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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

Approved  |   |  Family, Horror, Animation  |  1949 (USA)
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In a small town, a brewing romantic rivalry with a local tough and a school-teacher culminates in a terrifying ride in the night.

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In a small town named Sleepy Hollow, a gangly schoolteacher named Icabod Crane comes to town. Despite his unattractive appearance, he quickly proves to be a ladies man who charms the local beauty, much to the local tough, Brom Bones', displeasure. A subtle rivalry erupts, only to have Crane continually gaining the upper hand. The situation changes when Brom learns of Crane's superstitions and exploits them as he musically tells the legend of the fearsome Headless Horseman to frighten the teacher. That night, Crane's lonely night ride home becomes more lively than he ever imagined as the Horseman appears to chase him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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When shown on American television in 1977 shortly after the death of Bing Crosby, the end credits included a frame noting his passing and contribution as narrator/singer. See more »

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A nice Disney short
27 July 2007 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

I know that this animated short was initially one of the shorts from "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" (the 11th animated Disney classic). However, I don't remember much about Mr. Toad, perhaps because I only saw it when I was a kid. So I decided to write this review only for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" because I'm familiar with this one.

It is a simple but okay cartoon. It is one of those simple, underrated and forgotten Disney shorts from the 40's (in this case, 1949). Despite not being something extraordinary, this cartoon remains entertaining and watchable.

The designs are simple but good. The picture quality is okay. The characters are interesting.

Ichabod Crane is probably the most original character ever created by Disney. He speaks and sings very little, but that's not what makes the difference. His bizarre figure, the fact of being extremely thin and also his simplicity, charm and pacific personality are what really makes the difference.

Brom Bones is a good example of pure strength. But even his though guy posture doesn't stop him from getting into trouble with Ichabod Crane. I mean, Ichabod has some "battles" with Brom Bones, but he doesn't even notice that! Just hilarious!

Brom Bones is the loser. But he's not a man to give up easily. Even when Ichabod is dancing with Katrina, Brom Bones still has plans in his mind. That's when another hilarious sequence comes: a very short and fat woman dances with Brom Bones in a very energetic way, something which embarrasses him a lot. But he doesn't get rid of her easily.

After all these comic gags, the dark side of this short begins. On that Halloween night, after the party, Brom Bones tells terrifying stories about ghosts and the Headless Horseman. He knows that Ichabod believes in those stories. Needless to say that those stories scare Ichabod very much. He even has sweat running all over his face!

But the darkest part is yet to come. When Ichabod and his horse leave, tension and suspense are present. In the meantime, we have some very funny moments. But when the Headless Horseman appears... well, all I have to say is that it becomes quite scary! For children it can be terrifying.

The ending is somehow confusing. It makes me wonder what really happened to Ichabod Crane. Did he run away? Did he survive? Did we go to another city, village or country?

Just to finish, let me say that Bing Crosby does a nice job as the voice of the narrator, Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane.


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