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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (article first published : 2007-12-9)

Some of Britainís top comic actors put a Monty Python spin on Kenneth Grahameís beloved childrenís story The Wind In The Willows to be featured on MNet Stars Channel (Channel 154) on December 13 at 19h30.

Directed in 1996 by Terry Jones, the movie stars Steve Coogan, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Stephen Fry. They play Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad, four animals whose gentle way of life in the English countryside is threatened by a pack of fascist weasels.

Wearing suitable Edwardian costumes and just enough make-up to make us buy into the fact that they are descended from moles, rats, badgers and frogs, the actors draw us into a world where animals talk, walk on their hind legs and generally behave like splendid chaps. The story begins with the weasels destroying Moleís underground home, who is then forced to go and live with Rat. The two are then caught up with Toadís obsession for a newfangled invention called the automobile, and while they are away, the weasels take over Toadís mansion. The friends then have to band together to stop the weasels from turning the countryside into an industrial wasteland, which will mean no more picnics and fine British food.




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