The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

35mm film, “color by Technicolor”, 1.37:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The

An American animated fantasy film directed by Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi and James Algar.

Plot Summary

In , , of Toad Hall, proudly displays his latest toy – a motor car which he uses to cause chaos when he falls in with the wrong crowd. In , schoolmaster arrives in Sleepy Hollow and falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel. Not only does he have to deal with a love rival, Brom Bones, but also the creepy legend of the Headless Horseman.


* = uncredited

Directors: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar
Copyright MCMXLIX [1949] – Walt Disney Productions
RKO Radio Pictures. Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures Inc.. Walt Disney presents a Walt Disney production
Production Supervision: Ben Sharpsteen
Story: Erdman Penner, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Homer Brightman, Harry Reeves
Directing Animators: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Wolfgang Reitherman, Milt Kahl, John Lounsbery, Ward Kimball
Character Animators: Fred Moore, Harvey Toombs, John Sibley, Hal King, Marc Davis, Hugh Fraser, Hal Ambro, Don Lusk
Effects Animators: George Rowley, Jack Boyd
Color and Styling: Claude Coats, Don da Gradi, Mary Blair, John Hench
Layout: Charles Philippi, Al Zinnen, Tom Codrick, Hugh Hennesy, Thor Putnam, Lance Nolley
Background: Ray Huffine, Art Riley, Merle Cox, Brice Mack, Dick Anthony
Film Editor: John O. Young
Color by: Technicolor
Musical Direction: Oliver Wallace
Music Editor: Al Teeter
Orchestration: Joseph Dubin
Vocal Arrangements: Ken Darby
Ichabod Songs [“Ichabod”; “Katrina”; “The Headless Horseman”] by: Don Raye, Gene de Paul, performed by Bing Crosby and The Rhythmaires *
Sound Recording: Robert O. Cook
Sound Director: C.O. Slyfield
RCA Sound System
Special Processes: Ub Iwerks

Featuring Bing Crosby narrating the story of Ichabod Crane from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
And Basil Rathbone narrating the story of Mr. Toad from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Eric Blore [Mr Toad]
Pat O'Malley [real name: J. Pat O'Malley] [Cyril Proudbottom]
John Ployardt [real name: John McLeish] [prosecutor]
Colin Campbell [Mole]
Campbell Grant [Angus MacBadger]
Claud Allister [Rat]
The Rhythmaires

Alternative Titles

Die Abenteuer von Ichabod und Taddäus Kröte – German title
Contes d'automne et de printemps – French Canadian title
Le Crapaud et le maître d'école – French title
Ichabod and Mr Toad – promotional title
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – US TV title
The Madcap Adventures of Mr Toad
Det Susar i säven & Ichabods äventyr – Swedish title

Extracts included in
Wind in the Willows (1949)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1958)
The Madcap Adventures of Mr Toad (1975)


The Daily Cinema no.9319 (16 January 1967) p.4 – review
Kine Weekly no.2246 (18 May 1950) p.24 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.17 no.197 (June 1950) p.79 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.176 no.8 (27 August 1949) p.4730 – review
Today's Cinema vol.74 no.5994 (12 May 1950) p.9 – review

Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.212 – credits
Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.1-2 – credits, synopsis, review extracts
The RKO Features by James L. Neibaur p.3 – credits, synopsis
by Walt Lee p.4 – credits
RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929-1956 – by Michael R. Pitts p.9-10 – credits, note