Source Material of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

6th July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Wind in the Willows This children’s book was published in 1908 and written by Kenneth Grahame. Cyril Proudbottom and Mr. Winkie are both Disney additions to the story. In fact, Disney’s version focuses primarily on Mr. Toad, but the original book had important sections that were completely without him. In fact, a mystical segment […] Read More

Ichabod and Mr. Toad’s Significance

4th July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Ichabod and Mr. Toad’s Significance

For me, the most significant aspect of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is that the package films are finally finished (of which I’m not a big fan generally, though the last two I’ve quite enjoyed). The two segments were split off and weren’t really associated with each other for decades until they were finally reunited on […] Read More

Delay with Posts

27th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Delay with Posts

I apologize, but due to illnesses in the family this week’s posts will be delayed to next week. Read More

What’s in a Name? – Ichabod and Mr. Toad

24th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Ichabod and Mr. Toad

I honestly can’t figure out where the name The Wind in the Willows comes from. Both the wind and willow trees are common elements of folktales, so perhaps Kenneth Grahame used the title to demonstrate that he was trying to come up with a new folktale. As for the name of the characters, they don’t […] Read More

Ten Things I Learned from Ichabod and Mr. Toad

22nd June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Ten Things I Learned from Ichabod and Mr. Toad

1. Even a dog howl can make girls faint if it comes from Ichabod Crane. 2. If you dig out a man covered with sugar only to find he’s angry, putting sugar back over his eyes doesn’t pacify him. 3. If you pray that a criminal will get time off for good behavior, chances are […] Read More

My Take on Ichabod and Mr. Toad

20th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on My Take on Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Character I identify with: Ichabod – Conceited, awkward, and prone to good luck (most of the time, anyways). Element I wish would have been elaborated: The origins of the headless horseman. I think that would be interesting. Views on the villain: Mr. Winkie – He’s the kind of guy you know you shouldn’t trust but […] Read More

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

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 […] Read More

Let’s All Make Fun of “Trees”

15th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Let’s All Make Fun of “Trees”

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. Okay, so obviously I’m not a huge fan of the “Trees” segment. But I just had to add this; I thought it was funny. There have been multiple parodies of the poem over time, but this is a stanza by Ogden Nash […] Read More

Time and Place of Melody Time

13th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Time and Place of Melody Time

Once Upon a Wintertime This segment seems to be contemporary with the film, so 1948 is about right for the time. As far as location, it could be about anywhere in North America where it snows. Hmm… why not Connecticut? Bumble Boogie This doesn’t exactly take place in a real setting. The Legend of Johnny […] Read More

Source Material of Melody Time

10th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Melody Time

Once Upon a Wintertime This is an old holiday song that we don’t hear too much anymore. Bumble Boogie This is, of course, based upon “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Did you know that the song is originally part of an opera? The bumblebee is actually a prince who is turned into an […] Read More

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