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‘Flushed Away’: Animation with British flair

Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman will bring animated rodents to life
/ Source: The Associated Press

The title is “Flushed Away,” the animated adventures of rodents Rita and Roddy, voiced by Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman.

Set for release in November, the movie tells the tale of Roddy, an uptown rat lost and alone in the sewers of London who meets up with street-smart scavenger Rita.

This latest collaboration from Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace & Gromit, and DreamWorks Animation SKG will blend British humor and the slick animation of Hollywood, Aardman chief executive David Sproxton told The Associated Press.

“We have our own quirky charm that [DreamWorks] knew they were buying into,” Sproxton said in an interview Thursday on the sidelines of an international entertainment industry conference in Bombay.

“British humor is more ironic than American humor.”

“Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” won this year’s Oscar for best animated feature film but was a disappointment for DreamWorks at the U.S. box office.

“Creatively it’s been a very interesting relationship. [DreamWorks has] a lot of great talent and we had a lot to learn about writing a structure for a feature film for a worldwide audience,” Sproxton said.