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

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  31 October 1997 (USA)
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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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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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Rated PG for fanciful villainy and gunplay | See all certifications »

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

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$72,844 (USA) (31 October 1997)
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During the film's USA release in the fall of 1997, Sony Pictures (as Columbia Pictures), the original theatrical distributor of the film, put this at porno theater in Times Square, New York City, according to Terry Jones, when he was filming a documentary, over there. He was told this by telephone and rushed to Times Square, only to find this out. See more »

Quotes

The Judge: Before I pass sentence, will the jury care to find him guilty?
Rat: Wait. One of those wabbits is a weasel.
Chief Weasel: No I'm not. I'm a rabbit!
The Judge: [to the jury] Is he a rabbit?
Chief Weasel: [whispers] Say I'm a rabbit.
[Rabbits all nod, say "Rabbit" and stroke their long ears]
Rat: That weasel is never a wabbit!
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Version of The Adventures of Mole (1995) See more »

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Mr.Toad
Music by John Du Prez
Lyrics by Terry Jones
Performed by Terry Jones
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Lost Treasure
28 February 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

I am probably one of the six people who saw this on its first theatrical run in the US. Because of a complicated and ultimately stupid legal battle between distributors involving this and other films this film got so lost that the only promotional material available to the theater I saw it in was a picture from a newspaper, which they pasted into a much too big poster holder.

To add insult to injury despite getting raves from the New York papers, all of which wondered why the distributor was dumping a wonderful "children's" film, a new distributor, Disney released it on video after changing its name to tie into their amusement park ride, there by confusing those of us who saw this as the Wind in the Willows.

This film is a great film. Its simply a fantastic film comedy, never mind the stupid label of children's or family film, this is just great movie making.

The only people I know who are disappointed in it are people expecting a Monty Python film. Although it pretty much reunites all of the surviving Pythons only Jones and Eric Idle are in it for any length of time, Cleese has one scene as a lawyer and Palin is fleetingly seen as the sun. The film is light years from Python, despite having just a touch of Python's madness.

The humor is gentle and loving and keeping both with the period and with modern tastes. The songs are wonderful. Granted the story is changed to deal with the dangers of crass commercialism, the weasels want to turn Toad Hall into a factory, but having seen several version of the story told with people in costume, this is only one of two versions that has ever worked, and this one did it in half the time of the other.

This is a film that will make everyone feel good and which despite the PG rating is great for everyone.




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