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The Wind In the Willows (2004)

Richard Pearson , Ian Carmichael , Chris Taylor , Mark Hall  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Pearson, Ian Carmichael, David Jason, Michael Hordern, Beryl Reid
  • Directors: Chris Taylor, Mark Hall
  • Writers: Kenneth Grahame, Rosemary Anne Sisson
  • Producers: Mark Hall, Brian Cosgrove, John Hambley
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7NXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wind In the Willows" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with Brian Cosgrove
  • Toad's Road trivia game
  • Photo gallery
  • Character descriptions

Editorial Reviews

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This 1983 film adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic novel remains faithful to the spirit and prose of the original tale as it brings to life the timeless adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad. Viewers familiar with the book, set in early 20th-century Britain, will at once be charmed by stop-motion animation's exquisite renderings of this quartet of friends. Bespectacled Mole, a shy yet inquisitive chap who detests spring cleaning, joins kind-hearted Ratty and the two set off for a day on the river. Their journey leads them to the home of venerable Badger, their stern yet sagacious comrade. Of course, the star of the show is irrepressible Toad, who steers himself into all sorts of mischief because of a motor car obsession. From Wild Wood to Toad Hall, the story pulsates with exuberance, punctuated with lively songs and dialogue taken directly from the pages of the beloved children's story. The British voiceovers are delectable, especially David Jason's Toad. (Ages 6 and older) --Lynn Gibson

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has captured the hearts and imaginations of children and adults for nearly a century. Brought vividly and faithfully to life in this 1983 film adaptation, Kenneth Grahame's classic tales of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad are now avail

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh for the golden days of old! November 8, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie has been a staple with our family since first released on video, in fact we have worn 3 tapes out of the original and I have just purchased the dvd, which is outstanding!! The colour and quality are excellent and the story and voice overs are a trip back to glory days of English gentility. My children still watch this continually and whilst it may not appeal to the "action comix" kid (or adult)it is a masterpiece and is simply redolent with atmosphere. Buy it for your kids, watch it time and time again for yourself and give your spirit a lift.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad language- my a**! July 13, 2005
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A note to previous reviewers:

When Toad says

"Mole, you silly ASS!" He is NOT swearing, but calling Mole a jackass- a silly ninny, a nincompoop, a DONKEY (as per Biblical vocabulary). I'm tempted to use the phrase myself.

"Ass" is not a swear word in this context, and there is no reason to shield children from this masterful film adaptation of a classic book. Might as well shield children from the Bible itself. But thanks for your review, all the same.

Another thought- what two-year-old is able to pay attention to a movie long enough to get as far as the point at which that word is used, anyway??

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Now a note to prospective buyers:

Never has there been a more masterfully-created rendition of K. Grahame's work. The lyrics to the songs come straight from Grahame's pen, and the music itself it nothing short of delightful. The skilled (and famous) actors who perform the voices of our riverside friends must also be commended. Altogether stunning.

This movie is one of TWO book adaptations in the history of cinema that have surpassed their original literary form (the other being "The Snowman"). The "Wind in the Willows" television spinoff (also available on Amazon) doesn't slack off a bit; it's just as high-quality as this movie.

Excellent viewing for the ENTIRE family. I certainly look forward to subsequent DVD releases of the tv series.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurry in to the Wonderful World of Cosgrove & Hall February 11, 2005
Format:DVD
When I first learned of this show I instantly fell in love with it. When I learned they did many episodes I enjoyed even that much more. Many years later I finally learned just how many episodes they did, and realized I must have missed out on many of them, and was in utter shock and awe at all the wonderful work that Cosgrove and Hall did. This first single disc DVD is on the feature length episode that Cosgrove and Hall produced. Take one of my favorite styles of animation, add some talented (and a few favorite) British voice actors, and add the creative talent of Cosgrove and Hall, and give them an inspiring loveable book, and you get an immense amount of Family Fun Time. After you view this one feature length episode hold on to your hats. To be released around March of 2005 is the first of about 5 volumes A&E plans to produce, so that they may be the very first in the market to completely release to the public every single one of the 65 (YES, you heard that right "65!") 20 minute episodes that the talented Cosgrove and Hall company produced. Never before has the public been allowed to purchase and view in their homes every single episode of this fantastic series. The only things in the past that were release on tape were the feature length episode, and about 3 or 4 tapes with 3 episodes each (with 1 or 2 episodes changed out when they were reproduced a couple of times). It's shocking that it took this long to let the public in all this fun (Who's been hoarding and hiding all these recordings anyway?). Thanks finally to A&E for being the first company to get the rights (after several others had the rights over the years) to devote all the time and effort they are going to do to get all the episodes out to the public. YEAH for A&E! Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great version of a classic book January 19, 2005
By Kirsten
Format:DVD
I have seen many film adaptations of Kenneth Grahame's excellent book, and this is by far the best. This is the first I have seen that even tried to stay faithful to the book. Most other adaptations seem to think the book is too slow and boring and needs to be spiced up with extra violence. This film captures the spirit of the book quite well and I recommend it to all who love classic children's literature.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic gem of a film December 26, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie was charming and captivating when I watched it as a child, and having seen it for the first time in fifteen years or so, I can honestly say it hasn't aged a bit. In fact, it really seems to have resonance in today's world. The voiceovers are Pythonesque, the humor is right-on, and the songs are brilliant.

