Video Details

Title: WIND In The WILLOWS (Jose Ferrer, Roddy McDowall)
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OUR PRICE: $99.75

Year: 1987 / VHS / 98 mins

Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr, Judy Collins (Song)

Starring:
Voices of Jose Ferrer, Roddy McDowall, Charles Nelson Reilly, Eddie Bracken

Video Notes:
An animated adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's much-loved, classic children's novel, "The Wind in the Willows." The tale follows the adventures of Badger and Mole as they attempt to bring the lordly Toad of Toad Hall down to earth. Nothing seems to work... until Mr. Toad lands in jail and learns an important lesson about friendship. Based on the original book by Kenneth Grahame. Theme song "Wind In The Willows" sung by JUDY COLLINS. "Completed in 1985, Rankin/Bass' feature-length cartoon version of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows had its network debut delayed several times; the film finally premiered on July 5, 1987. This adaption of the 1908 Grahame story was more faithful to the source that the enjoyable but overly slick 1949 Disney version Ichabod and Mr. Toad (ironically, the Rankin/Bass version was shown in the timeslot normally occupied by ABC's Disney Sunday Movie). This lighthearted tale of the foolish Mr. Toad and the attempts by his anthropomorphic-animal friends to keep Toad from making a fool of himself was wonderfully brought to life by the whimsically epicene voicework of Charles Nelson Reilly (as Toad), Roddy McDowall, Jose Ferrer and Eddie Bracken. The film's character design and background art brilliantly evoke the spirit of Kenneth Grahame's original illustrations. Since its initial telecast, Wind in the Willows has become a fixture of virtually every video rental store in the nation." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide