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Two stories. The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame’s story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car. This desire for the very latest lands him in much trouble with the wrong crowd, and it is up to his friends, Mole, Rat and Badger to save him from himself. – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Retelling of Washington Irving’s story set in a tiny New England town. Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, falls for the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, and the town Bully Brom Bones decides that he is a little too successful and needs “convincing” that Katrina is not for him.

Also Known As: Contes d'automne et de printemps, La leyenda de Sleepy Hollow y el Señor Sapo, Przygody Ichaboda i Pana Ropucha, Majarahay-e aghay-e vazagh va Ichabod, Dois Sujeitos Fabulosos, 伊老師與小蟾蜍大歷險, O Ichabod kai o kos Toad, Det susar i säven & Ichabods äventyr, Приключенията на Икабод и г-н Тод, Le crapaud et le maître d'école, The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad, Приключения Икабода и мистера Тоада Soviet, De avonturen van Ichabod en meneer Pad, As Aventuras de Ichabod e Sr. Sapo, Pustolovine Ikaboda i g. Žapca, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Ichabod és Mr. Toad kalandjai, O mikroulis Toad, イカボードとトード氏, As Aventuras do Sr. Sapo, Two Fabulous Characters, Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Пригоди Ікабода і містера Скрека, Die Abenteuer von Ichabod und Taddäus Kröte West, Le avventure di Ichabod e Mr. Toad

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  • tiago-pereira-vieira
    tiago pereira vieira

    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a rather obscure effort from the Disney catalogue, and that’s a big shame, because I really do love it.When I was around 5 or 6 I owned a VHS copy of Disney’s 1990 The Prince and the Pauper film. I remember watching it quite a bit, but I always stayed behind for the extra short film put on the cassette; it was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, narrated by Bing Crosby, and I’m pretty sure I thought this bonus short was better than the main feature. It was funny, spooky, and just plain entertaining. And it was later that I found out it was in its own movie.So what we have here is basically a cartoon double feature, with both cartoons being adaptations of classic stories. First we have The Wind in the Willows, narrated by Basil Rathbone. It’s the classic story of Mr. Toad, a character who develops a mania for anything new and hot, and would give anything for the latest car model – even, perhaps, his mansion. It’s a very well paced adventure with a brilliant voice choice for Toad (Eric Blore, most famous for playing the butler in the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical series), and some amusing supporting characters (I loved Cyril the Horse). On the whole it’s a nicely done adaptation with a good climax and some pleasing animation.Then we have The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the famous horror tale here narrated by Bing Crosby. While the previous cartoon was going more for charm, this one is edging more towards comedy, despite its story. It tells the tale of the mysterious disappearance of Ichabod Crane, a schoolmaster who attempts to marry a beautiful and rich woman in order to get her money. He’s up against the school bully Brom Bones who also wants to marry her. But everything goes dark when Ichabod takes his horse down through the woods of Sleepy Hollow at night-time…The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a macabre tale which manages to be both highly amusing and distinguishably Gothic, with Bing Crosby giving us his effortless charm, holding the story together brilliantly. Perhaps the most memorable moment is the climax, with the nightmarish Headless Horseman chasing the helpless Ichabod through the woods. The build-up of the Horseman is intensely creepy, and the reveal is no disappointment. Sleepy Hollow will give kids a good fright, but it’s just about silly and light enough to prevent them from sleeping with the lights on.Really, kids will enjoy both stories. I myself prefer Sleepy Hollow, but only because I didn’t watch The Wind in the Willows as a kid. They’re both fun and kid-friendly, but there’s nothing there to prevent grown- ups from liking them too. Overall it’s a fun double bill with some excellent animation and superb voices, with both stories entertainingly told and working well back-to-back.

