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Robin Hood [1973] (1 disc)

Director:Wolfgang Reitherman
Writer:Larry Clemmons
Composer:George Bruns
Length:83 minutes
(1 hour 23 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:55%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Robin Hood sets about to vex the Sherif of Nottingham and Prince John.

Reaction: Great for kids.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Cast and Crew
Wolfgang Reitherman => Director
Larry Clemmons => Writer
George Bruns => Composer
Andy Devine => Friar Tuck - a Badger (voice)
Barbara Luddy => Mother Church Mouse / Mother Rabbit (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Whittaker => Skippy - a Rabbit (voice) (uncredited)
Brian Bedford => Robin Hood - a Fox (voice)
Candy Candido => Captain of the Guards - a Crocodile (voice) (uncredited)
Carole Shelley => Lady Cluck - a Chicken (voice)
Dana Laurita => Sis - a Rabbit (voice) (uncredited)
Dori Whitaker => Tagalong - a Rabbit (voice) (uncredited)
George Lindsey => Trigger - a Vulture (voice)
J. Pat O'Malley => Otto the Blacksmith - a Dog (voice) (uncredited)
John Fiedler => Father Sexton - a Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Ken Curtis => Nutsy - a Vulture (voice)
Monica Evans => Maid Marian - a Vixen (voice)
Pat Buttram => Sheriff of Nottingham - a Wolf (voice)
Peter Ustinov => Prince John - a Lion / King Richard (voice)
Phil Harris => Little John - a Bear (voice)
Roger Miller => Alan-a-Dale - the Rooster (voice)
Terry-Thomas => Sir Hiss - a Snake (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The appearances of both Little John and Sir Hiss borrow their likenesses from Disney's The Jungle Book. Little John strongly resembles Baloo the Bear, only with brown skin, and interestingly enough, is voiced by Phil Harris in both movies. Sir Hiss resembles Kaa the Python almost to a tee, even having Kaa's hypnosis abilities incorporated into the Hiss character.
  • Initially, the studio considered a movie about the European fable, Reynard the Fox. However, due to Walt Disney's concern that Reynard was an unsuitable choice for a hero, Ken Anderson used many elements from it in Robin Hood. Particularly the animal counterparts (e.g. Robin Hood, like Reynard was a fox and The Sheriff, like Isengrin was a wolf.)
  • Sir Peter Ustinov voiced Prince John also in the German dub of the movie, but not King Richard.
  • Prince John's infantile behavior whenever someone mentions his mother is a sly reference to the real [?] King John 'The Fool' of England. The brother of [?] King Richard 'the Lionheart', John, the favorite son of their mother ([?] Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine), 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, John eventually became king anyway after Richard's untimely death (1199) in battle without an heir. Queen Eleanor supported John against rival claimants until her death in 1204.
  • A possible ending included Robin Hood being wounded, Prince John is about to stab him but is interrupted by King Richard. The filmmakers felt it made Prince John too sinister and was too dark so that particular ending was dropped. It is however included in the "Most Wanted Edition" DVD.
  • The famous gap on Terry-Thomas' teeth was incorporated into the design of the character he voices, Sir Hiss (it makes a handy opening for his forked tongue to dart out).
  • Tommy Steele was the original choice to perform the voice of the title character, but he was dropped shortly after recording sessions began.
  • A portion of the opening theme music was used for the infamous "hamster dance" website, being played at double speed.
  • The bell in the tower of Friar Tuck's church was a real bell added into the film.
  • Originally, Friar Tuck was to be a pig, but was changed to a badger to avoid insulting religious sensibilities.