character development, bad directing or any bad stuff. I must say it is somehow, somewhat a good movie… collaborating American’s Dream work and British’s Aardman together and showdown such a wonderful mouse show. I bet it was the in thing recently.
Everyone have got something for the mouse. Pixar is coming out with one soon as well… the only problem is we have to wait. Okay… let the show begin! Being the famous creator of “Chicken Run” and “Wallace and Grommit” series, Aardman Studio is consider the master in the claymation industry. And each time they gain good remarks from their movie, it just push them one notch higher.
I just didn’t really go in the cinema with high hopes since most of the time collaboration means havoc since both party wouldn’t settle for different opinions and perspective. But I was wrong, the firs fully CGI animated movie for Aardman just proves to the world, they can make a bomb even it wasn’t a claymation.
The story is about Roddy (Hugh Jackman), a spoiled mouse who lives a luxury and save life being a pet of a rich little girl, Tabitha (Rachael Rowlinson). One day, the family decided to go on a vacation. It’s when Roddy comes out from his sparkling golden cage and wander around the house doing things he always wanted to do. The best part, he even have a checklist of everything he wants to do. Yes, everything went well. He have the whole house to himself and before the day ends.. he almost finish doing everything with the dolls. Right!! What a lonely pathethic pet~
Everything is about to change when Sid (Shane Richie) pops out from the tap. Being a mouse that stays in the sewer, Sid was excited with what he saw in Roddy’s place. Food, big TV, nice cars… and he is determine to stay with Roddy and watch the World Cup finals. Roddy on the other hand is trying hard to get rid of Sid instead.
Roddy then tricked Sid to the toilet telling him that he would on the jaquzzi for Sid. Sid knows what Roddy is up to and kicked him in to the toilet bowl and flush him away. It landed Roddy on a sewer where he saw loads and loads of worms/shit. There, he discover a big mouse city. Desperate to get back to where he belong, he needs to find Rita (Kate Winslet) for help.
Just then, Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nightly) is on Rita’s tail for she has stolen a ruby from Toad (Ian McKellen). In order to get out from the mouse city, Roddy ask for help from Toad… but little does Roddy know Toad plans to distroy the city and replace it with his own kind.
Just before Rita and Roddy escape from the Toad, they took something very important from Toad… which leads him to send Spike and Whitey aftering them. When it all fails… he have no choice but to send Le Frog (Jean Reno) to go after them.
I think the visual ideation was simply amazing. The whole mouse city is built from microwaves, phone boots , washing machines and other electrical appliances. Obviously there is a lot of reverences to other movies such as James Bond, Finding Nemo, Terminator 2 and etc.
The characters were wonderful. All of them with great vocal masters. I must say Jean Reno as Le Frog did the best for me. Last but not least, I must say I love the little worms/shit. They did almost of of the singing. And each time you see them appear, you know there will be funny tunes or sound effects. Yeah, just like Ice Age… where the little squirrel becomes such an important icon, in this one… the little worms/shit was the icon.
I just think it’s cool and worth watching. It just “flush” me away~