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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
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In Wind in the Willows, Mr. Toad he sends his friends into a worried frenzy with his reckless driving, and in the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Ichabod confronts the headless horseman.
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Media Type: DVD
Artist: DISNEY
Street Release Date: 08/28/2001

This 1949 Disney feature has never been available on video in its original form until now. The 68-minute film contains two shorts: The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The former is a lively version of Kenneth Grahame's book of animal adventures, including Mr. Toad, a rambunctious sort with a passion for motorcars. Basil Rathbone narrates the story. Sleepy Hollow is the Washington Irving story of a stuffy schoolmaster and his ability to win the love of the fair Katrina from the brutish Brom Van Brunt. Many fans will see a resemblance to Disney's masterpiece created some 40 years later, Beauty and the Beast, in style and story. The end is still scary enough to send youngsters under the table. Bing Crosby supplies the narration, character voices, and songs. The opening number in a library including two stories has been included in this good-looking restoration. The shorts were made in Disney's prime, a year before Cinderella, and the look is wondrous. The exaggeration of Ichabod's skinny frame and his slumping horse is a glorious example. --Doug Thomas

Customer Reviews:

  • Two Fabulous Characters
    The last of Disney's "anthology" films, released just before the 2nd Golden Age of Disney animation kicked off (this one was released just before CINDERELLA), is a slightly disjointed film held together by an extremely weak premise...and yet, so many nice moments appear in both parts of the film, that it holds up together very well.

    The premise of the film was also its original title: TWO FABULOUS CHARACTERS. Basically, choose two great characters from literature (one British, one American), find two distinctive voices to tell their stories (Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby), and create some sort of "link" (in this case, a library full of books) to give them a reason to be in the same film.

    Both halves operate quite independently of each other. The MR. TOAD section is a nice retelling of some of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (it leaves out quite a bit from Kenneth Grahme's original story), with great voice acting and attention to detail. The animation is nicely done, and the characterizations are first-rate.

    Highlights include the "Nowhere in Particular" song, Toad's trial, and the battle for Toad Hall. In addition, gags aplenty appear throughout the film (when Toad doesn't want to listen to his bossy friends, he puts his hands over his ears--the soundtrack suddenly can't hear them either), and much fun is had with the character of the trial lawyer. The characters had enough popularity to earn themselves an attraction at Disneyland.

    The 2nd half of the film is SO different from the first that one is first thrown off a bit by Bing Crosby's laid back style. He even calls Ichabod Crane "old Icky" a few times. But once one gets used to it, it's hard to imagine anyone else telling the story of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. The animation is top notch here, and the character design of our hero (and his nemesis) are top of the line. Katrina looks a bit too much like other Disney girls of the era (she is identical to gals from MELODY TIME, MAKE MINE MUSIC, and several short subject), but it's not a distraction.

    The highlight of the second half is obvious, as it starts with Brom Bones singing the tale of the Headless Horseman to a bunch of partygoers on Halloween night. Both Crane and Bones are in love with Katrina, and the more brutish Bones is tired of being bested by the wily Crane. Knowing Crane's superstition, he tells the story to frighten him off.

    Crane's ride home, and the ensuing chase by the Horseman, are stellar examples of Disney artists at their best. Thrillingly animated, well scored, with a great blend of sound effects, it is at once spooky and hilarious. The animators pulled all the stops out with this one, and it shows.

    Other features on the DVD play up the Halloween aspect of the film (even leaving Mr. Toad and company off the cover altogether), which is fine, and the extras are nice for a family Halloween party. BUT, the film is much more than a scary treat.

    Two fabulous characters, whose stories are told by two stellar narrators, brought to life by the amazing artisans at Disney, operating at their peak. What more could one ask for?...more info
  • Best cartoon movie
    "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" is one of the best animated movie. Not only children but grown ups also love thos fantastic movie....more info
  • Disturbing
    I bought this just for the Headless Horseman cartoon. There are two on this disc. The Mr. Toad Adventures, which is the first, sucks. It is psychotic, and scary. Even for an adult. The Headless Horseman story is a classic and worth watching....more info
  • Underrated Disney Classic
    The Adventures Of Ichabod and Mr. Toad falls in the line of quality animation by Disney through the 1940s, even though the budgets were considerably smaller than the big ones such as Bambi. Containing an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows and a retelling of the Sleepy Hollow story, this feature is one of my favorite Disney features and is a definite around Halloween. For all that is worth, this still remains one of the most underrated and obscure of Disney's animated classics. This is evident because it did not receive the DVD treatment like some of Disney's more popular titles, but fortunately Disney has given a fairly nice release with this version.

    First is the story of J. Thaddeus Toad, of Toad Hall. Mr. Toad develops a mania for motor cars, much to the dismay of his friends Moley, Mr. Rat and MacBadger. Toad is framed for stealing a motor car, so it is up to the 4 to clear Toad's good name. Though more overlooked than Ichabod, it is a fun adventure. Featuring good animation and the Disney magic we recognize, this excerpt from The Wind in the Willows is brought to life in memorable fashion.

    Next is the retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Schoolmaster Ichabod Crane is new to Sleepy Hollow, and instantly becomes a popular fellow to the envy of Brom Bones. The two vie for the lovely Katrina, the governor's daughter, with Ichabod upstaging Brom in every way. After hearing the tale of the Headless Horseman, Ichabod embarks on a spooky journey home, constantly looking over his shoulder for the Horseman himself. This one is a must for Halloween. Most adults will probably find this still charming, while it isn't too scary for the children. Overall it is an excellent 1/2 to the feature that I highly recommend.

