The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Title: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Year: 1949
Length: 68 minutes
Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi & Jack Kinney
Writers: Erdman Penner, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Homer Brightman & Harry Reeves, based on stories by Washington Irving and Kenneth Grahame
Starring: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone
With: Eric Blore, J. Pat O’Malley, John McLeish, Colin Campbell, Campbell Grant, Claud Allister
Music: Oliver Wallace (score); Don Raye & Gene de Paul (songs)
Editing: John O. Young
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), a few days ago
Synopsis: a toad is arrested for car theft, and a schoolteacher hits on a pretty rich girl

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:1/4 (Bad)
Characters:1/4 (Bad)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh, 2/4 (Indifferent)). The Mr. Toad section would be bad, except the title character’s animators make him entertaining to watch. The Ichabod section is much to long and aimless, but it does have a strangely interesting sense of style. There’s no reason at all for the two sections to be part of the same film; Toad probably should have been a feature, and Ichabod a short.
Objective Rating (Average):2.2/4 (Okay)


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