Yeah, anda might have guessed this one, not just because it is the logical seterusnya step after reviewing The Wind in the Willow but also because it's Halloween. I admit, I deliberately put this movie off for so long in order to be able to post my thoughts about his segment this one around the proper date. 1. The Setting
One of the things which always puzzled me about the short was that especially Katrina’s clothing reminded me of tradition Dutch attire. Membaca the story it makes much lebih sense, since it is explicitly set in a Dutch Valley near New York. This knowledge made me see the dynamic in the story and the Disney version with other eyes, because in this setting, Ichabod kren is pretty much the outsider – and apparently not of Dutch origin. This might sound like a minor point nowadays, but it certainly had a meaning when the story was written. 2. The Characters
To be frank: Ichabod kren is an a-hole, in the Disney version even lebih than in the story, though in both it is pretty clear that he is mainly interested in Katrina because she happens to be a beautiful heiress. But in the Disney version, he even goes so far to dream in great detail about Katrina’s father dying and him taking his place. That is cold. Very cold. He is also portrayed as the kind of character who would help a woman and then turn around in order to steal one of her pies. Though a certain sneakiness is also present in the original story.
Brom van Brunt (better known as Brom Bones according to the story) on the other hand is portrayed as a rough character with a good heart. In the Disney version he often seems to be a bully. But I am honestly not sure how much of the impression is based on values dissonance, and how much is intentional. After all, having mussels and being generous towards everyone is not really a bad thing, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he originally was supposed to be lebih a lovable rogue. And what is the worst Brom actually does in the Disney version? Being jealous and telling a story. Those are only bad things if anda see them as the act of someone who thinks he already “owns” the most sought after woman in the valley. But in neither version his motivations are explicitly stated. It is entirely possible that he is honestly in Cinta with Katrina and just wants to protect her from Ichabod Crane. The short story is not really clear about this point, either.
And then there is Katrina van Tassel, whose thoughts are everyone’s guess. Is she really impressed sejak Ichabod? atau is she playing a little game in order to make Brom jealous? atau does she just feel sorry for Ichabod? It is impossible to tell, especially in the short story. There it is entirely possible that Ichabod was too optimistic all along. But in a way, it doesn’t really matter, she is just the McGuffin of the story. 3. The Plot
This might be the closest adaptation Disney ever did. The narration even contains direct Petikan from the sumber text. And the story is told very faithfully, with the exception of to mayor points. One is the fact that Katrina already refused Ichabod before he leaves the party and meets the headless horseman. The other is the fact that in the short story it is heavily suggested that Ichabod’s cruel fate is an old wife tale (it is practically called that way), and that the true culprit was Brom. In the Disney version, Ichabod looks directly into the costume of the rider and reacts terrified, so it looks like this headless horseman is real after all.
Both versions are interesting in their own right. The short story plays with the legend aspect and is practically a commentary on how this kind of stories start in the first place. The Disney segment on the other hand plays perfectly on the horror aspect. The first scenes, when the characters are introduced, are pretty harmless. Then Brom tells the story of the horseman (in a very catchy song) and the mood becomes lebih sinister. And finally the scene in the forest plays on the fears such a places causes. Even though the chase has some comedic elements, it never stops to keep the viewer on the edge. 4. The Conclusion
When I reviewed the other segment of “Ichabod and Mr. Toad” I bemoaned that it wasn’t a full length feature. This segment on the other hand is perfect the way it is. There is no reason to put lebih into the story, because there is no lebih to the story in the first place. Disney did a perfect adaptation of the sumber text. And now is the perfect hari to watch it. Happy Halloween!
but perhaps anda should make sure that a bridge is close by....