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The Wind in the Willows (1987)

Badger, Rat and Mole are trying to save Toad Hall and its owner, their rich irresponsible airhead playboy friend Toad, from himself, as well as financial ruin, the court and a gang of conspiratorial weasels who have their eye on the place.

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Mr. Toad (voice)
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Ratty (voice)
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Badger (voice)
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Moley (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Wayfarer (voice)
Bob McFadden ...
Magistrate (voice) (as Robert McFadden)
Ray Owens ...
Clerk of the Court (voice)
Gerry Matthews ...
Jailer (voice)
Ron Marshall ...
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Alice Tweedy ...
Washerwoman (voice) (as Alice Tweedie)
Jeryl Jagoda ...
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Badger, Rat and Mole are trying to save Toad Hall and its owner, their rich irresponsible airhead playboy friend Toad, from himself, as well as financial ruin, the court and a gang of conspiratorial weasels who have their eye on the place.

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It's a fun and fanciful ride with Mr. Toad at the wheel! (2015 DVD release)


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De Wind in de Wilgen  »

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Ratty's command of "Don't fire till you see the whites of their paws" was a play on an attribute to that of Revolutionary War Colonel William Prescott: "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes", with "paws" substituted for "eyes". See more »

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When Toad formulates speech ideas before his victory banquet and gets repeated rejections, he says "an address on our prison system". In the next shot, Ratty mouths "No", but no sound is heard. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Toad: Oh... was there ever such a yachtsman as Mr. Toad?
[camera flash, followed by a puff of smoke]
Mr. Toad: Never!
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Connections

Version of Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend (2000) See more »

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Messing Around in Cars Reprise
Sung by Charles Nelson Reilly
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Simply the best!
10 August 2004 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

The 1987 Rankin/Bass version of Wind in the Willows is simply the best version of the story that I have seen today. The film remains very true to the story with only some minor variations (Portly becomes Badger's nephew instead of Otter's son), has some catchy songs (my very favorite is the one sung by the weasels and stoats as they have overrun Toad Hall), and does a wonderful job of characterization (Moley is insecure but loyal, Ratty is dreamy, Badger is gruff yet compassionate, and Toad is, well, Toad)! More importantly, I think the film better than any other has captured the true essence of Grahame's original work, something most film versions have just not been able to do. This was always one of my favorite movies as a child, and I long for it to be released on DVD! It is a truly great movie!


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