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(2006)

Trivia

For security reasons, early prints of the film were shipped under the title "Leech".
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Aardman's first fully-CGI feature film. The reason for using computer animation, instead of the studio's trademark clay animation, was the numerous scenes involving water, which is nearly impossible to do convincingly in stop motion.
Hugh Jackman also provided the screams for the slug that Roddy first meets in the sewer.
While Roddy and Rita are in the fridge, one of the frozen rats is Han Solo, posing in his famous pose.
When Roddy is selecting a movie for the movie premiere, the DVDs with real titles are all DreamWorks films.
At the beginning of the film, when Roddy is going through his wardrobe, the outfit he forgoes, for the Elvis Presley-style rhinestone jumpsuit, is a replica of the original Wolverine outfit from the comic books. Wolverine is the role that made Hugh Jackman famous.
Barry Humphries, Stellan Skarsgård, Michael Wincott, Kevin Kline, Jim Broadbent, and Johnny Depp were considered for the role of Le Frog.
Robert De Niro, Kevin Pollak, Marshall Efron, Paul Walker, Robin Williams, and William Shatner were considered for the role of Spike.
Several of the names found in the DVDs, and on Rita's father's cast, belong to the children of producers, directors, and other people involved in the movie.
In the first theatrical trailer, Roddy was not the only pet of the little human girl. There was also a cage with two small yellow gerbils, who seemed to be Roddy's manservants. However, in the final cut of the film, these two characters were removed, probably to advance the story, and make Roddy appear to be a character who is more "alone" than "spoiled". The first trailer also shows the discovery of Sid during the day, instead of late at night.
The books on Toad's shelf are "Warts and Peace" by Leo Toadstool, "Unfinished Verse" by Long Tung, "A Brief History of Slime," and his scrapbooks, "The Tragic History of the Great Great Toad, Vol. I," followed by Volumes II through VI.
The Toad wears a Freemasons ring on his pinkie finger.
When Roddy is going through his wardrobe at the beginning of the film, the third outfit he goes past (the green woollen vest) is Wallace's outfit (Wallace from Wallace & Gromit).
When the stove falls through the floor of Rita's house, a cockroach that was sitting behind it can be seen holding a book. The book is Franz Kafka's novella "Metamorphosis", the protagonist of which turns into a (non specified) insect, which is often translated as a cockroach. The cockroach appears to be reading a French translation: the title "La métamorphose" is clearly seen, while the Ka- in Kafka is obscured by the insect's "hand".
The frog dressed as a mime is named Marcel. This is a reference and homage to famed French Mime Artist Marcel Marceau. The frog in question is dressed as Marceau's famed character named Bip.
The film uses software that was developed for the rabbits floating around the Bun-Vac 6000 in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). The software reproduces the imperfections found in claymation (for example, dropped frames, thumbprints, et cetera).
When Roddy (Hugh Jackman) and Rita (Kate Winslet) are about to be "iced" in the fridge, you can see that the control panel The Toad (Sir Ian McKellen) is using, is an early Atari 2600 game console (all the controls on the front). The game plugged into the unit is called "Froggie", a play on the old game "Frogger." When facing The Toad, the label on the back of the unit warns of "no service usable parts inside", and "opening the unit voids the warranty".
According to Peter Lord, co-Founder of Aardman, this film's original concept involved pirates, and was pitched to DreamWorks soon after the release of Chicken Run (2000). However, Aardman was told that there was no market for pirate films (this was before Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was made), and were told to modernize the concept. By the time the writer had done this, the project was temporarily shelved, to make way for the production of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).
Hugh Jackman and Andy Serkis appeared in The Prestige (2006).
In Tabitha's room at the beginning of the movie, you see sitting on her window sill is an Alex The Lion plush toy from Madagascar (2005).
Once Roddy enters the sewer version of London, a female mouse shouts "Feed the flies, tuppence a bag!" This is a reference to Mary Poppins (1964), set in London, where it's "feed the birds, tuppence a bag!"
Nicole Kidman was considered for the role of Rita.
The animators nicknamed one of the Kung Fu Frogs' attack moves "the Reindeer of Death".
The stuffed dragon toy by Roddy's cage that you see, is also the same stuffed dragon that is on the mantel in Princess Fiona's room, in Shrek 2 (2004).
In the part when Sid and Roddy are looking into the toilet for the first time, you can see above the lever is a plaque that says "Jacuzzi". So technically Sid was going to jump into a "jacuzzi".
In Tabitha's bedroom, as Roddy, Rita, and Sid are talking, there is a book behind them labeled "Animation".
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At the beginning of the film, under Roddy's cage are three rabbits in a box. These are the same rabbits from The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).
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Rita's boat is called the "Jammie Dodger". Jammie Dodgers are popular British shortbread biscuits (or cookies to Americans) filled with fruity jam.
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At the beginning, Roddy puts on a movie called Die Again Tomorrow. This pays homage to the Bond movies Die Another Day and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The cover nods to Goldfinger (1964), and Roddy recreates the gun-barrel from the start of each Bond film.
When Roddy is picking out the movie, a picture of Wendolene Ramsbottom from A Close Shave (1995) can be seen.
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Hugh Jackman and Sir Ian McKellen appeared in the X-Men film franchise, as Wolverine and Magneto, respectively.
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Bill Nighy and Andy Serkis, who portrayed Whitey and Spike respectively, also played motion captured villains in famous movie franchises. Serkis portrayed Gollum in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings film franchises, while Nighy portrayed Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.
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On the fridge, there is a picture of Shrek.
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When Roddy tells Rita that he will pay her in jewels, the script originally called for him lying about this. After re-writes, it was decided that he would be telling the truth, as him lying about this would be cliché.
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At the beginning of the film, there's a shot of Tabitha's room in which you can see stuffed toys. One of the toys is Gromit.
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At the beginning of the film, when Roddy is going through his wardrobe, the outfit he chooses is an Elvis Presley-style rhinestone jumpsuit.
First DreamWorks film to show the new version of the 2004-2009 DreamWorks logo.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Roddy gets flushed down the toilet, an orange fish gets thrown into his hands and says, "Have you seen my dad?". This is a reference to Finding Nemo (2003).
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Inside the ship after Roddy has broken the ruby, there is a box which has Shaun the Sheep on it. Rita also moves a mannequin whose head is Wallace. Shaun and Wallace are Aardman Animations characters.
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