The Wind in the Willows: A Tale of Two Toads

Movie review by
Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
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Simple story for kids based on the classic books.
  • NR
  • 2006
  • 55 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Shady characters use violence and deceit to get what they want, but good ultimately prevails.

Violence & Scariness

Some hitting and use of force among cartoon characters. Toad is kidnapped.

Sexy Stuff
Language

The word "ass" is used, but it's short for "jackass" and simply refers here to a mule or male donkey.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Low-key consumption of alcohol, which in one instance is involved in the crashing of a boat.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the plot of this story involves an adult toad being kidnapped by weasels. There is some minor physical violence as well as name-calling. The story also features duplicity and dishonesty.

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Kid, 10 years old January 30, 2011

ages 6 and up

oh my god a movie about two toads!
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny July 14, 2011

Great, stop-motion adaptation...

Ignore the review below. I doubt he even watched it. Anyways, the movie follows Kenneth Grahame's beloved characters from The Wind in the Willows. If you... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: A TALE OF TWO TOADS begins with Toad driving (and crashing) his boat, while drinking what is either wine or champagne. (Though this isn't emphasized, it does seem oddly placed in a movie for children, but remember that the original stories were written in a very different time.) After this brief introduction to Toad and his friends, the story shifts to a look-alike Toad who is in cahoots with the mean and nasty weasels. Together they plan to kidnap Toad and take his home, Toad Hall, for their own. The weasels kidnap Toad during the night by throwing a sack over his head and shoving him in the back of his car. Toad, Badger, Mole, and Rat work together to triumph over the weasels, and the quartet's strong friendship is the central theme of the story.

Is it any good?

Anyone looking for a respite from the droves of overproduced kid movies will find a breath of fresh air with The Wind in the Willows: A Tale of Two Toads. Most of the characters in this stop-motion animated movie speak intelligibly and politely, there are no references to contemporary pop culture, and there are no hip-hop/rap/rock-n-roll dance sequences. True to the story and characters created by Kenneth Grahame, the tale may seem a little quiet and slow when compared to the loud, raucous characters in many recent animated films, but its simplicity is no less engaging.

The kidnapping scene is a bit scary, as is a later scene in which the look-alike Toad, driving recklessly, nearly runs down a group of animal kids. The young ones are frightened and saddened, and there is some crying. Very minor negatives aside, this is, all in all, a fun romp through the English countryside. Good prevails over bad, and does so without being tasteless, sappy or maudlin.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship and loyalty. How can we tell who our friends are? What do our friends do that makes us feel good? What do they do that makes us feel bad? How do we know who we can and can't trust?

Movie details

For kids who love animal stories

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