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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1997)

Roger Ashton-Griffiths , Robert Bathurst , Terry Jones  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Robert Bathurst, Hugo Blick, John Boswall, Keith-Lee Castle
  • Directors: Terry Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZTIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" on IMDb

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A classic Disney tale comes to life in this outrageous comedy adventure filled with high-spirited antics and madcap fun! Bring the whole family along on MR. TOAD'S WILD RIDE, a live-action woodland fantasy adapted from the pages of the classic children's novel THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Mr. Toad (Terry Jones) is literally driving his friends crazy with his powerful passion for motorcars -- selling off the town's land to replace each vehicle he crashes! It's up to Mole (Steve Coogan), Rat (Eric Idle), and Badger (Nicol Williamson) to put an end to the lunacy and save "Toad Hall" from falling into the hands of the conniving Weasels, who plan to turn it into a dog food factory! Includes guest star Bernard Hill (LORD OF THE RINGS) and John Cleese and Michael Palin (MONTY PYTHON).

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Which Shouldn't Be Forgotten September 15, 2004
This is a so-called kid's movie that's way too good for kids. It's based on the book The Wind in the Willows. Mr. Toad (Terry Jones) of Toad Hall loves fast cars, crazy inventions, and all the latest fads. He crashes his cars regularly and is spending more money that he has on his enthusiasms. And it seems the Chief Weasel (Antony Sher) and his cronies have been buying up the land Mr. Toad has had to sell. They're going to tear down Toad Hall and build a huge dog food factory in its place. The Chief Weasel plans that the first ingredients to be processed will be Toad and his friends, the meek but brave Mole (Steve Coogan), the picnic-loving, loyal Rat (Eric Idle), and the grumpy, advice-giving Badger (Nicol Williamson). The movie details with great humor their adventures to defeat the Chief Weasel and save Toad Hall.

What makes this movie so special is the loving care Jones took establishing the look of the place and the fullness of the characters. If you pay attention, you'll see some gentle takes on greed, the legal system (John Cleese is a defence attorney who makes an impassioned case in court that his client should receive the maximum sentence), 1984, the protection of our environment, taking responsibility for our actions, and friendship. And the movie is not ponderous or preachy at all. It's great fun.

Disney, which had U.S. rights to the film, did nothing with it. When they finally put it in theaters, after insisting the name be changed from The Wind in the Willows to the name of one of their park rides, they spent almost no marketing money on promotion. Not suprisingly, the movie tanked faster than Mr. Toad's tongue catching a fly.

I've watched it twice now, and skimmed through it again this morning. It should be considered a classic.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank heaven for Mr. Jones November 17, 2001
By Abby
Format:VHS Tape
I am not afraid to admit that I am an avid python fan. Been watching the stuff since... well, for more than just a few years, let's put it that way. Several years might be closer to the truth, though my parents would call that an understatement. I happened upon this film at a Monty Python fan site. As one of my goals happens to be to watch every Python-related film I can get my hands on, I went to the local hastings and rented it. I liked it. A lot. It was somewhat childish, but was not without its python influences (There is this one scene in which Mr. Toad is being led to jail and there are 2 guards punching each other in the background. If that's not Pythonesque, then I don't know what is). The songs were delightful, most of them anyway. I thought that altogether the whole thing was really creative. There are a few "violent" parts, such as fighting, and something having to do with a dog food factory that reminds me very much of Wallace & Gromit, but nothing that will lead your child to, say, becoming a Gang banger, or anything outrageous like that.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fasten your seabelts for 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride'! November 30, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride' is definitely one of the most charming children's movies that I've ever seen. Based loosely on the classic 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame, the film is set in the English countryside and follows the adventures (and misadventures) of Mr. Toad (Terry Jones of Monty Python!), Ratty (Eric Idle of the same), Mole(Steve Coogan), and Badger(Nicol Williamson) as they battle with the evil, greedy weasels over the rights to Toad Hall. The special effects are minimal but very well done, and the quaint period costumes and animal make-up creates the perfect woodland atmosphere. The songs are short but cute; you'll find yourself humming the tunes before you know it. All in all, children will find the characters delightful and funny, while the darker images of the dangers of industrialization and progress will keep the attention of adults. I'd say my rating is four and a half stars, as opposed to just four. 'Mr. Toad's Wils Ride' is a definite must to any video collection!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie for all ages August 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I don't know why the person below didn't like it. I'm 16, the age where I hate EVERYTHING that is childish, and I still loved this movie. It's a welcome change from the big studios who churn out crap in order to sell the songs to other singers like Celine Dion. If you look down upon children's things, and think that anything fun for children is below you, then you wouldn't like this film. For the rest of you, go out and rent this movie now! ESPECIALLY if you are a fan of Monty Python.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Insult to the Book The Wind in The Willows November 7, 2013
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Based on previous reviews, I gave this movie a chance. Don't waste your time or money. Use your time to read the original story, The Wind in The Willows. This movie mutilated the fun adventures of the book. I can accept plot changes that retain the spirit of characters and their story. This movie does not. From the very beginning, the book's beautiful story is unrecognizable. Kenneth Grahame wrote Mr. Toad with no money concerns. This movie is all about Mr. Toad needing money. It goes downhill from there. This is the best the movie writers could come up with after reading The Wind in the Willows? Beyond awful plot changes from the book. No one in my house enjoyed this movie.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python meets Zooblie Zoo April 24, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
As I watched the movie, I had this feeling that I was watching Zooblie Zoo and Monty Python at the same time. The costumes were pretty bad, for example, Terry Jones was just painted green basically in his portrayal of Toad, and I kept thinking of his Python sketch, "croonchy frogs" whenever he appeared to do something really goofy, (like dance.) The acting and special effects in it were great, however, and the movie kept pretty much to the original story line. When it was changed, it was done in such a way that it didn't hamper the plot.With it's semi-distracting over use of Monty Python characters, so-so songs, and poor costuming, I'd strongly suggest renting before buying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My family loved watching this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Michelle Foremaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Thing Ever
How did I live so long without knowing this existed? Seriously? You've got Monty Python! Disney! Mr. Toad! Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
silliest movie I've ever seen. I was expecting something a bit more . . . I dunno, had good actors and Monty Python alumni involved but was silly, only for 5 year olds.
Published 6 months ago by BirdyReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story and acting by Monty Python veterans. Great movie for...
I have enjoyed many of the Monty Python skits and movies over the years. I was thrilled to learn that several of Monty Python actors had produced and starred in Mr. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephen P. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
The Wind in the Willows rides again with Mr. Toad and his passion for autos. Great viewing for everyone, and provides a great reason to read or re-read the book.
Published 11 months ago by Paul A. Moore
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 13 months ago by sevana ferderer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This is a cute movie. I didn't know if I would like it but i do. It's different but cute.
Published 14 months ago by Becky
3.0 out of 5 stars Product good, movie stinks
Although it was great seeing some of the cast of Monty Python's Flying Circus this movie stunk. Now, this is NOT the fault of the seller, they shipped this to me promptly and very... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter M. Haugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This movie is very cute and funny! I know that we all went around the house saying "the marvelous Mr. Toad" for weeks afterward.
Published 21 months ago by Diana Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Absolute perfection. They did not ham it up. They treated it with tenderness and respect, making it a joy for ages four to ninety four. I will watch it many times.
Published 21 months ago by Waratah39
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