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Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)

A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tip Byrne ...
Himself - Cane Farmer from Tully
H.W. Kerr ...
Himself - Director of the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, 1933-1943 (as Dr H.W. [Bill] Kerr)
Glen Ingram ...
Himself - Senior Curator Amphibia and Birds, Queensland Museum (as Dr Glen Ingram)
Bill Freeland ...
Himself - Wildlife Research Officer, Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory (as Dr Bill Freeland)
E.S. Edgerton ...
Himself - Former Member Cane Pest Board
Pat White ...
Himself - Cane Farmer from Gordonvale
John Oakes ...
Himself - Resident of Cairns
Patrick Cook ...
Himself - Social Commentator
David Sondergard ...
Himself - Resident of Gordonvale
Rob Floyd ...
Himself - Animal Ecologist (as Dr Rob Floyd)
Elvie Grieg ...
Herself - Resident of Redcliffe
Max Ackland ...
Himself - Mulgrave Shire Council (as Councillor Max Ackland)
Brian Hawke ...
Himself - Binding Conservator, National Library
Bob Endean ...
Himself - Associate Professor of Zoology, Queensland University (as Dr Bob Endean)
Mike Archer ...
Himself - Associate Professor of Zoology, University of N.S.W. (as Dr. Michael Archer)
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Cane Toads is a documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads (toads which live in the cane fields) through Queensland and then into the rest of Australia following a mis-informed attempt to introduce them to counter pests. Turns out they wouldn't eat the 'cane grubs' but they would multiply like no one's business... and they have no natural enemies in Australia at all, partly due to their poisonous skin. Written by Jay Furr <jfurr@danger.com>

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9 June 1988 (Australia)  »

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Természetellenes történet varangyokról  »

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Mouse sequence filmed during regular feeding routine at Kurunda Wildlife Gardens. See more »

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Featured in The Minus Man (1999) See more »

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Cane Toad Blues
by Tim Finn
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Cane Toads' Holy Grail
17 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the sticker on the front of the movie jacket states, this depiction of the environmental and social issues created by the onslaught of cane toads in Australia has a definite Monty Python spin. Although I am concerned about the damage to the Australia natural resources caused by the opportunistic toads, I enjoyed the movie primarily because it was so funny. A bit of tongue-in-cheek Bristish approach, but extremely effective. For one, a good part of the movie is filmed from the perspective of the over-sized toad. Literally. You're looking at people's feet, car tires, homes from the eye level and location of the toad. The music choices were also very supportive, as well as the players in the film, who are so varied and straight in their presentations that you can't help but be drawn into their lives. Flashes of the shower scene from Psycho come to mind as a tenor singing about cane toads draws hopping toads to his safe (?) haven. I was so intrigued I checked out the director, Mark Lewis, who also has a film on the natural history of chickens. Gotta' get it!


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