In the mid-90’s, Disney decided to make a live-action remake of one of it’s classics: The Wind in the Willows. This may seem like a dumb idea, casting people for animals, but due to wonderful casting choices it worked. Monty Python’s Terry Jones played none other than J. Thaddeus Toad esq., and Monty Python’s Eric Idle played Ratty. Being such a fan of them, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
The movie starts off with Mr. Mole cleaning his house, when it suddenly caves in (due to weasels operating heavy machinery overhead). A distraught Mole then runs to his friend Ratty’s house. Ratty urges him to stay with him. To take his mind off of his destroyed house, he suggests a picnic on the river. Mole’s house was on Mr. Toad’s land; so, they decide to see what Mr. Toad can do about it. Once there, they discover that Mr. Toad sold the land to the weasels in order to buy a cart and horse. Mole and Ratty walk next to the horse and try to talk sense into Mr. Toad, but are disturbed my a motorcar rushing past. After seeing the motorcar, Mr. Toad becomes unhinged and has to have one.
After Mr. Toad has crashed seven motorcars and squandered his family wealth, old family friend Badger has him locked in his room until he is cured of his “motormania.” He breaks out and due to a very bad defense attorney (Monty Python’s John Cleese) lands himself in jail.
I won’t give away any more of the story. You should see it for yourself. I believe that this movie did justice to the cartoon and could hardly have better casting. Monty Python’s Michael Palin played the sun. I would rather he had a more prominent role, such as Mr. Mole. I still really enjoyed this movie, and I would definitely recommend it. I hope you enjoy.
(son who is a huge Monty Python fan)