The Wind in the Willows (1949)

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Wind in the Willows was originally released as the second half of the 1949 Disney animated feature Ichabod and Mr. Toad. While the first portion of the film was devoted to a sprightly adaptation of Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", the second portion was a cartoonization of one of Kenneth Grahame's whimsical "Toad of Toad Hall" tales. Eric Blore sublimely provides the voice of the aristocratic Mr. Toad, an amiable, childlike sort with a passion for automobiles. Framed on a car-theft charge by a gang of weasels, Toad is shuttled off to prison. He is rescued from durance vile by his faithful chums Mole, Rat and Badger. One of the most popular and enduring of Disney's late-1940s efforts, Wind in the Willows was in constant reissue as a entity separate from Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and was also a frequent visitor to the various Disney TV anthologies of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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NR
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Animation , Kids & Family
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You're fast becoming a menace to society. Mr. Toad is a well to do young man with fast ways and fast friends. He becomes friends with the weasels despite his better judgment and the recommendations of his friends. The weasels get him a fast car that ends up being stolen and Mr. Toad in line to go to jail. Can Toad get himself out of this mess? "The world owes us a living." James Algar (Bambi and Fantasia) and Jack Kinney (Dumbo and Peter Pan) collaborate to deliver The Wind in the Willows. The storyline for this picture is fun and unfolds well and a bit uniquely for the Disney genre. The animation style is beautiful/classic Disney and the voices fit the characters well. "A new Toad was born." These volumes are on Netflix and I added them to my queue to watch with my daughter. We watched through this one twice and both enjoyed the storyline. The characters are interesting and funny, though a bit tragic at times. I strongly recommend watching this classic with your children. "You tried to sell me a stolen motor car!" Grade: B+/A-

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