Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Literary Toons: Tales of Washington Irving (1970)

Oy! G'day, mate! This time, we're serving up a Famous Classic Tales episode from 1970, back when Air Programs International of Australia was developing the series.

"Tales of Washington Irving" adapts the author's most famous works, Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Ya might want to pay close attention to the latter story, which is up first, to get a handle on Fox's modern day Sleepy Hollow, which has little to do with the book or Tim Burton's adaptation of same from a few years back. Instead, Fox is trying to copy CBS' success with Elementary, but we'll discuss that another day over in The Land of Whatever.

Anyway, I remember seeing this the first time around. Sleepy Hollow has been adapted more often than Rip Van Winkle through the years, for obvious reasons.

Maybe back then, they should've invented the alarm clock for Mr. Van Winkle, don't you think?

Rating: A.

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