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27 December 1983 (UK) See more »
One spring, Mole decides that he can ignore the spring cleaning for a little longer, and begins a series of adventures with his new friend Rat... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Richard Pearson ... Mole (voice)
Ian Carmichael ... Rat (voice)

David Jason ... Toad (voice)

Michael Hordern ... Badger (voice)
Beryl Reid ... The Magistrate (voice)
Jonathan Cecil ... (voice)
Edward Kelsey ... (voice)

Una Stubbs ... Jailer's Daughter / Various (voice)
Brian Trueman ... (voice)
Alan Bardsley ... (voice)

Directed by
Mark Hall 
Chris Taylor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Grahame  novel
Rosemary Anne Sisson 

Produced by
Brian Cosgrove .... producer
Mark Hall .... producer
John Hambley .... executive producer (as John Hambly)
Original Music by
Keith Hopwood 
Malcolm Rowe 
Film Editing by
John McManus 
Costume Design by
Nigel Cornford 
Art Department
Jerry Andrews .... models sets props
Terry Brown .... models sets props
Tony Dunsterville .... models sets props
Yvonne Fox .... models sets props
Rebecca Hunt .... model character construction
Peter Saunders .... model character construction
Neal Scanlan .... model character construction
Bridget Smith .... model character construction
John Squire .... models sets props
Christine Walker .... models sets props
Sound Department
Ted Spooner .... dubbing mixer
Richard Spooner .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steven Woodcock .... model maker (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bridget Appleby .... model character design & sculpture
Brian Cosgrove .... model character design & sculpture
Joe Dembinski .... model camera
David Hayes .... model character design & sculpture
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Hardie .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Richard Smiles .... still photographer
Animation Department
Marjorie Graham .... animator
Andrea Lord .... animator
Sue Pugh .... animator
Barry Purves .... animator
Editorial Department
Zygmunt Markiewicz .... assistant editor
Nibs Senior .... assistant editor
Music Department
Brian Ibbetson .... music arranger
Other crew
Beverly Bush .... illustration

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UK:79 min
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One of the backdrop illustrators was future Stone Roses guitarist John SquireSee more »
Toad:[flags down Reggie, the motorist] I say, I wonder if you could help me. Having a spot of bother with me car.
Reggie:Oh? Wh-wh-what sort of bother?
Toad:Um... em... it's the... uh... crankshaft... it's um... flat.
Reggie:Really? Ah ha... I should be able to fix that.
Reggie's Wife:Oh, shall I come too Reggie?
[gets out of the car]
Reggie:Uh. Wh-wh-wh-where's your machine?
Toad:[gestures to a spot behind him] Oh... it's over there. If you'd just take a look at it?
Reggie:Oh c-certainly old bean. Anything for a fellow motorist.
[as soon as they move away from their car, Mr. Toad gets in, puts it in gear and drives away]
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sublime, 8 June 2007
Author: LisaLisa85 from Wales

As someone who loved Kenneth Grahame's book "The Wind In The Willows" - my father used to read it to me a lot when I was little - I have seen many TV/film/theatre adaptations of the story. But it was this 1983 feature length film by Rosemary Sisson (produced by the great animation team of Brian Cosgrove & Mark Hall) that, for me, ranks as perhaps the best of the lot. This was perhaps the most faithful adaptation to Grahame's book, and in my opinion, it was this adaptation that got it absolutely spot on!

Everything about this version is excellent - this was exactly the characters and scenes as I imagined them from when my father read me the story and from when I was old enough to read them myself. The Edwardian scenery was just perfect. The often poignant and sometimes hilarious incidental music was awe-inspiring. And the theme tune was so beautiful, so relaxing, and so heart-wrenching all at once!

As for the characters and voice actors... They simply couldn't have made a better choice for Mr. Toad than the fantastic David Jason, who takes to his part with passion and vigour. The great Ian Carmichael's warm, friendly and dry manner was totally perfect Ratty (what a pity they couldn't keep him for series that followed on from this film), and Sir Michael Hordern's gruff, husky and stern yet kind voice made a fabulous Badger. Richard Pearson as the shy and sensitive but lovable Moley was very good too, while Brian Trueman and Una Stubbs were great in their supporting roles. The Weasels are great villains, and some of the scenes, while rather dark and scary, evoke exactly the view and words of Kenneth Grahame.

And then there's the songs. David Jason's "The Open Road" still makes my head turn to the screen even now, and Ian Carmichael singing the Ducks' Dance followed by the amazing sequence of the clay puppet ducks performing a well-timed dance routine... Well, you have to see it to believe what an incredible experience it is.

Whether a child or an adult, this film is an experience to be treasured!

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