Friday, March 28, 2014

Movie Review: ***The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

These two movies were released together by Walt Disney pictures.  Mr. Toad is presented first and is narrated by Basil Rathbone.  It is based on the book "Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame.  Mr. Toad goes through a series of manic pursuit of different hobbies or fancies.  He starts with traveling by gypsy wagon, moves on to motor cars, then to escape, and last to airplanes.  At each juncture his friends Mole, Badger and Rat have to bail him out.  In this version they must rescue Toad Hall and the deep given to Mr. Toad when he was accused of stealing a motor car.
The second feature, Ichabod, is based on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" written by Washington Irving.  This portion of the film is narrated by Bing Crosby.  This version pits the town bully as the headless horseman, and Ichabod who as the school master.  Ichabod has his eyes set on the bully's girl; so the bully takes matters into his own hand.  This is not Disney's best effort.

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