Trivia / The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

  • Actor Allusion: The narrator of the Mr. Toad segment, Basil Rathbone, mentions Sherlock Holmes as one of many possible nominees for the most fabulous character in English literature. This is taken a step further by Ratty, who wears a deerstalker cap and a coat very similar to Holmes' trademark garb, and Moley could pass very easily in appearance as an animal Watson.
    • Ichabod is a Chick Magnet despite his gaunt features, much like his voice actor Bing Crosby.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Mr. Toad is voiced by Eric Blore. Who was then well-known for playing Jamison the Butler in the "Lone Wolf" series of films (1940-1947). Basically the right-hand-man to the popular character Michael Lanyard, Lone Wolf.
    • Bing Crosby narrates the Sleepy Hollow segment, as well as providing the voices of both Ichabod and Brom, And the Headless Horseman.
    • The Prosecutor in Toad's trial is voiced by John McLeish, the narrator for the Goofy "How-To" shorts.
    • Cyril Proudbottom (Toad's horse) is voiced by J. Pat O'Malley, who (among other roles) was Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Colonel Hathi and the lead vulture, and Jasper.
    • In the German 1993 dub, the singer for the Sleepy Hollow segment is Charlie Swan. In the Mr. Toad segment, Cyril is Goofy, and Toad and Mole were both Squidward Tentacles (Eberhard Prüter (Mole) was the original voice actor until his death after which Joachim Kaps (Toad) replaced him. Long story.)
  • What Could Have Been: If WWII hadn't swallowed up so much of Disney's workforce they would've developed these shorts into two full-length features rather than truncate them into their current form. The Mr Toad section of the movie was originally going to be much different - for one thing, the jailer's daughter was the one who gave Toad his female disguise instead of Cyril. For more information, see article here.
    • After his role as emcee of sorts in Fun and Fancy Free, it was proposed that Jiminy Cricket again play that same role for this film, but it was dropped.
  • When the narrator mentions “christian charity” in regards to Mole and Rat, it not only foreshadows their role in Mickey's Christmas Carol, it might also be the only outright religious reference in a Disney Animated Classic. (Apart from all those mentions of Christmas...)
  • Of the characters referenced by Basil Rathbone during the movie's introduction, 4 of them (Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur, and Oliver Twist) would be the subjects for future Disney Animated Classics, Becky Sharp being the only exception.
    • Likewise, among the American characters Bing Crosby mentions during Ichabod Crane's introduction were Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, Black Bart, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. Bunyan and Crockett were later adapted by Disney for later projects (Bunyan became an animated short, while Davy Crockett's life was adapted into a television series and several full-length movies, reintroducing him to the American public in the process.) On top of that, both Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill had already been the subjects of their own segments in Melody Time, the film released immediately before this.
  • This was the final new release in the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection video series in the 1990's.