We are so happy to be entering into a fun phase in our Disney Films Project and even though this is technically a package film, both of the stories are classics in our book. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad are shared together in this collection under the device of being stories shared from a common library.
The Wind in the Willows was a favorite book of mine as a child and I've always enjoyed Disney's portrayal of the story of Mr. Toad in this feature. I especially love the minor supporting characters of Mole and Rat and MacBadger. Toad is way too naughty of course, but when he dresses up like a woman and escapes from prison, he's quite hilarious! I definitely enjoy this more than my kids do and maybe that's because I grew up watching it with my younger brother. Good memories for me.
I actually remember watching Ichabod a few times around Halloween and being genuinely scared by it. That Headless Horseman seemed so real, especially when Ichabod looks down his collar. It still spooks me a bit! There isn't much to the story I guess, but it's one that sticks with you for a long time.
Neither one of these films represent the best work of the studio, but I enjoy them both quite a bit. I'm giving this collection 6 out of 10 Mickeys.
Second opinion with Alex
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad also only contains two shorts, but these are longer, to the point where they could stand on their own. This film finally strikes balance between the two segments, namely, as two separate books in a library. I give this 4 out of 10 Mickey ears, and it's a good closing for our package films, at least for now.
I really enjoyed the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and I feel like it's really the only Disney feature that is truly spooky. It's a great Halloween movie and the story lingers with you for a long time. Mr. Toad is a fairly lightweight presentation and I wanted a deeper story. It seemed like an excuse to show a misbehaving Toad and his horse. Overall, the ranking I give this collection 3 out of 10 Mickey ears.
These stories are not part of the Disney mainstream today and many people only know of Toad's existence because of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in some of the Disney parks. It's a "dark ride" and it even includes a visit to Hell which is sure to scar some younger riders. No idea why that got included? It is one of the original rides that was operational on opening day of Disneyland in 1955.
Ichabod used to show up regularly on the Disney Channel around the Halloween season but I'm not sure if they still play it anymore? It will get you in a spooky mood for sure!