As its latest CG-animated feature, Over the Hedge, gets set to debut in theaters on Friday, DreamWorks Animation has released the compete trailer for the upcoming toon Flushed Away. The promo will be shown in theaters prior to Hedge, but curious animation fans can first check it out online at the Apple site (www.apple.com/trailers/dreamworks/flushedaway).
Co-produced by U.K. animation house Aardman Animaitons, Flushed Away stars Hugh Jackman as the voice of Roddy, a highrise-dwelling fat rat who leaves the posh life when he gets flushed down the toilet and into the sewer where he makes new friends and learns how the other half lives. Kate Winslet is Rita, a tough-as-nails sewer boat driver who captures Roddy’s heart and Sir Ian Mckellen is the frog villain, Toad. The voice cast also includes Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy and Shane Ritchie.
The CG-anmated film marks a departure for Aardman, whose previous big-screen outings with DreamWorks, Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, were animated with stop-motion using characters created from plasticine clay. Thought digitally realized, the animal stars of Flushed Away will look familiar to Aardman fans since the studio chose to model the characters like they would in clay rather than going for more photo-real designs.
Flushed Away is directed by Sam Fell and David Bowers from a script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. The film arrives in theaters on Nov. 3.