Took Georgie (Aged 5) to see Flushed Away yesterday. She liked it. In fact she was the loudest laugh in the cinema.
A very good film. But I fear this type of film is being flushed away.
It seems that DreamWorks who help produce and distribute the film, aren't going to work with Aardman (Wallace and Gromit etc) again - "creative differences".
What that seems to mean is American humour, Big Success = Biggest Cash.
I was shocked to hear a few weeks ago, that making movies isn't about making great movies.
It's about making money. Big Corp movie industry is an investment house sinking in Big Corp money of $100m+ and expecting to double the return. Anything less is failure, regardless of if the film is any good.
You can have both. Shrek3 was being previewed. No doubt it will be very good, and a much better merchandising proposition than Flushed Away.
Flushed Away is based on quirky British Humour. It's like EastEnders on speed. There are lots and lots of in-jokes, just on the genre, as well as other film references. I feel proud to have spotted many of them.
As I've said, it's a very good film, and a must-buy DVD. There's so much going on, it's worth several looks and the kids will play it again and again, without tiring of it. It would be excellent as an iMax movie on a very big screen, because they take advantage of the 3D animation to produce sweeping scenes which are at times breathtaking.
So what next for Aardman if they need $100m but can only generate $150m return!!
Does that mean no more Wallace and Gromit full length features.
I'm prepared to buy the Wallace and Gromit boxers to keep them afloat!