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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…
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?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I’ve mentioned before that Disney movies can generally be split into two categories: storybook movies (including fairy tale movies) and talking animal movies. Robin Hood is the one place where these two strands of Disney movies combined into a sort of Super-Disney movie. Like most of the fairy tale movies the film opens with a live action book being opened on a table and the story more or less plays out exactly as it would if it were a straightforward adaptation of the old late-medival folk tale, but all the characters are bipedal anthropomorphic animals. I think they went the talking animal route with this one because, unlike earlier fairy tale adaptations they did, Disney had to contend with a…
In the animal kingdoms version of Robin Hood the lovable outlaw and his trusted friend Little John battle wits with the cruel Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Beloved by the common folk as he robs from the rich to help the poor, but no treasure he finds is greater than his love for Maid Marian. For all his good deeds he'll be remembered in every kingdom, animal or otherwise.
Classic Disney animation is right on target in this one with some of the best and most recognizable Disney voices in tow. This is well before Disney took it upon themselves to make grand statements about the world and just sat back and told a fun story...and that is accomplished in this one. Funny characters and adorable situations abound I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars...another favorite Disney film from my childhood now fortunately in my own collection.
This is a wonderful Disney picture. "Robin Hood" has tons of charm, thanks to fantastic music, voice overs, and a lovely plot. It's almost impossible to not be sucked into the charm of this movie and enjoy rooting for the bandits to beat no good Prince John.
Probably my favourite Disney animated feature. I watched this a lot as a kid so my opinion may be skewed by nostalgia. I think this holds up pretty incredibly and is well worth the watch, nostalgia or not.
I often find watching Disney films I remember from my childhood to be a conflict of nostalgia vs actual quality. While not as great as I remember, Robin Hood mostly holds up, even if it does lose some steam around its back half.
Disney's Robin Hood is not a classic as "Snow White" or "Pinocchio", but it's fun to watch animals interpreting the Robin Hood tale.
Robin Hood is still a great Disney film which has aged well. Like I said with Jungle Book etc. The animation in this Disney era looks great. Yes, it looks a bit cheaper but it works. I still love Sir Hisssssss.ssss. Lovely characters. The intro song is fun to listen too. It has action. It stars a bow and arrow shooting competition. Cute little animal children. Lil Jon and Robin Hood. Funny as dicks Prince John.
Yes, Robin Hood is still good. Great rewatch!
Like everyone else here, I grew up watching the VHS copy of Robin Hood. And I was surprised how well I still remembered, and how much I still enjoyed it. Let's face it, the voice casting is some of the best ever.
This is one I have not seen since I was a little kid. And I am so glad I decided to watch it again. I forgot how much I enjoyed it as a kid and it holds up quite well. I will definitely be adding this one to my collection at some point.
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