  • malxaz-berzenishvili
    malxaz berzenishvili

    This movie is a set two unrelated but very enjoyable shorts. The first is an abridged version of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. It tells the story of an anthropomorphic toad who is goodhearted but loves to live beyond his means and his animal friends who try to save Toad from himself. Some changes have been made to the novel to make Toad more likable. All the characters are well-developed. The dialog in simple and elicits a few laughs and there is one particularly catchy song. It is narrated by Basil Rathbone, with a gentlemanly air, perfect for this tale set in Victorian London. However, this short is only meant for kids; the human characters treat the animals like equals and it is difficult for adults to take it seriously.The second short adopts the Legend of the Sleepy Hollow onto screen. This short in true to its source material and it has no dialog. The story is told through a narrator (Bing Crosby) and has a few musical numbers. Ichabod Crane moves to a sleepy little village of Dutch- settlers, as the new school master. He finds himself competing with the local roughneck, Brom Bones for the affections of Katerina Von Tassel. One night, to scare Ichabod, Brom tells him about the local myth of a headless horseman, who haunts the woods around the village at night. But could the legend be true?While the first short had clear cut good and bad guys, the line is blurred here. Ichabod is rather opportunistic and covets Katerina for her wealth. Brom is not very pleasant and is shown to go to great lengths to out-rival Ichabod. Katerina herself likes to toy with the affections of both the men and is referred as a “coquette”. The animation is good in Mr.Toad’s story but it is simply wonderful in Ichabod’s. The movie makes full use of the creative possibilities it offers to bring Ichabod’s thoughts and imaginations to life. There is a song in which Ichabod dreams of the money he could make from Katerina’s farm, after marrying her and it has a beautiful sequence that shows a wheat grain in the fields turning into a gold coin as it falls down. Similarly, the final song, where Ichabod is traveling in the woods, shows exactly how one imagines to see and hear specters in the dark when they are scared. The headless horseman, when he finally appears, is every bit as impressive as he has been built up or as our imagination can conjure. I will say it even if I sound clichéd; they don’t make it like this anymore.

  • porfirio-morales
    porfirio morales

    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)*** (out of 4)This here is a pretty good Disney film that takes two famous stories and adds that magical touch to them. The first story is based on The Wind and the Willows with the second being based around The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD isn’t the greatest film to come from Disney but it certainly has enough great animation to make it worth sitting through. It’s really strange that the studio would put these two stories together since they’re so different and apparently in the years that followed it was the second film that got released on its own. I’d agree that the adaptation of Sleepy Hollow was the better of the two films but at the same time there’s some better animation to be found in the first.Again, this is Disney so the animation skills are extremely high and I especially thought that the background work in the first film simply jumped off the screen. This is especially true in the scenes where there’s a lot of action moving around in the front. Just take a look at the background and see how much sharp detail is there. The second film also looks beautiful and contains some terrific images and especially the scene where the pumpkin head is thrown towards the camera.Neither short has that much character development and I’d say that the direction of both is rather laid back at times. Still, there’s no question that there’s some very good vocal work and the animation is top level.

  • patricia-toma
    patricia toma

    Usually when a movie is not faithful to the book it’s based on it turns out worst.This is not the case with this one.I have a copy of the original story and though it is fairly good,it’s no masterpiece.This movie takes the three main characters, focuses on their love triangle, showing us each one has it’s own charms.It then takes us to a Halloween night where the stories told and the animation that matches them are better than most horror films.If you thought this were the highlights you are wrong.The scenes with the Headless Horseman,(his colours black and red)are genuinely scary and impressive.This has been one of my favorite movies(of any length)since I was 7.Along with Tim Burton’s movie they are the only movies I know which exceed the book they are based on.A must see for anybody.Ignore Mr.Frog’s story its a much less interesting one.

  • terry-garza
    terry garza

    Well if the Disney studio couldn’t have gotten any worse back then well check out this piece of work! Clearing running out of ideas, Walt Disney clangs two classic novels together and turn them into a brand, new piece of storytelling the Disney way (similar to Fun and Fancy Free’s “Mickey and the Beanstalk”) but this whole movie lacks the heart, movement and the ordeal than all the other Disney adaptations. Like in “Sleepy Hollow” why do they turn Ichabod Crane into a long-nosed, clueless moron who is frightened of his own shadow? And in “The Wind in the Willows” how is it that Toad’s horse-pulled caravan can easily jump over rivers? ANSWER THAT ONE! The animation is below Disney standard of the time and the voice-overs are so lame that they make you want to vomit but with the expection of Eric Blore who makes a brilliant Toad. Bing Crosby and Basil Rathbone are brilliant narrators. Overall, this Disney movie stinks and I’m not putting it in my favourite movies league in a hurry!1/10

