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  • 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.
  • Alternative 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.
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    • 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? The original tale is also ambiguous about them in this way.
      • Also regarding Katrina, does she really just flirt for the fun of it or is she doing this for being very much aware that most guys may want her just because she's rich?
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  • 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. Not only that, despite his bully tendencies, his Establishing Character Moment and seeing how Ichabod only wanted to marry Katrina for money and free food, show that Brom Bones has some fairly good qualities that make you feel some sympathy for him.
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  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some people watch the film solely for the Sleepy Hollow half, or even more specifically for Ichabod's encounter with the Headless Horseman.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The creepy-looking man who says "And some don't even wear their skin!" during the Headless Horseman song has just a few seconds of screentime, but still manages to be extremely memorable.
    • And of course the entire sequence of the Headless Horseman. It happens just at the movie's climax but it's still well remembered nowadays.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ichabod's encounter with the Headless Horseman is one of the all-time classic examples. His maniacal laugh contributes greatly to the effect.
    • All the buildup to that 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 last 15 minutes of the Sleepy Hollow segment is all about the mental shock-and-trauma. Not only do we have Brom Bones's ultra-creepy song to put Ichabod on edge, Icky then has to trek home through a Forrest O'Doom where everything seems to want to kill him. And then something wants to kill him.
    • The withered old man at the Halloween party that goes "And some don't even wear their skin!!" sets the mood with his eerie looks and delivery.
    • Toad weighed down at the bottom of the pond by his own ball and chain, struggling to grasp at a branch. This is terrifying because although toads can swim and can hold their breath for a long time, they can't breathe underwater.
  • Signature Scene: The Headless Horseman, preceded by the build-up to his appearance.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The public's reaction to the film at the time, though it became more somewhat popular as time went on.
  • 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.
    • Also, Rat and Mole praying for Toad during their Christmas dinner.
      Mole: (sheds a Single Tear) And may he get time off for good behavior...
    • During the Halloween party, Brom sees the only other person who's not dancing is Tilda, the short chubby lady who usually follows after Ichabod. She's sitting by herself, clearly dejected that she doesn't have a dance partner, but looks hopeful when she sees Brom looking at her. Brom responds by cringing in disgust, and Tilda looks incredibly hurt.
  • 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!
      • Also, Toad and his friends toast "To the New Year!" with a pink beverage in cocktail glasses that is clearly liquor.
    • 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, both in the 1700s when the story takes place and in the 1940s when the cartoon was made. (Even when it was animated!)


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