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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

In a small town, a brewing romantic rivalry with a local tough and a school-teacher culminates in a terrifying ride in the night.




Cast overview:
Bing Crosby ... Narrator / Ichabod Crane / Brom Bones (voice)


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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The Headless Horseman is often cited as being, along with the Firebird in Fantasia 2000 (1999), The Horned King in The Black Cauldron (1985), and Chernabog in Fantasia (1940), as one of the scariest villains in the Disney canon. Disney still receives complaints from parents about the character frightening their children. See more »

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Will heads roll this time?
24 September 2006 | by joan_white_angelSee all my reviews

This may be one of the oldest Disney's cartoons but it is certainly one of the bests. This time the real story (Sleepy Hollow) by Washington Irving is taken seriously and the characters' design couldn't be more ideal. The main character, Ichabod Crane, is a teacher going on his way to Sleepy Hollow and he is exactly like the book tells us, a really strange person, big ears and nose almost looking like a scarecrow. This guy falls in love by Katrina Van Tassel, a very beautiful and apparently innocent girl, who is the only heiress to her father fortune. Then there's Brom, a very strong man who is decided to win Katrina's heart at all cost. There will be really fun moments due to Ichabod's character and when Ichabod and Brom are both trying to win Katrina. Then in the Halloween night there's a party in the Van Tassel's mansion where Brom will scare the superstitious teacher by telling the legend of the Headless Horseman. After the party, Ichabod will have to ride home alone and now the question is: Will the Headless Horseman ride again to cut a head off?

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8 October 1949 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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