Wind in the Willows: the Complete First Series

Wind in the Willows: the Complete First Series

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The impulsive Mr. Toad and his friends Mole, Ratty, and Badger have a number of fun-filled adventures in this collection of episodes from the popular animated television series, inspired by the writings of Kenneth Grahame. Produced using an elaborate stop-motion animation technique by Cosgrove Hall Productions, The Wind in the Willows: The Complete Series One features… See more details below

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The impulsive Mr. Toad and his friends Mole, Ratty, and Badger have a number of fun-filled adventures in this collection of episodes from the popular animated television series, inspired by the writings of Kenneth Grahame. Produced using an elaborate stop-motion animation technique by Cosgrove Hall Productions, The Wind in the Willows: The Complete Series One features 13 stories from the series; titles include "The Further Adventures of Toad, "The Kidnapping of Toad, "The Ghost at Mole End, "The Great Steamer, "Buried Treasure, "Mole's Cousin, "The Grand Annual Show, "The Open Road Again, "Wayfarers All, "The Weasels' Trap, "Burglary at Toad Hall, and "The Yuletide Entertainment."

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Wind in the Willows is anything but a wild ride, as it’s exquisitely brought to life in this award-winning British stop-motion animated series. It is something much better. Viewers will bask in this meticulously mounted realization of Kenneth Grahame's whimsical world, introduced by a theme song warm enough to shed any cares of the day. A spin-off of the famed animation studio Cosgrove Hall's original feature film, this series continues the adventures of "silly, conceited" Mr. Toad and his long-suffering but steadfast friends, Mole, Rat, and Badger. The first episode recaps incidents from Grahame's original book and reintroduces the characters. Toad remains maddening but ultimately lovable as he continually gets his comeuppance. In one episode, the dreaded weasels immediately regret kidnapping the loquacious amphibian and are compelled to let him go without collecting a ransom. The weasels (who growl with menacing Cockney accents) cause more distress in another episode in which they plot to force Badger from his home. But mostly, the episodes are a reverie of simple stories and gentle adventures. The voice work is impeccable, and the musical interludes (such as "We'll Go Boating" in the episode "The Great Steamer") are a delight. Pink Floyd fans will want to check out the episode entitled "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," which served as the title of the band's debut album. Those just dipping into the Grahame-inspired DVD canon should check out Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Terry Jones' swonderful feature film adaptation of the author's book, which includes appearances by the director’s fellow Pythonites John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Eric Idle.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
UPC:
0733961718225
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Time:
4:20:00
Sales rank:
9,397

Special Features

Bonus episode: "Gadget Mad" from series 2; Character descriptions

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