Movie Review: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Title: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Release Date:  October 5, 1949
Director:  Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, and James Algar
Production Company:  Walt Disney Productions

This is the last of Disney’s package films of the 1940s, framed as stories about great characters, one from England and one from the USA.  Basil Rathbone narrates the story of Mr. Toad from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, and Bing Crosby narrates (and sings) the story of Ichabod Crane from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  I remember watching this as a kid and being annoyed that it deviated so much from the sources.  As an adult, I’m more forgiving.  This will never be one of Disney’s all-time greats, but it has a sort of 1940s charm that makes it amusing diversion.  Both segments do some interesting things with flexible and comic animated horse characters.  And of course the Mr. Toad segment gave us the greatest dark ride in Disney theme park history.

Rating: ***

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