THE PLOT THUS FAR
Experience two classic Disney masterpieces, THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD and FUN AND FANCY FREE, together for the very first time on Blu-ray(TM). Enjoy Disney animation’s humorous retelling of two unforgettable classics, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, wonderfully narrated by Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby, which come together in one magnificent adventure. Then have some fun with Mickey, Donald and Goofy in FUN AND FANCY FREE, as Jiminy Cricket brings to life the timeless tales of BONGO and MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK. This was the last animated feature starring Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse. These classic films follow Disney’s tradition of combining great storytelling, unforgettable characters, music and adventure to create fun you can share with the whole family. Includes Disney bonus cartoon classic, THE RELUCTANT DRAGON — only on Blu-ray!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” and “Fun and Fancy Free” represent the flexibility that the Walt Disney Studios enjoyed in the immediate Post World War II era. These package films were compilations of shorter stories that didn’t quite meet feature length. It helped begin America’s love affair with the double feature and it added sense of value for kiddie entertainment. Disney created these films out of necessity as most of World War II had seen the studio producing propaganda films and beginning their package film deal with Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. Originally, the two films presented on this Blu-Ray had parts that overlapped. However, Disney wanted to create two films that touch upon the literary and popular.
I love seeing literary adaptations during the classic Disney phase. While the stuff in Latin America had been more educational, Ichabod and Mr. Toad allowed for a fun modern take with Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby introducing us to popular tales from both sides of the Atlantic. While the film has its fans, it was also pretty stiff compared to most Disney films, barely three years later Disney would return to narrative films with “Cinderella”. But, what was so off-putting to audiences about these films? The animation would be closer to TV quality, but the inventive nature of the material had to allow for some entertainment. Oh well!
The Blu-Ray comes with bonus shorts including The Reluctant Dragon. I had never seen so many of these animated shorts from that period presented in stunning HD quality. The 1080p transfer is something to behold. The same can be said for the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio mix. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans of classic Disney.
RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014