Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ichabod Crane and Mr. Toad

Being married to a Disney Lover, there are certain rituals that you have to follow, reluctantly or not. The DVD "The Adventures of Ichabod Crane and Mr. Toad" comes out of hiding and is welcomed into the Disney movie rotation every October. This set of animated shorts is a tradition for us every autumn. Mull some cider, pop some popcorn and set up the couch to settle in for a great night. This is a Disney tradition I can really embrace and recommend!

Ichabod Crane is the new lanky schoolteacher who dreams of wooing the town's most lovely maiden, Katrina off her feet. The town bully, Brom Bones, who also has a thing for Katrina, doesn't like this one bit and gets himself involved trying to break up their budding romance. The ghostly tale of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman is told at a party one evening by Brom. He makes sure that Ichabod is listening to the tale. Spine tingling things happen next...Bing Crosby supplies the narration, character voices, and songs. (1949)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is brimming with high-spirited adventure, brilliant animation, and captivating music. The Wind in the Willows follows the wild ride of J. Thaddeus Toad, squire of Toad Hall. Smitten with all things mobile, the wealthy and reckless Toady drives his closest friends Mole, Rat and Badger into an all out frenzy! Can they save their friend Toady from any whim that strikes his fancy?

"Lonesome Ghosts" from 1937, is an animated cartoon short featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy working as ghost-busters. They get a call from some lonesome ghosts hoping to prank the ghost hunters. Hilarity ensues, and one of the fab three even exclaims, "I ain't afraid of no ghosts!" (I would say that "Ghostbusters" the movie, was highly influenced by this short!)


  1. It's a great tradition, just like watching A Charlie Brown Halloween Special!

  2. I became aware of the Lonesome Ghosts (I think I do remember seeing the cartoon in the "old" disney channel) in my Epic Mickey Wii Game. There were several levels involving this short.

  3. I'll have to check it out! Thanks for letting me know Jamie!


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