October 28th, 2014: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

Cast and Crew:    Washington Irving (Original Story); Walt Disney (Producer)

What It’s About: Bing Crosby narrates and sings the story of Ichabod Crane, a schoolmaster in Sleepy Hollow, New York, that runs afoul of The Headless Horseman, the ghost of a Hessian soldier who was decapitated by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War and now searches for his head.

Why Watch it Today?:  Today is International Animation Day, and shockingly close to Halloween.  As a child one of my favorite stories of the season was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, especially in the form I was first exposed to it:  this classic animated “short” which is really one half of a feature The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

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