Star studded Wind in the Willow’s reimagining shows impact of human waste on the environment
By Georgina Vincent on Thursday, March 28, 2019
The classic tale Wind in the Willows has been re-imagined in a new star studded cartoon adaptation highlighting the detrimental effect humans are having on the planet and our native wildlife.
Released by the Wildlife Trusts and narrated by celebrities including: Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate and Alison Steadman, the new short-film shows how the lives of Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad have been impacted by the increase in urbanisation, river pollution and mass littering.
One saddening clip shown in the film’s trailer released today, depicts Toad mourning the apparent loss of a friend as he hangs a portrait showing a puffin entangled in plastic whilst another shows the amphibian looking over a desolate landscape of discarded tyres, furniture and other man made junk.
Shocking statistics released from the charity have shown that only 20% of Britain’s rivers are currently considered healthy whilst main character Ratty’s real life counterpart – the water vole – is the UK’s most threatened mammal; having been lost from 94% of places where it was once prevalent.
Sir David Attenborough, President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, said: “We have damaged our rivers, built too many roads and lost too many ponds and meadows. All of this has happened because our systems and laws that should be keeping nature healthy are failing, and we are losing touch with wildlife.
As a society we know how to put meanders back into straightened rivers and how to build bridges for wildlife. We know which wild places we should be protecting and expanding. But we need ambitious new laws to ensure we do this, laws that ensure we map out nature’s recovery.”
Stephen Fry, President of the Great Fen Wildlife Trust and voice of Badger in the retelling, added: “I’ve acted in and narrated Wind in the Willows in the past but this version is different – it really, really matters. We all need to get behind The Wildlife Trusts, rise up and call for a wilder future – otherwise it’ll be too late to save Toad, Ratty and all the residents of the riverbank and beyond”
The full film is due to be screened in 500 cinemas across the UK as well as on social media in the near future.