The Wind in the Willows
Studio: Disney Release Date : October 5, 1949 Series:

Cumulative rating:
(5 ratings submitted)


An adaptation of an episode from the famous children's book featuring the irrepressable Mr. Toad and his infatuation with a motor car. Fortunately, he has good friends who fall in to help when the ownership of his ancestral home, Toad Hall, is in peril.


J. Thaddeus Toad
(Voice: Eric Blore)
Cyril Proudbottom
(Voice: James "J." Pat O' Malley)
Angus MacBadger
(Voice: Campbell Grant)

Contains Reused Animation from:


Reused Animation Used in:

The Jungle Book

Included in:

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad


  • When Mole runs into a mirror in Toad Hall (thinking it was a hallway), it doesn't show his reflection.

Cut Scenes

  • In the standalone version, the scene where MacBadger is confronted by angry townspeople is cut, as is much of the newspaper montage reporting Toad's friends' efforts to reopen his case.

Inside Jokes

  • The letterheads on the bills MacBadger is working with mention the names of Disney staffers Jack Kinney, Merle Cox, and Ray Huffine.


  • Released as half of the feature "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad."


United States

The Wind in the Willows
Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad


The Wind in the Willows


L'apprenti Sorcier


The Wind in the Willows
L'apprendista Stregone e Altre Storie

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad


The Three Caballeros
Mickey and the Beanstalk and The Reluctant Dragon


United States

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Timeless Tales Volume 2
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 5 : The Wind in the Willows


Die Abenteuer von Ichabod und Taddaus Krote

BluRay Disc

United States

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad / Fun and Fancy Free

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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From Ryan :

This and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow were released together as the feature film "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad." I enjoy this short, but not as much as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Some of these characters appeared in the 1983 short Mickey's Christmas Carol.

From Candy :

I love The Wind in the Willows, but I like to call it simply "Mr. Toad." This had some great characters and scenarios. I read an interesting reference to this featurette cartoon in Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. There is a scene in The Wind in the Willows where Angus MacBadger tells Rat and Mole that something's got to be done about Toad because he is out of control and spending too much money. In The Illusion of Life, Frank and Ollie said that this line was inspired by Walt Disney's brother Roy, who was always telling the animators, "Something's got to be done about Walt. He's spending too much money (on the films)."

I always thought that the character of Rat had been inspired just a little bit by Walt's own father, who had been a strict Victorian. In the film, Rat was portrayed as a no-nonsense Victorian character who was always lecturing Toad about his "reckless behavior."

Overall, this film had some great moments. It's too bad that it's not better known among Disney fans. It deserves to be right up there with the classics. It has all the elements of the Disney greats; a good story, emotional power, and a moral message. Leonard Maltin said in The Disney Films that this film, Ichabod and Mr. Toad, deserves more attention than it has gotten and that it is one of the Disney classics.

From Baruch Weiss :

Another great short. I first saw it on those "Walt Disney Mini Classic" videos.

From Brian Swan :

All things considered, I must consider this to be one of Disney's weaker attempts. I think it missed the tone of the book almost entirely, and is come out especially weak when paired (as it was originally released) with the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I had originally seen it when it was released on one of the anthology collections, and I DID purchase it when it was released in it's original "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" - but is certainly not one that I watch very frequently. Actually, I think the rides at Disneyland and WDW are the best things that have come of it…

From Billy Joe :

This animated story is a fun ride. I just love the story, animation, characters, and background art all together. This is probably when the weasels that appeared in Mickey's Christmas Carol, The Prince and the Pauper and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" originated.

From j.p.hope :

I like this short because of the chase scene that was re-used in "The Jungle Book". Winkie wakes up and notices mole stealing the deed to toad hall away from him. Winkie wakes up the weasels and tells them "get him you blokes! get him!" mole then accidently crashes into a mirror thinking it was another entranceway. the chase then starts with mole running with the deed, then a weasel swiping the deed from mole's grip, then rat slides down the stair railing and takes the deed and said "I beg your pardon?", then another weasel whacks rat on the head with a fist and makes off with the deed, but mole has the deed again and his head is nearly chopped off by Winkie with a sword. mole then slides under a weasel with a club and the weasel accidently whacks Mr. Winkie on the head with the club(this is like in the jungle book in which a monkey slides under Baloo and Baloo accidently whacks Bagheera on the head with a club as well).