Flushed Away (2006, USA) C-90m. *** D: David Bowers, Simon Fell. Starring (the voices of) Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis, Shane Richie, David Bowers. Upper-class rat Jackman from London's Kensington gets flushed down the toilet and ends up in a city in the sewer populated by rats, slugs and the like, and run by psychopathic frog McKellen. He hooks up with tough girlie Winslet, who promises to bring him back to his golden cage if he helps her in return. Starts mildly, then improves in action sequences, ends up as good fun, with many funny characters (love Le Frog) and quite a lot of laughs. First computer-animated feature from Aardman Animation after their clay-animated Wallace and Gromit classics. Contains a few nifty references as well.

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