ΑΝΕΜΟΣ ΣΤΙΣ ΙΤΙΕΣ - The Wind In The Willows (ART)
Παιδική σειρά - βασικά για όλη
την οικογενεια - με ήρωες ένα βατράχι, ένα τυφλοπόντικα και κάτι σαν
κάστορα. Stop motion animation υψηλών στάνταρτς για την εποχή του. Από
την εταιρία Thames (Μπένυ Χιλλ)
Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad are all present and correctly animated in this
handsome adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic. As one would expect
of TVC, lavish attention is heaped upon the project. It has a rich background
palette, a full-bodied score and a feast of star voices filling the soundtrack.
The film is bookended by live-action scenes featuring Vanessa Redgrave
boating on a river and reading the Willows tale to a group of children. This
wraparound technique first surfaced in TVC's animated adaptations of the
works of Beatrix Potter.
A few elements of William Horwood's literary sequel "The Willows in Winter"
are also introduced, including a sequence with Portly Otter being swept
away down river. TVC went on to adapt that title too into a fully-fledged
feature, in 1996.
"The Wind in the Willows" was, and is still, a popular title for animators to
sink their teeth in to. Disney gave us their Americanized version in the
forties. In the eighties Cosgrove Hall created an award-winning stop-motion
tv series. Rankin Bass filmed a version in 1987, then Martin Gates created
Mole's Christmas in 1994, and a sequel "The Adventures of Mole" was
released in the same year as TVC's film. To cap it all, one year on from all
of this came Terry Jones' theatrical live-action interpretation. Even now there
is talk of yet another version on the cards, blending live-action with cgi,
back at the studio who started it all - Disney....
Just to continue the confusion between all these films many terribly famous
British actors were involved in each, and indeed, crossed over into other
versions - like Monty Python star Michael Palin who voices 'Ratty' in our
TVC film but also appears in Terry Jones' film as well. TVC's 'Mole' is voiced
by playwright Alan Bennett, who famously adapted the work into a touring
stage production. This was first performed at the NT in 1990 with director
Nicholas Hynter at the helm....
TVC's film was first broadcast on Christmas Day 1995. It went on to collect
a Special Jury Prize at the Rockie Awards.