I : Ichabod Crane “Next morning, Ichabod’s hat was found, and close beside it, a shattered pumpkin, but there was no trace of the schoolmaster.”

I know we still have about 202 days until Halloween, but if they can do Christmas in July, why can’t we have Halloween in April?
Ichabod Crane
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad was released in 1949. It was a packaged film, consisting of two segment films. Mr. Toad was based on 1908, children’s book, The Wind and The Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Ichabod was based on the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington IrvingThe two films were packaged together since both lead characters got themselves into sticky situations. These were the last films made during the war years when the Disney studio was short on man-power. Disney released four packaged films between 1942-1949, one of which being The Three Caballeros. Disney’s next feature length animated film was the 1950 film, Cinderella.
movieposterIchabod is the star of The Adventures of Ichabod Crane, but is he our hero? Ichabod is a schoolteacher who becomes infatuated with Miss Katrina Van Tassel, for her grace and charm…but as stated in the short, “who can resist your fathers farm.” It becomes quite obvious that Ichabod is extremely interested in her financial status. Katrina is the only child and sole heir to her father’s gold mine of a farm. It’s strongly implied that Ichabod is only after Katrina for her money and good looks. Even the narrator states, “Now, rumors persisted that Ichabod was still alive, married to a wealthy widow in a distant county.” A strong theme throughout Disney films are villains who are consumed with power and motivated by greed, villains such as Scar, Ursula and Jafar.
976857_1331949615194_fullThe Adventures of Ichabod Crane has a few ties with the 1992 classic, Beauty and the Beast. First, people have noted that Ichabod is similar to Belle in that they are both readers who people consider strange or odd, yet they still have people vying for their affections. Also, Gaston is strongly inspired by Brom Bones. However, while Gaston is clearly the villain, Brom is considered a good guy in The Adventures of Ichabod. Everyone can probably agree, however, that The Headless Horseman is the actual villain. (Though it’s debatable whether Brom was disguised as the Horseman which is heavily implied in the short story. I for one believe that the Horseman is real.)
horseman4In the original short story, Ichabod Crane is described as “tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs […] His head was small […] and a long snipe nose”. His appearance is similar to that of a crane. While we’re talking about character descriptions, some fans have noted that Katrina looks very similar to Cinderella. While others compare her, and especially her personality to Charlotte La Bouff from The Princess and the Frog (2009). Since both women are blondes who prefer pink, are wealthy only children and have many admirers.
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3 thoughts on “I : Ichabod Crane “Next morning, Ichabod’s hat was found, and close beside it, a shattered pumpkin, but there was no trace of the schoolmaster.”

  1. I don’t consider Brom, good and Ichabod, evil, nor do I consider the reverse. I think its just a conflict between men both with their flaws and good qualities.

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