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Well, governor, you tried to sell me a stolen motorcar!
~ Mr. Winkie to Toad.

Mr. Winkie is the main antagonist from Disney's The Wind in the Willows (which is based on the 1908 children's novel of the same name by the late Kenneth Grahame), the first half of Disney's 11th full-length animated feature film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

He was voiced by the late Oliver Wallace, who also composed this same film and was known to compose and conduct the film scores between 1937 and 1963.

Biography

Winkie is a wily barman who keeps a tavern that the weasels visit the day Toad decides to try and barter with them for their stolen motorcar. With no money, Toad, playing right into the hands of the sneaky weasels, offers a trade: Toad Hall for the motorcar. Winkie signs the drawn-up contract as a witness.

When Toad is brought to court, he calls Winkie as a witness to corroborate the seemingly-outrageous account of that day, certain that he'll get him off the hook, and even goes so far as to elaborate on his so-called "unimpeachable honesty".

However, Winkie turns traitor on Toad by implicating him as trying to sell him the stolen motorcar. Toad is subsequently sent to prison. On Christmas Day, when Toad escapes and rejoins his friends, Angus MacBadger arrives to tell them that the weasels have gathered at Toad Hall for a raucous party, with their ringleader being none other than Winkie, in possession of the Hall's deed.

So, that night, the four friends invade Toad Hall via a secret passage and try to make off with the deed while Winkie and the weasels are in a drunken slumber, ending up as a dangerous chase and game of "keep away" between each other (the animation being very similar to the rescue of Mowgli from King Louie and the monkeys in The Jungle Book).

In the end, the friends escape; Toad in possession of the deed. What became of Winkie and the weasels is not seen, but it can be theorized that they were sent to prison after Toad's name was cleared.

Disney Parks

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Winkie makes an appearance in the classic dark ride when the guests travel through his pub. He holds two spinning beer mugs and ducks down, leaving the mugs spinning in the air.

Trivia

  • Mr. Winkie is most likely a stand-in and human version of the Chief Weasel, the main antagonist of the original novel.

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