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''Robin Hood'' is a 1973 American
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produced by
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and released by
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, based on the English folk tale
of the same name
of the same name
with the characters reimagined as anthropomorphic animals. Produced and directed by
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, it is the 21st Disney animated feature film. The story follows the adventures of
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,
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, and the inhabitants of
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Nottingham
as they fight against the excessive taxation of
Prince John
Prince John
, and Robin Hood wins the hand of
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. The film features the voices of
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,
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,
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,
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,
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, and
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. The idea to adapt ''Robin Hood'' into an animated feature dated back to
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's interest in the tale of
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during his first full-length feature production, ''
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'' (1937). The idea was repeatedly shelved until writer and production designer Ken Anderson incorporated ideas from it in a pitch of the legend of
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using
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animals rather than humans during the production of ''
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'' (1970). ''Robin Hood'' was released on November 8, 1973. The film was a commercial success, having garnered $32 million at the box office. While it was initially met by positive reviews by film critics, who praised the voice cast, animation, and humor, its critical reception became gradually mixed since its release. Despite this, the film has garnered a
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and has become a Disney fan-favourite over the years.


Plot

The story is narrated by Alan-a-Dale. He introduces
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and
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, who live in Sherwood Forest, robbing from the rich and giving to the overtaxed townsfolk of
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Nottingham
. The Sheriff of Nottingham tries to catch the two, but he fails every time. Meanwhile,
Prince John
Prince John
and his counselor Sir Hiss arrive in Nottingham. Earlier, Sir Hiss hypnotized Prince John's brother Richard I of England, King Richard to go off on the Crusades, allowing Prince John to take the throne as de facto King. Unfortunately, the Prince is greedy and immature, even sucking his thumb whenever his Eleanor of Aquitaine, mother is mentioned. Robin and Little John rob Prince John by disguising themselves as fortune tellers, prompting the Prince to put a bounty on their heads. The Sheriff, under Prince John's orders, taxes the inhabitants of Nottingham excessively. However, Robin gives back some money to a family of rabbits, and gives a bow, arrow and one of his hats to the young rabbit Skippy for his birthday. Skippy and his friends test out the bow, but Skippy accidentally fires the arrow into the grounds of Nottingham Castle. The children sneak inside, meeting
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and her lady-in-waiting Lady Kluck. Marian reveals she and Robin were once childhood sweethearts, but she was sent to London and has not seen him for years, only recently returning to Nottingham. Friar Tuck, the local priest, visits Robin and Little John to report that Prince John is hosting an archery tournament, with a kiss from Maid Marian as the prize. Robin disguises himself as a stork and enters the contest, while Little John masquerades as the Duke of Chutney to get close to Prince John. Robin wins the tournament, but Prince John recognizes and exposes him, sentencing him to death despite Marian's pleas. Little John threatens Prince John with a dagger, resulting in a fight between Robin's forces and Prince John's soldiers, culminating in Robin's party escaping with Marian and Lady Kluck in tow. In the forest, Robin and Marian share a romantic evening, then are surprised by Robin's “merry men”, who sing a funny song dubbing John the "Phony King of England". Prince John learns of the song and spitefully triples the taxes; most of the town cannot pay, and are imprisoned. The Sheriff visits Friar Tuck's church to steal from the poor box, and Tuck savagely attacks him, resulting in Tuck's arrest for treason. Prince John learns of this and orders Tuck's execution, hoping to lure Robin into doing something rash to save him. The night before the execution, despite the precautions of Prince John, Robin Hood and Little John sneak into the castle. Little John manages to free all of the prisoners, Tuck included, whilst Robin steals all of Prince John's gold. Hiss awakens, and tries to stop them, rousing the castle. Chaos ensues as Robin and the others try to escape to Sherwood Forest, and Robin is forced to return to the castle to rescue Skippy's sister, Tagalong. The Sheriff chases Robin through the building and attacks him with a lit torch, setting the castle ablaze and forcing Robin to jump into the moat. Little John and Skippy anxiously watch as the water is pelted with arrows, and for a moment it seems as if Robin has been killed, but he eventually emerges unharmed. Hiss chides a despairing Prince John for his failed trap, and points out the castle (belonging to Prince John's mother) is afire, which drives Prince John to insanity. Later, King Richard returns to England, and sentences his brother, Hiss, and the Sheriff to hard labor in the Royal Rock Pile. He pardons Robin Hood, who marries Maid Marian and leaves Nottingham, with Little John and Skippy in tow.