  • doina-ababei
    doina ababei

    Two handsomely-presented featurettes from Walt Disney could maybe use more of the studio’s patented cute humor. The adaptation of “The Wind in the Willows” is a bit high-brow for little ones, though it has an appropriately dry wit, muted colors and a delightful narration by Basil Rathbone. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, with Bing Crosby narrating, is brighter and faster, featuring some spectacular, scary animation. A virtually slapstick-free package, though the second chapter is a lively one! **1/2 from ****

  • barta-norbert-attila
    barta norbert attila

    I think that of the six compilation films that Walt Disney made between 1942 and 1950, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is probably my favorite, mainly because the focus is on storytelling rather than on experimenting with visual gimmicks.It’s kind of an odd film. It tells two stories that have a running theme and are connected by something that I suspect is a haunted library complete with floating books (remind you of anything?) and a pair of narrators that are heard but never seen.The stories are classics, kind of morality tales populated by colorful characters. The first – in spite of movie’s title – is the tale of Mr. Toad, narrated by Basil Rathbone. It comes from Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows” featuring the speed-loving Mr. Toad who is addicted to new inventions and anything that can satisfy his lust for extreme sports. He’s got a lust for life but seems to be blind to the fact that he’s a magnet for property damage. This concerns his friends Mr. Rat, Mr. Mole and Angus MacBadger. They try and talk their friend out of his addiction, but it’s just at that moment that he has a near-orgasmic moment when he spots his very first motor car.He must have it, and he goes to such lengths as selling his manor Toad Hall to a crooked barkeep named Winkie. When Toad is arrested, Winkie claims that the car was stolen and Toad is sent off to prison. So, his buddies gather together to free their friend and expose Winkie as a fraud.One thing that I notice, first of all, is that Mr. Toad is not really likable. He’s an addict, and only really learns his lesson when he neck is on the line. And even THAT doesn’t last.I like the clean animation here and the voices aren’t you typical cartoon voices. Too often you hear voices of animated characters that are so distracting that your mind fixates on the celebrity behind the microphone rather than the character and their motivation. Here they seem to fit perfectly, especially Rathbone who is quite a good storyteller.I like the characters but the one that stands out is Toad’s horse friend Cyril Proudbottom who joins him in his escapades.The second story retells Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and is narrated by Bing Crosby. The difference here is that the narration tells the story rather than the characters. Here we meet Ichabod Crane, as a man of appetites. Despite his thin frame he’s constantly eating and he’s constantly has a lust in his heart for money. Actually, this Ichabod is kind of unlikeable. He begins a courtship with the farmer’s daughter Katrina but his inner monologue tells us that he’s looking forward to inheriting the farm. He constantly one-ups his rival Brom Bones, but as we see, Ichabod is a guy who doesn’t know when the quit.I love the animation here. There are a lot of exaggerated motions, especially on Icabod, but of course, the best is saved for last, as Ichabod heads home and becomes the prey of The Headless Horseman. This scene is brilliant especially in the moments before the chase with those clouds closing in on the mood, the cat-tails thumping on the log – and THEN the headless horsemen, which is a terrifying sight.You wouldn’t imagine that these two stories would fit together, but I think what we have are the stories of two guys who live by their appetites, with concern for little else. Both get their comeuppance but it’s not really made clear that they learned anything. Personally, I like that approach.Now, when you see these stories on television their usually broken up into separate cartoons – no, I shouldn’t soft-soap it, they’re ALWAYS broken up into two stories. I don’t think it works as well. Their effective separately but together there’s a nice narrative arch between them. It’s one of Disney’s nice buried treasures.

  • sergio-asuncion-robles-alfaro
    sergio asuncion robles alfaro

    The best of Disney’s combination/anthology films of the 1940s. It may be an odd combo of two unconnected stories but they’re both so strong you don’t really mind much. The first story, about a colorful character named Mr. Toad’s crazy obsessions that nearly leads him to ruin, is an adaptation of part of Kenneth Grahame’s novel The Wind in the Willows. It’s narrated by Basil Rathbone and features fine voice work from Eric Blore and others. The second story, narrated by Bing Crosby, is probably the best screen adaptation of the Washington Irving story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow I’ve seen. It’s light-hearted and humorous for the most part but the sequence with the Headless Horseman near the end is exciting and even frightening (particularly to little ones). Both cartoons are fun with good characters and beautiful animation and music. Bing Crosby sings some songs, as well. I always preferred the Ichabod story growing up but, as I grew older, I began to appreciate Wind in the Willows more. They’re both wonderful cartoons made by Disney during the era they produced so many classics. Definitely worth a look for young and old alike.

