The Wind in the Willows (1949, 1967, 1975)
Mr. Toad’s irresponsibility knows no bounds. Once he gets a mania, nothing stops him, not even the prospect of losing his most valuable possession Toad Hall. His friends despair but his latest mania, the motor car, will see his actions catch up with him in the sternest possible manner.
Slightly unsatisfactory Disney animation thanks to the focus on the highly irritating and irresponsible Mr. Toad but Disney sure knew how to animate (weasels in particular) and it’s the animation quality and enforced pacing that keeps this firmly on the entertaining, if not quite charming, side. The film does close with an absolutely outstanding chase sequence which, I am sure, is repeated verbatim in later Disney classic “The Jungle Book” during the escape from King Louie. This is the first half of the 1949 release “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.” The other, brilliant, half is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This was released in 1967 in the UK as “The Wind in the Willows” and in 1975 in the US as “The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad.”
Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.
Available on DVD.