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trailer break: ‘The Wind in the Willows’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

I first heard about this teaser trailer when I stumbled across an article about how fans are mystified and more than a little outraged to see how dark and grim and Tim Burton-y is WETA’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s bright and jaunty book.

Having now seen the teaser, I have to agree. What are these people thinking?

Of course, Peter Jackson doesn’t have anything to do with this, though the sunny pastoral quality of his version of the Shire would seem to be exactly what a Willows film would need. And the bizarreness of the animation, not to mention its frankly amateur quality, make more “sense,” of a kind, when you learn that this is being directed by Ray Griggs, who made the appallingly amateurish Super Capers as well as the weird animated short “Lucifer.”

And who wrote the text for this teaser? “There is a classic story told that is now coming to life” sounds like it was cobbled together by someone with an imperfect appreciation for the flow of the English language.

The Wind in the Willows is scheduled for release in 2012.

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