A Tale of Two Toads

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A Tale of Two Toads
Written byBrian Trueman
StarringDavid Jason
Richard Pearson
Peter Sallis
Michael Hordern
Brian Trueman
Jimmy Hibbert
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Running time60mins
Original networkITV Network (CITV)
Preceded byThe Wind in the Willows (1984-88)
Followed byOh, Mr. Toad (1990)

A Tale of Two Toads is a 1989 hour-long feature from the 1980s stop motion animation series The Wind in the Willows. The film was animated by Cosgrove Hall and broadcast on Children's ITV. A further season of 13 episodes was shown under the title, Oh, Mr. Toad in some countries, whilst retaining the title The Wind in the Willows in others.


The Chief Weasel discovers that Toad has a double: an actor, impersonator and con artist (in short, someone after his own heart) called Isambard Beerbohm Toad. Together, they form a plan which involves the kidnapping of the real Toad and the acquisition of Toad Hall, all without the riverbankers noticing. Once this is done, Isambard continues to play the role of Toad in public, having perfected his voice and mannerisms. However, Badger, Rat and Mole cannot help noticing some slight oddities about their friend, particularly when he spreads slanderous remarks that the three have supposedly made about each other. Then, as if that were not strange enough, Toad breaks off his friendship with them, in favour of the weasels who are now sharing the Hall. Eventually, Badger’s keen observation leads them to realise the truth, and they must now rescue the real Toad before the weasels put an even more audacious plan into action and Toad becomes the weasels' enslaved prisoner forever.


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