The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection) [VHS]

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  1. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Classic, October 22, 2005
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    E. M. Palmer
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    Disney’s Ichabod still reigns as the best. Bing Crosby’s melodious voice is pure delight. This DVD is autumn viewing at its most glorious. Simply classic, a must have for the Disney fan, or addition to any Halloween film collection. The other reviews say it all. Gorgeous, sentimental and always a joy to watch.

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  2. 70 of 71 people found the following review helpful:
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    “You Can’t Reason with a Headless Man!”, October 15, 2003
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    Michael R Gates (Nampa, ID United States) –
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    Disney’s THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD is one of the best Halloween DVDs available, especially if you are looking for something to entertain–and spook!–the entire family.

    There are actually two stories on this film, the first segment being a “telling” of Kenneth Grahame’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. The animation is well done–as are most Disney cartoons from this era (c. 1949)–and the narration by Basil Rathbone is wonderfully literate. Voice characterizations are done by other actors, however, which detracts from the film’s premise that the story is being “told” by the venerable Mr. Rathbone. While this segment is certainly entertaining enough, it is NOT the highlight of the DVD. That honor goes to the other segment….

    The remainder of the film is a “telling” of Washington Irving’s THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, and it is sheer delight. This classic American ghost story is narrated by Bing Crosby, who also sings all of the songs and voices nearly all of the characterizations. The script is very loyal to the source material, even including–though a little less subtly than Mr. Irving–the same wry sense of humor. The depiction of the Headless Hessian himself is really spooky, too, though still gentle enough so as not to scare the little ones too much. Lots of fun for old and young alike, this, and a great film for the family to watch on Halloween night!

    Also included on the DVD is the classic Disney animated short LONESOME GHOSTS. This one has Mickey, Donald, and Goofy working as ghost exterminators, and one could easily make the argument that it was the inspiration for 1984’s live-action GHOSTBUSTERS. (Indeed, one of our animated heroes even utters the line “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”) A real hoot, and another great film to include in the family’s Halloween celebration.

    If you’re already a fan of the animated THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, you’ll definitely want to include this DVD in your collection. The colors are much richer than on the VHS release, and the details are understandably crisper. You’ll see Ichabod, Bram Bones, that little coquette Katrina, and the infamous Headless Horseman like you’ve never seen ’em before!

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  3. Schuyler V. Johnson
    69 of 69 people found the following review helpful:
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    The DVD is Incredible!, September 19, 2002
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    Schuyler V. Johnson (Lake Worth, FL USA) –
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    This is my all-time favorite of the Disney animated classics; I have seen it countless times, and enjoy it as much as the first time I saw it, way back when I was 7 years old. It is a Halloween fixture for me still, although I watch it all year ’round. Bing Crosby had a wonderful speaking voice, as well as a singing one, and he does great things with the character of Ichabod and his tuneful telling of this timeless tale, set in Sleepy Hollow; I believe that were Washington Irving alive today, he would love this version of his terrific novel, based on old folk tales and legends of that part of New York. I also love Toad; J. Thaddeus Toad, Esquire, the Master of Toad Hall, with his loyal friends, Mole, Angus McBadger and Ratty. I have never seen this favorite classic in such splendor before my DVD version arrived…the colors, the crisp picture, the overall beauty of it took my breath away, and I was 7 years old again, watching it on the big screen. Now I can watch it anytime, and have the same quality as I enjoyed as a child, what a treat! Even if you have a VHS copy, buy the DVD, you won’t believe the difference!

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