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  • Actors: Richard Pearson, Peter Sallis, Michael Hordern, David Jason, Ian Carmichael
  • Directors: Chris Taylor, Jackie Cockle, Mark Hall
  • Writers: Brian Trueman, Kenneth Grahame, Rosemary Anne Sisson
  • Producers: Brian Cosgrove, John Hambley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007GP82W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wind in the Willows: The Complete First Series" on IMDb

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  • Bonus Episode “Gadget Mad”
  • Character Descriptions
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Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Grahame's classic adventure continues with The Wind in the Willows: The Complete Series, the first of five delightful seasons featuring the further adventures of Toad and company. With amazingly detailed sets that recreate Mole End, Toad Hall, and the Wild Wood, these episodes capture the spellbinding stop-motion genius of Cosgrove Hall Productions. Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger do their best to maintain the simple pleasures of life, even as the pesky weasels lurk nearby. Filled with music and song--and plenty of tea and jam--our gentlemanly quartet always finds a way to traverse life's ups and downs with aplomb. Available on DVD for the first time -- The Wind in the Willows: The Complete Series/ all 13 episodes deliver timeless pleasures with the magic and splendor of Kenneth Grahame's classic book.

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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful By C. Schrawder on February 11, 2005
Format: DVD
After years of whaling and nashing our teeth (and much begging and pleading with various companies over the years to release all the episodes), finally the great Cosgrove/Hall project of their Stop Motion Animation Wind in the Willows series is starting to get released on DVD (don't forget to pick up a copy of the first Feature Length Episode already previously released on DVD). The set you are looking at is for the first of about 5 volumes to be released by A&E Home Video (approx. 13 episodes each 2 disc set for each of the 5 seasons this series ran, remember most British TV seasons only last on an average of approximately 10 episodes). Hopefully all 5 seasons will eventually be released. The reason I mention that is because in years past all us fans have been sorely disappointed to find out no one who ever had the rights to it ever went to the bother to release ALL the episodes (being that there are a total of 65 twenty minute episodes, with also an approx. 78 minute feature length one more so based on the original book). And yes, you heard that right. There have been "65!" episodes made in the early to mid 80's (wish they could make more). We only discovered this wonderful tid bit of news a couple of years or so ago when trying to poke around the internet to see if we could make sure we had all the episodes in our tape collection. We have been denied the great pleasure of being able to own all the episodes at least once in all these years since 1983 when Cosgrove/Hall productions first started making them. Only a total of 19 episodes were ever released over the years on VHS tape (along with again of course the feature length one), leaving 46 episodes stuck in the vaults collecting dust. The last time we ever remember seeing any episodes aired on television in the US.Read more ›
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. FILBERT on April 5, 2005
Format: DVD
The first volume of this series (on two DVDs) comes as a pleasant surprise. All but three of the episodes have been available in the past on VHS, but with four more volumes to go, there appear to be many as yet unexplored delights ahead for fans of this excellent series. Due to the age of the original, there is a slight murkiness to some of the scenes, but the sound is quite clear.

This series was extremely well done. The original adaptation of the book adhered to the original fairly well - omitting a few parts, which were then taken up in some later episodes in the series. The artistry of the Cosgrove Hall team was first-rate throughout, with detailed scenes, subtle gestures, and great care taken to evoke the atmosphere found in this classic tale. The incidental music is one of the highlights; much of it sounds as if they dug up previously unknown works by the great Edwardian master Sir Edward Elgar. The songs composed for this series were very charming and memorable. I find myself humming them often! The vocal characterizations for each of the characters fit admirably (I don't think Badger or Toad could have been better chosen).

For the most part, the various episodes that followed the adaptation of the book were very much in the spirit of Kenneth Graham's original. There is much good humor, and a number of well-taken, gentle lessons about life and how to live it well.

All-in-all, this is one of the finest series available on DVD for families. Our family has adopted many of the phrases found in it for our shared life; indeed, it has become something of a staple. It won't appeal to those who live on caffeine and constant noise: it is for those who enjoy or desire quiet, compassion, and the simple things of life.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on January 17, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Do not think that this is just for little kids- it is for the whole family. We've watched these numerous times on vhs and are now starting on re-watching them on dvd.

My 14 year old cynical son (who is into such things as Call of Duty 2 and Battle for Middle Earth pc games) asked for the series for Christmas and was delighted to find them. He puts a disc in nearly every night for us to watch an episode (or two or three) and when he thinks no one can hear him, he sings along with the themesong.

I guess the best thing to be said for the series came from him: "I really like Wind in the Willows. They're all so KIND to each other."
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce J. Helsel on August 14, 2005
Format: DVD
To have this series finally come to DVD. I remember watching it first in America on the Disney Channel, so many years ago. I have always wanted to watch it again, as many of us wish to see again the television programs that so enthralled or delighted us in years past. What memories of peaceful Sunday mornings with a hot cup of coffee and some toast smeared with jelly and watching Mr. Toad, Badger, Ratty and Moley in their adventures. Reminded me of a simplier time, when nature and humanity were more in balance and the tides of time and seasons were measured in the warmth of friends and stories from the past, not in personal gain or the accumulation of worthless possessions. I truly hope that the first series is not the last.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on April 8, 2005
Format: DVD
One of my guilty pleasures is the cozy, simple, wise and sly world of Kenneth Graham's THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES (A&E) as adapted in the superb stop-motion series. The incredibly detailed sets (Wild Wood, Mole Hall, Toad Hall) in which the polite Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger live their lives, manage their adventures, and discuss problems over tea and jam is a wonder.

I admit a fondness for the always lurking and annoying weasels but I greatly admire the life lessons in a world where the simple things in life are valued. If only humans could treat each other with such grace and compassion. First time on DVD, the 13 episodes include a bonus episode: "Gadget Man."
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