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Film and TV - Overview


Over the years there have been several screen adaptations of The Wind in the Willows. There has been quite a variety of approaches to these films - some have used actors, some have used animation, some have used gel models, some have attempted to remain faithful to the original book, some have been major departures from it. Additionally there have been a few attempts at sequels. The overwhelming majority of what has been produced was produced by a company called Cosgrove Hall in the 1980s. The section below elaborates on the Cosgrove Hall productions. The section at the bottom covers all known DVDs related to Kenneth Grahame and The Wind in the Willows.

 


Cosgrove Hall


Cosgrove Hall Productions produced a total of two movies and 65 episodes of The Wind in the Willows.

The Wind in the Willows movie was first screened on 27th December 1983.

From 1984 to 1987, the first fifty-two episodes were screened in four series of thirteen. (First Series - November 1984, Second Series - December 1985, Third Series - December 1986, Fourth Series - December 1987) These episodes won first place in the Animated Series Section of the 1987 Chicago Festival.

The show disappeared in 1988 but was revived by a second movie, A Tale of Two Toads, the following year - December 1989. In March 1990 a final series of thirteen episodes was screened under the show's new title Oh! Mr Toad!. This series won The Observer Children's Award for 1990.

The show was aired in Australia on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC-2) from the mid to late 1980s, and only the six to eight episodes of the final series were aired in 1993.

In the USA, the movie was not shown until March 18 1989, on the PBS network. A Tale of Two Toads was shown in October 1990, split into two parts. (I am not aware as to whether the television series has ever been shown there.)

Click on a movie or series below to view the complete episode guide.

The Wind in the Willows Movie

First Series

Second Series

Third Series

Fourth Series

A Tale of Two Toads

Fifth Series

 

Making of the Television Show The story behind the show's origins, its makers and the technical processes involved.

Cast and Crew Find out about the actors who provided the characters' voices, the writers and the musicians. Put a face to the voice!


All DVDs - Various Production Companies


As stated earlier, there is a wide variety of approaches to be found among the adaptations of The Wind in the Willows. This is compounded by production companies licensing their films to other companies who then market it with a different cover, and sometimes even with a different title. Unfortunately that has led to a lot of confusion for anyone wishing to buy a DVD.  The listing here explores the different films and highlights where the same film has appeared under different guises. Included in the list is a documentary DVD on the life of Kenneth Grahame.

 

Overview of all DVDs


The Kenneth Grahame Society

[This page was reproduced with the kind permission of its original author Nicholas Houghton (Australia)]