& Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
is a Dreamworks-Aardman Animations collaboration. The difference, however, is that the latter is a
CG-based film - no Wallace, no Gromit, and no endless fiddling with clay in this one. And, with the vocal talents of
folks such as Hugh Jackman
, Kate Winslet
(as Le Frog) and Ian McKellen
, the cast is as prestigious as
the studios involved. The movie tells the story of a posh rat (I know - rats can be posh? Just go with it.) who finds
himself flushed down a toilet into the mean streets of London's sewers. Hilarity, love, and danger ensue.
Though Flushed Away
doesn't come out until November, an early look at the animation and characters is now
available at the official website, and it's pretty promising. The film's look is obviously very different from what
we've come to expect from Aardman, but the same humor is there, as are the broad accents and class consciousness that
set their work apart from most other animation. Go take a look - it's sort of cool to see the unfinished footage, and
to get a sense of how the movie's coming together.