83 Min. | Animation – Adventure – Comedy | December 1973
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Staring: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller
Robin Hood Review: As above. Don’t you ever wonder what the fascist, communist-hating Mr. Disney would have thought about bringing such an inherently socialist tale to the silver screen under his life’s work’s label? Robin Hood quite explicitly makes the rich and royal people of England out to be total crooks, and the poor workers out to be heroes in a Marxist fashion. “Stealing from the rich and giving to the needy.” Indeed. The adventurous Sherwood Forest hero Robin Hood who did so was my very first crush.
It may also be the hysterical comedic sidekicks like Sir Hiss. Whatever it is, this is without a doubt the best story of Robin Hood told on film, even though it’s a cartoon aimed for kids. Good songs, good fast-paced action, interesting characters and nicely animated sets. All the characters have been translated into appropriate and symbolic animals. If you haven’t thought about that before, do it next time you watch this film. Maid Marion is perhaps one of the weakest female Disney characters, but then, they have never been known to be very dimensional or showed much range other than when they are the protagonists (like Ariel), and Marion is not one—she is a supporting character to the awesome Robin Hood and that is enough for this film.
Robin Hood is Disney film that’s stuck with me through the years and its only rival for best Disney film of all time is perhaps Aladdin. “Robin Hood” has also the precious help of legendary actors to voice the characters: Phil Harris, Terry-Thomas, Peter Ustinov, Andy Devine, John Fiedler, Brian Bedford, Roger Miller, Pat Buttram, J. Pat O’Malley and Barbara Luddy. Robin Hood also doesn’t run too long and should be a hit with parents who don’t want to sit around and be bored. No annoying songs except maybe the “Love” song but other than that the songs are easy to relate to with the movie. Robin Hood isn’t one of the best Disney films but it is like finding a diamond in the rough.