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''Flushed Away'' (2006) is an AardmanAnimations film, using CGI to duplicate Aardman's trademark {{Claymation}} style of animation.

A pet mouse called Roddy St. James (voiced by Creator/HughJackman), after a mishap with a sewer rat ends up flushed down from his swank Kensington home into the [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer underworld of vermin]] beneath London. Desperate to get home, he encounters Rita (voiced by Creator/KateWinslet), who is on the run from a crime lord called The Toad (voiced by Creator/IanMcKellen).

Roddy and Rita have several misunderstandings, before he finally earns her forgiveness and trust, and she agrees to take him back to the surface. By the time Roddy returns to his comfortable but rather empty life, he has realized The Toad's true plan: to destroy the rodent underworld with a flood caused by all the humans above flushing their toilets during halftime of TheWorldCup Final. After foiling the Toad's plan, Roddy discovers that the life in the sewer, which had originally disgusted him, was far more fulfilling than the life he'd had above.

Despite containing a lot of Aardman's characteristically clever writing, a decent (if not riveting) story, and a great amount of established voice talent (Creator/HughJackman, Creator/KateWinslet AND Creator/IanMcKellen feature in the main roles, along with Creator/AndySerkis and Creator/JeanReno), the film was met with a very muted response, thanks mostly to the controversial decision by Aardman to abandon their [[Franchise/WallaceAndGromit much-loved claymation style]] in favour of CGI. Their reasoning, that the film's scope would be near-impossible to achieve through the painstakingly laborious process of claymation (their other feature film, ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', took 5 whole years to develop), was understandable, but the film still didn't garner the affection that it perhaps could have otherwise.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Possibly justified, as they are ''rats''.
** Also justified in that it's the London sewer, which, like the Paris sewer, is Absurdly Spacious in RealLife.
* AccidentalMisnaming: After mishearing Roddy's protest of "I'm just an innocent bystander!", many start referring to him as Millicent Bystander. Oh, and Rita's grandmother keeps calling him [[Music/TomJones Tom Jones]].
* AffablyEvil: Le Frog. The only reason he seems to put up with the Toad ''at all'' is because they're cousins.
** Toad as well, initially. When he and Roddy first met, the Toad was more than happy to show his collection of royal memorabilia, and acts very civil with him. Then Roddy said his collection was "amusing", not "diverting" like Toad had hoped. Then he broke a good number of his collection, and Toad, visibly angry, orders him to be frozen with Rita.
* AllCGICartoon: Done so because integrating so much water into an otherwise stop-motion cartoon would have been a pain.
* AmericansAreCowboys: Features an obnoxious American tourist with a cowboy hat and Texas drawl.
* AmusingInjuries: Cryonics and Spike. Roddy, too.
* BambooTechnology
* BananaPeel: Defied by [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Spike and Whitey]]... who play it straight with slugs immediately afterwards.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: That of the Toad.
* BreakTheFake: Roddy smashes Rita's prized ruby to prove that it's fake.
* BritishRoyalGuards: An American couple teases a guard in the [[MouseWorld sewer rat version]] of London.
* ButtMonkey: Roddy at first, followed by Spike who stays consistent all throughout the film.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Lots of TakeThat to the French here.
-->'''[=LeFrog=]:''' Okay, men! To action!
-->'''[=LeFrog's=] Men:''' ''*Raising both arms*'' We surrender!
-->'''[=LeFrog=]:''' ''*Annoyed*'' No! Not ''that'' one, you idiots! The ''Kung-Fu'' thing!
-->'''[=LeFrog's=] Men:''' Aaaah...
** It should be noted that Le Frog's voice actor is the Spanish-French Jean Reno. The directors at Aardman felt that Le Frog would have been more of a caricature and less of a character if he was voiced by an Englishman faking a French accent, so they sought out the services of Jean. [[SelfDeprecation He was more than happy to help.]] And the result is '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO5xO5Ru32s hilarious]].'''
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:"Those floodgates won't hold forever!"]]
** Pretty much anything having to do with [[spoiler:the World Cup Final.]]
* ComedicSociopathy: Let's face it; watching Roddy get '''''five''' groin attacks '''in a row''''' is hilarious.
** Also occurs in-universe with Le Frog: "I find everyone's pain funny but my own...I'm French!"
* ConnectedAllAlong: [[spoiler: Rita knows Sid, much to Roddy's dismay.]]
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The ninja frogs working for The Toad. Justified in that they're shown not to be as competent as they preach to be.
* DisasterDominoes: When Toad is showing Roddy his collection. Toad is not pleased.
* {{Eagleland}}: The loud tourists who confuse UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball with [[TheBeautifulGame the other football]].
-->'''Loud American Tourist''': Where's the helmets? Which one's the quarterback? C'mon Pick up the ball! Pick up the ball! Agh! These Brits don't know the first thing about football!
* EveryoneHatesMimes: Played with. A French frog mime tapes a cellphone to his body and flips the screen so Toad's face is shown. Every word he says the mime acts it out like he's physically there (though some actions don't work to his intention like saying dancing or dramatically turning around). He's basically projecting the BigBad and giving the heroes a little interaction.
