The Wind in the Willows (1987 film)
The Wind in the Willows is a 1987 American animated musical television film directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass. It is an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Set in a pastoral version of England, the film focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters and contains themes of mysticism, adventure and camaraderie; the film features the voices of Charles Nelson Reilly, Roddy McDowall, José Ferrer, Eddie Bracken. The screenplay was written by Romeo Muller, a long-time Rankin/Bass writer whose work included Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Hobbit, The Flight of Dragons, among others; this was the last project produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The film was finished in 1985, but its television premiere was delayed several times, before airing July 5, 1987 on ABC. In this version the horse pulling the barge is the same horse who pulls Mr. Toad's caravan, Portly is Badger's nephew, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Wayfarer's All chapters are included, although the events of Wayfarer's All occurs before the events of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Ratty leaves the Riverbank, only to be found by Mole.
The "well-known and popular" Mr. Toad of Toad Hall, a conceited and impulsive animal, embarks on a madcap river voyage in a paddleboat, nearly shipwrecking his friend Ratty, out for a leisurely row. At the same time, Toad whelms the entrance to the subterranean home of Moley. So disturbed, Moley comes above ground for the first time in his life, is positively amazed by the surface world. At once he meets Ratty. All too soon, Toad returns and recklessly overturns Ratty's boat, nearly drowning Moley, but Ratty saves him and pushes him along to shore. Ratty resolves to have it out with Toad, he and Moley paddle down the river together. On the way downriver to Toad Hall, they pass Badger, tending his land on the riverbank. Despite their friendly greetings, Badger gruffly reminds them that he is not the most social of animals and retreats. At Toad Hall and Moley find that Toad has tired of boating and instead developed an appetite for overnight wagoneering. Not one to take no for an answer, Toad invites them to come along on his first trip, but Moley and Ratty find that he has planned the journey including forgetting to pack any food.
Toad shrugs off the criticism. The next day, their wagon is wrecked by a passing motorcar while the horse runs away and gets lost, inspiring Toad to forget wagoneering and turn his undivided attention to motoring. Within days of buying his first car, his reckless driving demolishes it. Nearing winter, Moley wishes to visit Badger in spite of Ratty's remonstrations. While Ratty dozes, Moley slips out to attempt to call on Badger, but as he walks through the Wild Wood, his imagination gets the better of him. Ratty finds him, but heading for home, they lose their way in falling snow. By pure chance they happen upon Badger's front door, although Badger is at first annoyed by their call, he has a change of heart and welcomes them in when he recognises them as friends. Badger hears of Toad's automotive antics from Ratty and Moley and resolves to do something about it come spring; when Toad still refuses to listen to reason after a quite intense confrontation with an accompanying thunderstorm, Badger orders him locked in his bedroom until he comes to his senses.
Nonetheless, Toad still longs for the open road, tricks Ratty into leaving him alone in the house. He secretly escapes his exile, makes his way to a nearby village and promptly makes off with another motorcar, which he just as promptly wrecks. After insulting a responding police officer, Toad is taken to court and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his offenses. For Toad, the warden's daughter takes pity on him and helps him escape in the guise of a washerwoman. At first hitching a ride on a train, Toad finds the police in hot pursuit but is aided in his getaway by the engine driver, his next reprieve comes from a barge woman, but when he bungles a load of laundry, he angrily reveals himself to the barge woman and finds himself back on the road with his old caravan horse. There he encounters the same motorcar whose theft landed him in prison. Lesson still not learned, he loses control of the car and survives. In the meantime, unaware of Toad's escape, writes him a letter detailing the takeover of Toad Hall by Wild Wood animals, principally weasels.
While describing the ruin wrought on Toad Hall, Ratty hears the news about Toad from Badger. Not long thereafter, an old wayfarer visits Ratty and tells him all about the world beyond the riverbank. Overcome with wanderlust, Ratty follows him, but aborts his adventure when he finds Badger's young nephew Portly lost in the woods. Moley finds them at the same time as Badger finds Toad washed up on the riverbank, ostensibly with the help of a mystical wood-spirit called Pan; as part of the scheme to retake Toad Hall, Moley calls upon the stoats guarding the gate, using Toad's washerwoman disguise. He vastly exaggerates the battle plan, fooling the stoats into thinking that overwhelming forces are advancing on Toad Hall; that night, Ratty and Toad sneak
Peter Woodthorpe was an English film and voice actor who supplied the voice of Gollum in the 1978 Bakshi version of The Lord of the Rings and BBC's 1981 radio serial. He provided the voice of Pigsy in the cult series Monkey and was Max the pathologist in early episodes of Inspector Morse. In the summer of 1955 he played Estragon in the first British production of Waiting for Godot, he had just finished his second year reading Biochemistry at Magdalene College and expected to return after a run of a few weeks. When the play was successful, faced with the choice of dropping out either from Cambridge or from the play, he chose to stay with the play and his acting career. In 1960, he played Aston in the first production of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker at the Arts Theatre, in London, prior to transferring to the West End's Duchess Theatre on 30 May 1960, he starred as Oxford in the Broadway musical Darling of the Day. Before going up to Cambridge he was educated at Archbishop Holgate's Grammar School and served as a national serviceman in the Royal Navy, training at the Joint Services School for Linguists as a Russian interpreter.