Voice cast

*
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as
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a gifted archer and the leader of a band of rogues. He is portrayed as a red fox. *
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as
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, the niece of King Richard and love interest of Robin Hood. She is portrayed as a red fox, vixen. *
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as
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, Robin Hood's best friend. He is portrayed as a brown bear. * Roger Miller as Alan-a-Dale, a minstrel who serves as the narrator of the film. He is portrayed as a rooster. * Andy Devine as Friar Tuck, the priest of Nottingham. He is portrayed as a European Badger, badger. *
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as John of England, Prince John, the Prince regent, Prince Regent of England. Ustinov also voiced Prince John in the German version of the film. He is portrayed as an adolescent lion. **Ustinov also voices Richard I of England, King Richard, John's older brother, Maid Marian's uncle and the rightful King of England. Unlike John, Richard is depicted with a mane (lion), mane. * Terry-Thomas as Sir Hiss, Prince John's advisor. Portrayed as a snake. *
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as Lady Kluck, the lady-in-waiting of Maid Marian. She is portrayed as a chicken, hen. *
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as the Sheriff of Nottingham. He is portrayed as a European wolf, wolf. * George Lindsey and Ken Curtis as Trigger and Nutsy, respectively, the Sheriff's guardsmen. They are portrayed as vultures. * Billy Whitaker, Dana Laurita, Dori Whitaker, and Richie Sanders as Skippy, Sis, Tagalong, and Toby, respectively, local children of Nottingham who idolize Robin Hood. Skippy, Sis, and Tagalong are rabbits, white rabbits while Toby is a tortoise. * John Fiedler and Barbara Luddy as the Church of Nottingham's Sexton (office), Sexton and his wife. They are portrayed as house mouse, church mice. **Luddy also voices Skippy, Sis, and Tagalong's mother Mrs. Rabbit. * Candy Candido as the Captain of the Royal Guard. He is portrayed as a crocodile. * J. Pat O'Malley as Otto the blacksmith. He is portrayed as a bloodhound.


Production

Around the time of ''
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'' in 1937,
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became interested in adapting the twelfth-century legend of Reynard the Fox. However, the project languished due to Walt's concern that Reynard was an unsuitable choice for a hero. In a meeting held on February 12, 1938, Disney commented "I see swell possibilities in 'Reynard', but is it smart to make it? We have such a terrific kid audience ... parents and kids together. That's the trouble – too sophisticated. We'll take a nosedive doing it with animals." For ''Treasure Island (1950 film), Treasure Island'' (1950), Walt seriously considered three animated sections, each one of the Reynard tales, to be told by Long John Silver to Jim Hawkins (character), Jim Hawkins as moral fables. Ultimately, the idea was nixed as ''Treasure Island'' became the studio's first fully live-action film. Over the years, the studio decided to make Reynard the villain of a musical feature film named ''Chanticleer and Reynard'' (based on Edmond Rostand's ''Chantecler (play), Chanticleer''), but the production was scrapped in the early 1960s in favor of ''The Sword in the Stone (1963 film), The Sword in the Stone'' (1963). While ''
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'' (1970) was in production, Ken Anderson began exploring possibilities for the next film. Studio executives favored a "classic" tale as the subject for the next film, in which Anderson suggested the tale of
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, which was received enthusiastically. He blended his ideas of Robin Hood by incorporating that the fox character could be slick but still use his skills to protect the community. Additionally, Anderson wanted to set the film in the Deep South desiring to recapture the spirit of ''Song of the South'' (1946). However, the executives were wary of the reputation of ''Song of the South'', which was followed by
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's decision to set the film in its traditional English location inspired by ''The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men'' (1952). Veteran writer Larry Clemmons came on board the project by writing a script with dialogue that was later storyboarded by other writers. As production went further along, Robin Allan stated in his book ''Walt Disney and Europe'' that "Ken Anderson wept when he saw how his character concepts had been processed into stereotypes for the animation on ''Robin Hood''." According to Frank Thomas (animator), Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, one such casualty was the concept of making the Sheriff of Nottingham a goat as an artistic experiment to try different animals for a villain, only to be overruled by Reitherman who wanted to keep to the villainous stereotype of a wolf instead. Additionally, Anderson wanted to include the Merry Men into the film, which was again overridden by Reitherman because he wanted a "Buddy film, buddy picture" reminiscent of ''Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'' (1969), so Little John was the only Merry Man who remained in the film, while Friar Tuck was put as a friend of Robin's who lived in Nottingham, and Alan-a-Dale was turned into the narrator. Because of the time spent on developing several settings and auditioning actors to voice Robin Hood, production fell behind schedule. In order to meet deadlines, the animators had no other choice but to recycle several dance sequences from previous Disney animated films, including ''
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'' (1937), ''The Jungle Book (1967 film), The Jungle Book'' (1967), and ''
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'' (1970).


