The Wind in the Willows is a 2020 animated musical adventure comedy film produced by Ilumination Entertaiment, based on Kenneth Grahame's classic novel of the same name. It is directed by Chris Renaud, written by Julian Fellowes (who previously write the script for the 2016 stage musical), with songs written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (in their first film work; with some songs previously used in the 2016 stage musical).
Differences between the novel and film
- The humans from the novel are anthropomorphised animals in the film.
- In the novel the Weasels really only have a small role. They take over Toad Hall and when the heroes go into battle for Toad Hall, the Weasels just run away. In the film, like the most of the novel's adaptations, they have a much more major role; They stalk and petrify Mole in the Wild Wood to try and stop him from finding Mr. Badger's house and getting Mr. Badger's help to stop Toad's motoring insanity. They are the ones who stoled the motorcar and framed Toad, for taking over Toad Hall. The Cheif Weasel is called as as a witness in Toad's trial, falsely testifing that Toad had tried to selling the stolen motorcar. In the battle for Toad Hall, they stay and fight Toad, Mole and Ratty, but are eventually defeated and later arrested and imprisoned after Toad, Ratty and Mole prove Toad's innocence, recovering the Toad Hall deed which haved Toad and the Chief Weasel 's signatures on it.
- The characters of Otter and the Jailer's Daughter are not included. Instead, the Jailer befriends with Toad and, along with Ratty and Mole helps him escape prison.
- Mr. Badger is put as a minor character, appearing only in the scene where Mole gets lost in the Wild Wood, saying him and Ratty they must come to Toad Hall to talk with Toad instead of himself.
- The fourth Illumination Entertainment's musical film, following The Lorax, Sing and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.