FLUSHED AWAY is probably one of those animated movies that you forgot about amongst the hoopla surrounding CARS and HAPPY FEET. I donít know if Iíd go as far as to say it was better than those two, but FLUSHED AWAY was a fun movie that should entertain kids and adults alike. Jackman and Winslet do a fine job with their voice work and the directors do a great job of adding subtle jokes that audiences will get a kick out of. I especially like the X-Men costume in the beginning and the frozen Han Solo in the freezer.
One of my problems with recent animated films is that they rely to heavily on funny, quirky, supporting characters (see ICE AGE and OVER THE HEDGE for reference). This film lacked the annoying supporting character and was better for it. Also, I didnít get really bored in the middle of the film like I have with other animated films. I hate to say it had a good plot, but at least it had one. The characters were fun and interesting and the story moved along very quickly.
The film did seem to be geared towards little kids a little too much. There was a heavy reliance on kicked-in-the-crotch humor. You can only watch a rat get kicked in the nards before itís just not funny anymore. However, Iím sure the younginís out there will get a kick out of it.
Music of Flushed Away (8:51): I always like watching the composer do his thing with clips from the movie playing in the background. This is pretty much what this is as it looks at the difficulties scoring an animated film. Overall, it was an enjoyable little featurette.
Meet the Cast (8:38): Itís always cool to see the people doing the voices of an animated film. This is usually the best part of an animated DVD and this one is no exception. I highly recommend watching this if you donít watch anything else.
There are also some Previews, a Juke Box, and Slug Songs