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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Families may be inspired to read and discuss the book The Wind in the Willows, from which Mr. Toad's story is drawn, and Washington Irving's classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
This movie encourages a love and appreciation for two classic works of literature.
Positive Role Models
Men compete to marry "coquette" (as she is called in the movie) Katrina von Tassel. Bram Bones uses trickery to "win" her. Ichabod is charming but also scheming as he seeks to win Katrina and her father's wealth.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional cartoon violence. Characters fire rifles and guns and throw knives, swords, and hatchets. The Headless Horseman attempts to behead Ichabod Crane with a sword multiple times. The horseman is never actually revealed to be the town bully in disguise, so some kids may find him quite terrifying.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigars and pipes. Cartoon weasels are shown passed-out drunk, with bottles and mugs by their sides. Characters hoist mugs of beer into the air before drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is some slapstick violence in the two stories in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. More extreme is the Headless Horseman's multiple attempts to behead Ichabod Crane with a sword. The horseman is never actually revealed to be the town bully in disguise, so some kids may find him quite terrifying. Characters smoke cigars and pipes. Cartoon weasels are shown passed-out drunk, with bottles and mugs by their sides. Characters hoist mugs of beer into the air before drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Often overlooked even by Disney fans, this Disney double-feature is classic animation at its best and features Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby as narrators. With a cozy Edwardian setting, a dollop of slapstick violence, and a variety of British stereotypes, the tale of Mr. Toad is an endearing foray into Merrie Olde England.
The American tale is a bit more ambitious and not without its drawbacks. Some of the animation and design in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad owe as much to Van Gogh as to Disney's own Fantasia. With his long limbs and oversize ears and nose, Ichabod Crane is certainly a memorable creation; Katrina and Brom Bones seem dull by comparison. The climactic sequence of Ichabod and the pumpkin-headed horseman is truly gripping, making it too intense for younger or more sensitive children. The Bing Crosby songs that pad it out are by far the weakest part of this otherwise first-rate tale.
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