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This 2-disc set contains the classic stop-motion animated 1983 film "The Wind in the Willows", and its 1989 sequel.

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Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" Comes to Life!

  • Dec 17, 2008

Cosgrove Hall's charming stop-motion animated adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame story is spectacular family entertainment. Originally shown on the BBC in 1983, I was first introduced to the series in the late `80s on PBS. I was probably about four at the time and I was unfamiliar with the story upon which it's based. But I was immediately taken by the subtle sophistication of the film. The animation was unlike anything I'd ever seen and to this day it holds a great fascination to me. The first film in this set is a marvelous adaptation of the book, which is remarkable considering the length of the book and the fact that the film is just under an hour and a half long. The second film, from 1989, is a silly yet fun sequel that retains the charm of the original even though it's not based upon Grahame's tale. Both films are worthy of a spot on your family's DVD shelf.
The Wind in the Willows: The Feature Films Collection

The Wind in the Willows - 1983
The story concerns a group of animal characters that live in the English countryside. There Mole, sick of spring cleaning, has decided to go out into the sun and visit his friend Ratty. They enjoy a good day of "messing about in boats" and having a picnic (where we are first introduced to the nefarious weasels). Finally Mole and Ratty pay a visit to the wealthy and eccentric Mr. Toad who shifts from one neurotic obsession to another. Soon he becomes entranced by motorcars and is revealed to be a danger to himself as well as the other animals. With that in mind Mole and Ratty seek out the reclusive Badger, whose great wisdom might be an asset in reeling Toad in and exorcising him of his "motorcar mania". But it's too late for Toad has stolen a car and been involved in yet another accident. Toad is sent to prison and the weasels move into his home, making it their headquarters for delinquency. But Toad manages to escape with the help of a washerwoman and enlists the aid of Ratty, Mole and Badger in an attempt to recapture Toad Hall.
The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows: A Tale of Two Toads - 1989
In this sequel, the weasels seek revenge on Mr. Toad and once again take over Toad Hall. This time they utilize another Toad, this one an actor, and succeed in temporarily dividing the animals and turning them against each other. It's not long before their treachery is revealed and the two Toads must confront one another to decide who will possess Toad Hall.
The Wind in the Willows: A Tale of Two Toads

The DVDs are produced by A&E, to whom I am grateful for this release, but unfortunately neither of the films have been remastered or given a proper restoration. This causes the film to look faded and there are numerous times where artifacts (spots of dirt, dust and debris) can be seen. Although this can be rather annoying, it never depreciates the enjoyment of the viewing. This series is highly recommended not only for its nostalgic value but also for its superlative storytelling. Truly a family classic!

The Wind in the Willows Mole Ratty The Inimitable Mr. Toad Rat Introduces Mole to Mr. Toad At Badger's Door The Wind in the Willows DVD The Wind in the Willows - A Tale of Two Toads DVD

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May 19, 2010
Excellent review once more, remember the series.
May 19, 2010
I loved this show. I remember watching it on PBS every Sunday morning I think it was. Great animation.
February 12, 2010 did I miss this review before?! arrgghhh!!!
February 12, 2010
Heck, it's easy to have happen. When I was transferring all of my old reviews here, I did about 95 in a week, so a lot of them kind of got buried in the process. Just out of curiosity, how did you find it? Were you going through my old stuff? Or were you actually looking for something along the lines of stop motion animation or "Wind in the Willows"?
February 12, 2010
I was going through your old stuff since you haven't posted anything new yet.
February 12, 2010
Oh no, I'm boring my core readership... which is basically you, Trashie, Queenie, and Scottie. LOL! How many times have you fired me now, anyway?
February 12, 2010
I lost count and I fired myself 3 times because of you!
February 12, 2010
Perhaps, if I were actually getting paid I could focus more on writing. Although, writer's block doesn't seem to be cured by money. By the way, what do you think about my status update. I need ideas and inspiration.
February 12, 2010
I'm gonna jog my memory. Right now, my brain is fried LOL!
February 12, 2010
Too much computer or not enough caffeine?
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The Wind in the Willows features the award-winning animation of Cosgrove Hall, Kenneth Grahame's classic tales of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad's magical and challenging adventure through the English countryside. The story behind The Wind in the Willows follows animated characters and whimsical dialogue taken directly from the pages of the beloved children's novel. Bursting with color, music and animation, the films have captured the hearts and imagination of children and adults alike.

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Genre: Adventure, Animation, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: 1983 and 1989
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Studio: BBC, Cosgrove Hall, Thames Entertainment, A&E Home Video

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