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Nov. 7th, 2006

08:39 pm - Cars Coughed Away

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So I picked up "Cars" on DVD (and got a bunch of diecast Cars figures, yaay!) and saw "Flushed Away" in theatres. Well, one theatre. (Notice I'm spelling it the British/Canadian way. This is because I WANT the terrists to win!)

It's a fun movie, with all the weirdness you'd expect from Aardman Animations, the folks who brought you "Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and "Curses from the War Chicken". Refreshingly light on toilet humor too, despite taking place mostly in the sewer. Didja see the trailer, where Roddy the house mouse is in the water, and he grabs something brown and log-shaped, EWWW, which turns out to be an actual candy bar, whew? That was it. That was the one poop joke. (Well, one of the two. The other is a casual line about "those aren't chocolate buttons" in which nothing is even shown.)

Lessee, there's a whole underground city of mice and rats, a villainous toad (and his French frog cousin) and a cute mouse named Rita whom you know Roddy's going to end up with, oh yes and a recurring Greek chorus of singing slugs. There's also the question of whether the movie suffers from being CGI instead of clay. I don't think it does. Same sort of character designs, with motion that's a bit smoother. Works for me!

(Oh, and didja see the early trailer, where Roddy's got these two butler mice? They're not in the movie. I guess they were taken out to accentuate Roddy's loneliness.)


I was worried I'd be coughing all through the movie, since I'm in the scratchy-throat-and-persistent-cough phase of my cold, so I brought cough drops and Starburst fruit chew candies (which I've discovered are very good at staving off sore throat). But just before the movie started, I bought a hot dog and a soda. That was EXACTLY what I needed. The hotdog was gone before the movie started, but the soda kept my throat lubricated for most of the movie. I didn't even start coughing until the second half of the movie, and then not much anyway. I ended up taking a grand total of ONE cough drop.


And now that I've been to Chili's and am too full to drink a soda, the coughing has started again. Oh well, I've got cough drops.

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From:zrath
Date:November 7th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
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No mice butlers? Bloody hell!
Guess I'll wait for the Director's Cut... :-)


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From:keeper1st
Date:November 8th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
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You didn't spell it the British way. They spell it C-I-N-E-M-A!

Haven't seen the movie yet, but yeah, I found it interesting how well they made their same style in CGI. Kind of sad to see stop-motion go away, though.
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From:zrath
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
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Is Aardman giving up on stop-motion?
'Cause last time I checked, they said they did "Flushed Away" in CGI because
water looks awful in stop-motion.
Now, I'm curious.


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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
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Honestly, I wouldn't blame 'em. I'm sure it's a lot less work.
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From:keeper1st
Date:November 8th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
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Dunno if they're giving up on it.

Funny thing about your point, though, is that only a few years ago, one could have said the same about CGI -- can't do water with computers!!
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From:pippinbear
Date:November 8th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
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The marketing machine hadn't even brought Flushed Away to my attention yet - it's not due out until 1 December over here! (Although now that I read about it, I do remember seeing a trailer for it a while ago. And it looked good then! Must see it when it comes out!)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 8th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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The flushing theme didn't worry me too much, but the early trailer I saw showed little of the underground city (typical tease for early trailers) and focused more on the ribaldry of the mouse who flushed away the aristocrat. In particular, I was concerned about the big belch. There have been quite enough of those in animated movies lately, so I figured that this was just another rehash for the kiddies. But maybe I'll see it for the slugs.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 8th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, there's a little belch content in the movie too. The teaser showed, I'd say no less than half of it.
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