One spring, Mole (Richard Pearson) decides that he can ignore the spring cleaning for a little longer, and begins a series of adventures with his new friend Rat (Ian Carmichael). They go for a picnic on the riverbank, on a caravan expedition with Toad (David Jason), until Toad switches allegiance to his new car and his reckless driving makes Mole and Rat search out Badger (Sir Michael Hordern) for help in curbing Toad's profligate habits. But Toad gets away from them and gets a twenty-year sentence from the magistrate for theft, reckless driving, and Gross Impertinence. While Toad works his wiles on the jailer's daughter and escapes from 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.
Did You Know?
Mr. Toad's (David Jason's) gypsy caravan was specially designed for this movie by Cosgrove Hall Productions Cinematographer Frank Hardie
, using information from a book on making model caravans. The caravan seen in this movie had an opening roof for interior shots, along with extremely detailed paintwork and accouterments, including a cage for chickens and several cooking pots and pans. After filming of this movie and the subsequent television series, the cart fell into disrepair, before being completely refurbished in 2015. See more
Oh, I say!
Referenced in Extras: David Bowie
The Wind in the Willows song
Sung by Ralph McTell
music composed by 'Keith Hopwood' and Malcolm Rowe
Arranged by Brian Ibbetson See more