  • eleonora-zukauskas
    eleonora zukauskas

    A few years ago we had to watch this movie at school because our school’s name is Ichabod Crane and the story comes from the area. Its a pretty forgettable movie. Not bad or good, but ok, I guess.

  • astrid-lagarde-pichon
    astrid lagarde pichon

    The first segment is about the toad from The Wind In The Willows and how he is always getting into trouble because of his fascination with things and his love for adventure. He becomes obsessed with a car and ends up trading his house to the car, only to then get busted for stealing it. The second story is from Washington Irvings “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow” and one of its characters, one Ichabod Crane. Ichabod is a school teacher who comes to town and gets obsessed with the prettiest girl in town, and all of the people love her. Soon he comes face to face with the headless horseman and his adventures in this town are soon over.So during the war Disney was lacking funds and did a lot of these mix ups with short stories adding them together to make a full length film out of it. These two stories have been done to death and Disney brought nothing new to the table. It was rather boring and hard to set through for me. In fact I hated it.The animation was okay and the narrators Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby did okay. There was way too much music that is very dated and I think only a select type of kid could enjoy this film.I liked the headless horseman bit near the end of the film, and it was the only thing worth watching it for, and even that didn’t carry the film…someone may enjoy, but not I…1/10 stars

  • jennifer-rich
    jennifer rich

    I remember seeing this compilation feature many times on the Disney Channel. The Wind in the Willows segment is great fun although a great deal of the book is ignored. The Sleepy Hollow segment, on the other hand, is awesome! The scenes when Ichabod is desperately trying to survive his journey through the Hollow is one of my favorite animated sequences of all time.By the way, I haven’t yet seen Tim Burton’s take on the story, but it will take a lot to outdo this version!

  • ryan-porto
    ryan porto

    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a 1949 animated feature produced by Walt Disney himself. It comprises of two segments, one of which is based on Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 children’s book The Wind in the Willows and the other story is based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow which is a short story by Washington Irving contained in his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is the 11th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Disney had shifted from making full length animations and started making short package movies due to the involvement of America in the ongoing World War II at the time. War saw some of his (Walt Disney) animators being drafted to the it and due to the heavy cost of making full length features on a single story, package shorts were released during the period and a total of six were done, and there were Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time and this movie The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is the last.Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) and Bing Crosby were cast as narrators in order to pull viewers. The movie plot is quite similar to the stories that they were adapted from, with Mr. Toad’s story (which is narrated by Basil Rathbone), has the charismatic J. Thaddeus Toad, Esq. who was ready to do anything to fulfill his fun craze for adventure, giving up everything and getting into trouble for purchasing a stolen motor car.The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is also close to its story (narrated by Bing Cosby), it tells the tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. As Ichabod’s selfish desire to claim the wealth of Katrina Van Tassel father by marrying his daughter led him to cross fire with the towns bully Brom Bones, who eventually scared Ichabod off with his stories of the headless horseman (which Ichabod later met).Ironically both stories, The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow were initially planed to be full length animations, the work on The Wind in the Willows started in 1941 but was halted during the war and done as a short but kept awaiting a suitable pairing. The production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was done in 1946, but when they noticed how short the movie will be, Disney then decided to pair it up with The Wind of Willows and released together under the name The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.The movie is a critical acclaim, and it is a nice watch for both adult and kids alike. There is no moral in these stories just good old cartoon fun.www.lagsreviews.com

