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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996)

The Wind in the Willows (original title)
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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Storyline

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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weasel | mole | toad | rat | mating | See All (65) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

The filmmakers filmed this movie completely in sunset, but the night time scenes were digitally color corrected. See more »

Quotes

The Judge: Very well, How do you find the accused?
All Weasels: [all together shout] Guilty!
The Judge: I'm asking the Jury! Yes...
Chief Weasel: [whispering to the Jury] Say guilty!
Rabbit Jury: Guilty
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Soundtracks

Mr.Toad
Music by John Du Prez
Lyrics by Terry Jones
Performed by Terry Jones
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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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