A charming Disney version of the Robin Hood legend with animals for the characters. Fun and romance abounds as the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest, and his valiant Little John sidekick plot one daring adventure after another to outwit the greedy Prince John and his partner Sir Hiss as they put the tax squeeze on the poor. Once upon a time, Robin Hood and Little John were walking through the Sherwood Forest. They run from the Sheriff of Nottingham "Ha! The sheriff and his whole posse couldn't lift you off the ground", who has ambushed them with a team of archers. After narrowly escaping, Robin Hood and Little John happen upon the royal entourage which... Find more in story page.
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Robin Hood (a fox) "I'm an outlaw, that's what. That's no life for a lovely lady. Always on the run. What kind of a future is that?";
Little John (a bear) "You took the words right out of my mouth, P.J.", carefree American accent works very well alongside the British ones of the others;
Friar Tuck (a badger) is a kind old fellow "corpulent cleric" "fat friar" "Praise the Lord, and pass the tax rebate";
Maid Marian (a vixen) Robin Hood ladylove, elegant, eminently lovable, awful nice, perfectly voiced "Well, usually the hero gives his fair lady a kiss" "Because I love him, Your Highness";
Lady Cluck (a chicken) "Absence makes the heart grow fonder";
Allan-a-Dale (a rooster) "I'm a minstrel, that's an early-day folk singer";
King Richard (a lion) "It appears that I now have an outlaw for an in-law";
Prince John (a lion) "Well, they'll be singing a different tune. Double the taxes! Triple the taxes! Squeeze every last drop out of those insolent, musical peasants.");
Sir Hiss (a snake) "stupid serpent", "reluctant reptile", "cowardly cobra", "procrastinating python", "gravating asp";
Sheriff of Nottingham (a wolf) "they call me a slob but I do my job";
Otto the Blacksmith (a dog) "God bless Robin Hood."
Father Sexton (a mouse) "Oh, we were just saving it for a rainy day.";
Mother Church (a mouse) "Friar Tuck, we've saved this. It's not much, but please take it for the poor.";
Trigger (a vulture) "Don't you worry none, sheriff. The safety's on Old Betsy.";
Nutsy (a vulture) "Uh, does that there mean addin' or subtractin'?";
Captain of the Guards (a crocodile) "For the final shootout, move the target back three paces.";
Mother Rabbit (a rabbit) "We all scrimped and saved to give it to him.";
Skippy (a rabbit) "Gosh, I'm seven years old, goin' on eight.";
Sis (a rabbit) "Oh, he's so handsome, just like his reward posters.";
Tagalong (a rabbit) "Hey, you guys, not so fast. Wait for me.";
Toby (a turtle) "If I tattletale, I'll die till I'm dead"
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Disney's Robin Hood is my all time favorite Disney animation movie. I can practically recite every word from "Robin Hood and Little John walkin' through the forest" to "Now the days seem to fly life is brief but when it's gone love goes on and on ." Yet it's hardly ever mentioned, it's always been hard to find and you can never get a poster. The animation is beautiful! Those scenes of the castle and the church in the rain - you would think it was shot rather than drawn. The dialog is smart. The character's motives are seen and not told. It's not dumb down at all for kids... Find more in reviews page.
Prince John, the brother of King Richard "the lionheart", the favorite son of their mother, was said to be crude and dim-witted, and attempted to usurp the throne from Richard while the latter fought in a crusade. Though Richard eventually returned from battle and foiled John's rebellion, he eventually became king anyway after Richard's untimely death (1199) in battle without an heir... Find more in trivia page.
The animation is great and just has that old feel to it when animators used to draw the pictures; it feels more personal and special that way. A great adaptation for the kids, one of Disney's buried treasures. It's funny, romantic, touching, and just very entertaining to watch. This version of Robin Hood has animals in the roles of the characters, and it works marvelously! And if Robin Hood is a fox, naturally, Maid Marian would be a vixen... Find more in comments page.
Robin Hood: I'm gonna win that golden arrow and then I'm gonna present meself.
Little John: Fortunes forecast. Lucky charms.
Friar Tuck: You're no outlaw. Why, someday you'll be called a great hero.
Robin Hood: We'll have six children. Maid Marian: Six? Oh, a dozen at least.
Lady Cluck: This is the part where you drag your lady fair off to Sherwood Forest.
Prince John: Oh, no. It's so miserably unfair.
Sir Hiss: Silly serpent? Snakes don't walk. They slither.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Every town has its taxes too and the taxes is due do do-do do do.
Trigger: Sheriff, I still got a feelin' that that snoopy old codger knows too much.
Mother Rabbit: Oh, you have made his birthday a wonderful one.
Sis: Are you gonna marry Robin Hood?
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Cast and Crew
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Character and story conceptions by Ken Anderson
Cast as voice
Brian Bedford as Robin Hood
Phil Harris as Little John
Andy Devine as Friar Tuck
Monica Evans as Maid Marian
Carole Shelley as Lady Cluck
Peter Ustinov as Prince John
Terry-Thomas as Sir Hiss
Pat Buttram as The Sheriff of Nottingham
Roger Miller as Allan-a-Dale
George Lindsey as Trigger
Ken Curtis as Nutsy
John Fiedler as Father Sexton
Barbara Luddy as Mother Church Mouse and Mother Rabbit
J. Pat O'Malley as Otto the Blacksmith
Candy Candido as Captain of the Guards
Dana Laurita as Sis
Dori Whitaker as Tagalong
Billy Whittaker as Skippy
Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman
Original music by George Bruns
Film editing by Tom Acosta, James Melton
Art Direction by Don Griffith
Production Management by Don Duckwall
Assistant director by Dan Alguire, Edward Hansen, Jeffrey C. Patch
Sound department by Herb Taylor
Visual effects by Jack Buckley, Dan MacManus
Animation department by Dale Baer, Don Bluth, Basil Davidovich, Al Dempster, Stan Green, Ann Guenther, Joe Hale, Fred Hellmich, Ralph Hulett, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Hal King, Eric Larson, Bill Layne, John Lounsbery, Burny Mattinson, Bob McCrea, Cliff Nordberg, Dale Oliver, Sylvia Roemer, Art Stevens, Ed Templer Jr., Frank Thomas, Chuck Williams, Ollie Johnston, Floyd Norman, Frank Thomas
Music department: Evelyn Kennedy, Walter Sheets, Edmundo Santos