• @dragonfly131 said in Forget this clunky site lexulous:

    I just renewed my subscription and find that I can no longer access the old format in any way. I HATE the new one - it is no longer fun to play, not at all user friendly, not even pleasant to view, and simply tedious. I would prefer to have my money back.

    Technically, it's not a subscription. It's a reasonable one-off payment that's valid for a year, at which point you can choose to renew it (or not) at your convenience. I just consider it a token of gratitude for them providing a fun game that most of us would miss if it were to shut down. If you look at some of the awful alternatives out there, you'll see that lex is still one of the better ones.

  • @dan

    That's the way I view it too. And I think everyone should pay it so Lexulous can afford to get better staff in the forum.

  • @dragonfly131 (Yes, I know the dragonfly has probably gone)

    When you pay to use a site like this, you are paying for updates, right? And if you don't like 'em, OK complain (politely) and hope you are listened to. Try doing this with Farcebook, Micro$oft and Twatter and see how far you get.

    Clearly this site is run for the love of the game rather than making loadsa dosh like the aforementioned. And IMHO the site works fine anyway so I say let's just concentrate on the game.

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  • @roymccoy

    The world has held great Heroes,
    As history-books have showed;
    But never a name to go down to fame
    Compared with that of Toad!

    The clever men at Oxford
    Know all that there is to be knowed.
    But they none of them knew one half as much
    As intelligent Mr. Toad!

    The animals sat in the Ark and cried,
    Their tears in torrents flowed.
    Who was it said, "There's land ahead"?
    Encouraging Mr. Toad!

    The Army all saluted
    As they marched along the road.
    Was it the King? Or Kitchener?
    No. It was Mr. Toad!

    The Queen and her Ladies-in-waiting
    Sat at the window and sewed.
    She cried, "Look! who's that handsome man?"
    They answered, "Mr. Toad."

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  • @roymccoy
    Walt Disney was a great guy, a visionary and we all owe him a great deal. But occasionally he was forced to put out low quality stuff such as "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" to keep afloat financially.

    This film (along with 'Legends') seem very poor and certainly do not show the magnificent MisterToad in the way that he merits! Let's stick with the poem I posted about him, shall we?!

    Incidentally, if you want a great biography about Walt, see if you can get hold of a copy of "Walt Disney: The Biography" by Neal Gabler.

  • @mistertoad

    I have deleted my previous Mister Toad posts, though I always thought all of the Disney stuff I saw on TV as a kid was pretty good... and actually, it was. I think if you had remembered the shit that's on the tube these days, you wouldn't have put down the classic 1949 production.


    The New York Times praised the film, saying that "Mr. Disney, abetted by his staff, such perfect narrators as Bing Crosby and Basil Rathbone, and a pair of durable literary works, has fashioned a conclave of cartoon creatures, which, by and large, have the winsome qualities and charm of such noted creations as Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, et al." Herman Schoenfeld of Variety felt the film "ranks among the best full-length cartoons turned out by the Walt Disney studios." On The Wind in the Willows, he commented that it "has a subtle, satirical edge on its comedy which will limit its appreciation to adult audiences. The Irving legend, however, is treated with splashes of color and broad strokes of humor and violence that will appeal in a fundamental way to all age groups. Together they comprise a solid package of varied entertainment."

    Life magazine wrote that Disney's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows "leaves out the poetry and most of the subtlety, but it still has enough action for the children and wit enough for everybody. It is deft and pleasant, and throughout, ironic and goodhearted. Although the Ichabod part of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is silly and bumbling, Mr. Toad's half is good enough to convince Disney admirers that the old master can still display the bounce and vitality he had before the war." Time magazine [...] particularly praised The Wind in the Willows, writing, "This lighthearted, fast-moving romp has inspired some of Disney's most inventive draftsmanship and satire." [...]

    Disney film historian and film critic Leonard Maltin, writing in his book The Disney Films, wrote that the film was "one of Disney's most beguiling animated features: The Wind in the Willows in particular has some of the finest work the studio ever did." Altogether, he claimed "these sequences form a most engaging feature, with as the saying goes, something for everyone. The half-hour length seems ideal for each of the stories, with neither a feeling of abruptness, nor a hint of padding to reach that length. And somehow the two tales seem to complement each other quite well, providing an interesting contrast, notable in style and execution, and more obviously in the change of narrator." M. Faust of Common Sense Media gave the film five out of five stars, writing, "Two classic stories told in the best Disney style". On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad has an approval rating of 93%, based on 14 reviews, with an average score of 7.25/10. Its consensus states "This Disney two-fer may not be the most reverent literary adaptation, but it's remarkably crafted and emotionally resonant."

    Humph... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNYbX3uPR_Y&t=85s.

  • @roymccoy

    I confess that I did not see the films in full, only the excerpts ... bad Mistertoad! And I only checked them out for a few seconds because I just thought you were "messin wiv me 'ead" (!)

    I too have a childhood favourite and that was "CatWeasel" (the credits at the beginning of this episode will shorten your life by 45 seconds by the way):


    So, I guess I was wrong about the films and beg forgiveness. At least you know how much I admire Walt Disney from my first post here.