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Meet Robin Hood and his MERRY MENagerie!
With King Richard off to the Crusades, Prince John and his slithering minion, Sir Hiss, set about taxing Nottingham's citizens with support from the corrupt sheriff - and staunch opposition by the wily Robin Hood and his band of merry men.
Despite its status as one of Disney’s lesser animated classics their 1973 take on the Robin Hood legend had always been a childhood favourite. Yet even though it had been a good few years since my last visit to Sherwood forest it was amazing how fresh in the memory this film remained and how well it still holds up now viewing it through more cynical eyes.
Wolfgang Reitherman’s Robin Hood seems best known for its cheap production values rather than its exciting adventure, catchy tunes and memorable characters. Whilst it may famously recycle animation from the studio’s earlier movies (Reitherman’s own The Jungle Book being repurposed several times) as well as repeat sequences to save money it rarely impacts on…
After all these years Robin Hood still manages to captivate me.
As with most people, I have an overwhelming sense of nostalgia watching my favorite Disney film, there was a period of time where this movie just stayed in the VCR for days on end because I watched it so much as a child. Now, as an adult, I can see why. The characters are all incredibly charming and it has a wonderful 1970s, folk-feel but set in medieval times to centuries old English folklore, thus combing two eras I adore, throw in a bunch of cute, furry animals and I'm sold.
While not your typical Friday night fare, browsing Netflix for a horror film somehow led to this and I'm not the least bit regretful.
For as long as I can remember I have loved this film with all my heart. I used to have a VHS tape with this and Sword in the Stone on that my dad taped off the telly that I watched religiously when I was little!
This film has such an unfair stigma attached to it, that because it was done on a budget with the reuse of other Disney film cells, that somehow detracts from how good it is. WELL THAT IS FUCKING STUPID. This film is great, original and funny. It is very well made, from how well anthropomorphised the characters are (making them totally believable despite the fact they are animals in medieval clothes) to the amazing…
Better than the Costner version IMO.
the spareness of the animation (simple outdoor backgrounds, recycled sequences) kind of feels like a quotidian detail, hinting (probably inadvertently, but) at the actual stakes of the poverty the characters find themselves in, and yet there's a really sincere, almost triumphant sense of community and trust among this ethnically diverse, mutually oppressed underclass. funny now to see a truly virtuous hero that's an anti-tax outlaw and utopian socialist in favor of forced redistribution of wealth.
and what about Prince John's implied ("I've got a dirty thumb.") psychosexual trauma? also, Maid Marian's a fox and her uncle King Richard is a lion, so how does that work?
Since I'm from Nottinghamshire, live near Sherwood Forest, and have visited Robin Hood's house/tree, this was a big favourite of mine when I was younger.
Taking the classic story, this film has everything a child would want from an animation; fun characters, an adventure, some catchy songs, a goody, a baddy, a bit of lurveee. I actually think I fancied the fox when I was younger. This really is one of Disney's biggest classics.
Lovely animation and really great emotion to the minor characters. Some genuinely exciting action and really funny voice acting. One of Disneys better films. Doesn't take itself too seriously even though some of the story is very sad.
Nostalgia, you know?
My love of Disney outweighed my fear of furries.
It may be partially recycled but is just as memorable as anything else from Disney's canon and I had a lot more fun watching this than Peter Pan earlier this week. The songs are catchy, all the characters are fun, despicable and distinct from each other and it's as good and simple a story that anyone can enjoy.
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I really liked this one as a kid, but it really doesn't compare to the true Disney classics. Still, it's a fun and breezy adventure, and it's a good primer on Robin Hood for kids.
This is probably the best of the lesser Disney animated features made after Walt Disney's death and before The Little Mermaid (1989). It probably shouldn't work as well as it does--it is an odd combination of the early 1970s American fascination with comically heroic country folk and the English tale of Robin Hood filtered through the classic The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) with Errol Flynn.
There is a lot of slapstick action in this film of the kind more associated with classic Warner Brothers animation than Disney cartoons. However, Disney had a long tradition of manic action in its cartoons, but since Mickey Mouse had already started mellowing by the mid-1930s this had been mostly forgotten by 1973. The…
I didn't realise how spoiled I was growing up with all these Disney classics to watch until later in life. Quality animation, characters brimming with personality, engaging stories full of adventure and peril, and songs you can still sing along to, even after all these years. There's nothing like pulling an entry out of Disney's impressive cannon of films to throw on the TV, especially when you have young kids around to watch it with you.
Possibly my favourite Disney film. Good songs, good jokes, swashbuckling action, and some terrific voice acting - Brian Bedford makes a slightly sardonic Robin and Peter Ustinov's childish King John is a joy, especially when match up with Terry-Thomas' Sir Hiss.
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