Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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?
New Years Resolution See 700 Films in 2014 (At Least 400 Must Be New)
Film 216 out of 700
Film 35 of Remember the Magic
My memory of this film was that it was one of the best films that came out from the Disney studio. I have no idea why I thought that when I was a kid but it just bored me while watching it this time.
The good part about the film was the reimagination of the characters in animal form. Of course Robin Hood would be a fox, it is just one of those simple things that you slap your forehead and wonder why it didn't come to you sooner. The voice casting worked well for…
I believe that Prince John may be the most ineffective villain in any Disney movie. This is somewhat sad, as the strength of a hero is measured by his villain, and without a strong villain to oppose Robin Hood's cool factor is lowered. That being said, I adore Peter Ustinov's performance as Prince John, one of my favorite performances in any Disney film. In fact, I like almost all of the voice acting in this movie, and Disney went outside of their normal voice cast for the majority of the parts for wonderful effect.
The most glaring exception would be Phil Harris, who voices Little John in the exact same manner he voiced Baloo or Thomas O'Malley. The similarity to…
Not one of the animation studio's finest, but undeniably romantic, charming, funny, and fuzzy. ALSO Peter Ustinov as Prince John is one of my favorite voiceover performances ever.
Still a strange little offering from Disney. But, I always enjoy the humor in the interactions between Prince John (or PJ) and Hiss.
Strengthens my appreciation of Sword in the Stone, as this clearly mishandles the structureless, free-flow style.
Disney's Robin Hood may be their most frustrating work of the 1970s, and I think it's because it has a core idea that is pretty brilliant. The notion to build the music around the American folk tradition makes a lot of sense for the tale of Robin Hood, but they only half commit (I think ultimately only two songs, including the main theme, evoke this tradition, and the rest sound as though they could have come from any other Disney work). Additionally, they don't commit with the artwork; how cool would it have been if the movie would have played off an American folk art tradition instead of the generic Disney style (occasionally even pallet swapping characters! *cough* Baloo *cough*) it uses instead.
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Ok so I'm still a little undecided on this. I think I enjoyed it; it had a great, folksy tone to it. Structurally, however, it wasn't very exciting. There wasn't any emotional motivation or push throughout the whole movie. I mean there's the townspeople that have to be saved from the taxes of the King, but there aren't any highs or lows. It's just a "meh"-line through the whole thing.
You can tell they kind of tried to tack on an exciting climax to the end but it doesn't work because there was no buildup. Most of the first half of the movie is taken up by a single "action" sequence, then the film…
I forgot how fun this movie is. Although it is one of the weaker films, as it lacks the heart and drama of previous and latter Disney films, but makes up for it with tons of humor and charm. I couldn't help but really become fond of it.
I first reviewed this film based on remembering that I disliked it when I saw it with my son when he was a little boy. I just re-watched it with his daughters and found it charming. The animation is old fashion and simple, which seemed refreshing after all the CGI. The characters are fun and well voiced by some great character actors. The songs by Roger Miller are tuneful. So I will up my rating from a 2.5 to 4.
While I understand criticisms of this film lacking in the traditional "Disney Magic," there is no denying the general charm of the animated animals and slapstick set pieces. As for the recycled animation: modern Disney movies throw it back to the classics all the time, and in the context of the fun and adventure, I didn't find it taking me out of the story. A fun and exciting telling of a classic. Just like Disney does.
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