The third and final collaboration between DreamWorks Animation and the U.K.’s Aardman Animations comes to home video today with the release of the CG comedy Flushed Away. After a disappointing North American theatrical run during a busy year for toons, DreamWorks is hoping the well-reviewed pic finds a sizeable audience on disc, especially after its strong showing at the Annie Awards (six wins). Also arriving at retail today are the first season of Warner Bros. Animation’s What’s New Scooby-Doo? and a limited-edition version of the 2005 animated feaure Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
Flushed Away stars Hugh Jackman as the voice of Roddy St. James, a pampered, high rise-dwelling rat who leaves the posh life when he gets flushed down the toilet and into the sewer where he makes new friends and learns how the other half lives. Kate Winslet is Rita, a tough-as-nails sewer boat driver who captures Roddy’s heart and Sir Ian Mckellen is the frog villain, Toad. The voice cast also includes Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy and Shane Ritchie.
Bonus features on the disc include the featurette From Clay to CG: A Technical Journey, commentary by directors David Bowers and Sam Fell, two animated songs from the popular slug characters, an animator’s gallery, a Jammy Dodger fly-thru, a behind-the-scenes interactive tour and featurette’s on the film’s crew and music. Kids can also learn how to draw Roddy, try their hands at a pipe maze, build their very own slug and play the DVD Rom game Flushed Away Underground Adventure. The DVD retails for $29.99.
The complete first season of What’s New Scooby-Doo? comes packaged as a two-disc set containing 13 episodes from the 2002 run. Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang take on more supernatural cases in this slate of installments, which boasts such guest stars as baseball greats Mike Piazza and Luis Santiago and pop stars JC Chasez and Lindsay Pagano. Extra features include the bonus episode “A Scooby-Doo Valentine” and a backstage blooper reel. The Warner Home Video release carries the suggested retail price of $19.98.
After releasing the best-selling special edition in April of 2006, Sony today debuted a new, two-disc limited edition of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue, and animated in CG by Square Enix, the futuristic action thriller takes place two years after Cloud Strife and company saved the world from Sephiroth. The story finds Strife haunted by his past and living a secluded life while a strange disease spreads throughout the planet and old enemies hatch schemes.
The limited edition release comes with 10 collectible postcards, an English-language movie script and a biographical character booklet. For approximately $49.95, fans also get a story digest titled “Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII,” deleted scenes, Venice Film Festival footage, a making-of featurette with all new English voice cast interviews, the anime featurette Last Order Final Fantasy VII and a sneak peek at upcoming Final Fantasy VII games.