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Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [Import]

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There haven't been very many well-known Disney movies that I know of that were highly successful nor as groundbreaking during the 1960s through the first half of the 1980s and some of the Disney movies that were made during that time should've been more successful. The Disney animated edition of Robin Hood is one of those and is in fact, probably my favorite Disney movie of all-time.
Released in 1973, it is a wonderful adaptation of the medieval novel with the characters being animal humanoids with Robin Hood being A Fox, Little John a Bear, Friar Tuck being a badger, and the greedy and semi-evil Prince John being a Lion. It's all so entertaining and so much fun to watch and laugh to with all of the charm and charisma that I think a lot of Disney movies during the 1970s and 1980s lacked. Don't get me wrong, most of Disney's movies are great but Robin Hood in my opinion is one of the most overlooked classics of all-time and also is my favorite Disney movie of all time, alongside the also overlooked "The Great Mouse Detective".
As you might already know, it's a tale of an outlaw who robs the rich Prince John and his goon wolf The Sheriff, to feed the poor and the hungry in Nottingham and dreams of marrying a lovely lady named Maid Marian and it's all so wonderful. If those who are turned off by the excessive drama or the unsettling atmosphere of the Kevin Costner classic "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", this Disney edition will definitely make a wonderful substitute. I recommend both versions of Robin Hood. I like the Disney one more.
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Disney's version of "Robin Hood" was a breakthrough in the use of Anthropomorphic or "humanized" animals in animation. It was the first time any animation studio created an all-animal cast playing roles usually reserved for humans in a full length movie. It holds a unique place in Disney Animation just for this reason.
Believe it or not, this movie's influence has been far-reaching on the design and stories of later animated movies (Don Bluth's "The Secret of NIMH", Disney's own "Lion King"), many animated television shows ("Ducktales", "TaleSpin"), comic books, video games (Nintendo's "Starfox"), Asian Anime and the growing "Furry" Fandom on the internet today.
The 70's were a uninspired and directionless time for Disney Animation and "Robin Hood" shows the effects of this. The animation is flat and looks cheaply done due to the use of Xeroxing the pencilled animation onto cells instead the precise but expensive way of hand tracing. Some of the animation where characters are dancing was directly copied from "Snow White" and "The Aristocats". When Sir Hiss stares hypnotically into Prince John's eyes for a few seconds - its the same exact animation you saw in 1967's "The Jungle Book". This reuse of animation was fine for Hanna-Barbera and other low-budget TV animation companies but a travesty for Disney which created and set high standards with their animation in the 1930's through the early 1960's (and thankfully recapured some of those standards in the 1990's).
Some characters are recycled from other Disney movies - Little John and Sir Hiss are carbon copies of the Jungle Book's Balloo the bear and Kaa the snake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be clear on one point, this is well done... April 5 2004
Format:DVD
Crazy as this might sound...
This is well done and a crafty execution of a complicated game. The game is "Fun for kids and fun for adults" some extremely talented directors and movie companies have failed (over and over again) at this delicate balance.
How does this little gem pull that delicate maneuver off? Well it starts with fantastic voices:
Peter Ustinov = Prince John (almost too good!!!)
Terry Thomas = The Snake "Sir Hiss" (Sniveling and subversive)
Phil Harris = Little John (Perfect)
Andy Devine = Friar Tuck (great voice and delivery)
And music by the very excellent Roger Miller... So good.
That's an all-star cast by any standard (period)
Many an A+ movie has been bogged down on the way to solving this issue, kids and adults, each being equally entertained. It's no small feat.
It's accomplished smoothly in this little animated classic with great (exceptionally great) voices and not a lot of "playing down" to the children. The interplay between Little John and Robin Hood is adult and vivid. The relationship between Sir Hiss and Prince John is absolutely hysterical and so well "spoken" it's comic mastery is still relevant.
Those two interactions are enough to carry the thing from start to finish. But Robin Hoods ultimate success is crowned with extra side dishes, such as The Sheriff of Nottingham and Nutsy as well as Clucky and Maid Marian's excellent interplay.
Taking it all into consideration the animation is good (not great but certainly enjoyable) and the story zips along probably compensating a bit to keep the younger group still focused. When the movie is over, touching ending and all, I'm left quite satisfied.
I am 39 and enjoy this for just exactly what it is, and that is "well done"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Singing along with the rooster and laughing at the great characters: 3
This movie is one of my childhood favorites. Singing along with the rooster and laughing at the great characters :3. It will be money well spent for this enjoyable movie!!
Published 3 days ago by Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition
this is good it brings back memories of when I was a kid. I found this silly. I like how robin is always finding a way to out smart the king + sheriff
Published 2 months ago by MATTJ22
5.0 out of 5 stars It is exactly what I wanted
Walt Disney movies are part of the collection that I have for my children. I love every single one of them.
Published 3 months ago by Krysia Fiedler
5.0 out of 5 stars Just how I remember it!
I've always been a huge fan of Disney movies, and I was so happy when this one came out on DVD. I feel no shame in saying I sang along to the songs, it was just as good as when I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clare Nikulka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great laughs!
I have seen various versions of Robin Hood, but this is the best of any Robin Hood production I have yet to see., it is so funny, love all the animals they make the show.
Published 6 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie, great for kids
My daughter received this for Christmas, and she has asked to watch it again and again. It has quickly become one of her favorites.
Published 7 months ago by Kristen de Jong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Loved the movie as a kid now love that my kid loves it too... Good music in it. Classic story for kids to watch.
Published 9 months ago by Matt Iqaluit
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic is called a classic for a reason.
This DVD has brought me great joy! It makes me laugh really hard. I highly recommend it. Order it today!
Published 9 months ago by Jonah Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Robin Hood Ever
One of the classics from my childhood. This is by far my favorite version of any Robin Hood across any form of media. Everybody should see this at least once, you won't regret it.
Published 11 months ago by Jeff Wiggins
1.0 out of 5 stars Digital copy not compatible
Although this DVD is marked as an import on the product page, the DVD region is listed as A/1 which means that the discs are compatible in North America (i.e. USA and Canada). Read more
Published 12 months ago by NB
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