In 1964 and 1965 he made three films for cinematographer-turned-director Freddie Francis: The Evil of Frankenstein and The Skull, the first two for Hammer Films and the last for Amicus Productions. His characters in these films were all sleazy and manipulative types. In 1974, he played writer Honoré de Balzac in the BBC series Notorious Woman. One of Woodthorpe's best remembered roles was the guest role of Reg Trotter, father of Del Boy, in the 1983 Christmas special, "Thicker than Water", an episode of the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses. In 1984, he and Lennard Pearce were seen together again in the Minder episode "The Balance of Power". Since 1994, he recorded the voices of Toad, Great White Stag and Whistler in an BBC Young Collection audiotape version of the Animals of Farthing Wood, he died at the age of 72 on 12th August 2004 in Oxfordshire following a short illness. Father Came Too! - Farmer The Evil of Frankenstein - Zoltan Hysteria - Marcus Allan The Skull - Travers The Blue Max - Corporal Rupp The Charge of the Light Brigade - Cardigan's Valet Lord of the Rings - Gollum / Smeagol The Mirror Crack'd - Scout Master To Catch a King - Elric Becker A Christmas Carol - Old Joe Eleni - Grandfather Inspector Morse - - Dr. Max DeBryn Testimony - Alexander Glazunov Massacre Play - Straccalino Red Hot - Professor Lusis The Madness of King George - Clergyman The Animals of Farthing Wood Toad, The Great White Stag, Whistler England, My England - Kiffen Jane Eyre - Briggs The Odyssey - Mentor Merlin - Soothsayer The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka or The Mystery of Chopin - 3rd Official Peter Woodthorpe on IMDb Obituary in The Guardian Obituary in The Independent Obituary in The New York Times
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is a dark ride at Disneyland Park formerly located at the Magic Kingdom. Planned to be a roller coaster, it became a dark ride attraction because Walt Disney only wanted attractions that were appropriate for all ages, it is one of the few remaining attractions, operational on the park's opening day in 1955. The ride's story is based on Disney's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, one of the two segments of the film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, it is operating in Fantasyland. Corey Burton performs every voice at the attraction, except for the usage of audio from the film. Disneyland Paris has a restaurant named Toad Hall. Guests entered via motorcars into a medieval festival tent having a large mural painted by Claude Coats, depicting characters from The Wind in the Willows in the center and "Toad’s Adventures" on both sides of the mural; the motorcars entered Toad Hall with its large stained glass window, welcoming the guests with portraits of Cyril and Toad nearby.
Guests passed a staircase with a fireplace. The Hall dead-ended with suits of armor and the motorcar turned a corner. Guests entered the kitchen with the guests colliding with the Butler’s butt, launching them into the countryside. Upon exiting Toad Hall, guests saw Ratty’s house with a boat nearby. Guests turned a corner and saw a sign pointing in various directions to Woostershire and NotSoShire, they entered into a town with various signs telling the riders to “turn back” and to stop. A bright light was beamed into the faces of the guests with a policeman nearby; the guests veered toward the harbor and entered a barrel room with barrels giving the illusion of falling over. As they exited, two more policemen greeted the guests in a forest; the guests turned a corner again and entered a tunnel labeled R. R Tunnel No.13 with a sleepy signalman nearby. A light was seen glowing above the guests' heads; the guests entered through a demon’s jaw and saw a sign in flames that welcomed them. Demons were on every turn.
