Royal Flush

So I managed to catch another movie featuring Hugh Jackman – Flushed Away. And no, I didn’t get to see the other Hugh Jackman movie – I missed the run of The Prestige. It came and went, and I didn’t even see its trailer… but then again, I haven’t been to movies early enough. (Not my fault!)

Aardman Studio’s trademark claymation characters are all there, with their humor, too. However, it felt a bit more American, with less clever conversation, and more hidden jokes (ala Simpsons). Or maybe I didn’t spot as many until the end. Spot the Gromit and Bunny!

Le Frog: To action!
French Henchfrogs: We surrender!
Le Frog: Not that action, you idiots! The kung-fu thing!

The French are associated with white flags and surrendering, so scones for you if you spot it!

The joke with the classic yellow Wolverine costume didn’t occur to me till the end. Hugh Jackman, geddit?

Jean Reno is always playing henchman to a baddie, or inspector. This time he’s hilarious. You’d forget that it was Ian McKellen being Toad. Bill Nighy was excellent as Whitey, the bigger of Toad’s two henchmen; he said stupid lines but didn’t necessarily do stupid things. The voice actors/actresses did not bring their typecasts to the characters, thankfully. If you didn’t know who was voicing who, it would be tough to guess.

The singing slugs were real cute, too! (Okay, so I’m taking this oppurtunity to insert some snail pictures of my own.)

Disappointingly, IMDB only has a few quotes from the movie, compared to the wealth in quotes from Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Yet another snail insert.

And now, for a survey!

I think this survey makes more sense to read when you sort it into two lists – those that are true, and those that aren’t. So here goes the false bits:

I wear glasses or contact lenses. (20-20 baby! I should not waste these God-given optics and become a pilot and shag stewardesses all day. And uh, fly planes as well.)
I wear a toe ring.
Climbing trees is a brilliant past-time.
I talk in my sleep.
I’m not allergic to anything.
I have jumped off a bridge.
I walk barefoot wherever I can. (Do socks count?)
I can move my tongue in waves, much like a snakes slither.
I can’t live without black eyeliner.
I can’t stick to a diet.
I usually like covers better than originals.
I am comfortable with who I am right now.
I fall for the worst people.
I went college out of state.
I have more than just my ears pierced.
I worked at a McDonald’s restaurant.
I love sea turtles.
I spend ridiculous money on makeup.
I’m obsessed with guys.
I hate office jobs.
I have jazz in my blood. (But I got the bluuues baby. And heavy metal flows in my veins.)
I study for tests most of the time.
I own the “South Park” movie.
I would die for my best friends.
I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza.
I have used my sexuality to advance my career.
I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all.
Halloween is awesome because you get free candy.
I watch Spongebob Squarepants and I like it.
I love to play video games.
I’ve been in a threesome.
I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
I’ve broken someone’s bones.
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe , free of cost, and scar-free.
I love sushi.
I talk really, really fast.
I have lost money in Las Vegas.
I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past.
I couldn’t survive without Caller I.D.
I have a lot of mood swings.
I’m always hyper no matter how much sugar I have.
I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.
I love to shop.
I enjoy window shopping.
I would rather shop than eat.
I don’t hate anyone.
I’m a pretty good dancer.
I believe in God.
I watch MTV on a daily basis.
I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months.
I have changed a diaper before.
I’ve called the cops on a friend before.
I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship.

(It waves!)

And here goes the true bits.

I miss somebody right now. (Then again, I miss all of you! Muaks! Hugs and kisses for all of you! I hope you’re touched!)
I don’t watch TV these days.
I believe that honesty is usually the best policy.
I curse.
I have changed mentally over the last year.
I’m TOTALLY smart.
I’m paranoid sometimes.
I need money right now.
I have long hair.
I have at least one sibling.
I like the way I look.
I am usually pessimistic.
I have a hidden talent.
I have a lot of friends.
I’m currently single.
I have pecked someone of the same sex. (Damn these party games.)
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I have a cell phone.
I’ve rejected someone before.
I want to have children in the future. (So I can bestow my warped beliefs.)
I have a lot to learn.
I have been with someone at least 10 years older or younger.
I am shy around the opposite sex.
I’m completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.
I have tried alcohol before.
I have made a move on a friend’s significant other or crush in the past.
I am happy at this moment!
I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I’ve ever met. (Someday, I’ll blog about it.)
Plan on achieving a major goal/dream.
I’m proficient in a musical instrument.
I love sci-fi movies.
I think water rules.
I like sausages.
I love kisses.
I adore bright colours.
I somehow enjoyed this thingy. (Only because I thought of a new way of answering it.)
I can pick up things with my toes.
I have ridden/owned a horse.
I still have every journal I’ve ever written in.
I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions.
I can’t whistle.

Follow the yellow brick road.

4 thoughts on “Royal Flush

  1. Matthew Post author

    I loved the second snail picture- upclose and personal. Going down to its level gave an extra impact. Ahhh…perfect.

  2. lionel Post author

    Without being distracted by the list, here’s my favourite sequence from Flushed Away:

    Spike: Bingo!
    Whitey: Scrabble!
    Spike: Enough games. To the Ratmobile!
    [transition parodied from that campy old Adam West Batman series]

    3 jokes compacted in those few seconds. Brilliant.

    I think by "hidden jokes (ala Simpsons)" you mean pop culture references. Right?


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