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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Ichabod woos his lady

Disney’s last multi-story effort before diving back into full-length animated features, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, covers the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Wind in the Willows, respectively.

The introduction borrows a page from Winnie the Pooh, the camera browsing through a collection of storybooks while the narrator sets the scene. But instead of talking about the importance of friendship, this narrator talks about the wealth of great characters in American folklore.

It’s a theme continued from the company’s release the previous year, and once again chooses a cheery style of animation to retell classic tales. Knowing that the following year’s release, 1950’s Cinderella, was in co-production with these stories, it’s no surprise that B-level artists and story-tellers were relegated to drawing Ichabod’s cumbersome nose and Mr. Toad’s spastic explorations of the human world.

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