There were small changes in 1961 that improved the quality of the props. It would remain the same until 1983, when updated gags from the Disney World version were added. Guests enter a re-creation of Toad Hall, passing by artistic works commemorating characters from The Wind in the Willows. A large mural shows the adventures of Toad and his motorcar, foreshadowing various scenes in the ride; this mural has a hidden reference to Walt Disney and his love for trains in the form of a train named "W. E. D. Rail". Guests hop aboard miniature, early 1900s -era, multicolored motorcars; the name of one of the characters from the film is inscribed on each motorcar. Passengers begin their journey by crashing into a library, where MacBadger is seen teetering atop a ladder with a stack of books, they crash through the fireplace, where fiberoptic effects simulate the scattering of embers on the floor. Narrowly avoiding a falling suit of armor, the passengers break through a set of doors to find the interior hallway of Toad Hall in disarray, as weasels swing from chandeliers.
Guests enter the dining room, where Moley is eating at a dinner table and gets knocked aside. Upon leaving Toad Hall, guests travel through the countryside, passing Ratty's house, aggravating policemen and terrifying a farmer and his sheep. Making a right turn, guests head for the docks and get the impression that their car will plunge into the river, but make a sharp turn in a different direction and enter a warehouse full of barrels and crates containing explosives. Guests crash through a brick wall, they head out into the streets of London, narrowly avoid a collision with a delivery truck, enter Winkie's Pub, where Mr. Winkie the bartender holds two beer mugs, he ducks down. Passengers enter the town square, where the cars wreak further havoc on the citizens. A working fountain featuring Toad and Cyril Proudbottom stands in the center of the town. Behind this statue is one of Lady Justice peeking out from under her blindfold. Next, guests enter a jury-less courtroom; the cars enter what is presumed to be a dark prison cell before abruptly turning right and landing on railroad tracks.
The vehicles bounce along the tracks in the dark before colliding head-on with an oncoming train. Passengers arrive at the ride's final scene: a tongue-in-cheek depiction of Hell not inspired by any scene in the movie or book; the entire room is heated, the scenery features small devils who bounce up and down. Passengers see a demon who resembles the Judge from the courtroom scene. Near the end of the scene, a towering green dragon emerges and attempts to burn the riders to a crisp. A glowing light is seen in the back of its throat and choking, coughing noises are heard while the motorcar speeds away. Granted a reprieve, the passengers "escape" to the ride's loading and unloading area, where they disembark. In The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Mr. Toad never goes to hell at all. Instead, he escapes from jail by affecting the voice of a female; the installation at Disneyland was manufactured by Arrow Development. Many of the voices of the characters on the attraction were provided by Corey Burton.
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was one of the Magic Kingdom's opening day attractions on October 1, 1971. Alth
Wind in the Willows (1988 film)
Wind in the Willows is a 1988 Australian made-for-television animated film created by Burbank Films Australia. The film is based on Kenneth Grahame's 1908 English children's novel of the same name. While cleaning his underground home, Mole senses that spring is beginning above the ground, he is curious and decides that every mole should see the world at least once in his or her lifetime, so he makes himself a tunnel and soon finds himself in the English countryside. Mole marvels at this new world and wishes to see every bit of it. Along comes Rat, who befriends Mole and offers him a ride on his small blue rowboat as well as a short picnic by the riverbank. Rat tells Mole about the different creatures. There's Badger, grumpy and doesn't like company, Toad, wealthy and lives in a fine mansion along the riverbank named "Toad Hall"; when the two friends set out to meet Mr. Toad, Rat is bewildered to see that Toad has been swept away by a new mania. Toad offers Mole a ride in the cart; the ride is thrilling and new for Mole, not so much for Rat, but it ends abruptly when the cart is destroyed by a passing motorcar.
Toad doesn't mind, because he is taken by a new mania for motorcars. Rat and Mole fear. Mole seeks out the advise of Badger, who lives deep inside the Wild Wood, where he's been told never to go since it is a dangerous place. Rat follows Mole to Badger's house and the two animals beg for his help. Badger agrees to help out as soon. Spring comes and Badger orders that Toad be kept indoors and away from disastrous driving of motorcars. Toad sets out to find a motorcar. Toad's crime lands him in prison, his friends worry about his mysterious disappearance. With the help of a young girl, the magistrate's daughter, Toad manages to escape his cell and returns to Toad Hall, he is shocked to find. He and his friends, Mole and Otter, cook up a plan to recover Toad's prized home and restore order to the entire community along the riverbank. Graham Matters - Mole Terry Gill - Rat, Mr. Clark, Car Man John Derum - Toad, Rabbit Wallas Eaton - Badger, Train Conductor Carol Adams - Anna, Car Woman Paul Johnstone - Otter, Jailer, Car Driver The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Burbank Films Australia The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows Wind in the Willows on IMDb Wind in the Willows at AllMovie Wind in the Willows at the Big Cartoon DataBase
Terence Graham Parry Jones is a Welsh actor, comedian, film director and historian, best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in history and writing partner Michael Palin wrote and performed for several high-profile British comedy programmes, including Do Not Adjust Your Set and The Frost Report, before creating Monty Python's Flying Circus with Cambridge graduates Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, American animator/filmmaker Terry Gilliam. Jones was responsible for the programme's innovative, surreal structure, in which sketches flowed from one to the next without the use of punchlines, he made his directorial debut with the team's first film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which he co-directed with Gilliam, directed the subsequent Python films, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. After Python, Jones' most well-known television project was the anthology series Ripping Yarns, which he co-created and co-wrote with Palin.
