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.