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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…
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!…
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?
Still fun, but mostly a disappointing trip down memory lane.
While the animation is fun (although not all original), the songs are decent, and the voice work is great, the film does have flaws. Robin Hood feels like a collection of disparate scenes without much of a throughline, the relationship between Robin and Marion seems unwarranted, some characters are completely wasted, and the danger level never really rises.
Still lively and easy to consume, but certainly not the best Classic Disney effort.
"Rob? Tsk tsk tsk. That's a naughty word. We never rob. We just sort of borrow a bit from those who can afford it."
Film 19/30 (27. A film no one would ever expect you to love!) of my Scavenger Hunt #2 Challenge
My favourite ever Disney film. My spirit animal is the fox.
Two word review: Foxy fun
I love having kids and an excuse to watch kid movies...this Disney Classic is still one of my favorites.
The story of Robin Hood in this classic Disney adaptation of the telling of an archer who robs the rich as gives to the poor. Highly recommended.
When it's half ten at night and you're still incredibly hung over, Disney's Robin Hood helps ease the aches and misery.
My go-to Disney flick.
The video I watched the most as a child.
Comfort food for the brain from the opening song through to the wedding bells in the finale. In spite of its shortcomings, Robin Hood perseveres due to the fact it has something lacking in most of Disney's 70s output.
Disney's film formula:
Inspirational hero+Uninteresting and bland lover that the hero has to "win"+Unoriginal villain that can be laughed at+A sidekick for every major character that is only there to be laughed at+action sequences with ridiculously outlandish circumstances*a copy-paste story arc=profit
B+ | Cool | 78/100
Robin Hood remains one of Disney's lesser-known films, and one of their most underrated. The film centers on Robin Hood's overthrowing of Prince John from his brother's throne and his romance with Maid Marian. This was made on a lower budget, so the re-use of animation & music is obvious throughout the film. Speaking of music, more of that would've made for a more successful musical. However, Prince John makes for a over-the-top yet menacing villain against the sympathetic Robin Hood, and Robin's confrontations with his forces at the tournament and the castle are extremely fun. Plus, who can't hate that 'ol "Bushel-Britches" Sheriff of Nottingham?
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