Casting

By October 1970, most of the voice actors were confirmed, with the exception of Tommy Steele cast in the title role. Steele himself was chosen because of his performance in ''The Happiest Millionaire'' (1967) while
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was cast because Walt Disney had enjoyed his presence on the set of ''Blackbeard's Ghost'' (1968). However, Steele was unable to make his character sound more heroic, and his replacement came down to final two candidates which were Bernard Fox (actor), Bernard Fox and
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. Disney executives had first seen Bedford performing onstage in Los Angeles, in which they brought him in to test for the role in May 1971 and ultimately cast him. Meanwhile, Louis Prima was so angered at not being considered for a role that he personally paid the recording expenses for the subsequent album, ''Let's "Hear" it For Robin Hood'', which he sold to Walt Disney Records, Disneyland Records.


Release

The film premiered at the Radio City Music Hall on November 8, 1973. The film was re-released on March 26, 1982.


Home media

The film was first released on VHS, CED, Betamax, and Laserdisc on December 3, 1984, becoming the debut installment of the Walt Disney Classics home video label. Disney had thought the idea of releasing any of its animated classics (known as the "untouchables") might threaten future theatrical reissue revenue. However, ''Robin Hood'' was viewed as the first choice since it was not held in such high esteem as some of the other titles. The release went into Moratorium (entertainment), moratorium in January 1987. It was later re-released on VHS as an installment of the Walt Disney Classics on July 12, 1991. The film was re-released on October 28, 1994, and July 13, 1999, on VHS as an installment of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection lineup. In January 2000, Walt Disney Home Video launched the Gold Classic Collection, with ''Robin Hood'' re-issued on VHS and DVD on July 4, 2000. The DVD contained the film in its 1.33:1 Aspect ratio (image), aspect ratio, and was accompanied with special features including a trivia game and the cartoon short "Ye Olden Days". The remastered "Most Wanted Edition" DVD ("Special Edition" in the UK) was released on November 28, 2006, in a 16:9 aspect ratio, 16:9 matted transfer to represent its original theatrical screen ratio. It also featured a deleted scene/alternate ending of Prince John attempting to kill a wounded Robin Hood. On August 6, 2013, the film was released as the 40th Anniversary Edition on a Blu-ray combo pack.


