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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?
Not among Disney's best animated films, but a good one. On the plus side, casting Roger Miller as Allan-a-Dale is inspired, and any Disney film with Phil Harris in it is a treat. On the downside, I think all the villains are just too silly to take serious as viable threats, and the plot is too slight to really drive the film along. I'm okay with the idea to use animals as the character models, but it's really weird that the movie comes right out and declares that they ARE animals. It's weird, and I'm not clear how to take it. There are a couple of good songs, but for the most part, the music is not as memorable as the films that came before it.
Love the villains, but otherwise, this is 35 years newer and yet somehow much uglier than the one you should be watching. Also, racist.
Oo-de-lally, golly what a day. The phoney king of England.
"Taxes! Taxes! Beautiful, lovely, taxes!"
As lazy as it is, the voice acting really rises above everything else; and it is so sad that these great animators' work barely gets to shine through all the cut-and-copies.
Though I readily surrender to the high emotional stakes at the heart of Disney's Renaissance, it took until the release of Hercules in 1997 for the studio to recapture the casual ebullience of this undervalued gem.
i rewatched this instead of doing my Very Important Homework and it was absolutely worth it
My job is to tell it like it is, or was, or . . . whatever.
Sure, I recognize that there is nothing about Robin Hood that is especially innovative or artistically distinctive. Nevertheless, it remains a favorite in our family. I like its combination of classic adventure-story, hip sensibility, and historical anachronism. All the voices (many from Disney's standard roster of that era) are good, but Peter Ustinov's Prince John is what makes this a classic. Unpredictably weird and hilarious, even when I have the entire movie memorized.
My nostalgia for this movie comes less from watching it when I myself was a kid, and more from memories of watching it with my own kids--who still enjoy it a lot.
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