This is for personal research, but I'm trying to find movies that have voice over narration through the entire film.…
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…
An animated charmer from one of Disney's quieter decades, Wolfgang Reitherman's "Robin Hood" is a breezy, entertaining take on the famed English outlaw. Featuring a menagerie of foxes, bears, lions, snakes, rabbits, and turtles, the spritely adventure mixes folksy melodies and a lightweight narrative for solid, family-friendly enjoyment.
Less a plot-driven tale of the bow-wielding thief who steals from the rich to give to the poor than a series of disconnected story moments built on the character of Robin Hood, the film's narrative is paper thin. Still, with its engagingly imagined characters and its bursts of adventure, the tale works despite its flimsiness.
Taking place in layered world of countrysides and castles, the animation has a certain rawness that seems…
Nostalgia rocks, especially in seriously underrated Disney flicks like Robin Hood!
Are character movements and animation shots heavily recycled? Yes, but director Wolfgang Reitherman was proud of it, according to his animation buddy Floyd Norman, "Reuse was just Woolie’s thing. He never did it to save money. I really don’t think the “Old Guard” ever had any interest in saving money. I was never a big fan of reuse, but it wasn’t my place to tell these old guys what to do. One final thought. It never seemed to bother Walt, and I never heard him complain about reuse."
Are there bland characters? Yes especially Maid Marian! Severly underused, and somehow disappeared in the last third until the final scene!…
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?
Yes, it was made during Disney's self-plagiarism period where things weren't quite as innovative as they were and as they would be later on, but 1) nostalgia 2) the music 3) Peter Ustinov 4) cute little animals 5) a anti-establitarian message 6) the music
Just not good
"Seize the fat one!"
Really not sure why this is regarded as one of Disneys weaker movies. It's easily one of my favourites.
The characters are great (and those bunny children are fucking adorable), the pacing is on point, the narration and songs and I even love the animation, which is commonly regarded as quite poor? In what way? Sinple and precise animation to tell the story and it lacks nothing and delivers perfectly.
Really, Robin Hood is a great story in general and I love this version of it. I literally felt like a kid again with a smile on my face and this review is not based on my nostalgia!
Either way, I'm gonna hit up Sherwood Forest for real next week and check out the horrendous looking Russel Crowe version too. One of these experiences is bound to be enjoyable - can you guess which?
Wiss me luck!
Disney's Robin Hood is a rare movie. Critically, this is one of the worst reviewed films produced by Disney, yet many kids who grew up with the film love it. I wasn't sure what to expect from the film, but as someone who didn't grow up with the film I thought it was great. The film is an incredibly charming and funny movie with a great sense of adventure. I also really loved the characters. They all had they're own unique personalities and the voice acting from the whole cast was really strong. The film was only the second to be produced after the death of Walt Disney and because of this was given only a 1.5 million dollar budget.…
Really holds up. Mixed feelings about finding Robin Hood as a fox totally handsome and attractive way back
Favorite disney classic and favorite robin hood.
"Little John and Robin Hood were walkin through the forest..."
Those lyrics will never fail to make me smile...
I have decided that that Disney's Robin Hood and Zootopia are set in the same continuity as each other. Robin Hood being set in the Middle ages and Zootopia in the present. I honestly forgot how good this film really is the last time I saw it was as a child, the songs are fun to listen too and the characters are interesting and well developed honestly there is never a dull moment to be had. Out of all the Robin Hoods This one voiced by Brian Bedford and Earl Flynn's are the most remembered and probably the most liked. Which is easy to see why that's the case.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Excluding these because they are not in Letterboxd's library:
My Man (1928) The Battle of Paris (1929)
Footlights and Fools…