  • bartholomaios-katsiphos
    bartholomaios katsiphos

    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a double feature movie, that features wraparound segments to explain the stories in a library. Story 1: The Wind in the Willows. Mr. Toad, the mayor and owner of Toad Hall, discovers something better than his horse Cyrill to ride…a motorcar. Mr. Toad gets thrown in prison for allegedly stealing a motorcar, and on Christmas day he escapes, hiding from the police at Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole’s house. This segment is a true Disney masterpiece. It only has a short running time, but it feels like a feature length Disney classic. The voices for this are perfect, as well as the lush animation and character designs. The music is good, even though only one very catchy song is featured. This is my favorite of the two segments. My rating: **** out of ****. 36 mins. Story 2: Sleepy Hollow.Bing Crosby narrates and voices pretty much every character in this dark tale. Ichabod Crane is a mild mannered, goofy schoolteacher who ends up learning about the tale of the headless horseman at a party, and then meeting him. There’s really not much story here, and the ending is pretty depressing, but it still works because of the many songs sung by Bing Crosby, and the slapstick humor added in the horror. My rating: ** 1/2 out of ****.

  • dr-thomas-hopkins
    dr thomas hopkins

    They got the title wrong. It should be “The Adventures of Mr. Toad and Ichabod” as the Wind and the Willows story comes first. And what a great story it is.Set mostly at Christmas, the Mr. Toad story has a wonderful festive feel and really does stand on its own. It’s such a shame that the dull, boring Legend of Sleepy Hollow story bogs it down.I wasn’t particularly entertained by the Tim Burton film but at least stuff happened in it. More than 25 minutes of this version is dedicated to Ichabod romancing some woman and only 60 seconds from the end to we get to see a headless horseman. Since I bought the DVD after the halloween-ish cover caught my interest I was kinda annoyed that it failed on this promise but delivered a nice Xmas story, if entirely unexpected.This was my first encounter with a Disney “Package” film and I have to admit that Mr. Toad should have been released independently as a short and Ichabod forgotten about completely.

  • jakub-ciuba
    jakub ciuba

    I guess you describe this Walt Disney classic as a cartoon/cartoon. Two separate stories done to fill out one barely over an hour film. After 63 years it still has enough magic to entertain.Why Disney reversed the order of The Adventures Of Ichabod and Mr. Toad I’ve not figured out since the Mr. Toad story comes first. Basil Rathbone narrates this part and Eric Blore is delightful as that rascally scamp J. Thaddeus Toad who has the finest estate on riverbank. But he’s a spendthrift and really needs a keeper. Which his friends the badger, the rabbit and the mole supply.Blore reached back to his own career in interpreting Toad and I think Disney and his staff of animators must have seen him in The Road To Zanzibar and his character of Bates the valet to The Lone Wolf in that series. In Zanzibar Blore has a brief but memorable part as an eccentric millionaire who sells Crosby and Hope and diamond mine, but he’s also the family idiot and he has no mines to sell or rights to sell them. And seeing how his Toad character escapes from the law reminds me so much of Bates making fools of the law in helping Warren William outwit them.Washington Irving’s Legend Of Sleepy Hollow is the basis for Ichabod and Bing Crosby narrates and sings with Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires backing him up and occasionally providing a voice. Ichabod Crane the new schoolmaster is cutting in on Brom Bones and his wooing of the richest girl in town Katrina Von Tassel. We all know how Brom Bones got Ichabod out of town on a stormy Halloween night, but you have to see the fine animation that Disney did for this film to really appreciate it.Bing gets three songs to sing in this film, Ichabod Crane, Katrina, and The Headless Horseman. The last is really memorable and a great song for kids of all ages on a Halloween night.Remember folks, you can’t reason with a headless man.

  • dr-sirriye-menfeat-aksu
    dr sirriye menfeat aksu

    It seems like the best Disney animated classics opened with a shot of a hardcover storybook, and that’s doubly true for this film, which ties together literary classics “The Wind in the Willows” (narrated by Basil Rathbone) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (narrated and sung by Bing Crosby). Each segment runs just over 30 minutes. Both stories are entertaining and fun for all ages, with excellent character animation from Disney’s Old Men.”Sleepy Hollow” has become a Halloween favorite, but I feel that “The Wind in the Willows” is the stronger short. It’s just great, with Eric Blore’s enthusiastic Mr. Toad, a Cockney horse, motor mania, devious weasels, a prison escape, and a brilliantly madcap free-for-all at Toad Hall. “Sleepy Hollow” takes a while building to the famous Headless Horseman climax, and the anachronistic Ken Darby pop tunes don’t feel right with the colonial setting. The library framing device ties the two animated segments together nicely, and the celebrity narrators do a commendable job. A great little movie.

