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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) was a Animation - Family Film directed by Jack Kinney and Clyde Geronimi and produced by Walt Disney.

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) (2)

By Kristen on Dec 8, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

You might call this cheating, but this review ran already. ?It originally ran as part of my Halloween films, so if you missed it the first time here it is. ?I can’t be any happier that the package films are done. ?None of them were particularly great, and it seemed that the animators were limp... Read full article


The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) (1)

By Kristen on Oct 13, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

The film starts off by presenting a?truncated version of Kenneth Grahame‘s The Wind in the Willows by following the manic whims of Mr. Toad (voiced by Eric Blore). ?Toad gets “motor mania” and in his bid to drive a motor car ends up on a path of petty crime and prison. ?The second ... Read full article


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Angus MacBadger: [whispering] Careful, lads. There's a guard.
[Toad whips out a rifle]
Mr. Toad: [shouts] I'll pop him off!


Judge: The witness may testify in his own words.
Cyril Proudbottom: [in court] Right-o, guv'nor; now, I'll give you the facts of the case. For when Toady escaped from his boudoir, he'd come headin' straight for my place. Soon we was off down the 'ighway but hadn't gone far, I confess, when all of a sudden with a rush and a roar, something passed like the London Express. It was big, it was red, it was beautiful: a motorcar! Hee, a bit of alright; Toady was transfixed with, uh, rapture. You could tell it was love at first sight. The motor pulled up to a tavern wherein was located a bar and we watched while some tough-looking weasels got out of that lovely red car. Now weasels, I know, are deceitful and not to be trusted at all... but how I could know they'd stolen that car? I didn't have no crystal ball. And the guv'nor, he's not one to dally, he'd made up his mind like a flash, he says "try it for size, my good Cyril, while I see what they'll take for it, cash!" So into the tavern he saunters, where the barman was back at the bar. And he said, "Cheerio, tavern-keeper! Who's the owner of that, uh, hot-looking car?" The barman, a codger named, uh, Winky, leaned over the bar and said "Why?" The guv'nor answered "That car must be mine! Whatever the price is, I'll buy!" But Toad found he hadn't no money... so he promptly offered a trade; the weasels appeared to be willin', in a moment, the bargain was made. Then Toady drawed up a paper with almost incredible speed and he called on ol' Winky to, uh, pop over and witness the deed. Now the guv'nor's not a bit stingy, he never does anything small: the weasels gave him the red motorcar, heh, and he gave the weasels... Toad Hall!


Mr. Toad: We'll go for a jolly ride!
[begins to jump rope on the rump of his horse with his buggy whip]


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One of Disney's four "Package Films". During World War II the studio lost a lot of manpower and resources, which left it with countless unfinished ideas too long for shorts and too short for features. So, inventive as Disney was, it stuck short ideas together into feature-length movies. See also Make Mine Music, Melody Time and Fun & Fancy Free.
There was a legend that said that one animator stopped worked on "The Wind In the Willows" to join the Army during World War II and then returned four years later to continue work on the exact same film sequence.
Rat describes Toad's latest obsession as "Motor Mania". This is the title of a classic Goofy short which would be released the following year (Motor Mania).
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