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In the first of these two animated adaptations, both gently narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, Moley, Mr. Toad, and the rest of the right, proper riverbank battalion are portrayed tastefully, wittily, and with charm by the bucketsful. True to the tale, Mole abandons his modest home in favor of an apprenticeship on the ways of the river alongside knowledgeable Rat; Toad's enthusiasm for motorcars earns him a 20-year sentence; and young Portly the otter goes missing, giving everyone a scare. The lushness of Kenneth Grahame's writing is preserved throughout--those enchanted by the classic kids' story needn't be wary of memory muddling. Next up is the sequel, usually a letdown, but here a thrilling (though less literary) ride. If "The Wind in the Willows" tugs viewers through the river reeds with its graceful, enchanting words, "The Willows in Winter" hurtles them along with its bumpy adventures, all linked to the restless, irascible Toad. This time, the wily bugger takes to the skies in a search for Moley, who's lost in a river-swelling winter storm. Along the way he loops-the-loop one time too many, sending passenger Ratty tumbling. Then there's the small matter that he swiped the plane he's piloting, an offense punishable by a lengthy prison sentence. Well-connected, formidable Badger bails him out, but a lesson on humility awaits the shifty amphibian back at Toad Hall. In "The Wind in the Willows", Grahame writes, "When I was young, we always had mornings like this." Viewers of all ages who tune in to this two-parter will come away wishing they did, too. "--Tammy La Gorce"

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In the first of these two animated adaptations, both gently narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, Moley, Mr. Toad, and the rest of the right, proper riverbank battalion are portrayed tastefully, wittily, and with charm by the bucketsful. True to the tale, Mole abandons his modest home in favor of an apprenticeship on the ways of the river alongside knowledgeable Rat; Toad's enthusiasm for motorcars earns him a 20-year sentence; and young Portly the otter goes missing, giving everyone a scare. The lushness of Kenneth Grahame's writing is preserved throughout--those enchanted by the classic kids' story needn't be wary of memory muddling. Next up is the sequel, usually a letdown, but here a thrilling (though less literary) ride. If The Wind in the Willows tugs viewers through the river reeds with its graceful, enchanting words, The Willows in Winter hurtles them along with its bumpy adventures, all linked to the restless, irascible Toad. This time, the wily bugger takes to the skies in a search for Moley, who's lost in a river-swelling winter storm. Along the way he loops-the-loop one time too many, sending passenger Ratty tumbling. Then there's the small matter that he swiped the plane he's piloting, an offense punishable by a lengthy prison sentence. Well-connected, formidable Badger bails him out, but a lesson on humility awaits the shifty amphibian back at Toad Hall. In The Wind in the Willows, Grahame writes, "When I was young, we always had mornings like this." Viewers of all ages who tune in to this two-parter will come away wishing they did, too. --Tammy La Gorce

Special Features

  • Double Feature: The Wind in the Willows (1994) & The Willows in Winter (1996)

Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Bennett, Michael Palin, Michael Gambon, Rik Mayall, James Villiers
  • Directors: Dave Unwin
  • Writers: Kenneth Grahame, Ted Walker
  • Producers: Dennis Abey, Giles Johnson, John Coates, Jonathan Peel, Kirsty Baillie
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Good Times Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JZHN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,950 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wind in the Willows/The Willows in Winter" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Kids and Adults will love it.
Amazon Customer
True, there are no DVD "extras" in addition to the two movies, but the important part -- the animated film -- looks better than ever on DVD.
D. Anderson
This is a classic that is missed by many young children- I read it to my third graders and then show the DVD- they love it!
Teacher Deb

