The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad [VHS]
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Disney's eleventh animated feature includes two separate stories. First, Basil Rathbone narrates the tale of 'The Wind in the Willows', in which the foolish Mr Toad tries the patience of his friends Badger, Ratty and Mole through his obsession with motor cars. Next, Bing Crosby tells the tale of 'Sleepy Hollow', in which nervous teacher Ichabod Crane's budding romance with the lovely Katrina is threatened when he sights the ghostly horseman who reputedly haunts the town.
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Watch Icahbod running away from the ghost of the Headless Horseman. Cheer as Rat, Mole & Badger help Toad recover Toad hall from the evil Weasels. It's good clean fun, and easy to watch over & over. Stories that we can all relate too.
The title is deceiving, as it infers that Ichabod and Mr Toad are in one adventure - but it's two separate stories.
Of course, its not as scary to me now - but its still very good and you can scare the kids with it!
I now just need someone to help me find the other one i want from olden days - The Blue Danube - it's lovely little birds & woodland animals, squeezing the blueberry juice into the river to make it blue - all to the music of 'The Blue Danube'.
The first of the two stories in this film is Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Willows. Or a small portion of the novel. (I haven’t read the book in probably 30 years, but I do remember it being much more involved than the story presented here.) Basil Rathbone is our narrator as we hear the tale of Mr. Toad (voiced by Eric Blore). He’s the heir and owner of the prestigious Toad Hall, but his constant desire for speed gets him into serious trouble. The focus of the film is his obsession with getting a car and the trouble that causes for his friends Ratty (Claude Allister), Mole (Colin Campbell), and Badger (Campbell Grant).
Honestly, this story is probably best known these days from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland (and the memories of the ride at Walt Disney World). Watching the movie again, I noticed several of the characters actually show up in the ride; I thought they were just random people in the ride with no real connection to the movie. Still, the ride goes off in a crazy direction that has nothing to do with any other version of the story.
But let’s get back to this film. There is a courtroom scene that, while essential to the plot, will probably bore the kids. I know I wasn’t that impressed with it, and I’m an adult.Read more ›
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad was another of Disney's features that were really a compilation of shorts, although in this case its seven reel running time is made up of just two stories boasting star narrators. Basil Rathbone makes the case for Toad of Toad Hall being one of the greatest characters in English literature, though the half hour animated version of The Wind and the Willows loses much of the charm and whimsy of the original story in favor of something simpler and more energetic. It's not bad at all taken on its own terms, and Eric Blore is perfect voice casting as Toad, but a little more attention to the story would have been welcome: Toad's prison escape dressed as a washerwoman is all but skipped over when it should have been a gift for a comic sequence. Bing Crosby takes up the narrating duties for the second half, an adaptation of Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow complete with 40s songs not far removed from Donald Duck's theme tune. Unfortunately this does feel a bit stretched out until the Headless Horseman makes his belated appearance for an impressive and fiery finale that's not quite impressive enough to take away the feeling that it would have worked much better as a one-reel short.
Unfortunately the picture quality on Disney's DVD isn't as impressive as it could be either, with a lot of white speckles on the picture. Still, with both films released separately for so long in the past - The Wind and the Willows turning up as a short supporting `feature' on Disney theatrical reissues like Alice in Wonderland and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow more often relegated to Disney's TV series - it's good to have them back in their original format.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Though old these will still engross and captivate children. Fairly timeless.Published 2 months ago by janet.bookworm
Love all Disney films, have now got the whole collection. Great film, got at a very good price.Published 2 months ago by Ms. J. J. Cross
Thought it was one cartoon but there are two and both are very good with the older type animation.Published 3 months ago by Heather Newton
As I'm collecting the Disney films I was abit disappointed it didn't have the number on the side but great film :)Published 6 months ago by Joanne