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(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] (1hr 26min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 2, 2006
72 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] -- ...somewhat complex as well as often clever animated film...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): DreamWorks Animation, Aardman Animations, DreamWorks SKG
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): David Bowers
Producer(s): Cecil Kramer, Peter Lord, David Sproxton
Story by: Sam Fell, Peter Lord, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Screenplay by: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Christopher Lloyd, Joe Keenan, William Davies
Cinematography/Camera: Brad Blackbourn, Frank Passingham
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Film Editing: Eric Dapkewicz, John Venzon
Art Direction: Pierre-Olivier Vincent, Scott Wills
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

In Flushed Away, a look-alike of the PG-G Wallace and Gromit, Roddy St. James (voice of Hugh Jackman) is a domesticated rat that lives in the lap of luxury. Pampered by his little girl owner, Roddy can live the life of leisure each day in his two-story cage. When the little girl and family go away for a vacation, Roddy escapes the confines of his cage and romps as he now has the run of the entire house, motorized toy cars and all.

Roddy entertains all the plastic ladies and gents of the house until sewer rat Sid (voice of Shane Richie) spews up through a house drain. Sid is bent on taking over Roddy's lush home with all the treats and the TV -- to watch the World Cup football final. Sid achieves his goal by flushing Roddy down the commode.

After a harrowing Rube Goldberg style trip through the sewer pipes, Roddy now finds himself in the world of sewer rats, toads, frogs, slugs and an array of other slime dwellers ruled by Boss Toad (voice of Sir Ian McKellan), a gang lord bent on stealing a precious ruby from resident Rita Malone (voice of Kate Winslett).

After proving to Rita the ruby is fake, Roddy strikes a deal with Rita that if she in her Jammy Dodger boat can get him back to his home in Kensington, he will provide her with real gems.

As Toad tries to steal the ruby, Rita snatches a cable vital to Toad's plans to flood the sewers during halftime of the World Cup game between London and Berlin, killing all of the city's rat population. Hungry to kill all the rats, Toad sends his goons, Whitey (Bill Nighy), Spike (Andy Serkis) and cousin Le Frog (Jena Reno) with his hit squad to pursue Rita, not to get the now known fake ruby but to get back his flood-making cable.

There is much more about this somewhat complex as well as often clever animated film but since this report is being posted opening day of the film I will refrain from any further spoiling of the film.

In spite of the high wattage cast of voice characters, as noted below in the snapshots of the individual investigation area findings (provided in detail in the Findings/Scoring section of this report) Flushed Away  presents some violence content, crude sexual humor plus some hateful bully/thug behaviors worthy of your parental attention.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Compartments of violence are largely filled by behaviors such as abduction, a character eating another character, an order to kill and action violence. Slapstick violence provides some deviation from violence of the ugly nature. [3 John 11, Prov. 3:31-32]

Impudence/Hate (I)
While not one use of profanity was noted in the entire 86-minute film, some issues of a crude nature such as fecal humor and lying took their toll on the scoring distribution. [Eph. 5:4]

Sexual Immorality (S)
There are a number of examples of attention to the posterior and many crotch hits in Flushed Away. In one case, as Roddy hangs on to Rita's legs as they swing on a rope, Roddy pulls her pants down, exposing her underwear as he says "Things I want to see." Though Roddy's comment was clearly pointed at some other issue, it is just as clear why the writers had him say it when he did. In another case, a stage audience member threw underwear on Roddy as he sang, mimicking the famous Tom Jones incident ("What's New Pussycat" by Tom Jones is one of the songs in the film). [Gal. 5:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
Only one instance of booze was found. It involved drinking as well. [Eph. 5:18]

Offense to God (O)
The only instance notes as applicable to this investigation area was the one mockery of Scripture. [2 Tim. 3:16]

Murder/Suicide (M)
No murder or suicide was noted in the entire film.

Flushed Away  also takes well-devised pot shots at several other films such as The Fly, Star WarsLady and the Tramp  and Terminator  as well as makes clever use of several popular oldies-but-goodies songs. It even uses one of those sticky toys that flop down the side of a refrigerator as a template for the actions of Le Frog.

Note finally that while the length of a film noted in almost all of our reports does not include the time for the rolling credits, this one does since new animation of a number of the characters in the body of the film is presented during the credits.


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  • 3 John 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil [violent, immoral, debaucherous - all sin] but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence. [These verses speak to having violent desires and thoughts as well as violent behaviors. So, don't let the violence seen conjure violence in your heart nor let your heart be drawn into the "He got what he deserved" trap.]
  • 2 Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • 1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ["These things I have written" includes lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes from 1 John 2:16. An example of "them that seduce you" includes they who demonstrate sexual sin, however innocuous it may seem, in and as entertainment which can "seduce" the viewer, can lead one astray by desensitizing one and emboldening him/her to believe sexually immoral deeds, thoughts and display are acceptable OR by eroding one's natural inhibition against sexually immoral deeds and thoughts. And anything in and as entertainment that draws the viewer's attention to the private parts, clothed or not, is sexual.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not get intoxicated and not abuse the body. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Flushed Away (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • self slapping
  • abduction to capture
  • character eating another character
  • order to kill
  • pursuit to assault
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • theft
  • thug behavior, often

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • lie to manipulate
  • fecal humor
  • lie to protect self
  • bully brutality
  • lie to impress, repeatedly
  • flatulence, twice

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • attention to posterior and posterior humor, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch, unseen
  • scene of underwear with comment "Things I want to see"
  • crotch hit, repeatedly
  • female underwear thrown on male stage performer

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, once
  • drinking, once

    Offense to God (O)
  • mockery of Scripture, once

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • note noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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