He wrote an early draft of Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth, though little of his work remained in the final cut. He is a well-respected Medieval historian, having written several books and presented television documentaries about the period, as well as a prolific children's book author. In 2016, Jones received a Lifetime Achievement award at the BAFTA Cymru Awards for his outstanding contribution to television and film. Jones was born on the north coast of Wales; the family home was named Bodchwil. His father was stationed with the RAF in India; when Jones was four-and-a-half, the family moved to Surrey in England. Jones attended primary school at Esher COE school and attended the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, where he was school captain in the 1960–61 academic year, he read English at St Edmund Hall, but "strayed into history". He became interested in the medieval period through reading Chaucer as part of his English degree, he graduated with a 2:1. While there, he performed comedy with future Monty Python castmate Michael Palin in the Oxford Revue.
Jones appeared in Twice a Fortnight with Michael Palin, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Jonathan Lynn, as well as the television series The Complete and Utter History of Britain. He appeared in Do Not Adjust Your Set with Eric Idle and David Jason, he wrote for The Frost Report and several other David Frost programmes on British television. Along with Palin, he wrote lyrics for the 1968 Barry Booth album Diversions. Early on, Jones was interested in devising a fresh format for the Python TV shows, it was he who developed the stream-of-consciousness style which abandoned punchlines and encouraged the fluid movement of one sketch into another, allowing the troupe's conceptual humour the space to "breathe". Jones took a keen interest in the direction of the show; as demonstrated in many of his sketches with Palin, Jones was interested in making comedy, visually impressive, feeling that interesting settings augmented, rather than distracted from, the humour. His methods encouraged many future television comedians to break away from conventional studio-bound shooting styles, as demonstrated by shows such as Green Wing, Little Britain and The League of Gentlemen.
Of Jones' contributions as a performer, his depictions of middle-aged women are among the most memorable. His humour, in collaboration with Palin, tends to be conceptual in nature. A typical Palin/Jones sketch draws its humour from the absurdity of the scenario. For example, in the "All-England Summarise Proust Competition", Jones plays a cheesy game show host who gives contestants 15 seconds to condense Marcel Proust's lengthy work À la recherche du temps perdu. Jones was noted for his gifts as a Charlie Chaplin-esque physical comedian, his performance in the "Undressing in Public" sketch, for instance, is done in total silence. Jones co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam, was sole director on two further Monty Python movies, Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life; as a film director, Jones gained fuller control of the projects and devised a visual style that complemented the humour. His films include Erik the Viking and The Wind in the Willows. In 2008, Jones directed the opera Evil Machines.
In 2011, he was commissioned to direct and write the libretto for another opera, entitled The Doctor's Tale. On the commentary track of the 2004 "2 Disc Special Edition" DVD for the film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Jones stated that to his knowledge Ireland had at the time banned four movies, three of which he had directed: The Meaning of Life, Monty Python's Life of Brian and Personal Services. Jones directed the 2015 comedy film Absolutely Anything, about a disillusioned schoolteacher, given the chance to do anything he wishes by a group of aliens watching from space; the film features Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams and the voices of the five remaining members of Monty Python. It was shot in London during a 6-week shoot. Jones has written many books and screenplays, including comic works and more serious writing on medieval history. Jones co-wrote Ripping Yarns with Palin, they wrote a play, Underwood's Finest Hour, about an obstetrician distracted during a birth by the radio broadcast of a Test match, which played at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1981.
