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.
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!…
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...
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?
I still prefer the older Disney films to the 60s and later work in terms of the dynamic look of the animation, but the story here is quite charming. While this is a film about Robin Hood, it's really about the community coming together.
It has a dstinctly American spin, with the folksy music and the Western actors and plot.
Probably the #1 movie that I can have zero perspective on because it's steeped in nostalgia for me.
For the time period it came out it is excellent. I enjoy the folk songs, the silliness and Lady Cluck is hilarious. It doesn't stand the test of time perfectly, but I believe it would still be quite entertaining for my low attention span nieces who are often bored by older cartoons. I'll have to see what they think.
Walt Disney man, crazy character, creative genius tho...
Also, don't you love watching Disney movies on Netflix when you're home, sick with the flu?
A film as spirited and charming as the titular rogue, Robin Hood was one of my favorite of Disney's as a kid (this and The Great Mouse Detective were the two I watched the most), and that love has carried over into the edge of adulthood.
One of my favourite films as a child, though as an adult I'm struck with the number of references to Christianity, which, given the setting, are not out of place - just odd in a children's film.
You'll probably like it if you like foxes.
The Disney retelling of Robin Hood is a strange, farcical and touching picture. Its oddness stems from the fact that some of its animal cast are amusing reconceptualisations of traditional dark ages staples. For example, the minstrel is a Texian chicken as opposed to a European bard. Additionally, the film succeeds in depicting the tall tale aspect of the Robin Hood by having the children's point of view being a constant thread. Finally, the film engages with the adult audience by showing the follies of fortune telling and the nature of overreaching in one's goals.
Somehow this one escaped me as a kid, but I finally got around to it and it's a delight. Perfect voice casting, Andy Devine as Friar Tuck and Peter Ustinov as Prince John are tied for my favorite. However, it wouldn't be doing the film justice if I didn't mention Roger Miller. His songs during the opening credits convey the lighthearted tone of the movie right way; they're catchy and delightful and I can't stop listening to them.
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