Wind in the Willows: the Complete First Series

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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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."
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • UPC: 733961718225
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Time: 4:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,799

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Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play All
   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
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Play All
   The Open Road Again
   Wayfarers All
   The Weasels' Trap
   Burglary at Toad Hill
   The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
   The Yuletide Entertainment
   Special Features
      Bonus Episode From Season 2: "Gadget Mad"
      Character Descriptions
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    I have both the movies and Series 1 and 2 and would gladly purch

    I have both the movies and Series 1 and 2 and would gladly purchase the rest of the series if they ever became available. The visuals, the introductions, the animation, the costuming and especially the voice talents are wonderful. A cozy delight!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful for all ages!!!

    I got hooked on this extaordinary series when they first aired in the 80's and 90's and my children were tots. My children are now in high school, both visual artists, and we all still watch and enjoy with even more admiration, as my teens are doing their own claymation and video and analyzing what works and doesn't with other films. All of the elements are there: excellent visual artistry(just charming!), the voice talents are extraordinary, the music is lovely!! I can't wait to get the full set of both series, because I'm sure I've missed some!!! I watch them while I'm doing bills and laundry and it makes even those dreary tasks almost a delight!!!

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    Posted November 7, 2010

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