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The Wind in the Willows (1983)

Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger follow animal etiquette in this version of Kenneth Grahame's classic, in stop-motion model animation.

Director:

Mark Hall

Writers:

Rosemary Anne Sisson (adaptation), Kenneth Grahame (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Pearson ... Mole (voice)
Ian Carmichael ... Rat (voice)
David Jason ... Toad (voice)
Michael Hordern ... Badger (voice) (as Sir Michael Hordern)
Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Carrington-Moss (voice)
Jonathan Cecil ... Reggie (voice)
Edward Kelsey Edward Kelsey ... (voice)
Una Stubbs ... Jailer's Daughter / Rosemary (voice)
Brian Trueman Brian Trueman ... Weasel Henchman (voice)
Alan Bardsley Alan Bardsley ... (voice)
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Storyline

One spring, Mole decides that he can ignore the spring cleaning for a little longer, and begins a series of adventures with his new friend Rat. They go for a picnic on the riverbank, on a caravan expedition with Toad, until Toad switches allegiance to his new car and his reckless driving makes Mole and Rat search out Badger for help in curbing Toad's profligate habits. But Toad gets away from them and gets a 20-year sentence from the magistrate for theft, reckless driving, and Gross Impertinence. While Toad works his wiles on the jailer's daughter and escapes jail dressed as a washer woman, Badger tries to guard Toad Hall from the machinations of the Weasels and is badly beaten. And it requires a plan of attack and all four comrades to regain Toad Hall. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det susar i säven See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The characters in this film were made of latex rubber over metal armatures. Between frames, screws hidden behind the latex covering could be turned to simulate character movement. See more »

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Reggie: Oh, I say!
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Version of The Wind in the Willows (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wind in the Willows song
Sung by Ralph McTell
music composed by 'Keith Hopwood' and Malcolm Rowe
Arranged by Brian Ibbetson
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one of the most precious bits of my childhood
26 January 2006 | by atrolleynatrainSee all my reviews

together with jeremy brett's sherlock holmes and the burlesque of allô allô, this was a landmark for a very young admirer of brit-fashioned TV productions. i saw this for the very first time on the telly and i suppose this was but the movie of the series. today i know this movie is a fair piece of artwork that moulded my life: i teach English. the characters are so exquisite and the scenario is state-of-the-art tasteful paintings. the Gothic side of the movie is also an allurement to it. when mole leaves in search of badger, part of the tone of the movie is clear: there's true darkness in those woods. that darkness is also stressed through the gory mole's fingernails. there's much violence, too, for those who like a pinch of tavern-like brawl. it's a sweet translation into moving pictures of a great story for parents to read their kids when they misbehave and have problems with the increasing, and at times puzzling, importance of friendships in their lives. there's the hilarious water-dancing of the ducks in the river and the truly tiresome teenager frog. beautiful. beautiful.


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