* EvilIsHammy: [[Creator/IanMcKellen Toad]]. That is all.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Thimblenose Ted.
* FatIdiot: Subverted with Sid, who quickly realizes that Roddy is trying to trick him and sends him down the toilet instead.
* FishOutOfWater
* FunWithFlushing: This happens to Roddy.
* GenreSavvy
-->'''[[ThoseTwoBadGuys [=Spike=]:]]''' Careful, [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Whitey!]] That's a BananaPeel!
* GildedCage: Literally.
* GilliganCut
* GreekChorus: The slugs. Their songs have some degree of relevance to whatever is currently happening in the story often enough that some of them could be considered narration. The "Bella Notte" parody is a good example.
* GroinAttack: Roddy has several unfortunate impacts to his nether regions upon arrival in the sewer, hitting his groin on pipes, hammers and other things.
** Spike as well, during the ChaseScene.
** Inverted during the ChaseScene when Ladykiller is catapulted backwards and lands crotch-first in Thimblenose Ted's face.
* GrossOutShow: Naturally, there's a significant bit of potty humor, given the fact that Roddy arrived from being flushed down the toilet, and most of the film's action takes place in a sewer.
* HarmlessFreezing: Played with. The Toad traps anyone who dares irritate him by freezing them with liquid nitrogen, encasing them in a perfectly clear ice-cube. He intends to do the same to Roddy and Rita, but they escape, causing Spike and Whitey to suffer the same fate. Their frosty prison is immediately broken by Toad and commands them to chase after Roddy and Rita, which they do. Very stiffly.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Twice, once with Spike, another with The Toad.
* HurricaneOfPuns
* IChooseToStay
* InnocentBystander: Roddy TRIED to paint himself as one, saying the exact words. Unfortunately, everyone else [[{{Mondegreen}} thought he was introducing himself as Millicent Bystander.]]
* {{Irony}}: In the voiceover commentary, the directors noted multiple times that there's something hilariously ironic about small characters having disproportionately low voices. Also, this bit:
---> '''Mr. Malone:''' You cheeky little monkey. We Malones never go back on our word! [[IResembleThatRemark I'll have no son of mine]] acting TheRat.
* LampshadeHanging: See MoodMotif, below.
* LargeHam: [=LeFrog=]. Also, Ian [=McKellen's=] ludicrously over-the-top performance is one of the best parts of the movie.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: The slugs provide the MoodMotif of spooky music when Roddy first finds himself in the sewer and is freaked out. They stop when Roddy turns and realizes they're doing it.
** EVERY TIME music plays in this movie, it's either the slugs or a character doing it. They loved this joke.
** As the protagonists are sailing away, the ninja frogs pop up menacingly in the foreground of the shot, accompanied by a quick French accordion burst... then one of the frogs turns and continues playing the same accordion, much to the annoyance of Le Frog, who promptly slaps him silly.
* LonelyRichKid: Roddy is a prime example.
* MacGuffin: The cable Rita steals from the Toad and subsequently wears as a belt. Also, the ruby the Toad stole from Rita that she steals back.
* MissingMom: It's never explained how the Toad got so ''many'' children.
* MissingTrailerScene: The pair of Roddy's hamster butlers seen in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLJxoJM_ZbY original trailer]] are nowhere to be found in the actual film itself. Even more grating in that the butlers do appear in the video game adaptations of the movie.
** According to the WordOfGod, they were removed because they made no sense to the plot, and they wanted to stress the fact that Roddy is a loner; the song ''Dancing with Myself'' was added late in the production as well.
* [[MistakenForIndex Mistaken for...]]
* MoodMotif: spoofed, in an [[RuleOfCool awesome]] and [[TastesLikeDiabetes ridiculously cute]] fashion.
* MouseWorld
* NeverTrustATrailer: Roddy doesn't have hamster butlers in the movie.
** But he does, briefly, in the game.
** The trailer also give plenty of spotlight to Sid, making it look as if he's a main character. In the actual movie, Sid is a talking PlotDevice.
* [[NoFlowInCGI No Flow in Claymation]]: This movie (which was in production before ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'') was originally intended to be a traditional claymation movie like ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', but Aardman couldn't find a way to animate flowing water convincingly in claymation.
* OhCrap: A fly hovering above Le Frog and his men mutters the kid friendly version "Oh bother" just moments before they all try to eat him.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Hugh Jackman as Roddy. Only happens once.
* ParentalBonus
* PantyShot: Sort of. In trying to run away from the Toad, Roddy grabs onto Rita, who was planning on bailing him, and ended up snapping off her old belt and pulling her pants down a bit in the process.
* PricelessMingVase: Roddy accidentally destroys Toad's entire collection of [[strike:cheap Buckingham Palace gift shop knick-knacks]] priceless royal family memorabilia.
* RaceForYourLove
* RedRightHand: Thimblenose Ted's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin thimble nose]].
* RoadTripRomance
* RunningGag: The slugs punctuate several moments throughout the movie, musically and otherwise.
* ScavengedPunk: The sewer world is built all out of human materials. Just check out those eggbeater jet-skis.
