THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD is only a movie inasmuch as it was released to theaters as one in 1949; it would be more accurate to call it a double feature of animated short films, one based on The Wind in the Willows and the other based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Still, however you want to label it, the animation in the “Mr. Toad” segment of the film is quite good, full of creative slapstick gags and a fun interplay between the narrator and the animated characters; for me, though, the most interesting part of it was noticing the ways it (loosely) inspired the Mr. Toad Disneyland ride, which took more than a few liberties with the source material. The second half of the show, telling the story of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman, begins as a mere container for songs by the narrator, Bing Crosby, who also plays the unlikable protagonist and his rival Brom. Things improve, however, with a well-animated Halloween party scene and a genuinely spooky finale.