The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad (1949)

Synopsis: A Walt Disney retelling of the classic tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane finds himself on the wrong side of the bridge when the Headless Horsemen comes a’calling.

Killer Scene: Ichabod makes a mad dash away from the pursuing and frightening Headless Horseman, who whips a flaming pumpkin at our bumbling hero.


Violence: I’m not sure what level of violence you’d expect from a Disney cartoon, though the oafish Brom Bones bullies Ichabod, and the headless horsemen does his damned best to end Ichabod’s life with the aide of a flaming pumpkin missile.

Sex: Nothing going on here and that’s probably for the best, considering that this is a Disney animated short, though Ichabod Crane proves to be quite the ladies man, wooing many of the town’s ladies.

Scares: While it is a children’s movie, the story has a bit of spookiness to it.  When Ichabod is heading home, the scary things that get a rise out of him on the road are a bit chilly and cool.  Really a great atmosphere to the piece that might put some scares into youngsters, but smiles on adults.

Final Thoughts: This is my guilty pleasure every Halloween.  The big and bad dude who loves blood and boobs pops in his DVD copy of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad every October 31st.  This animated short is a great way to relax when you’ve had a bit too much blood for one night and would rather just enjoy the cool air with a warm mug of hot chocolate.  A great family favorite that will always have a spot reserved on my DVD shelf and a slot in my horror marathons.

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