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We sought out The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad after a trip to Disneyland in California where Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was one of my oldest daughter's favorite rides. The movie is no disappointment. The first half is a loose, half-hour adaptation of Kenneth Gramme's The Wind and the Willows. In the adaptation, Mr. Toad is plagued by many manias. When he sees a motor car, he must have one at all costs. This lands him into trouble and he loses his manor. Helped by his friends Badger, Rat, and Mole, he tries to reclaim his fortune. Adapting a novel into a half-hour short is no easy task -- and though much of the novel is missing, it is a fun story in its own right. The second half of the movie is an adaptation of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow about school teacher Ichabod Craine who tries to win the hand of the lovely Katrina from Brom van Brunt. Brom and his crew do not take kindly to Ichabod's pursuit of Katrina and one spooky Halloween night, he plans to get rid of the competition. The second part is a better adaptation simply because the source is a short story, more easily told in 30 minutes. The Wind and the Willows segment is narrated by Basil Rathbone. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow segment is narrated by Bing Crosby. A wonderful, nearly forgotten Disney classic.
These two animated classics have been among my favorites since I was very young and used to watch them on the Disney channel. A few years ago, when I found out this DVD had been released, I quickly bought it.
You can't beat these two masterpieces for three key reasons. First, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Wind in the Willows are two great stories which can entertain people of all generations. Second, Disney animation is the tops, with rich colors, fluid character movements, and memorable characters. Third, these cartoons are narrated by two unmatched talents, Basil Rathbone and the best singer in the history of popular music, Bing Crosby, whose voice is melodic whether he's speaking or crooning.
Kids, parents, and grandparents will love The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
This is truly a classic. The story of Ichabod is well-done, with Bing Crosby's creamy rich voice and disney amusing illustrations making it just scary enough to be entertaining, without blood and gore and things children and young people do not need to be subject to. Mr. Toad is hilarious, with wonderful voice overs. It really brings these beloved characters to life. My sons have LOVED this videos for years and they never tire of them.
What's not to like about Sleepy Hollow? Between the music, the hilarious sound effects (quite spooky visuals to support them too), this is a classic that should be owned by every Disney collector. Bing Crosby lends his voice to the characters...and the storytelling is mesmerizing. You almost wish the story was longer...its that good and entertaining!
This is an excellent DVD from the early Walt Disney animation department.
Compared to some of today's entertainment...this is "clean and wholesome" enjoyment for the entire family. Voice-overs by Bing Crosby. Animation by the Disney studio's best. This is clearly 5-star enjoyment for all!
Michael P. Smith
I bought Disney's The Adventures of Icabod and Mr. Toad because it reminds me of when I was much younger watching the Mickey Mouse Club on TV. ( Walt Disney's Fantasey Land). Disney and his crew knew how to bring Legends to life for the young and young at heart. I find this product enjoyable to share with friends and family. Thank You !!
The Adventures of Ichabod (with Bing Crosby) has always been one of my favorite things about Halloween. I wanted to have it for my grandkids (ages 4 and 2). They LOVED it! And Mr. Toad was an added bonus! They thoroughly enjoy both of these videos. While I was visiting for Halloween, they watched both over and over.
Excellent quality and a fun Halloween film for the family. Bing Crosby does a great job narrating the story of Ichabod and his tales in 1800's upper New York state.