The Wind in the Willows
My husband and I were delighted to watch this humorous, interesting and unforgettable program. Each human actor played his/her animal counterpart wonderfully and realistically: Ratty, Mole, Mr. Toad, Mr. Badger, as well as the Barge Lady and Gaoler's daughter.
This is a film with no sexual innuendos, no bad language, and nothing to offend the senses so we'd be happy to allow our children to view the program anytime. It also kept my husband and I enchanted. We sure hope PBS broadcasts this wonderful program again or provides it on DVD. Great job, Masterpiece Theatre and PBS!
The Wind in the Willows was charming, beautiful, delightful, funny and interesting with surreal to real life situations. I was lucky enough to catch the beginning without even knowing what it was going to be about. It's based on an old children's tale, but I'm sure this movie would appeal to an adult crowd too, perhaps even more. The story, the characters and the look of the movie are put together very well. I don't know how it compares to the book because I haven't read it, but this movie is good.
In the film, animals are put in real-life situations, such as driving a car, and while the characteristics and spirit of the animal remains, each animal embodies a human nature. Each actor does a great job of developing the attitude of the animal character and then handling real-life situations with the noises they make and the attitude. It's a simple method, but it's done so well. I'd much rather see this then some fantasy animation. They may look human and speak proper English, but you definitely know you're watching animals. Without knowing ahead of time which animal each actor played, I could name each animal simply by his/her actions.
When I started watching The Wind in the Willows, my first thought was, "This is going be too childish for my taste." But I soon found myself totally engaged by the flawless, wonderful performances and the clever and creative filming. I laughed throughout the entire movie and completely enjoyed it. It's a wonderful ageless movie for the kid in all of us!
Mary Ruth Hunt
I am so glad that The Wind in the Willows will be broadcast once again. The book is a treasure, but alas, one that often is overlooked. Word of mouth is a powerful incentive for new families to become entranced by the antics of Toad, Mole, and Ratty. It's a book that will give pleasure to adults and children alike. Long live PBS and its dedication to presenting the best in literature! Not so incidentally, it may cause people to read the original as well.
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