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When three tight friends Mole, Ratty, and Badger, find out that the infamous Mr. Toad of Toad Hall has been up to no good, they must find him and change his ways for good.

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Mole (voice)
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Badger (voice)
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Toad (voice)
James Villiers ...
Magistrate (voice)
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Gaoler's Daughter (voice)
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Barge Woman (voice)
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Otter / Rabbit / Policeman / Gaoler (voice)
David Sinclair ...
Clerk / Rabbit / Sergeant (voice)
Mark Lockyer ...
Car Owner / Rabbit / Policeman / Driver / Town Crier / Chief Weasel (voice)
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Jemima Ffyne ...
Alexandra (live action)
Jordan Hollywood ...
Emma (live action)
Tom Stourton ...
Edward (live action)
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Boatman (live action)
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When three tight friends Mole, Ratty, and Badger, find out that the infamous Mr. Toad of Toad Hall has been up to no good, they must find him and change his ways for good.

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Alan Bennett (who provides the voice of Mole in the film) previously adapted the novel for the Royal National Theatre in 1990. The original production starred Griff Rhys Jones as Toad, David Bamber as Mole, Richard Briers as Rat, and Michael Bryant as Badger. Bennett also went on to do an audiobook version of the novel for the BBC in 2005. See more »

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Grandmother: [narrating; scene show Mole in his home, whitewashing his ceiling] Mole had been working very hard all morning, spring cleaning his little home, to the point where he had dust in his throat, and whitewash in his black fur.
Mole: [some of the white wash from his brush drips into his eye;incomprehensible] Bother!
Grandmother: Spring was moving in the air above and below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lonely little place. It was a small wonder, when, suddenly...
Mole: [fed up] Oh bother! D'oh!
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This is not the "Monty Python" version.
6 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I am writing this review after seeing this movie on the STARZ! channel by accident. Hopefully, I can save other viewers some confusion. This was advertised as The Wind in the Willows, the live-action film directed by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame and starring Jones along with other former Python stars. This is not that film. This film is actually an animated made-for-TV version. The confusion arises from the fact that both versions were made in 1996 and both feature former Python Michael Palin. He is the voice of Rat in this version and he is the only Monty Python star associated with this production.

To further the confusion this cartoon does begin and end with brief live-action scenes. These scenes show Vanessa Redgrave boating along a river and reading to some children. She also serves as narrator throughout the cartoon.

The animation here is about what you'd expect. It looks like every other version of The Wind in the Willows. But the story is a slight mixture of Kenneth Grahame's original "Willows" and the more recent sequel "Willows in Winter" by William Horwood. Toad's obsession with motor cars is taken from the first book rather than his obsession with airplanes in the second book. A few scenes of winter in the Wild Wood and a brief subplot of Portly the otter being lost are all that is taken from Willows in Winter.

Overall it is a good cartoon. The language is very close to the books and I was glad to see that the animals still smoked pipes and cigars and carried pistols. It has not been "watered-down" for children and simpletons.


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