Robin Hood (1973)."Are we good guys or bad guys?"
This week we steal from the rich and give to the poor but in animal form! We discuss the origins of Robin Hood in unanswered questions, the unoriginality of Robin Hood as an IP, the absence of Merry Men and question the relationship between King Richard and well....everyone? Join us as we revisit this beloved childhood classic, find out our take on Robin Hood from 1973.
Storyline :An imaginative Disney version of the Robin Hood legend. Fun and romance abound as the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest and his valiant sidekick plot one daring adventure after another to outwit the greedy Prince John (Sir Peter Ustinov) and his partner as they put the tax squeeze on the poor
Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman and David Hand
Writers: Larry Clemmons...(story)Ken Anderson...(based on: character and story conceptions by)Ken Anderson...(story sequences) &Vance Gerry...(story sequences) &Frank Thomas...(story sequences) &Eric Cleworth...(story sequences) &Julius Svendsen...(story sequences) &David Michener...(story sequences) (as Dave Michener)
Stars: Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov, Brian Bedford, and Phil Harris
Awards: 1 Wins & 2 Nominations
Film Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Worldwide: Unknown
This animated classic definitely doesn't have the same level of banger-ness as some of the other Disney films but there are some cute diddys we certainly enjoyed.
Remember any of these?
Meet Robin Hood and his MERRY MENagerie!
Originally, Friar Tuck was to be a pig, but was changed to a badger to avoid insulting religious sensibilities. The Sheriff of Nottingham was originally a goat, but was changed to a wolf as they seem better representing villains.
This is the first "Walt Disney Animation Studios" film to not feature any humans since "Bambi (1942)," unlike that film, these animals are "anthropomorphic", living like humans do, without there being any non-anthropomorphic animals.
The characters of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Pat Buttram), Friar Tuck (Andy Devine), Nutsy (Ken Curtis), and Trigger (George Lindsey) were all voiced by actors known for doing westerns. This is because at one point in the production, the setting was the Old West.
In real life, although Prince John was less popular as king than his brother, he did not tax the English people any more heavily than his brother had, though this film suggests this was the case, such as when he tripled taxes following him overhearing the Sheriff and Sir Hiss singing 'The Phoney King of England' song. In fact, it was under King Richard's reign that taxes were significantly increased in order to fund his military campaigns, particularly that of the Third Crusade. However, Richard was more popular with the people and nobles than his brother due to his many military victories, his reputation for fairness and his image of the Crusader King.
The first VHS in the "Walt Disney Classics" line.
There are literally dozens of iterations of Robin Hood but the 1973 Disney Version we watched can be found right here on disney+.
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