Cast: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, J. Pat O’Malley
Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a two-part Walt Disney cartoon feature based on a pair of well known stories. The first half of the film is an adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, all about gawky 17th century schoolteacher Ichabod Crane and his love for the beautiful Katrina. The girl’s vengeful ex-beau Brom Bones decides to scare Ichabod out of Sleepy Hollow by filling the impressionable teacher’s brain with stories about the ghostly Headless Horseman–who of course makes an appearance that very night! The second half of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is based on the “Toad of Toad Hall” stories from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind and the Willows. The aristocratic but childish Mr. Toad loves motorcars, but his affection leads him to a jail term when he is accused of stealing an automobile. It’s up to Toad’s faithful friends to break Toad out of jail and expose the real crooks. One of Disney’s better “omnibus” cartoon features, Ichabod and Mr. Toad is enhanced by the narrative skills of Bing Crosby in the Ichabod segment and Basil Rathbone in the Mr. Toad sequence.