The Wind In The Willows

  • 1983
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Animated, Children's

While this stop-motion movie may not surpass today’s state-of-the-art animation techniques, it's a charming version of the bucolic fable. Homebody Mr. Mole (Richard Pearson) leaves his subterranean dwelling to picnic with his buddy Mr. Rat (Ian Carmichael). A naive but curious soul, Mole sees the good in weasels and doesn't understand why traveling to...read more

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While this stop-motion movie may not surpass today’s state-of-the-art animation techniques, it's a charming version of the bucolic fable. Homebody Mr. Mole (Richard Pearson) leaves his subterranean dwelling to picnic with his buddy Mr. Rat (Ian Carmichael). A naive but curious soul, Mole sees the good in weasels and doesn't understand why traveling to their Wild Wood environs might be hazardous. Fortunately he heeds Rat's wise counsel and instead agrees to a jaunt to Toad Hall, the mansion where the flibbertigibbet Mr. Toad (David Jason) resides. A generous host, Toad extols the benefits of travel to his visitors. Not content with a horse-drawn cart, Toad purchases a motor car which he crashes when he ill-advisedly tries to race a train. Taking a rash page from Toad, Mole wanders off one winter night and gets lost in the Wild Wood. Thank goodness Rat rescues him and steers him to the lair of curmudgeonly Mr. Badger (Michael Hordern). Having caught wind of Toad’s antics, Badger suggests they visit him. Paying lip service to the tough love of his inner circle, Toad skips out, steals a motor car and smashes it. Tried and convicted, the speed demon languishes in jail and engages Badger as his house-sitter. And yet the old codger is no match for the wily weasels who toss him out and establish squatters’ rights.

Somehow the stilted manner of the animation suits this tale’s child-like core and the cast and crew make Toad Hall and the Wild Wood spring to glorious life.

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  • Released: 1983
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: While this stop-motion movie may not surpass today’s state-of-the-art animation techniques, it's a charming version of the bucolic fable. Homebody Mr. Mole (Richard Pearson) leaves his subterranean dwelling to picnic with his buddy Mr. Rat (Ian Carmichael)… (more)

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