Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Wind in the Willows - A Tale of Two Toads|
Actors: Richard Pearson, Ian Carmichael, David Jason, Michael Hordern, Beryl Reid
Directors: Chris Taylor, Mark Hall
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
The classic, best-selling children's novel THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS comes alive like never before with the vibrant, award-winning stop-motion animation of Cosgrove Hall. Follow your favorite characters on a magical romp thr... more »
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Oh for the golden days of old!
Dale Cockayne | Melbourne Australia | 11/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie has been a staple with our family since first released on video, in fact we have worn 3 tapes out of the original and I have just purchased the dvd, which is outstanding!! The colour and quality are excellent and the story and voice overs are a trip back to glory days of English gentility. My children still watch this continually and whilst it may not appeal to the "action comix" kid (or adult)it is a masterpiece and is simply redolent with atmosphere. Buy it for your kids, watch it time and time again for yourself and give your spirit a lift."
Hurry in to the Wonderful World of Cosgrove & Hall
C. Schrawder | United States | 02/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first learned of this show I instantly fell in love with it. When I learned they did many episodes I enjoyed even that much more. Many years later I finally learned just how many episodes they did, and realized I must have missed out on many of them, and was in utter shock and awe at all the wonderful work that Cosgrove and Hall did. This first single disc DVD is on the feature length episode that Cosgrove and Hall produced. Take one of my favorite styles of animation, add some talented (and a few favorite) British voice actors, and add the creative talent of Cosgrove and Hall, and give them an inspiring loveable book, and you get an immense amount of Family Fun Time. After you view this one feature length episode hold on to your hats. To be released around March of 2005 is the first of about 5 volumes A&E plans to produce, so that they may be the very first in the market to completely release to the public every single one of the 65 (YES, you heard that right "65!") 20 minute episodes that the talented Cosgrove and Hall company produced. Never before has the public been allowed to purchase and view in their homes every single episode of this fantastic series. The only things in the past that were release on tape were the feature length episode, and about 3 or 4 tapes with 3 episodes each (with 1 or 2 episodes changed out when they were reproduced a couple of times). It's shocking that it took this long to let the public in all this fun (Who's been hoarding and hiding all these recordings anyway?). Thanks finally to A&E for being the first company to get the rights (after several others had the rights over the years) to devote all the time and effort they are going to do to get all the episodes out to the public. YEAH for A&E! So many of us have been longing for such a lengthy amount of time to finally own every episode. I especially enjoy this show just tad bit more than others, as this show helped bring me out of a dark depressing time I went through early one year, when I happened to stumble upon this show again on a PBS channel, and low and behold by some freak of nature they were airing some of the episodes in the early to mid 90's.
On to a side comment, I don't know how someone can give this show a bad rating, and then also go on a rant about it having bad language. What show were you watching anyway? Unless you're a super uptight paranoid parent who gets offended by everyone else in world, this show is certainly for everyone. So don't let any kind of review like that deter you from having any kind of fun. RUN, don't walk, and get your copies of every single one of these episodes, and start having a great fun time."
Bad language- my a**!
J. Stanley | Bloomington, IN USA | 07/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A note to previous reviewers:
When Toad says
"Mole, you silly ASS!" He is NOT swearing, but calling Mole a jackass- a silly ninny, a nincompoop, a DONKEY (as per Biblical vocabulary). I'm tempted to use the phrase myself.
"Ass" is not a swear word in this context, and there is no reason to shield children from this masterful film adaptation of a classic book. Might as well shield children from the Bible itself. But thanks for your review, all the same.
Another thought- what two-year-old is able to pay attention to a movie long enough to get as far as the point at which that word is used, anyway??
Now a note to prospective buyers:
Never has there been a more masterfully-created rendition of K. Grahame's work. The lyrics to the songs come straight from Grahame's pen, and the music itself it nothing short of delightful. The skilled (and famous) actors who perform the voices of our riverside friends must also be commended. Altogether stunning.
This movie is one of TWO book adaptations in the history of cinema that have surpassed their original literary form (the other being "The Snowman"). The "Wind in the Willows" television spinoff (also available on Amazon) doesn't slack off a bit; it's just as high-quality as this movie.
Excellent viewing for the ENTIRE family. I certainly look forward to subsequent DVD releases of the tv series."
Great version of a classic book
Kirsten M. | Billings, MT | 01/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen many film adaptations of Kenneth Grahame's excellent book, and this is by far the best. This is the first I have seen that even tried to stay faithful to the book. Most other adaptations seem to think the book is too slow and boring and needs to be spiced up with extra violence. This film captures the spirit of the book quite well and I recommend it to all who love classic children's literature."