family films that most people don’t seem to know about. Featuring the voices of Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Bill Nye, and several other big names from Hollywood, it’s the story of a pet mouse (voiced by Jackman) who gets flushed away into the sewer—accidentally, by a sewer rat—and has to find his way home with the help of a spitfire ship captain, voiced by Winslet.
The movie is funny all the way through, and even has a satisfying conclusion (complete with song number and dancing, naturally). Plenty of jokes for both adults and kids are in it—none of them inappropriate, I think—and it’s not heavy in the violence department, though there is some violence.
The Tom Jones moment begins when the ship captain’s grandmother asks the main mouse, Rodney, if he is Tom Jones—or, rather, assumes he is, and demands that he sing her a song. So, of course, we have Hugh Jackman singing “She’s a Lady” to the obsessed old mouse woman and a whole bunch of mouse kids. A particularly funny moment occurs when the mouse throws her underwear at him and he catches them, singing, “And the lady wears big undies.” At one point in the film, she ends up swimming after him, asking him to marry her. Jones is featured on the soundtrack with other songs as well.