The Headless Horseman

Ub Iwerks (1934)

The village of Sleepy Hollow is getting ready to greet the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, who is coming from New York. Crane has already heard of the village’s legendary ghost, a headless horseman who is said to be searching for the head that he lost in battle. The schoolteacher has barely arrived when he begins to pursue the beautiful young heiress Katrina Van Tassel, angering Abraham Van Brunt, who is courting her. Crane’s harsh, small-minded approach to teaching also turns some of the villagers against him. Soon there many who would like to see him leave the village altogether.


  1. You had a History of Animation? I had to learn it all on my own. There’s a neat book about the older stuff called Before Mickey by Donald Crafton. It had a companion VHS, which I have to imagine is a DVD now.

  2. I feel like I’ve heard of that before. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll check it out. I learned a lot about that stuff in my history of animation class and just from a general interesting throughout my childhood. But I feel like I’m always learning more about it.

  3. There’s a neat book by Leonard Maltin called Of Mice and Magic that gives a history of the major cartoon studios (including Iwerks, Terrytoons, and Van Beuran) and a filmography for each. Interesting and an excellent resource.

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