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(2006)

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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.
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Hugh Jackman also provided the screams for the slug that Roddy first meets in the sewer.
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While Roddy and Rita are in the fridge, one of the frozen rats is parodying Han Solo, in his famous pose from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
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When Roddy is selecting a movie for the movie premiere, the DVDs with real titles are all DreamWorks films.
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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.
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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.
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Barry Humphries, Stellan Skarsgård, Michael Wincott, Kevin Kline, Jim Broadbent, and Johnny Depp were considered for the role of Le Frog.
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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.
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Robert De Niro, Kevin Pollak, Marshall Efron, Paul Walker, Robin Williams, and William Shatner were considered for the role of Spike.
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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.
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The Toad wears a Freemasons ring on his pinkie finger.
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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".
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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).
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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).
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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.
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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".
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According to Peter Lord, co-Founder of Aardman Animations, 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 modernise 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). Eventually, Aardman released The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! in 2012; which was a moderate box office success in the UK. A sequel was in the works for the pirate film called "The Pirates! In An Adventure With Cowboys!" but was cancelled by Sony Pictures due to insufficient international earnings.
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Hugh Jackman and Andy Serkis appeared in The Prestige (2006).
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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!"
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Nicole Kidman was considered for the role of Rita.
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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).
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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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Hugh Jackman and Sir Ian McKellen appeared in the X-Men film franchise, as Wolverine and Magneto, respectively.
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The animators nicknamed one of the Kung Fu Frogs' attack moves "the Reindeer of Death".
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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".
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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).
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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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In Tabitha's bedroom, as Roddy, Rita, and Sid are talking, there is a book behind them labeled "Animation".
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For security reasons, early prints of the film were shipped under the title "Leech".
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On the fridge, there is a picture of Shrek.
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When Roddy is picking out the movie, a picture of Wendolene Ramsbottom from A Close Shave (1995) can be seen.
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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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The blonde haired doll that Roddy takes to the "Movie Premiere" in the opening scene resembles Kate Winslet, who voices Roddy's love interest Rita in the film.
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This is the first Aardman film to be rated PG by the MPAA.
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The last Aardman film to be distributed to DreamWorks before Sony Pictures Animation took over in 2010.
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In the scene where Roddy gets Flown into the air in the sewers just after riding the flying teacup ride, several rats can be heard saying, "Is it a bird? Is it a plane?" referencing the Superman movies. Additionally, a tune similar to the Superman theme can also be heard amongst this.
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When scenes of Roddys cage are shown, you can see a stuffed Alex the lion from "Madagascar" on the left.
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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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First DreamWorks film to show the new version of the 2004-2009 DreamWorks logo.
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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.
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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.
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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 Gromit. Shaun and Gromit are Aardman Animations characters.
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