producers: Cosgrove Hall Productions animation:
stop-motion animation run time: 52 mins
Oh dear! - Poor Toad has been kidnapped. The
blighter has been strung
up and incarcerated in the cellars of Toad Hall,
whilst an imposter has taken
up residence on the Riverbank. And worse still,
this scallywag has made
friends with those dastardly weasels and they're
hatching a plan to blow
up the homes of Badger,
Rat and Mole. If
they succeed, Toad's friends
will be driven away for good, leaving these
scarbrous fellows free to
run amok with their prisoner's wealth....
This is a second feature-length slice of adventure
from the Riverbank, courtesy
of Cosgrove Hall, and it's very much
the mixture as before. Beautiful sets,
wonderful puppets, the perfect voice cast,
and a timeless film to cherish.
Having already established the characters
and settings in their previous
outings, the film makers are able to jump
straight into the story, and
allow David Jason, who voices Toad so supremely,
free reign to blather
and babble for all he's worth.
The film served as an entree to Oh!
Mr Toad", an all-new title for what
was, in effect, the fifth season of "The
Wind in the Willows". Only in this
new series, the accent was - again - very
much focused on Toad who was,
by now, well established as the run-away star
of the show.
Unless you've been living down a burrow all
your life, you will surely know
that Toad, Rat, Mole, Badger, Toad Hall and
the Riverbank all spawned
from the pen of Kenneth Grahame and his classic
Edwardian story of
"The Wind in the Willows". Many
film maklers have visited the Riverbank
over the years, but none have caught the mood
so perfectly as messrs
Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall and their multi-talented
The film takes its title
from another classic novel - that being "A Tale
of Two Cities"
by Charles Dickens. But you knew that already, right?
Cockle producers: Mark
Cosgrove, Brian Hall exec prod: John
Hambley writer: Brian
inspired by Kenneth Grahame's
"Wind in the Willows" voices: Ian
Michael Hordern (Badger)
in the Willows Fansite Nicholas
Houghton's excellent fan site has info on the film and series,
including a complete
episode guide, 'making of' info, and more, plus lots
of screen grabs... David's
The beginnings of
an episode guide here, theme WAV, screen grabs
and a little bit more...
Info here on the sound
studio owned and operated by Keith Hopwood
and Malcolm Rowe,
who wrote the splendid songs and music for
both the film and
the subsequent series as well as many more
Cosgrove Hall favourites...
Hall Ate My Brain
100% unofficial, but very
keen and very professional. Nyanko's site
takes an enthusiastic
look at the CH CV, and much more besides...