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The Wind in the Willows (2006)

Rat, Mole and Badger try to curb Mr. Toad's wild ways before he ruins himself and the other animals of the forest.

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Rat, Mole and Badger try to curb Mr. Toad's wild ways before he ruins himself and the other animals of the forest.

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Békavári uraság - Az új kaland  »

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The film was released exactly 10 years after Terry Jones' adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame novel, which follow the same concept as this film: A live action adaptation where the animal characters are played by humans wearing representative costumes. See more »

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When Toad steals the horse from the Barge woman, the horse has no saddle. When Toad is thrown from the horse moments later, the horse has a saddle. See more »

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Version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1912) See more »

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A British Classic Renewed
18 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

A quintessentially British classic, brought back for a new generation.

It's a pleasure to watch a new children's movie without dead parents or body fluid slapstick. The film is surprisingly close to the book, with saturated colours director Talalay seems to have been denied with her TV work.

Most of the casting is superb; standouts are Mark Gatiss as Ratty, Bob Hoskins as growly Badger and Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton as the Barge Lady, with some surprisingly attractive Romanian weasels and underrated Canadian Mary Walsh as the unattractive bosom-rearranging washerwoman. Little Britain's Matt Lucas is a scenery-chewing disappointment as Toad, driving down the stars from 8 to 7; whenever he's on screen, despite his good music-hall turns with the songs, he jars us back to the 21st century.

Like most great stories, 'Willows' survives beyond its period-piece setting with a moral for young and old. Whether you subscribe to the id/ego/superego trio, or the class structure of the stupid rich Toad, proper Rat and afraid-but-brave homebody Mole, there's more to the tale than Toad's latest toy.

Children younger than 6 likely won't stand more than a few minutes of this, but nostalgic adults will enjoy watching this with school-age children who hopefully will ask for the whole story.


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