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On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Aug. 12, 2014

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Two classic stories told in the best Disney style.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is some slapstick violence in the two tales on this video. More extreme is the Headless Horseman'a multiple attempts to behead Ichabod Crane with a sword. The horseman is never actually revealed to be the town bully in disguise, so some kids may find him quite terrifying.

  • Families can talk about the dated stereotypes of the "coquettish" woman and strutting men who compete to "win" her.
  • Families may also wish to read and discuss the book The Wind in the Willows, from which Mr. Toad's story is drawn, and Washington Irving's classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. How do the stories change between the book and the screen?
  • The bullying that Ichabod receives because of his appearance.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The film blends comedy with fright and does not have any clear positve messages or themes. Ichabod is bullied for his odd looks and behaviors and in the end does not get the girl.

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    Role models: Men compete to marry "coquette" (as she is called in the movie) Katrina von Tassel. Bram Bones uses trickery to "win" her. Ichabod is charming but also scheming as he seeks to win Katrina and her father's wealth.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Keystone Cops-like chases in Mr. Toad. The Headless Horseman attempts to behead Ichabod Crane with a sword multiple times. The horseman is never actually revealed to be the town bully in disguise, so some kids may find him quite terrifying.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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