Robin Hood

Robin Hood

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Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Cast: Wolfgang Reitherman, Brian Bedford, Andy Devine, Peter Ustinov

     
 

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Robin Hood is one of the first animated films produced by the Walt Disney Company after Walt Disney's death in 1967. For the film, the studio's animators took the Disney tradition of adding human-like animal sidekicks to established tales (Cinderella, Pinnochio) a step further by making Robin Hood's legendary characters creatures themselvesSee more details below

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Robin Hood is one of the first animated films produced by the Walt Disney Company after Walt Disney's death in 1967. For the film, the studio's animators took the Disney tradition of adding human-like animal sidekicks to established tales (Cinderella, Pinnochio) a step further by making Robin Hood's legendary characters creatures themselves. Robin Hood (Brian Bedford) is a wily fox; Maid Marian (Monica Evans) is a beautiful vixen; Little John (Phil Harris) is a burly bear; Friar Tuck (Andy Devine) is a soft-spoken badger; the Sheriff of Nottingham (Pat Buttram) is a greedy wolf; and the scheming Prince John (Peter Ustinov) is a sniveling, groveling, thumb-sucking undersized lion with a serpent sidekick named Sir Hiss (Terry Thomas). The film begins after Prince John and Sir Hiss have tricked the true King into leaving the country on a phony crusade. With the help of the Sheriff of Nottingham, they tax the life out of Nottingham's peasants, leaving them all penniless but with the courageous Robin Hood as their only hope. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
You've seen the Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, and, perhaps -- courtesy of Mel Brooks -- the Cary Elwes versions of the Robin Hood legend. Now Disney's virtuoso animators present "the story of what really happened in Sherwood Forest." Released in 1973, Robin Hood was the second animated feature produced following Walt Disney's death, and while it doesn't blaze new paths, it does hit the bull's-eye with its anthropomorphic take on this familiar story, recast with a menagerie of distinctively voiced classic characters. Brian Bedford is the wily fox Robin Hood, the outlaw who "borrows from those who can afford it" to give to the poor, and pines for Maid Marian (Monica Evans), a real vixen. Peter Ustinov is a thumb-sucking lion/Prince John, with Terry Thomas as "silly serpent" Sir Hiss. Phil Harris gives it the old Baloo as Robin's bear sidekick, Little John. Western hands Andy Devine and Pat Buttram add some unaccountable twang and drawl to, respectively, badger Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham, a wolf. George "Goober" Lindsey and Ken "Festus" Curtis provide further comic relief as vultures Trigger and Nutsy. There are cutesy children's voices for the adolescent animals that worship Robin and befriend Marian. The "King of the Road," Roger Miller, is rooster balladeer Alan-a-Dale. Of the handful of songs, only "Oo-de-lally" is noteworthy. In addition to direction by The Jungle Book's Wolfgang Reitherman, the credits include some of the studio's venerable Nine Old Men (Frank Johnston and Frank Thomas) and some promising young talent (Don Bluth). This Most Wanted Edition includes a deleted alternate ending and the Mickey/Minnie Mouse cartoon "Ye Olden Days." While not quite one of Disney's classics, Robin Hood is an entertaining, briskly paced romp that should delight younger kids. But like the evil Sheriff, older members of Generation Shrek and adults may find it too taxing.
All Movie Guide
From the swashbuckling idols of Douglass Fairbanks and Errol Flynn to the gritty antiheroes of Sean Connery and Kevin Costner, Robin Hood has undergone several transformations throughout the history of live-action film. Yet, none of them are as enjoyable, or as handsome, as Disney's crimson fox in this much-loved cartoon feature. Director Wolfgang Reitherman and Disney animators create a fantastical animal world where each species' traits appear to coincide seamlessly with the well-known characteristics of Nottingham's inhabitants. The voice work is performed with bravado, especially Peter Ustinov, Terry Thomas, and Pat Buttram's contributions as the film's villains, Prince John, Sir Hiss, and the Sheriff of Nottingham. The musical numbers are an eclectic mix of folk, country, and children's rhyme that is not without a period flair: According to Disney historians, songwriter George Bruns went to great lengths to incorporate medieval instruments like the harpsichord and mandolin into the tunes. Furthermore, the film's quick and lively pace, combined with a short screening time, make Robin Hood a fun and painless watch, even for those with an aversion to cartoons.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2013
UPC:
0786936834710
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1AB
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
13,404

Special Features

Over an hour of extra content:; Never-before-seen deleted story line "love letters"; Alternate ending; Robin Hood art gallery; Robin Hood storybook; Sing along with the movie; "Oo-de-lally" sing-along; "Ye Olden Days" cartoon starring Mickey Mouse; And more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Bedford Robin Hood
Andy Devine Friar Tuck
Peter Ustinov Prince John
Roger Miller Allan-A-Dale
George Lindsey Trigger
Phil Harris Little John
Terry-Thomas Sir Hiss
Pat Buttram Sheriff
Candy Candido Crocodile
Ken Curtis Nutsy
Monica Evans Maid Marian
John Fiedler Church Mouse
Dana Laurita Sis
Barbara Luddy Mother Rabbit
Carole Shelley Lady Kluck

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Reitherman Director,Producer
Tom Acosta Editor
Dale Baer Animator
Don Bluth Animator
Cliff Borberg Animator
George Bruns Score Composer,Songwriter
Larry Clemmons Screenwriter
Don Griffith Art Director
Ed Hansen Asst. Director
Fred Hellmich Animator
Floyd Huddleston Songwriter
Milt Kahl Animator
Ken Anderson Original Story
Hal King Animator
Eric Larson Animator
John Lounsbery Animator
Burny Mattinson Animator
Jim Meltor Editor
Roger Miller Songwriter
Art Stevens Animator
Herb Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Thomas Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Robin Hood
1. Opening Credits
2. "Oo-De-Lally"
3. Fortune-Telling Robbers
4. Bad Times in Nottingham
5. Skippy's Arrow
6. Young Love
7. An Archery Tournament in Nottingham
8. Let the Tournament Begin!
9. Off With His Head!
10. It Seems Like Only Yesterday ("Love")
11. "The Phony King of England"
12. "Not in Nottingham"
13. The Scaffold
14. The Rescue
15. A Happy Ending

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