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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?
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.
Charming, captivating and memorable. To me, it's the only Classic Disney that matters and I'll take that to the grave.
One of my absolute favorite animated films.
As good as I remember it. Only better as I understand the socio-economic dynamics of this movie with talking cartoon animals. It's far out!
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.
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