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on 12 January 2017
Cosgrove Hall, makers of Dangermouse, have here made what I feel is the definitive version of the many animated interpretations of Kenneth Grahame's bucolic British tale. A kind of neo-pagan animal based love story to British country-life, and a quaint late-Victorian/Edwardian English lifestyle.
I won't go into a story synopsis, I'm sure other reviewers will have done so, plus I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone lucky enough to come to this fresh. What I will say is that Cosgrove Hall did a stunning job on the animation: the characters, their clothes, the settings, all are pretty much perfect. It's clear a lot of time, effort, skill, and love went into this production.
The voice talent is great as well: Richard Pearson is a suitably diffident Mole, Ian Carmichael an aptly urbane Ratty, Michael Hordern a believably gruff and curmudgeonly Badger, and David Jason a wonderfully, effervescently silly Toad.
I might dock half a star for the songs, which are ok, but not up to the level of the production as a whole. Still, all in all, in a five star rating system, I'd err towards the full five. It's a beautifully realised and heartwarming slice of enchanting British folklore.