    The extras on this disk are scarce, but that is to be expected with a hidden gem among other hugely popular movies. There is a DVD storybook, Singalong song and the classic short "Lonesome Ghosts" featuring Mickey Donald and Goofy as ghost-busters from the Ajax company sent to a haunted house to get rid of ghosts. There is also a game, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Here is another treat that may not be obvious. Play the game and get all the answers right to unlock the classic short "Susie the Little Blue Coupe", a fitting extra to go along with Toad's Wild Ride.

    The sound and picture quality are pretty good, though not to a restored state like say "The Lion King" or "Beauty and the Beast". A charming feature with a few nice extras make this a nice DVD to own for any Disney or animation enthusiast....more info
  • Awesome!
    I haven't seen this in ages. The quality is great and it's just as good as when I was a kid. :) Thanks so much!...more info
  • Never seen Toad, but Ichabod alone is worth the price
    Ichabod ranks near the top of my favorite Disney movies that I watched in elementary school. Indoor recess was made for movies like this one, and for "Ben and Me" and the Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan featurettes. When I finally got to go to WDW's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the only thing I really wanted to do was see the Headless Horseman ride down Main Street USA. I LOVE this movie and thanks to the movie, I'm now a Washington Irving fan (Rip Van Winkle--WHY was it never done by Disney??)...more info
  • Still A Classic
    This timeless classic is still fun to watch.I remember it from when I was little.I hope now my daughter will get to say the same thing,cause I'm gonna watch it with her time and time again.Ichabod cracks me up on the last few minutes of the movie when he's being chased by the Headless Horseman.That scene makes it worth watching.The Mr. Toad cartoon is pretty good too.I had never saw it growing up,but yeah it was pretty good.I'm a sucker for the good old classic Disney Movies like this one.The animation is still awesome ,even compared to today's cartoons.I prefer this to the new computer generated junk.I wish they would only do a remake of Sleepy Hollow though,and make it a longer movie....more info
  • Great Family Fun!
    This Walt Disney classic is so much fun to watch! I remember it from my childhood and I recently purchased it to show to my fourth grade students for Halloween. I thought that it might be a little dated for today's kids to relate to, but my fourth grade students loved it.

    I especially love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the chase scene is one of the funniest cartoon segments I've ever watched....more info
  • A Halloween Classic
    This is a great cartoon, anyone who is a fan of classic cartoons need to purchase this on DVD. ...more info
  • Brom Bone's Uncanny Resemblance
    A great video... Brom Bones has an uncanny resmblance to Shrek in Shrek2, when he was turned into a human...
    PS I'm hoping the audio quality is better on the DVD than it was on the VHS release......more info
  • Anti-consumerist Taoism?
    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.
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  • Short but sweet
    I am a huge fan of quirky-Disney and this is right up my alley. This DVD includes 2 of Disney's best...The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (I knew it as The Headless Horseman) and Wind in the Willows. The animation is beautiful and the score is wonderful. This is a must have for any Disney DVD collector!!...more info
  • You Might Just Lose Your Head!
    "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" is a wonderful collection of two classic tales about two of literature's most unlikeable likeable characters. Clocking in at just over an hour, this film spends the first thirty or so minutes telling us the story of one J. Thaddeus Toad and his "mania" with motorcars that lands him in the big house. His friends Badger, Rat, and Mole join together to try and prove his innocence. In the second half of this film, we see Ichabod Crane trying to make a move on the lovely Katrina Van Tassel. Eventually he has a run-in with a local legend, the Headless Horeseman.

    The two "heroes" of these tales aren't your typical lead characters. Mr. Toad lives a wild, carefree life in which he spends himself into bankruptcy over "manias" that he pursues. Ichabod Crane is after Katrina not just for her good looks, but for her dad's fat wallet. Somehow these two antiheroes make you pull for them in both of these tales.

    The DVD transfer is good considering the source material. The audio is excellent, and Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby sound charming as they tell their respective tales. There is some grain on the film throughout most of the movie, but this is passable. The music is fun and I'm sure that this flick will hold the attention of any youngster and most adults.

    Included on the disc are the short "Lonesome Ghosts" featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. There's also a few previews. For those who take the time to play "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" trivia game there's an extra cartoon short, "Susie The Little Blue Coupe."

    Overall, this is one gem of a film that no true Disney fan should be without. With Halloween having just passed, this would have been an excellent show to let children watch on that holiday. It's great fun to watch any time of the year.

    Highly recommended....more info
  • Classic
    Great stories from my childhood and get great delight watching my children enjoy them....more info
  • A great movie
    This is one of the best halloween movies I've seen when it comes to "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Ichabod Crane. I've also liked "The Wind and the Willows", and I'm glad that Disney put the two stories together into one movie, this one. This is one of the best Disney movies I've seen....more info
  • Delightful and interesting
    This version is much better than a "cartoon version" - it was very life-like. ...more info
  • good
    I had never seen this Disney before and I guess I didn't realize that it was two different stories about Ichabod and Mr. toad. I thought Disney might have intertwined the stories. still good....more info
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
    Received in a timely manner & item was as advertised...more info
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
    A Disney Classic! Can you say anthing more than that?
    Plus Bing Crosby's pipes are in great shape for the
    hilarity that insues. ...more info
  • I Liked The Ichabod Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Story The Best!
    I really liked this. I have fond memories of a teacher bringing this into the classroom and showing it to us and I liked it but especially The Ledgend Of Ichabod. The Mr. Toad Story was good too but a little boring compared to the Ichabod Sleepy Hollow story and I'm rating this 5 stars because of The Legend Of Ichabod and Sleepy Hollow....more info
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
    My students enjoyed the tale of Ichabod Crane. It
    was an excellent end to our activities on Halloween....more info