  • fernando-samuel-noriega-yanez
    fernando samuel noriega yanez

    Having never seen ‘Mr. Toad’, I can only comment on the ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, having seen it many times as a child when ‘Disney’s Wonderful World’ was running on the CBC. This has got to be some of the greatest work of Walt Disney. Washington Irving’s original story is closely followed, unlike Tim Burton’s 1999 version (still an awesome movie in its own right). The sequence involving Ichabod Crane’s terrifying ride through the woods is undoubtedly the best, from the toads croaking ‘Ichabod’ to the Headless Horseman chasing Ichabod through the woods – it’s alternately funny and frightening. It always appeared at Halloween on the Disney show, and I can’t remember ever missing it.

  • sean-stevenson
    sean stevenson

    Excellent feature comprising of 2 half-hour segments. The animation is first rate, particularly on Ichabod’s journey home through the woods, which is the highlight of the film. The quality of the direction and storytelling is excellent, and though both are quite short, they are remarkably concise and fully formed, and actually feel like they are both feature length. They are both highly atmospheric, and the characterisations are top-notch. There are some aspects of the film which have dated it somewhat, but you get past that soon enough. This film is also notable for it’s fine use of colour. Anyone with an interest in animation should see this film.

  • sander-orav
    sander orav

    The Disney animators were still at the height of their genius when they made this double featurette based on classic American folklore. The clever humor and artful animation brighten both tales, but it’s likely to be the Ichabod tale based on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” that you’re going to remember…especially for that final confrontation of the frightened Ichabod with the Headless Horseman! And there hasn’t been a funnier minor character in a Disney film than the chubby Tilda who finds herself being whirled onto the dance floor by Bram Bones when he seeks revenge on Ichabod. This sequence is one of the funniest ever in a Disney film and is followed by the payoff “fright” sequence as Ichabod makes his way home after the party.The toad story is a bit ponderous but is also brightened by clever animation and bits of humor with some droll voice overs supplied by Eric Blore and Pat O’Malley. It’s pure fantasy with all the Disney magic on hand. And that final encounter with the Headless Horseman makes this ideal for viewing on Halloween!

  • t-ereza-at-abekyants
    t ereza at abekyants

    Two classic works of children’s’ literature are presented in this animated double-header from the Disney folks. First up is a splendid adaptation of The Wind In The Willows (by Kenneth Grahame); the second half features a slightly tedious but climactically quite creepy rendition of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (by Washington Irving). From the point-of-view of animation, the film is absolutely gorgeous, with richly designed characters and places and seamless movement. From the point-of-view of entertainment, the film is generally charming despite losing its way during the mid-section of the Sleepy Hollow segment.Toad of Toad Hall is an extravagant creature whose obsessive interest in adventurous pursuits threatens to cost him his stately home. His friends Ratty, Mole and Badger try to help him put his affairs in order, but to little avail. When Toad is falsely imprisoned for car theft, Toad Hall falls into the hands of a bunch of unscrupulous weasels and the devious Mr Winky. Reinstating Toad Hall to its rightful owner rests on the heroes snatching a deed that proves Toad’s innocence….Ichabod Crane, an odd-looking school master, arrives in the peaceful community of Sleepy Hollow to begin work in the local school. He catches the eye of the village beauty Katrina, but this proves mighty irritating for the local hunk Brom Bones. After trying various schemes to get rid of Ichabod, Brom finally hits upon the idea of scaring him out of town by telling the story of the Headless Horseman that roams the nearby woods. Then one night, poor Ichabod personally comes face to face with the ghostly horseman….Each section is narrated by a big star – the Mr Toad half is brilliantly told by Basil Rathbone, while Bing Crosby uses his soothing, absorbing tone to narrate the Ichabod Crane section. Overall The Wind In The Willows part is the better of the two sections. It has many fabulously funny touches (Cyril, the Yorkshire accented horse, in particular has some great moments) and is vibrantly exciting. The climax, in which the heroes attempt to seize a deed that proves Toad as the rightful owner of Toad Hall, contains moments that are ingeniously funny in the best Disney tradition. The Sleepy Hollow section starts promisingly, but the mid-section becomes repetitive and tedious. Having said that, the finale in which Ichabod flees from the Headless Horseman is absolutely great. The crescendo of dramatic music and the foreboding colours and forest silhouettes make the sequence genuinely hair-raising. On the whole, The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr Toad is an entertaining and pleasing-to-the-eye film with a sufficient variety of pleasures to keep kids and adults alike engrossed.

