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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a classic for kids of all ages
Now, since Halloween is largely a holiday for the kids, I decided to make my next-to-last review this month a movie that's definitely for the kids. It's a little hard to find many people out there who've never seen this classic Disney film.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was originally the second part of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad before being subsequently released as its own feature. It was one of the "Package Films" that Disney released durring World War II. The studio had lost a lot of manpower and resources and many creative ideas were left unfinished. Too long for short films and too short for features. So Disney decided to begin combining ideas to make features.
Based on the original story by Washington Irving, the movie follows Ichabod Crane, a new teacher, arriving at a small isolated New England town. He and the local ruffian, Brom Bones, begin to butt heads over the local coquette, Karrina Van Tassel. One day, Brom tells a spooky song about a headless horseman who rides through the hollow on Halloween night.
The story and dialogue is purely given through the voice of the incomperable Bing Crosby as the film's narrator.
There are sight gags. There's humor. Crosby's voice is just wonderful to listen to. There's really nothing bad to say about the film.
Kids'll love it and I've honestly loved this one for years. It's hardly scary, but it very definitely embodies much of Halloween.
For me, this one gets a 9 / 10.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is rated G with a few minor scenes of cartoon action and frightening situations.
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