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Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)

A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.

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Mark Lewis

Writer:

Mark Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tip Byrne Tip Byrne ... Himself - Cane Farmer from Tully
H.W. Kerr H.W. Kerr ... Himself - Director of the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, 1933-1943 (as Dr H.W. [Bill] Kerr)
Glen Ingram Glen Ingram ... Himself - Senior Curator Amphibia and Birds, Queensland Museum (as Dr Glen Ingram)
Bill Freeland Bill Freeland ... Himself - Wildlife Research Officer, Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory (as Dr Bill Freeland)
E.S. Edgerton E.S. Edgerton ... Himself - Former Member Cane Pest Board
Pat White Pat White ... Himself - Cane Farmer from Gordonvale
John Oakes John Oakes ... Himself - Resident of Cairns
Patrick Cook Patrick Cook ... Himself - Social Commentator
David Sondergard David Sondergard ... Himself - Resident of Gordonvale
Rob Floyd Rob Floyd ... Himself - Animal Ecologist (as Dr Rob Floyd)
Elvie Grieg Elvie Grieg ... Herself - Resident of Redcliffe
Max Ackland Max Ackland ... Himself - Mulgrave Shire Council (as Councillor Max Ackland)
Brian Hawke Brian Hawke ... Himself - Binding Conservator, National Library
Bob Endean Bob Endean ... Himself - Associate Professor of Zoology, Queensland University (as Dr Bob Endean)
Mike Archer Mike Archer ... Himself - Associate Professor of Zoology, University of N.S.W. (as Dr. Michael Archer)
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Cane Toads is a documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads (toads which live in the cane fields) through Queensland and then into the rest of Australia following a mis-informed attempt to introduce them to counter pests. Turns out they wouldn't eat the 'cane grubs' but they would multiply like no one's business... and they have no natural enemies in Australia at all, partly due to their poisonous skin. Written by Jay Furr <jfurr@danger.com>

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1988 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Természetellenes történet varangyokról See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairns, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Production Co:

Film Australia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Crazy Credits

Mouse sequence filmed during regular feeding routine at Kurunda Wildlife Gardens. See more »

Connections

Followed by Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Cane Toad Blues
by Tim Finn
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Marvelous - hilarious and cautionary at the same time!
31 May 1999 | by daveyoSee all my reviews

This is a serious review of the ecologic trauma Queensland, Australia, has suffered after the scientifically foolish introduction of Cane Toads. And, it is a gut-busting look at people (Michael Moore style) talking about the Cane Toads with which they share their corner of the world. And, it is a pretty good parody of some sci-fi monster movies.

A total delight!


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