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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996)
"The Wind in the Willows" (original title)

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Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

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Mr. Toad's Lawyer
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Geoffrey Weasel and Mole's Clock
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Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels. Written by Anonymous

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Go wild in the country!


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Rated PG for fanciful villainy and gunplay | See all certifications »

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31 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$72,844 (USA) (31 October 1997)

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$72,844 (USA) (31 October 1997)
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In the fall of 1996, this film flopped in the UK box office, because the participating theaters only showed this during the afternoons. See more »

Quotes

Chief Weasel: Wait!
[presses stop button]
Chief Weasel: I've got a better recipe. Put 'em all in together.
St John Weasel: [Rat's whiskers frazzle] Oolala tres haut cuisine!
Chief Weasel: Shut Up!
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Version of The Wind in the Willows (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Of Survival
Music by John Du Prez
Lyrics by Terry Jones
Performed by Antony Sher, Robert Bathurst, Richard James, Keith-Lee Castle, Graham McTavish and chorus
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Hold on, hold on - this is just a fun film......
16 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Hey, what's going on?

I've been reading the reviews of this film, and can't understand the (over) reaction to it.

This is a children's film. For children. Adults watching it who are not amused must have hearts of stone - even though it does not follow the current trend of having a subtext directed at the adult audience.

And yet, other reviewers are comparing it to Monty Python, Pink Floyd, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, John Majors pre 97 UK - et al. This is ridiculous.

It's a light hearted representation of the story which does not stick to the original text. I'm sure the author would have laughed in the right places. I've seen (a few) better films of the genre - I've seen many, many worse.

The low points?

  • the songs




  • the pet food factory plot (Why??)




The high points?

  • the fact the songs are very short




  • the costumes (an eclectic mix of modern, Victorian, Edwardian, and


Middles Ages which I think work really well).

  • Toad's green face paint




  • The steam train.




Anyway, my children, who can be deeply cynical of films like this, loved it. I laughed. End of story.


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