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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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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

Opening Weekend:

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

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$72,844 (USA) (31 October 1997)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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Connections

Version of Wind in the Willows (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Friends Is What We Is
Music by John Du Prez
Lyrics by Terry Jones
Performed by Terry Jones, Nicol Williamson, Steve Coogan and Eric Idle
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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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