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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 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:

27 December 1983 (UK) 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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Quotes

Toad: [having just overflown his friends in his new airplane] Ha ha! Hello you fellows!
Rat: You maniac!
Badger: LOCK HIM UP!
Mole: Toad! This time you've gone too far!
Toad: Hang motoring! This is the life!
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Version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949) 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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Legendary (and the best theme music of any show ever!)
20 September 2005 | by feeling_groovySee all my reviews

This is legendary animation and a classic of British Tevevision.

The well known Kenneth Gramhame novel is given glorious treatment in stop-motion animation style (before the days of popular Aardman). The animation is perfect, depicting all the colours and textures of the British countryside, and the impressive cast plays to perfection, such as the gruff, unforgettable Badger played by Sir Michael Hordern, the wise, dry Ratty played by Ian Carmichael, and the thoughtful, sensitive mole by Richard Pearson, and the infectious clown Toad played by David Jason.

There are also ingenious visual ideas and direction such as Badger's echoing lecture in the library, and Mole's encounter with the weasels in the wild wood. This is beautiful, atmpospheric stuff for all ages, plus the songs are great, and the theme music is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever! I can't remember who wrote it - but whoever did deserves some high recognition!!!! In fact, this was later developed into an equally great series, one for each of the seasons, and Peter "Wallace and Gromit" Sallis took over the job of voicing Ratty, but the rest of the cast remained.

In short, they're all perfect! Take that, Disney!


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