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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996)

The Wind in the Willows (original title)
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Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

Director:

Terry Jones

Writers:

Terry Jones (screenplay), Kenneth Grahame (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Coogan ... Mole
Eric Idle ... Rat
Terry Jones ... Toad
Antony Sher ... Chief Weasel
Nicol Williamson ... Badger
John Cleese ... Mr Toad's Lawyer
Stephen Fry ... The Judge
Bernard Hill ... The Engine Driver
Michael Palin ... The Sun
Nigel Planer ... The Car Salesman
Julia Sawalha ... The Jailer's Daughter
Victoria Wood ... The Tea Lady
Robert Bathurst ... St John Weasel
Don Henderson ... The Sentry
Richard James ... Geoffrey Weasel and Mole's Clock
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Storyline

Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

weasel | mole | toad | rat | mating | See All (65) »

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Go wild in the country!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fanciful villainy and gunplay | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,844, 2 November 1997

Gross USA:

$72,844
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Sony Pictures dumped this film after its 1997 U.S. theatrical release, Terry Jones struggled trying to get this film published, but no Hollywood distributor wanted to take it. That was, until in 1998, Walt Disney Home Video bought the American rights to the film, added in a few sound effects and even changed the title after the name of the rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" (though the Walt Disney World Version of the ride closed that same year). It was released onto VHS in 1999 and onto DVD in 2004. See more »

Goofs

The judge bangs a gavel to maintain order in the court and confirm Toad's sentence. British judges don't use gavels. See more »

Quotes

St John Weasel: [as Badger comes across the walk bay throwingg the weasels off the side] Oh! Steady on! Listen N... n... no... n... Calm down! n... n... no
Mole: [Badger has thrown three weasels off] I say! Badger!
St John Weasel: [backing up with Badger walking towards him] I... I'm not really a weasel... I'm a rabbit
[does rabbit teeth]
St John Weasel: They forced me to work he and you saved me, oh thank you, thank you!
Badger: Shut up! Keep moving!
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Connections

Referenced in Top Gear: Episode #8.7 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Of Survival
Music by John Du Prez
Lyrics by Terry Jones
Performed by Antony Sher, Robert Bathurst, Richard James, Keith-Lee Castle, Graham McTavish, and Chorus
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Sun drenched, cheery fun.
26 December 1999 | by GazHackSee all my reviews

A splendid, energetic version of one the classics of children's literature which benefits from a stellar cast of British acting talent. Aside from nearly every Python appearing to good effect, we have a touching performance from Steve Coogan as the downtrodden Mole, Anthony Sher as a hissable Chief Weasel and... well to many famous faces to mention.

What makes this version stand out is the stunning costume and production design by James Acherson. This is a caricartured version of olde England, with the animals played by cartoonish humans rather than anthromorphosised animals. The sun always shines, everything is polished and colourful. There's some subtle satire about the class system going on in the background but director Jones doesn't let that get in the way. Only the factory subplot strikes a wrong note, tending to clutter up the last half of the film but not seriously. Genuinely for children of all ages.


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