Jones has written numerous works for children, including Fantastic Stories, The Beast with a Thousand Teeth, a collection of comic verse called The Curse of the Vampire's Socks. Jones was the co-creator of the animated TV series Blazing Dragons, which parodie
Ian Wallace (singer)
Ian Bryce Wallace OBE was an English bass-baritone opera and concert singer and broadcaster of Scottish extraction. His family intended him for a career in the law. An actor in non-musical plays, he was persuaded to try opera and made an immediate success, he played a range of buffo parts in operas, at Glyndebourne and internationally. Wallace maintained a simultaneous career in revue, straight theatre, broadcasting, he appeared at the Royal Variety Performance. As a broadcaster, he was a long-time panellist on the BBC radio panel game My Music, he presented a television series of introductions to operas in the 1960s, as well as appearing in light entertainment shows singing a range of songs from ballads to comedy numbers, he performed his one-man show for many years. Flanders and Swann wrote several songs for him, their best-known novelty song, "The Hippopotamus", became indelibly associated with him. Wallace was born in London, the only son of a Liberal Member of Parliament, Sir John Wallace and his wife Mary Bryce Wallace.
He was educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity Hall, where he read law and joined the Cambridge Footlights. During his World War II service in the Royal Artillery, he starred in troop shows. Wallace was invalided out of the Army in 1944, after he contracted spinal tuberculosis, decided that his career lay in entertainment rather than the law, he first appeared on the professional stage in Glasgow, in Ashley Dukes's The Man With a Load of Mischief. He made his London stage début in 1945 at Sadler's Wells in James Bridie's play The Forrigan Reel, directed by Alastair Sim, he was doubtful of his suitability for an operatic career, but in 1946 friends persuaded him to audition for the conductor Alberto Erede, who engaged him for the first season of the New London Opera Company. Wallace made his operatic début at the Cambridge Theatre as Colline in La bohème, he sang there with established operatic stars such as Margherita Grandi. His other roles with the company were the Sacristan, Bartolo and Masetto.
The critic of The Times thought Wallace overplayed the buffo element, both as the Sacristan and Bartolo, but praised his singing. From 1948 to 1961, Wallace performed at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, making his début as Samuele in Un ballo in maschera but soon specialising in basso buffo roles, notably Bartolo in both The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville. By the early 1950s his comic skills were attracting unreserved praise, he added the buffo role of Melitone in La forza del destino to his repertoire, but he played more serious roles including Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust. He made his Italian operatic début as Masetto in Parma in 1950, he sang Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola in Rome in 1955 and Bartolo in Barber in Venice in 1956. He again sang Don Magnifico, this time in English, for Sadler's Wells Opera in 1960. In 1961, The Times wrote of his Bartolo, "as magnificent a character study as excellently sung and never for a moment over-played." He performed at the Bregenz Festivals in 1964 and 1965.
From 1965 onwards he appeared with Scottish Opera, for whom his roles included Leporello in Don Giovanni, Pistol in Falstaff to the Falstaff of Geraint Evans, the Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers. Again in Scotland, he appeared at Ledlanet Nights in his one-man shows and other performances including Colas in Mozart's early singspiel Bastien und Bastienne. In the 1960s, he sang the main Donizetti buffo roles, Don Pasquale and Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore. A late addition to his repertoire was Polyphemus in Handel's Acis and Galatea in 1977. Though not a fluent sight-reader of unfamiliar music, Wallace took on out-of-the way operatic roles including Konchak in Prince Igor, Wagner in Busoni's Doktor Faust, the title role in Weber's Peter Schmoll, the buffo lead, Buonafede, in Haydn's Il mondo della luna, Calender in Gluck's comédie mêlée d'ariettes, La rencontre imprévue. Early in his Glyndebourne career, Wallace consulted the festival's administrator Moran Caplat on whether he might sing in non-operatic productions elsewhere.
Caplat gave him his blessing. In opera Wallace was cast in comic roles, he used his comedic skills when he began to appear in revue. In 1953, as well as singing in opera in Britain and internationally, he was in the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium and in pantomime as one of the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella. In 1962, invited to present a one-man show at the Criterion Theatre, London, he preferred to share the bill, his "after-dinner entertainment" 4 to the Bar had a cast of four. During the run of the show Noël Coward came backstage and said to him, "You have a good command of your audience. Mind you, anyone who has the hardihood to allow the curtain to rise on them at the Criterion Theatre, sitting in a wing chair with a glass of brandy in one hand and a cigar in the other, has bloody well got to have command of his audience". From the early 1960s to the 1980s, Wallace performed a one-man show, featuring operatic excerpts and comic songs, he was noted for his performances of the music of Flanders and Swann, "The Hippopotamus" became his signature tune.
