In Irving’s original and Walt Disney take of the bridge scene were the same. The legend according to Brom Bones, was after someone crossed the bridge the Headless Horseman would not chase the person any longer. Ichabod took the advice and it did not turn out well for him, all that was found of him the next was a pumpkin. The speculation at the end of the story was either, the Horseman had done the deed or he ran from the quaint little town. However the Tim Burton version was very different, as far as how the bridge scene was portrayed. In the Burton version, there were two scenes that included the bridge. The first scene showed that the bridge did not stop the Horseman and then the movie took a turn for the worse for Brom Bones. The second being at the church, in this case, the Horseman could not cross the fence. The Horseman had to think outside of the fence to kill Van Tassel, his next target, so he takes a piece of fence and throws it throws it through the church window. This was all because he could not cross the bridge of the church fence. With these two differences in one scene, there is room for the characters to flex to meet the needs of the two films.
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The omen of death may not the best story to tell children at Halloween, but for this case, it is the perfect story to tell during “times around the fire in winter”. With each of the views on the classic tale varying from one scene to the next, three things remain the same; the horseman comes every night, he constantly looks for his head and lastly Ichabod’s love of the supernatural. With Disney and Tim Burton taking a stab at the classic tale there are bound to be different views. Disney holds most of the original concept of Irving 's tale than the Tim Burton’s movie. However the changes in the bridge scene, the concept of the characters and the horseman, takes valuable meaning away from Irving 's timeless classic, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. The town of Sleepy Hollow, New York will go down in literature and American history, thanks to Washington Irving’s tale.
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