Reception


Critical reaction

Judith Crist, reviewing the film in ''New York (magazine), New York'' magazine, said it was "nicely tongue-in-cheek without insult to the intelligence of either child or adult." She also stated that it "has class – in the fine cast that gives both voice and personality to the characters, in the bright and brisk dialogue, in its overall concept." Vincent Canby of ''The New York Times'' wrote that it "should ... be a good deal of fun for toddlers whose minds have not yet shriveled into orthodoxy" and he called the visual style "charmingly conventional". Dave Billington of ''The Montreal Gazette'' wrote "As a film, ''Robin Hood'' marks a come-back of sorts for the Disney people. Ever since the old maestro died, the cartoon features have shown distressing signs of a drop in quality, both in art work and in voice characterization. But the blending of appealing cartoon animals with perfect voices for the part makes ''Robin Hood'' an excellent evening out for the whole family." Also writing in ''New York'' magazine, Ruth Gilbert called it "a sweet, funny, slam-bang, good-hearted Walt Disney feature cartoon with a fine cast" and wrote it was "a feast for the eyes for kiddies and Disney nostalgics." Charles Champlin of the ''Los Angeles Times'' wrote that the Disney "hallmarks are there as they ever were: the incomparably rich, full animation, the humanized animal characters perky, individual and enchanting, and the wild, inventive slapstick action." Awarding the film four stars out of five, Ian Nathan, in a retrospective review for ''Empire (magazine), Empire'', praised the vocal performances of Peter Ustinov and Terry-Thomas acknowledging "while this is hardly the most dazzling of animated features, it has that cut-corner feel that seem to hold sway in the '70s (mainly because Disney were cutting corners), the characters spark to life, and the story remains as rock steady as ever." Among less favorable reviews, Jay Cocks of ''Time (magazine), Time'' gave the film a mixed verdict writing "Even at its best, ''Robin Hood'' is only mildly diverting. There is not a single moment of the hilarity or deep, eerie fear that the Disney people used to be able to conjure up, or of the sort of visual invention that made the early features so memorable. ''Robin Hood''s basic problem is that it is rather too pretty and good natured." Gene Siskel of the ''Chicago Tribune'' gave the film one-and-a-half stars out of four, describing the film as "80 minutes of pratfalls and nincompoop dialog," and criticizing the animation quality as "Saturday morning TV cartoon stuff." John Baxter of ''The Monthly Film Bulletin'' wrote that "for the most part the film is as bland and one-dimensional as the product of less sophisticated studios; and except for Peter Ustinov's plummy Prince John, the voice characterisations are as insipid as the animation is unoriginal." Decades since the film's release, the film has been heavily noted for the recycled scenes of animation and the sex appeal of the two main characters. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received a 54% approval rating with an average rating of 5.70/10 based on 28 reviews. The website's consensus states that "One of the weaker Disney adaptations, ''Robin Hood'' is cute and colorful but lacks the majesty and excitement of the studio's earlier efforts." Metacritic gave the film a score of 57 based on 9 reviews.


Box office

During its initial release, ''Robin Hood'' earned $9.6 million in rentals in the United States and Canada. It also grossed $18 million in foreign territories, which was at the time a Disney record, for a worldwide rental of $27.5 million. The film has earned a lifetime gross in the United States and Canada between $32–35 million across its two releases.


Legacy

The film has since become a fan favorite. Disney animator and director Byron Howard admitted that ''Robin Hood'' was his favorite film while growing up and cited it as a major influence on ''Zootopia''. It was also one of the many inspirations for the then-emerging furry fandom. Some of the characters from the film also cameoed in the 1983 Oscar-nominated featurette short ''Mickey's Christmas Carol''. The film was nominated for a spot on AFI's 10 Top 10 by American Film Institute in 2008 for the Animated Film list. The song "Love (Disney song), Love" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 46th Academy Awards but lost to "The Way We Were (song), The Way We Were" from The Way We Were, the film of the same name. It was also featured in the 2009 feature film ''Fantastic Mr. Fox (film), Fantastic Mr. Fox''. The song "Whistle-Stop" was sped up and used in the Hampster Dance, one of the earliest internet memes, and later used at normal speed in the Super Bowl XLVIII commercial for T-Mobile. The song "Oo De Lally" is featured in a 2015 commercial for Android (operating system), Android which shows animals of different species playing together.


Live-action adaptation

In April 2020, it was reported that Disney is developing a live action/CG hybrid remake of ''Robin Hood'' featuring the same kind of anthropomorphic characters as in the 1973 film, with Kari Granlund writing and Carlos Lopez Estrada directing, while Justin Springer will produce the film. The remake will be released exclusively on Disney+.


Music

A record of the film was made at the time of its release in 1973, which included its songs, score, narration, and dialogue. Both "Oo-De-Lally" and "Love" appear on the CD collection, ''Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic''. "Love" is featured in the soundtrack for the 2009 film ''Fantastic Mr. Fox (film), Fantastic Mr. Fox'', directed by Wes Anderson. The full soundtrack of the film was released on August 4, 2017, as part of the ''Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection'' series on compact disc and digital. The song "The Phony King of England" bears a strong resemblance to a much older, bawdy English folk song, "The Bastard King of England".


Songs

Original songs performed in the film include:


See also

* List of films and television series featuring Robin Hood * Cultural depictions of John of England * List of American films of 1973


References


Bibliography

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External links

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