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Thursday, November 2, 2006

Flushed Away

Posted on Thu, Nov 2, 2006 at 4:00 AM

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Flushed Away
Length: Single
Studio: DreamWorks SKG
Rated: PG
Website: http://www.flushedaway.com/flash/index.html
Release Date: 2006-11-03
Cast: Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy, Shane Richie, Jean Reno, Andy Serkis
Director: Sam Fell, David Bowers
Screenwriter: Sam Fell, Dick Clement, Joe Keenan, William Davies, Ian La Frenais, Peter Lord
Music Score: Harry Gregson-Williams
WorkNameSort: Flushed Away
Our Rating: 3.00
Perhaps too witty for its own good, Flushed Away finds the pop-culture references of Dreamworks Animation (Shrek) colliding with the irony-rich humor of Aardman Features (Wallace and Gromit) for an 86-minute romp through the surprisingly civilized sewers of London. It's a standard mouse-out-of-gilded-cage tale that weaves in an adventurous heist motif along with (of course) a touch of interrodent romance. The intricate 'setâ?� design, frantic pace and nonstop nod-and-wink humor is exhausting, though. While separately both of these animation studios are able to craft delicately balanced films that are just smart enough for grown-ups, Flushed Away suffers from a sense of one-upmanship that ultimately detracts from its best moments by making them confusing for the youngest viewers.

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