I remember reading the books in the children’s series Wind In The Willows.  They are delightfully quirky and messy British amphibians and selected riverbank friends and they have all sorts of great misadventures.  Yet for as great as all of the stories were, it was the magnificent drawings that really stood out to me and I can see in my mind even as I type this sentence.  What they did with those when it came to making them move was just as memorable.  Now you can see exactly what I mean with this great new collection of classic animations available today!

Starting this May 12th, now available on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment comes a collection of classic animations from the history of Walt Disney Studios available for your home theater for the first time ever.  Wind In The Willows – Walt Disney Animation Collection Classic Short Films is ready to climb right out of your television screen and bring a world of fascination and old-timey animation into your living room.  Bring home this wonderful look back at the history of animation today!

This DVD contains six different short films – “Wind In The Willows,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Robber Kitten,” “The Grasshopper And The Ants,” “The Wise Little Hen” and “The Golden Touch.”  Just to touch on what some of these stories are about, “Wind In The Willows” is all about life along the riverbanks in one of the most enchanting stories to ever be told by Walt Disney.  J. Thaddeus Toad is a toad who loves to buy fast cars and spend far too much money.  Now there’s a danger of him losing his house, the great Toad Hall.  With his friends at his side, Ratty, Moley and Angus McBadger, will Mr. Toad be able to save his life?

The special features included in this DVD of classic animations are Dolby Digital Surround Sound, the Disney FastPlay option, English, French and Spanish subtitles and a collectible litho print from one of the short films on this DVD.

You can’t be a child and not like the charming tales of Mr. Toad and his waterlogged friends.  That’s a fact.  The short film about the golden touch is another one I was surprised to find I remembered so vividly from my own childhood.  The one about the grasshopper and the ants was very strange, but that’s also because it’s in that weird animation style where everyone is swaying all of the time and not quite moving.  Maybe people moved differently back in the Depression.  Again, this collection is mainly suitable for people looking to remember these great classics, but if you are willing to dig for them, there are some great gems in here that even today’s children can enjoy as well.

Bring home this Classic today!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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