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2000
Format: DVD
I have seen both of these movies on VHS, but I haven't seen the DVD version. These are two full-length (over 70 minutes each) animated features.
I like this version of Wind in the Willows better than the Disney version. It's more like the book.
The Willows in Winter is a sequel and it is very good too.
I like these because the characters are funny and the animation is good. My parents liked them too.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Anderson on June 9, 2000
Format: DVD
Our children already owned & loved these films on VHS, so I was suprised to see both full-length movies available on a single DVD for a bargain price. True, there are no DVD "extras" in addition to the two movies, but the important part -- the animated film -- looks better than ever on DVD. It's a crisp transfer of the charming Beatrix Potter-style animation (not surprising, given that these were done by the folks resposible for the fine "World of Peter Rabbit & Friends" video series).
These wonderful children's films deserve a much wider viewing than I think they've received. They are faithful adaptations of the books, and the animation is, as I mentioned before, charming. But perhaps the best parts are the delightfully engaging voice characterizations -- Rat (voiced by Michael Palin of Monty Python fame), Mole, Badger, and the irrepressible Toad are all done spot-on. Toad's wild antics usually give our young daughters the giggles, and the motorcars and battle heroics are bound to capture the interest of young boys.
A worthwhile purchase, or a great gift for children 2-7 who haven't yet seen these films.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LME on December 20, 2011
Format: DVD
This is the third version of The Wind in the Willows that we watched.

The first was ok and may likely appeal more to adults who grew up with the story. It was the live action 2006 Masterpiece Theatre take on the story. Fun, but not great for repeat viewing.

The second was the Claymation version which was made in 1983 with Richard Pearson and Ian Carmichael (re-released 2004). We definitely enjoyed it but still made the effort to obtain the scarcer version (our third, below) with Vanessa Redgrave as narrator.

This one, the third, was charming. It obviously followed the book storyline, used the British turn of phrase, and made the creatures absolutely delightful. The production style reminded me of the Beatrix Potter videos we had so loved. Those were quite superior productions as well. This Wind in the Willows is by far the best one we viewed and needs to be re-released.

If this story is to be viewed by a youngster with no experience of British accents and phraseology, it is possible that my #2 pick with the Claymation characters might be slightly preferable. The verbage and accents are more mainstream. However, when my own children were young they loved the Beatrix Potter videos and the Britishness was never an issue. It did not seem to be for the families to whom I gifted Beatrix Potter either. They all loved them.

PLEASE RE-RELEASE THIS PRODUCTION. Used DVD's are currently over $45. It is a shame this is not in print.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen VINE VOICE on October 8, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's hard to believe, but I never heard of Wind in the Willows until I was about 16 years old, when it was first read aloud to me, around a glowing campfire. It was an instant love affair.

Years later, I shared the classic with my children. So when we found an animated version of the book for sale in a neighbor's tag sale, we snapped it up. We've loved the film ever since.

The animal characters--Badger, Mole, Toad, Weasel and all the others--congregate often at Toad Hall and elsewhere, and the story takes many delightful turns.

This animated version, directed by Dave Unwin, is every bit as classic as the book. Your children will surely love it as much as we did--including the child in this particular mom.

--Alyssa A. Lappen
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Happy user on August 27, 2010
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I am very happy to have this. I had the VCR tapes, and wanted to upgrade to DVD. These movies were very hard to find for a reasonable price, but this seller provided exactly what I needed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Finley on December 16, 2013
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I loved these movies with my boys, we had them on VHS. When I spent way too much money for the DVD, it was the only disc that would not play in my player. Instead of replacing or refunding, Manasota wrote me and said that 'if' it played on their machine, I would get only the used price minus the maximum restocking fee! What are the odds that it will play on their machine??
Too bad they don't re-release these, then you could but them at a reasonable price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2000
Format: DVD
And I thought the video's were fantastic! I compared the sound and picture to the video versions. The dvd is in awesome stereo sound and the picture is crystal clear. Two of the best animated movies I have seen. Kids and Adults will love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on January 8, 2013
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The production of these stories is wonderful and we return to them from time to time throughout the year, even as our grandchildren grow older. We don't seem to tire of them and it's good to have both of these stories on one DVD. It took a long time to find this DVD but I kept checking on amazon and finally was sucessful. (Now if I could only find "The Electric Grandmother...")
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