The story in "Flushed Away" is simple and not particularly original, but it's told cleverly (with a screenplay by five writers and direction by animation veterans David Bowers and Sam Fell), with daffy British humor, split-second sight gags and smart dialogue.
Roddy (voice of Hugh Jackman), a pet mouse in an upscale London apartment has his life interrupted by the arrival of a sewer rat named Sid. Adding to his vexation: While trying to flush Sid down the toilet, Roddy gets himself flushed instead. I guess if it isn't one thing, it's another, when you're a pet mouse.
The upper-class Roddy now finds himself mingling with the common mouse, rat, and other subterranean creatures in an underground city built specifically for mouse-sized animals and made from trash and debris cast away by the humans. He wants only to get back to his home in Kensington, of course, but he must rely on a mouse named Rita, an adventuresome mercenary who pilots a boat through the sewers, to help him.
This being a characteristically British film, there are digs at the French (who are quite literally frogs) and at the Americans (one of whom is shown insisting that his British hosts know nothing about football) - but most of all there are endless affectionate swipes at the British themselves, and at that old English obsession, class.
It's is the classic fish out of water story, or rather, posh rat discovering his roots. I enjoyed this flick with my kids... they loved it!
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