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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

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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  • WTF? “In another world, when all is lost, and all that is left is to rebuild”? That does *not* sound like The Wind in the Willows at all!

    Unless they’re talking about having to kick out the weasels that have taken over Toad’s house. Hardly apocalyptic. Or maybe they’re talking about “rebuilding” Toad after his multiple car crashes. “We have the technology…”

  • hergrace

    I have to agree. WTF? Maybe they’re channeling Grahame’s general state of mind rather than the book itself, which harkens to the more idyllic parts of his childhood. I’m sorry, there are dark bits to WitW, but on the whole it’s a sunny pleasant romp.

    What *were* they thinking??

  • LaSargenta

    “There is nothing in life half so pleasant as messing about in boats.”

    That is the essence of most of that novel. And about Mr. Toad and kicking out the weasels…well, even that wasn’t very dark…just an illustration of how foolish Mr. Toad was.

    That completely didn’t feel like Kenneth Grahame. Not any work of his I’ve read. Not Wind in the Willows, nor The Golden Age, nor Dream Days.

    He didn’t write a whole of of books, but none of them felt like that.

    How bizzarre.

  • Rose

    Well, they have to somehow get round the fact that ‘The Wind and the Willows’ is inescapably boring.

  • Hard to tell from a minute and a half, but I have the creepy feeling that they’re going to do the same thing to Wind in the Willows as Tim Burton did to Alice in Wonderland.

  • Which is basically what you just said. Sorry.

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