Its refrain suggested the titles for both of his volumes of memoirs. In his Who's Who profile, under "hobbies", he wrote "singing a song about a hippo
The Wind in the Willows (1983 film)
The Wind in the Willows is a 1983 British stop motion animated film produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television and aired on the ITV network. The film is based on Kenneth Grahame's classic story The Wind in the Willows, it won an international Emmy award. Subsequently, the studio made a 52 episode series, The Wind in the Willows between 1984 and 1990; the film's music and songs are composed by Keith Hopwood, late of Herman's Hermits, Malcolm Rowe. The Stone Roses guitarist John Squire worked on the series as a set artist. Voice actors include David Jason, Ian Carmichael, Michael Hordern. Fed up with spring cleaning, Mole ventures out of his underground home, he soon comes to a river where he meets and befriends Ratty. Rat takes Mole on a picnic where they notice Badger and ask him to join them, but he just mutters "Hmmm! Company!" and walks off home. Rat starts to warn Mole of the Wild Wood and its inhabitants, but they are interrupted by the arrival of the Chief Weasel and his henchman.
While the Chief distracts them, his henchman steals a jar of potted meat and they make their getaway. Ratty takes Mole to visit Toad at Toad Hall. Toad invites them to join him on a caravan trip along the Open Road, with his horse Alfred pulling the caravan. On the group's first camp out for the night, Ratty misses his home on the river but does not want to disappoint his friends; the following day, disaster strikes as a passing motorcar spooks Alfred and sends the caravan into a ditch. Toad decides motor cars are the only way to travel. Rat and Mole can do nothing but look on as Toad buys and almost crashes his cars one after another. By winter and Mole decide to call on Badger to see if he can curb Toad's enthusiasm for dangerous driving. Before they can leave, Rat falls asleep. Mole decides to go alone to the Wild Wood to see Badger, he asks a weasel for directions to Badger's house, but is sent the wrong way and becomes lost and scared when the weasels stalk him. His cry for Rat wakes him up.
Ratty reads a note written by Mole where he has gone. Rat hurries along to the Wild Wood. After Rat finds Mole, they stumble across Badger's house. Annoyed at being disturbed, Badger is pleased to see Rat and ushers him and Mole inside, they warm themselves by the fire and Badger offers them a hot drink. They discuss Toad's reckless driving; the next morning they visit Toad Hall. Toad refuses to take Badger's advice to stay away from motorcars, so the three lock Toad in his bedroom, guarding him day and night; the next day, Toad asks Ratty to fetch a lawyer. Toad escapes and stops a motorist and his wife Rosemary. Toad steals their car and insults a policeman, calling him a "Fat face!" after nearly running him over. Meanwhile, Mole becomes homesick and he and Ratty visit Mole End, spend Christmas there; some Caroling field mice turn up and after they have finished their song and Mole invite them inside for a Christmas feast. When the field mice tell Rat and Mole that Toad has been arrested, the pair become consumed with guilt for their friend.
In the court, the magistrate Mrs. Carrington-Moss sentences Toad to "twelve months for the theft, three years for furious driving, fifteen years for the cheek", with another year added for "being green" which makes "twenty years" in jail; the Jailer's Daughter helps him escape by disguising him as a washerwoman. Toad tricks a train driver into giving him a free ride home, but it isn't long until another train with the Police, Rosemary, Mrs. Carrington-Moss, the Clerk are after him. Toad is found out but the engine driver still lets him escape by throwing him off the train and into a field. Toad learns the weasels have overthrown Badger and taken over Toad Hall. Toad is upset; the next night, the friends fight the weasels. Toad spends most of the battle swinging on his chandeliers but manages to fall on the Chief Weasel, knocking him unconscious. After victory, Badger and Ratty settle down and think of a peaceful future, until Toad flies by in his new "Flying Machine". Toad's plane crashes into the river.
During the end credits, the river bankers are pulling Toad out of the river. The main banqueting hall and grand staircase of Toad Hall were inspired by the ones in Leap Castle in Ireland. David Jason as Toad and Chief Weasel Richard Pearson as Mole Ian Carmichael as Rat Michael Hordern as Badger Beryl Reid as Mrs. Carrington-Moss Una Stubbs as the Jailor's Daughter and Rosemary Jonathan Cecil as Reggie, the motorist Brian Trueman as Henchman Weasel and various voices Allan Bardsley as Alfred the Horse, the Policeman, the Jailer Edward Kelsey as the Engine Driver and the Clerk The Wind in the Willows Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows on IMDb