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…
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...
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?
Far from Disney's finest effort, I understand that there were some unusually strict budgetary restrictions, and some studio interference in the name of playing it safe, but man is this product lackluster. The first hour feels like a painfully protracted Chuck Jones short, and then with 30 minutes to go they try to pull it into a cohesive Disney narrative with 3 last minute musical sequences, only one of which is any good. Also suffers from lame villains, all of whom are comic relief, until they're suddenly super debased (Prince John's scheme to hang Friar Tuck in public square to draw out Robin Hood is light years away from his infantile, Elmer Fudd-esque persona). Also the established world has no…
So much heart.
Absolutely cute and delightful and beautiful and all...but ultimately, I really just wanted to watch/read Redwall.
I may have seen this as a child but I don't remember. To be honest, while I love a lot of the characters (especially the character designs!!!), overall this isn't one of Disney's strongest films. It's not well-paced, and not a lot... happens. It just ends up feeling rather meandering. There's more than enough to enjoy about the film to make up for that, don't get me wrong, but on the whole it just feels rather lackluster compared to a lot of their other films.
Seen it a thousand times since I was a kid. Absolutely love it.
If you desire to save children from the pain of Kevin Costner or Russell Crowe, this is a decent substitute.
Need more Socialist hippie cartoons to get for my little brother.
Working on a project led me to watching this little gem again today. As soon as I hear Roger Miller's voice as the Roster and narrator, I was once again drawn into this film.
One little surprise for me was how much the 1973 King Richard looked like the 1994 Simba.
- The Racket
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- Spirited Away
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
- The Incredibles
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