Merrily on Our Way – Review of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

17th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Merrily on Our Way – Review of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Disney Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

I must say, Ichabod and Mr. Toad is definitely one of my favorites up to this point. Both segments are delightful and well-done. It’s nice to see the package films finally come to an end. The Wind and the Willows was initially going to be full-length. A Time Magazine article mentioned it in 1940—nine years before it finally made it to the big screen. In fact, supposedly one animator began working on it, left to fight in World War II, and then returned four years later to continue working on the same sequence. As far as Ichabod’s segment, I’m not sure whether it was originally intended to be feature-length or not. It’s possible that they just didn’t feel like they were ready for full-length films again. Fortunately they felt like they were for the next one.

The Wind in the Willows
This was my first time seeing this, though I had been on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Disneyland. The only thing that I could remember from the ride was Toad’s arrival in hell, so I assumed that the movie would eventually get there as well (as a way for Toad to realize that there are consequences to actions). Except for that incorrect notion, which threw me off a bit, everything was great. The characters all have distinct and likable personalities.

That isn’t to say that Toad’s irreverent behavior is all that admirable (though admittedly funny). Whether he’s using a whip as a jump rope or breathing exhaust directly, he’s not exactly the sanest character in the film. And Cyril’s no better, the perfect companion for Toad. Jumping over the hedges just to have the cart destroy them is evidence enough of that. It’s a shame that by the end, he’s the same old irreverent Toad—just with a new mania.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The character design for Ichabod is great. It perfectly demonstrates his awkwardness. His affinity for food is great too. I love how he peaks into his pupils’ lunch baskets and how nearly every scene has him eating something. He makes for a great protagonist. The one thing I dislike is that he seems a bit shallow. His interest in Katrina is based on his admiration for her beauty and her father’s wealth, but nowhere is it implied that he’s all that interested in her personality (and ironically, he may have seen that she’s a bit mischievous herself, egging on two suitors simultaneously, and laughing at Ichabod when Brom Bones relates the tale of the Headless Horseman).

It also goes to show you how much superstition can cause you problems. He had great luck until he allowed himself to be distracted by the tale of the Headless Horseman. At that point, he couldn’t even pour coffee without getting some on a cat. And from the cat’s standpoint, it just goes to show you that if you try to eat the scraps off other people, eventually you get burned.

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