  • zapheires-aphentes-kolobos
    zapheires aphentes kolobos

    From English and American literature come two fabulous characters who will forever excite readers with THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD.This was the last of Disney’s compilation or anthology films – a form necessitated by the exigencies of the War years – and is actually a double featurette. Both halves would eventually be spun off into individual short subjects and work very well independently of each other. Their connections are quite tenuous: besides featuring ‘fabulous characters’ each story showcases a celebrated wild ride – one of which would, indeed, provide a long-lasting ‘dark show’ attraction at Disneyland.First up is THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, which gives a drastically shortened & much revised view of Kenneth Grahame’s classic book, focusing entirely on the chapters dealing with the exploits of the marvelous Mr. Toad and the troubles arising from his fixation with motorcars & speed (although much more time is spent showing him in his canary-coloured gypsy cart). As such, it is a fine introduction to Toad Hall, but one can only wonder what Disney would have done with a feature length animated film that included the bucolic charm of the novel, the glories of the Riverbank & the terrors of the Wild Wood as well as the high jinks. The production values are excellent, with narration by the inimitable Basil Rathbone, and Eric Blore & J. Pat O’Malley obviously have a high time voicing the wanton Toad and his equine pal Cyril Proudbottom, but a true fan of Grahame’s original creation can’t help longing for a little more…Washington Irving’s famous story, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, comes alive in the second half of the movie. Bing Crosby’s singing narration and the top-notch animation tell a tale of humor and genuine fright. Ichabod Crane, the pedantic pedagogue, is a triumph of the animators’ art, while the film’s climax – the ride through the Hollow & the appearance of the hideous Hessian – is a celebration of pacing and stylistic understatement. Based on material much shorter than Grahame’s, the plot fits into the half hour time slot more easily and still has the luxury of introducing a wholly original & hilarious minor character in the chubby little Tilda, who completely steals the dancing sequence. It is the Horseman, however, who should remain the longest in the viewer’s uneasy dreams – the embodiment of every Halloween nightmare.

  • eric-popescu
    eric popescu

    Generally underrated, or at least relatively overlooked, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a favorite of mine that just keeps getting better with each viewing. I’ve seen it probably ten times over the years, yet I keep noticing subtle visual jokes and layers of meaning that I previously missed. For just one example, only on this last viewing did I finally notice the weasel sleeping in Toad Hall who is supported by a woman in a painting. My appreciation of the beautiful animation in general also seems to grow with each viewing.The film consists of two halves, the first a Disneyfied version of Kenneth Grahame’s “Wind in the Willows”, the second a Disneyfied version of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. While both can be read as light, often surreal, sometimes goofy, and always-funny stories (and hence kids, young and old–time for me to raise my hand–can appreciate them), adults can easily read various “deeper” meanings into the tales.For example, Mr. Toad’s fickle manias and the predicament they lead to could be seen as a criticism of consumerism. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow could be read as an exemplification of the value of Taoist or Zen-Buddhist mindfulness and “going with the flow”–as well as a warning about letting delusions take hold instead. This isn’t to say that these interpretations were intended by Grahame, Irving, or Disney’s artists, or that they’re the “right” interpretations, just that they’re made possible and plausible by the depth of the material.

  • celia-espanol-pulido
    celia espanol pulido

    Made at the end of the first age of Disney animation, “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” consists of two separate animated adaptations of classic stories. The Ichabod of the title is Ichabod Crane from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, and the Mr. Toad is J. Thaddeus Toad from the “Wind in the Willows”. Each is short, running only about 35 minutes apiece, and is narrated by top of the line actors, Basil Rathbone doing the honors for “The Wind in the Willows”, and Bing Crosby for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. I’ve not read either story so can’t judge the adaptations accuracy, but it doesn’t matter. Both stories are highly entertaining, and if you like the old school Disney animation, you won’t be disappointed.

