YMMV / The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

  • Adaptation Displacement: Far more people are familiar with Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the popular Disney Theme Parks attraction, than they are with this lesser-known Disney film.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Ichabod. He's the protagonist of the story, but he also comes off as manipulative Jerkass. Whether he's a "good guy" and how sympathetic he is varies among the viewer. In fact, Disney sort of gets one thing right here - the original tale is open to as much Alternate Character Interpretation as the Animated Adaptation.
    • Also Katrina and Brom. Is she honestly flattered by Ichabod, or is she just playing with him, perhaps using him to make her other suitors jealous? And is Brom just a bully, or is he honestly in love and wants to protect her from a gold digger?
  • Crazy Awesome: Mr. Toad.
  • Creepy Awesome: The Headless Horseman.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: If there's one thing people remember from this, it's the Headless Horseman.
  • Evil Is Cool: Again, The Headless Horseman.
  • Hell Is That Noise: When Ichabod rides in Sleepy Hollow's forest you can hear the cricket chirping "Ichabod, turn back", an owl hoots "Go, go", a toad croaks "Headless Horseman", the wind blows the reeds and creates a sound like ghastly moaning and a crow caws "Here he comes" and "Beware, beware..."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: No one resembles Gaston like Brom Bones (although Gaston is far more of a jerk than Brom Bones).
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mr. Toad after he's thrown in jail.
    • Brom Bones, seeing that he's the only one character in "Sleepy Hollow" who actually suffers some damages and injures.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • The Headless Horseman, if you assume he was really Brom Bones in disguise.
    • The fortune-seeking Ichabod, if you believe he did in fact survive his encounter with the Horseman and married a wealthy widow.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ichabod's encounter with the Headless Horseman is one of the all-time classic examples.
    • All the buildup to that (see Hell Is That Noise, above) is arguably even more of a gold-mine of terror—as a certain master once said, "There is no terror in the bang—only in the anticipation of it."
    • The sight of a tree that looks like the Headless Horseman is coming at Ichabod.
  • Signature Scene: The Headless Horseman, preceded by the build-up to his appearance.
  • Tear Jerker: The part where Toad, locked in his prison cell, silently cries blaming himself for the trouble he's got into it and vowing to never let his manias get the best of him again.
  • Values Dissonance: The Ichabod storyline is more than a little sexist. Women are either manipulative teases or complete dolts. Even if this takes place in the 18th or 19th century...
    • One might be caught off guard by Brom pouring huge mugs of beer for all his friends and their dogs. No Bowdlerization or Frothy Mugs of Water here!
    • One student also draws a caricature of Ichabod Crane - and you can see him about to smack the student with a stick (only the sight of the student's overflowing lunch basket stops him). To a viewer who was born after the 1970s, this would seem surprising - though this was standard behaviour for teachers at the time. (Even when it was animated!)

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