The Wind in the Willows (1983)


This a Covid-19 2021 minireview!

“Do you mean to say you *don’t* promise never to touch a motorcar again? ” – Badger

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Four animal friends get into lots of mischief instead of dealing with cleaning the house.

Bottom Line – This is a film that I was curious to see after recalling to have read the books it was based on as a kid. Unfortunately, the story moves along at a snail’s pace and nothing very interesting actually happens as these characters try to have some fun adventures. The story is a bit choppy and that hurts things a bit too much. The stop motion animation was very innovative for the time, but looks far too primitive when watching it now and that also detracts from this story.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mr. Toad’s (David Jason’s) gypsy caravan was specially designed for this movie by Cosgrove Hall Productions Cinematographer Frank Hardie, using information from a book on making model caravans. The caravan seen in this movie had an opening roof for interior shots, along with extremely detailed paintwork and accouterments, including a cage for chickens and several cooking pots and pans. After filming of this movie and the subsequent television series, the cart fell into disrepair, before being completely refurbished in 2015. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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