Mr. Toad

Mr. Toad, of Toad Hall, is one of the main characters in the 1908 novel The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and also the title character of the 1929 A. A. Milne play Toad of Toad Hall based on the book.

Mr. Toad
The Wind in the Willows character
E.H. Shepard illustration of Mr Toad.jpg
Illustration by E.H. Shepard
First appearanceThe Wind in the Willows
Created byKenneth Grahame
Portrayed byPeter Harryson (stage adaptation)
Voiced byEric Blore (1949 film)
David Jason (1983 film, 1984 TV series)
Charles Nelson Reilly (1987 film)
Rik Mayall (1995 film, 1996 sequel)
In-universe information
SpeciesToad
GenderMale
OccupationMotor car driver
NationalityEnglish

InspirationEdit

The inspiration for Mr. Toad's wayward mischievousness and boastfulness was Kenneth Grahame's only child Alastair: a family friend, Constance Smedley, overheard Grahame telling Alastair the exploits of Toad as a bedtime story, and noted that "Alastair's own tendency to exult in his exploits was gently satirized in Mr. Toad".[1] Colonel Francis Cecil Ricardo (1852–1924), the first owner of a car in Cookham in Berkshire, where Grahame wrote the books is also thought to have been an influence. Other suggestions include Walter Cunliffe, 1st Baron Cunliffe.[2]

Actors who have played Mr. ToadEdit

References in other mediaEdit

The first story arc of the Batman and Robin comic book by Grant Morrison features a villainous character with the name and appearance of Mr. Toad. After Batman and Robin interrogate Toad, he is revealed to be in cahoots with Pyg.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mattanah, Jonathan (2009). "A Contemporary Psychological Understanding of Mr. Toad". In Horne, Jackie C.; White, Donna R. (eds.). Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. pp. 93–94. ISBN 9780810872592.
  2. ^ Johnson, Andrew (22 October 2011). "Is this the real Mr Toad?". The Independent. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  4. ^ "The Wind in the Willows (1983/I) (TV)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  5. ^ "The Wind in the Willows (1987) (TV)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  6. ^ "The Wind in the Willows (1995) (TV)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  7. ^ "The Wind in the Willows (1996)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  8. ^ "The Wind in the Willows (2006) (TV)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  9. ^ "Aftonbladet nöje: Sista kvällen som padda". wwwc.aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ Grant Morrison (w), Frank Quitely (a), Alex Sinclair (col), Pat Brosseau (let), Dan DiDio (ed). "Batman Reborn, Part One: Domino Effect" Batman and Robin 1 (August 2009)