Ichabod and Mr. Toad
(The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)

1949, 68 min., color

Mr. Toad

Badger, Mole and Rat, the three loyal friends"Ichabod and Mr. Toad" is an animated film produced by Walt Disney. It contains two stories in one film: the story of Ichabod Crane, from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, and the story of Mr. Toad, from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Bing Crosby narrates and sings in the story of Ichabod in the second half of the film. The first half of the film has Basil Rathbone narrating the story of Mr. Toad and his friends Mole, Rat and Badger (Angus MacBadger, as Disney has named him).

Toad spots a motorcarThose who love the book The Wind in the Willows may find Disney's cartoon "Mr. Toad" a disappointment. Disney took some poetic license with the story, changing details, but I think the characters have the same personalities as in the book: loyal Mole, resourceful, good-natured Rat, stern, wise, and caring Badger, and foolish, exasperating Toad.

Toad, who has a passion for new, modern, vehicles ("motor-mania") gets in trouble with the law when he makes a trade for a motorcar, and it turns out to be stolen! Toad disguises himself to escape from prison, then his friends help him win back his house, which has been taken over by weasels.Badger and Rat lowering Mole

It's a great adventure and an endearing tale of friendship and loyalty.

The magnificent animation, and the enchanting, delightful characters combined with the splendid narration by Basil Rathbone make this one of the best animated films ever made. A real classic.

 

 

 

Mole reaching for the Deed

Cast (Voices)

Bing Crosby........Narrator of "Ichabod"
Basil Rathbone...Narrator of "Mr Toad"
Eric Blore..................................Mr. Toad
Pat O'Malley....................................Cyril
Colin Campbell...............................Mole
Campbell Grant......Angus MacBadger
Claud Allister.........................Water Rat
John Floyardt.......................Prosecutor
Oliver Wallace.............................Winky

Credits

Production Co .................Walt Disney
Producer............................Walt Disney
Directors............................Jack Kinney,
        Clyde Geronomi and James Algar
Writers..........................Erdman Penner
                 Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi,
               Ted Sears, Homer Brightman,
               Harry Reeves
Music Director.............Oliver Wallace

Images on this page are from "Ichabod and Mr. Toad," copyright Walt Disney Studios.

 

 

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