The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Synopsis: Two stories. The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame's story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car. This desire for the very latest lands him in much trouble with the wrong crowd, and it is up to his friends, Mole, Rat and Badger to save him from himself. - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Retelling of Washington Irving's story set in a tiny New England town. Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, falls for the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, and the town Bully Brom Bones decides that he is a little too successful and needs "convincing" that Katrina is not for him.
Production: Walt Disney Productions
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Ichabod and Mr Toad


Ichabod and Mr Toad

Ichabod, Ichabod and Mr Toad...

If you were asked to chose the most

fabulous character in English literature,

who would it be?

Robin Hood? King Arthur?

Becky Sharp?

Sherlock Holmes?

Oliver Twist, perhaps?

Any one of them would

be an excellent choice.

But as the most fabulous

character of all, I nominate

a toad.

J Thaddeus Toad, Esquire.

Have you never met him?

You'll find his story in

"The Wind in the Willows".

Toad was the one

disturbing element.

Incurable adventurer, mad,

reckless, tried everything.

A positive mania for fads, and

he never counted the cost.

He had a host of

fair-weather friends.

But there were only three who had

his best interests at heart.

One was a badger. MacBadger.

And then there was a water rat.

A bit stuffy, perhaps, but really

a fine fellow. And a mole.

A gentle creature,

kind and sympathetic.

They all made their homes in a

quaint community along a riverbank.

On that particular day, Mole

was in a hurry because...

because he was late for tea.

A regrettable habit, but Rat

had learned to put up with it.

Sorry, says Mole. Quite

alright, says Rat. Two lumps?

Then, just as they were

getting settled...

- Special Delivery, Mr Rat.

- Thank you, Postman.

How's everything on the river, sir?

Dashed quiet, as usual, thank you.

Mole, listen.

"Dear Rat:
You and Mole must

come to Toad Hall at once."

"Urgent!! A MacBadger."

Rat was certain Toad was

making trouble again.

The answer to that lay just

around the bend at Toad Hall,

the ancestral home of

J Thaddeus himself.

This impressive structure was

the finest home on the river.

The animals were

tremendously proud of it.

They felt it gave the whole

community an air of respectability.

To lose Toad Hall was,

of course, unthinkable,

and yet it was no secret

that Toad's follies

had brought him to the

brink of bankruptcy.

So, MacBadger had volunteered

to put Toad's house in order.

Smashed fence. Two guineas.

Damage, lamp post. Four pound six.

Destruction of hen house...

How can a man figure

with all this hubbub?

- I'll not be put off!

- Pay my bill!

- I want my money!

- Silence!

You'll get your money

in due course.

Now, go along with you.

I'll pay no more today.

Why did I assume the

responsibility of looking after...

Didn't I tell you...?

It's you, Rat. And Mole, too.

Thank goodness, lads.

You've come at last.

Poor MacBadger. He'd reached

the end of his rope.

As he said himself...

I'm practically a nervous wreck.

I say! What seems

to be the trouble?

Summat's got to be done about Toad!

This time he's gone too far!

But he promised us...

Promises? What good are promises

when wild manias take him?

Now, look, you're his closest

friends, are you not?

- Yes.

- Very dear friends.

Then you must find

Toad and stop him!

- What's he doing?

- He's got a new mania.

He's rampaging about the county

in a canary-yellow gypsy cart.

With a horse named Cyril.


Are we on our way to Nottingham,

to Brittingham, to Buckingham

Or any hammy hamlet by the sea? No!

Are we on our way to Devonshire,

to Lancashire or Worcestershire?

I'm not so sure

We'll have to wait and see

Are we on our way to Dover?

Or going merrily over

The jolly old road that

goes to Plymouth Ho?

No! We're merrily, merrily,

merrily, merrily, merrily

On our way to nowhere in particular

We're merrily, merrily, merrily,

merrily, merrily on our way

Though the roads are perpendicular

- We're always in a hurry

- We have no time to stall

We've gotta be there

We've gotta be there

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Washington Irving

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820), both of which appear in his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad, and George Washington, as well as several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Alhambra, Christopher Columbus, and the Moors. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846. He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., serialized from 1819–20. He continued to publish regularly—and almost always successfully—throughout his life, and just eight months before his death (at age 76, in Tarrytown, New York), completed a five-volume biography of George Washington. Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also admired by some European writers, including Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Charles Dickens, Francis Jeffrey, and Walter Scott. Also, as the United States' first internationally best-selling author, Irving advocated for writing as a legitimate profession and argued for stronger laws to protect American writers from copyright infringement. more…

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