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Robin Hood (1973) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Robin Hood

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  • Walt Disney Studios
  • Animated Characters: Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John, Prince John, King Richard, Sir Hiss, Lady Kluck, Friar Tuck, Allan-a-Dale, Sheriff of Nottingham, Nutsy, Trigger, Skippy, Sis, Tagalong, Toby Turtle, Otto, Mother Rabbit, Church Mice.
  • Originally Released in 1973.
  • Production Number: 112
  • Running Time: 83 minutes.
  • TechniColor
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Alternate Titles:

Foreign Language Title: "Robin Des Bois (French)."

Cartoon Production Information:

This film began as a concept for a Reynard the red fox movie. Writer Ken Anderson took some basic Reynard story ideas and mixed it into an animal retelling of the Robin Hood tale.

The film was produced on a very small budget of only 1 1/2 million dollars. Because of that, anywhere they could, the director reused earlier animation. Scenes of the Merry Men dancing reuses animation from Snow White dancing with the dwarfs. Interestingly, some animation of Little John was re-purposed bits from The Jungle Book of Baloo. It is interesting because Phil Harris voiced both characters.

Legendary animator Gary Goldman began his career in 1972 with Walt Disney Productions on this film as a rough assistant animator to supervising animator Frank Thomas.

This was the 21th film in the official Disney list of animated films.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.


The origin of the animated version of Robin Hood can actually trace its creative roots back to the 1930's. At about the time of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Walt Disney became interested in the twelfth-century legend of the wily Reynard the Fox. Over the years, several attempts were made to adapt the tale, but the basic problem that plagued the Disney team is the essential fact that Reynard is a cagey, contemptible crook.

The years of development on the story of Reynard the Fox, however, were put to use in Robin Hood- several points, including Robin's affinity for disguise and kissing the prince's hand to steal his rings were lifted.

When the production of Robin Hood was first announced, Tommy Steele, star of Half a Sixpence(1967) and Disney's The Happiest Millionaire (1967) was slated for the role of foxy Robin Hood. The casting of Steele never came to be, and British actor Brian Bedford was the final voice. The film took a critical drubbing, but was a popular smash and financial success- it became the biggest box-office hit of any Disney animated feature to that time.

Legendary Disney animator Ken Anderson was the driving force behind translating the characters of the Robin Hood legend to their animal counterparts. Even as the rest of the animation staff was concentrating on the production of The Aristocats (1970), Anderson was hard at work developing the visual world of Robin Hood.

"As director of story and character conception," Anderson stated, "I knew right off that Robin Hood must be a fox. From there it was pretty logical that Maid Marian should be a pretty vixen. Little John, legendarily known for his size, was easily a big overgrown bear.

"Friar Tuck is great as a badger, but he was also great as a pig, as I had originally planned. Then I thought the symbol of a pig might be offensive to the Church, so we changed him. Richard the Lion-hearted, of course, had to be a regal, proud, strong lion; and his pathetic cousin [sic] Prince John, the weak villain, also had to be a lion, but we made him scrawny and childish. I originally thought of a snake as a member of the poor townspeople, but one of the other men here suggested that a snake would be perfect as a slithering consort to Prince John."

Again, the Disney team relied on a strong "personality voice" cast including Phil Harris (in his third animated role) as Little John, and hysterical comic performances by Peter Ustinov and Terry Thomas as Prince John and Sir Hiss. Pat Buttram played the lazy, oafish wolf, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Andy Devine was Friar Tuck.

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Having seen many animated versions of Robin Hood, I have to say that this version stands out like a sore thumb. It doesn't matter that all the characters are animals, or that certain new characters were created for this movie. It tells a good story,...  (read more)

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Disney's Robin Hood is -by far- one of the best movies, the Walt Disney family has produced. The characters of the movie are all animals, Robin Hood is a Fox, Liitle John is a bear, King John is a lion, Marion is fox (in order to be able to couble with...  (read more)

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Steven Bell does not realize the this is a 'DISNEY MOVE' that is designed to bring the child out and bring families together.

This move was never to be a ture actual description of the life and times of 'ROBIN HOOD!'

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I've seen most of the theatrical versions of the Robin Hood story, and this was by far the weakest. The excessive number of cute children's parts tends to slow the sense of adventure down tremendously. I also object to the constant appearence of...  (read more)

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