* SendMeBack
* ShoutOut: Loaded with them.
** One of the Toad's frozen victims is wearing the same clothes as [[StarWars Han Solo]].
** As stated in ActorAllusion, there's Roddy deciding if he should wear a Wolverine costume.
** At the beginning of the film when Roddy browses for a movie to watch, the DVD titles are mostly comprised of DreamworksAnimation films... and then there's ''[[Film/{{Batman}} Ratman]]'', ''[[Film/BatmanReturns Ratman Returns]]'', and ''Ratman Returns Again!'' among other things.
** As Roddy is first going through the pipes, he runs into a small fish that asks, [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo "Have you seen my dad?]]
** One of the flies squeaks out [[Film/TheFly "Help me!"]] before Toad eats it.
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Alex the lion]] and some of the bunnies from ''TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' appear in stuffed-animal form, as well as [[WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit Gromit]] as a PEZ dispenser.
** A cockroach is seen reading ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''.
** At one point, Spike says, "[[ToTheBatNoun To the ratmobiles!]]", complete with spinning background, Spike and Whitey's heads zooming toward and away from the camera, and even the ''music sting'' from ''Series/{{Batman}}''.
** ''Film/{{X-Men}}'', [[ActorAllusion given Hugh Jackman, who voices Roddy, portrayed Wolverine.]] The Wolverine outfit cones from [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} the comics]], rather than [[Film/{{X-Men}} the films]], though.
** Film/JamesBond - Roddy has a throwaway bit involving a suction cup dart gun.
*** A movie titled "[[Film/DieAnotherDay Die]] [[Film/NeverSayNeverAgain Again]] [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies Tomorrow]]", nevertheless. That scene also has numerous DVD cases with punny titles ("12 Angry Folks", "A Few Good Puns") or straight-up Creator/DreamWorks films.
** [[Series/{{Batman}} "To the Ratmobile!"]], complete with a cutaway spoofing the campy Creator/AdamWest series.
** Newspaper clipping referencing mysterious veggie monster terrifying local gardeners (''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit: WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', also by Aardman).
*** I'm pretty sure there is a Gromit head in the interior of Rita's ship.
**** And a Wallace outfit in Roddy's closet.
*** Also, in Roddy's owners room in the beginning, you can see a stuffed Gromit (and also a stuffed [[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Alex the lion]] as well.
**** And there's three stuffed bunnies from ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit''.
** Just about any Disney cartoon toon. Espically, the goldfish when Roddy is first in the sewer.
---> Goldfish: [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo " Have you seen my dad?"]]
** [[{{Caddyshack}} The candy bar in the sewer]] (although the DVD commentary maintains this one is a coincidence).
** In the fridge one of the frozen rats has clothing suspiciously similar to [[StarWars Han Solo]] and is in a similar stance to Han after he was frozen in carbonite.
** And then, of course, there's [[SexPistols Sid.]]
* SlapSlapKiss: [[NoHuggingNoKissing Roddy and Rita]]
* SoftWater: Roddy falls from some unspecified height, which is portrayed as abyss. When he finally lands, he hit water and is unharmed. Said water barely stands to his knees. And he's a rat.
* SpaghettiKiss: Between two slugs during the meal Roddy and Rita share, with a hilarious result!
* SpitTake: Done by Roddy when Sid mentions that he's waiting to go to the bathroom at half-time, which leads into him realizing that the Toad is waiting until half-time to drown all the rats.
* SurroundedByIdiots: The Toad's evil rants are pretty much ''built'' on this trope. Le Frog seems to feel this way about his ninja team and definitely feels this way about his cousin the Toad.
* TakingYouWithMe: Attempted by the Toad.
* TemptingFate: Spike expresses his distaste for happy endings at the end of the film, saying he prefers unhappy endings with lots of violence. Pain ensues moments after.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Spike & Whitey.
* TitleDrop: Le Frog, during his cousin's exposition dump.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: The evil Toad and his French cousin Le Frog get their tongues frozen onto a large pipe containing liquid nitrogen after Roddy smashes it apart to freeze the tidal wave Toad sent to drown the rats of Sewer-London. It's implied that the two amphibians were both arrested after they were unfrozen.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Whitey, despite being a thug and pair up to Spike, is rather polite and patient in acting on Toad's orders. Whitey also loves happy endings.
* TookALevelInBadass: Roddy, in spades.
* ToTheBatNoun: "Enough games. To the ratmobiles!"
* {{Tsundere}}: Rita. "Ah, the little English girl. So aggressive."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Sid was originally going to be voiced by Ricky Gervais but he left at some point during pre-production.
** Roddy also was supposed to have hamster butlers, if what was expected in the trailer to be true. They're only in the video game.
* WickedCultured: The Toad, or at least he thinks he is.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Toad. He was once Prince Charles's most favorite pet. Then someone brought in a rat and flushed the Toad down the toilet so Charlie could focus all his attention on the replacement pet. This became his motivation for trying to wipe out the Sewer-London.
* WorldOfHam: The sewer.
* ZombieGait: Something is... ''off'' about Thimblenose Ted. Besides having a thimble for a nose, that is.

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