A Nerd’s Menagerie: Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

!Welcome to another week of October goodness. This week we are shining a light on Spooky Disney.


October 16th marks the founding of Disney. As huge disnerds we had to dedicate the week to this 93-year-old milestone while adding a spooky October twist. Keep an eye out for all of our articles this week, we hope you enjoy them!

I wanted to start the week off sharing one of my personal favorite spooky Disney tales, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I watched this 30-minute short endlessly through my childhood and continue to love it. A crooning Bing Crosby telling us a creepy tale of the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane? It’s the tops!¬†Originally released in 1949 as a segment in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, then released as a stand-alone short.¬†Here are my top 5 reasons why I love this Disney classic so much.

5 Tone

Disney is more famously known for it’s happily ever after endings. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ends in mystery and was treated like a campfire tale.

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4 Color

We are used to bright colors for our heroines and muted/darker tones for our villains. This entire short is drawn in very rich colors, even Katrina’s pink isn’t as bright as Cinderella’s or Aurora’s.

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3 Music

2 Ichabod

Who would think that one of the most notorious scaredy cats would be the principal character in this story?!

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1 Headless Horseman

He creeped me out as a kid and I love him for being so frightful and graceful on his fearsome steed.

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Did you watch Sleepy Hollow as a kid and did it creep you out? If you haven’t I recommend you watch it! It’s available for purchase Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad!

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