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…
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?
Pretty fun Disney flick about oppressive taxes and the moral imperative of tax evasion.
Some of the action scenes had a "Hanna-Barbera" vibe to them.
Where this film hits the mark is in some of its voice casting. Peter Ustinov, Phil Harris and Andy Devine are well used, but Roger Miller steals the show as the narrator/minstrel. Try to get some of his songs out of your head...
Without a doubt my childhood favourite.
This is basically a pick'n'mix of previously animated Disney characters, recycled. I have no issue with that per se, though it is a little distracting at times. Paired with the retro Disney pacing this is somehow very much a background movie for me.
I've seen better Robin Hood's and I've seen better Disney. It's just an overall average movie that doesn't surprise me with anything and I'm sure I will forget it soon unfortunately.
robin falls in love with marian so fast in every version of robin hood and it's kinda terrifying
The way he talks to Marian has always and will always make me melt. I won't ever be able to hold back my tears when the tax collector takes the bunny's ONLY PRESENT BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD ANYTHING ELSE. Man, this is probably one of my favorite Disney movies
A great classic.
Growing up I never was fascinated with Disney. I can recall watching Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, but I was much more obsessed with Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But my wife (we've been married for three whole weeks now!) loves Disney, so I think from now on for every sleazy horror film I log there's going to be a Disney film. Tonight's viewing was Robin Hood, a Blu-ray we picked up using points from Disney Movie Rewards.
Robin Hood is a fun little folksy film. It's not something I loved or even can see myself revisiting often with my wife, but it had a bunch of comedic touches that I appreciated, particularly the non-PC aspects (nothing overly terrible, just some moments here and there). The movie is a nice Disney B-film that's worth a look if you're interested.
Disney’s take on the old folkloric tales of Robin Hood keep the setting of Sherwood Forest and the city of Nottingham but change the cast to talking animals as the wily fox known as Robin Hood (Brian Bedford) and his bear friend Little John (Phil Harris) steal from the rich and give to the poor, much to the chagrin of cowardly lion Prince John (Peter Ustinov), his snake companion, Hiss (Terry-Thomas) and a bear Sherriff of Nottingham (Pat Buttram).
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I need to re watch it
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