The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

the eleventh animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, has two sections, both based upon popular works of literature: The Adventures of Mr Toad, based on Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" and Ichabod Crane or The Legend of Sleepy Hollowand, based on Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

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Toad was the one disturbing element. But there were only three who had his best interests at heart. One was a badger. MacBadger. And then there was a water rat. And a mole. They all made their homes in a quaint community along a riverbank. On that particular day, Mole was in a hurry because he was late for tea. Very dear friends. Then you must find Toad and stop him!

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The guv'nor answered, that car must be mine! Whatever the price is, I'll buy. But Toad found he hadn't no money. So, he promptly offered a trade. He called on old Winky the barman to pop over and witness the deed. The weasels gave him the red motorcar, and he gave the weasels Toad Hall. Traded Toad Hall? An estate worth 100,000 for a motorcar?

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Toad was incurable. One whispered word and all his high resolve vanished in the mad whirl of this new adventure. Bless this good food we are about to enjoy. Bless us, every one.

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Toad was innocent all the time. Sorry, Toad, I misjudged you. Toad's friends were dreadfully proud of him. And why not? He was a new Toad, completely reformed. To the New Year and to the new Toad! Travel, change, excitement that was the fabulous Thaddeus Toad.

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The best-known story concerns an itinerant schoolmaster who once frequented these parts. The pedagogue was described as a most unusual man. Moreover, Ichabod found ways to increase his slender income and, at the same time, awaken the cultural interests of the sleepy little village. It was inevitable that a man like Ichabod would become an object of ridicule to Brom Bones and his gang.

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The schoolmaster, being an ambitious man, began to fill his mind with many sugared thoughts and hopeful suppositions. Dear Katrina. Papa's only child. But don't worry, Katie, Ichabod will protect you. And yet when you've met that little coquette Katrina. But Ichabod was confident he'd soon ride roughshod over these simple country bumpkins. That was the redoubtable Brom Bones.

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Ichabod issued forth like a knight errant. To Ichabod, here was a perfect field for his endeavours. Brom knew there was no more potent believer in spooks and goblins than Ichabod Crane.

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Once you cross that bridge, my friends, the ghost is through, his power ends. Next morning, Ichabod's hat was found. Rumors persisted that Ichabod was still alive, married to a wealthy widow in a distant county. But the good Dutch settlers refused to believe such nonsense.


Ichabod Crane


Merrily on Our Way

The Headless Horseman


Ichabod Crane, the schoolroom became Ichabod's empire, over which, with lordly dignity, he held absolute sway.

No doubt of it, this was Ichabod's lucky day. The schoolmaster was a man of hidden talents, a rival to be reckoned with.

There was no doubt that Ichabod was the man of the hour.

I'm telling you, brother, it's a frightful sight what goes on, Halloween night.

No doubt of it, this was Ichabod's lucky day.

Once more, Thaddeus Toad had the last laugh.


Directed by James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney; story by Erdman Penner, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Homer Brightman, Harry Reeves; film editing by John O. Young.

Cast as voices

Bing Crosby (Narrator of Ichabod Crane), Basil Rathbone (Narrator of Mr. Toad), Eric Blore (Mr. Toad), J. Pat O'Malley (Cyril Proudbottom), John McLeish (Prosecutor), Colin Campbell (Mole), Campbell Grant (Angus MacBadger), Claud Allister (Rat), Oliver Wallace (Mr. Winky, Gang Leader), Leslie Denison (Judge, First Weasel), Alec Harford (Mr. Winky), Edmond Stevens (Second Weasel)

Other video quotes

The finest home on the river
The finest home on the river
  Counsel for the Crown proceed
Counsel for the Crown proceed
  Testify in his own words
Testify in his own words
  Alone with memories
Alone with memories
  I have a plan
I have a plan
  Described as a most unusual man
Described as a most unusual man
  Thoughts and hopeful suppositions
Thoughts and hopeful suppositions

Movie main characters

Thaddeus Toad, esquireThaddeus Toad esquire   Ichabod Crane, schoolmaster Ichabod Crane schoolmaster   Cyril Proudbottom, first witness,Cyril Proudbottom first witness   Katrina, little coquetteKatrina little coquette
Mole, somewhat gullibleMole somewhat gullible   Brom Bones, the town heroBrom Bones the town hero   Rat, a fine fellowRat a fine fellow   Angus MacBadger, wise-crankingAngus MacBadger wise-cranking