Flushed Away ★★★ 2006 (PG)
The Aardman studio ventures from its usual clay figure stop-motion look into computer animation but the inventiveness remains. Roddy (Jackman) is a posh London pet mouse who is unceremoniously flushed down the loo by baddie sewer rat Sid (Richie). Roddy discovers a raucous underground community that is threatened by evil gangster The Toad (McKellen) and his French cousin Le Frog (Reno). Fortunately, the pampered Roddy is taken in by tough working-class rat Rita (Winslet) as they try to save the day. The harmonizing singing slugs are an added highlight. 84m/ C DVD . US GBD: David Bowers, Sam Fell; W: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Chris Lloyd, Joe Keenan, William Davies; M: Harry Gregson-Williams; V: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis, Kathy Burke, David Suchet, Shane Richie, Miriam Margolyes, Rachel Rawlinson.