So British, and yet somehow so universal...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh God what can I say about this... April 4, 2008
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I love The Wind in the Willows. I love them all. I dont know how to convince you to buy this but I'd start by making the suggestion to buy this one first watch The Wind in The Willows, then A Tale of TWo Toads, purchase series one and two and three if they really have one. I heard there was a series three but I haven't bought it yet. Then watch them all over again. I'm a 33 year old woman and I saw these when I was young something about them just stuck with me. It wasn't til a few months ago that I re-discovered them since childhood. There's something poetic and classic and beautiful about them. The stop animation, the details of the characters and the voices...all of it poetry. With a beautiful peaceful message of living life with simplicity and appreciating all the beauty nature and the whole world offers. Something like that you get what I'm trying to put across here. It's beautiful, really enjoyable and leaves you feeling at peace with the way things are, really at peace with simplicity and what treasures say a warm cup of hot chocolate could bring on a rainy day all safely tucked inside your dry warm home. Things like that..that's what the wind in the willows brings. I hope you dont miss your chance or your children dont miss the chance to enjoy that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute
I use to watch these when I was little. I was so excited when I found them on here. I still remember Mr Toads wild ride at Disney World
Published 3 days ago by Jennifer Sites
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful masterpiece from the innocent days of television. :)
I hadn't seen this movie in over 20 years, it's truly a wonderful masterpiece from the days when television still possessed some level of innocence. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bryan Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this!
I saw it on TV back in the '80s and immediately bought it on VHS. Now I had to buy it again for my niece. Such beautiful animation and wonderful voices.
Published 3 months ago by Inky Fingers
5.0 out of 5 stars Calm!
If you need a calm, relaxing video for your child's library, this is the one! All of the voices are clear and restful.
Published 3 months ago by Lucy Youngblood
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a lovely way to spend an afternoon
Great series and a wonderful way to spend a little down time.
Ratty, Mole and Toad are sure to become family favourites and Badger is like the wise old voice of reason.
Published 5 months ago by Mhairi Alcorn
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
got this book to read with my son and he loved it! plus it gave me a chance to share in my childhood with him! great time for bonding with child with a good book!
Published 6 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic
everything was perfect!!! My son and i loved watching the movie. It's an unforgettable classic. Will purchase others. Thank you.
Published 7 months ago by sevana ferderer
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight for all ages!
It is wonderful to sit down and watch a movie that not only follows Mr Graham's original novel, but is just pure pleasure to watch with my grandchildren and children!
Published 7 months ago by Marti Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars PBS Thanks for bringing this to me.
First saw this as a series on PBS.
It was wonderful then and even better now.
Can't help but laugh at poor Mr. Toad and Hiss at the cockney Weasels.
Published 7 months ago by Harry H.
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for anyone's family film collection
Sure, the Disney version is a lot of fun, but if you want a faithful and loving film adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, this is the Gold Standard. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Jarvis
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Augment the 1st and 2nd series or compilation?
I had the same question as you, so I googled it and here's what I found: http://www.toonhound.com/toads.htm
It looks like it's another full length feature about an imposter toad. Sounds good to me!
Jul 7, 2006 by Jamie M. Shields |  See all 2 posts
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