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The Wind in the Willows (1987)

Badger, Rat and Mole are trying to save Toad Hall and its owner, their rich irresponsible airhead playboy friend Toad, from himself, as well as financial ruin, the court and a gang of conspiratorial weasels who have their eye on the place.

Writers:

Kenneth Grahame (novel), Romeo Muller (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Mr. Toad (voice)
Roddy McDowall ... Ratty (voice)
José Ferrer ... Badger (voice)
Eddie Bracken ... Moley (voice)
Paul Frees ... Wayfarer (voice)
Bob McFadden Bob McFadden ... Magistrate (voice) (as Robert McFadden)
Ray Owens Ray Owens ... Clerk of the Court (voice)
Gerry Matthews Gerry Matthews ... Jailer (voice)
Ron Marshall Ron Marshall ... (voice)
Alice Tweedy Alice Tweedy ... Washerwoman (voice) (as Alice Tweedie)
Jeryl Jagoda Jeryl Jagoda ... (voice)
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Badger, Rat and Mole are trying to save Toad Hall and its owner, their rich irresponsible airhead playboy friend Toad, from himself, as well as financial ruin, the court and a gang of conspiratorial weasels who have their eye on the place.

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It's a fun and fanciful ride with Mr. Toad at the wheel! (2015 DVD release)


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TV-G
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De Wind in de Wilgen See more »

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Production Co:

Rankin/Bass Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was finished in 1985, but its television premiere was delayed several times. See more »

Goofs

During Toad's victory banquet, the backs of the guest dining chairs are about 2-3 feet tall. When the camera pans the guests in the next shot, the backs are considerably shorter. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Toad: Oh... was there ever such a yachtsman as Mr. Toad?
[camera flash, followed by a puff of smoke]
Mr. Toad: Never!
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Connections

Version of The Wind in the Willows (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

A Party that Never Ceases
Sung by Weasels Chorus
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Simply the best!
10 August 2004 | by erniethepugSee all my reviews

The 1987 Rankin/Bass version of Wind in the Willows is simply the best version of the story that I have seen today. The film remains very true to the story with only some minor variations (Portly becomes Badger's nephew instead of Otter's son), has some catchy songs (my very favorite is the one sung by the weasels and stoats as they have overrun Toad Hall), and does a wonderful job of characterization (Moley is insecure but loyal, Ratty is dreamy, Badger is gruff yet compassionate, and Toad is, well, Toad)! More importantly, I think the film better than any other has captured the true essence of Grahame's original work, something most film versions have just not been able to do. This was always one of my favorite movies as a child, and I long for it to be released on DVD! It is a truly great movie!


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