  • mrs-sandra-nicholls
    mrs sandra nicholls

    I am a huge Disney fan at 17, and while The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad is not the best of the Disney canon, it is hugely enjoyable and definitely worth seeing. While I would rank both The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow a 9/10, personally if I were to say which was better, the latter but only marginally. Merely because it holds more of a nostalgic value.The Wind in the Willows is a condensed but very faithful 30 minute or so cartoon, based on the Kenneth Graheme literary classic. While it does drag in places, it does very well with what it crams into such a short running time. It is very lovingly animated, with some rich backgrounds and lovely colours. I also liked the music, it was lyrical, rousing and fun, the sort of music you will find in a Silly Symphony. Also the voice acting is very expressive, Basil Rathbone who I know best as Sherlock Holmes(well one of the actors playing the fictional detective) is brilliant as the narrator and Eric Blore is a lot of fun as Toad. Other characters I liked were Badger, who is very firm and gruff and Cyril, the Horse, a character who featured in one of the more memorable scenes from the cartoon, second only to the hilarious Courtroom scene.On the other hand, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a terrifying yet worthwhile classic. One of my favourite moments in anything to do with Disney along with Willie the Operatic Whale. Bing Crosby is sublime as the narrator, never overdoing it, it was just right. The animation has an appropriately dark visual style, and the music is also memorable and fitting. The famous story features a schoolmaster named Ichabod Crane, and his love for Katrina and rivalry between him and Brom Bones, who like Gaston is a handsome tower of strength. Perhaps the most memorable moment of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the part when Ichabod meets the Headless Horseman, a character that was so scary he gave me nightmares when I was little. The Headless Horseman is the sort of character who is imitated in stuff like Scooby Doo yet never as well, the very look of him here makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.Overall, this is an excellent binding of two classic stories. 9/10 Bethany Cox

  • ivan-cvitan
    ivan cvitan

    Finally Walt Disney Home Video has got their act together and released “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” in its entirety (the two stories have been available in separate forms for quite some time). I’ll admit that the clunky title doesn’t inspire much more enthusiasm than it did back in 1949 (the film tanked, from what I’ve heard), but I hope some people will give this a chance just based on the Disney name. “The Wind in the Willows”, narrated by Basil Rathbone, is a delightfully comic adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel, keeping the proper British tone (children may not get some of the UK slang used) while still remaining a lot of fun. The highlight is the courtroom scene, featuring a bullying prosecutor (voiced by Disney animator/voice artist John McLeish, who also narrated the Goofy “How to” shorts) going toe-to-toe with a wonderfully insolent Toad (a great performance by Eric Blore). “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, based on a story (not a novel, as the film suggests) by Washington Irving, is even better, making the most of its American colonial setting with some especially interesting layouts and backgrounds. The humor found in the rivalry between schoolteacher Ichabod Crane and local roughneck Brom Bones for the hand of the manipulative tease (“coquette”, in the film) Katrina von Tassel is some of Disney’s best. The Halloween sequence leading up to the Headless Horseman’s appearance is the most skillfully directed piece of animation I have ever seen outside of “Fantasia”, conveying a magnificent sense of dread through both sound (the chilling echo of whistling and laughter, crickets chanting Ichabod’s name, frogs croaking “headless horseman” over and over) and image (fireflies inside a tree trunk forming the eyes of a shrouded ghost, Ichabod’s sweaty, nervous terror, the subtle cloud effect of hands closing over the moon). This is far more frightening than any horror film I have seen. All in all, a smart (listen to the narration and learn some new vocabulary words) film in every way. One final note: I have not seen this film in years (I saw it plenty of times on The Disney Channel during the 1980s), and I noticed the many scenes involving both alcohol and weapons, particularly in “The Wind and the Willows” segment. I accepted the scenes back then as a child and had no problem with them now, thanks to the general tone of the picture. Although the concept of Toad being restrained from blasting a bayonet-wielding weasel with a shotgun and seeing Toad and his friends running from various flying knives, swords, and axes sounds like something to stay away from, it is all harmless fun. Give it a chance.