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Robin Hood (1973) (Disney) [VHS]
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2007
This was the first film I ever saw at the cinema, way back in 1973 when I was a small boy (when I did not know or care about aspect ratios). I used to live near Sherwood Forest so this film and the legend of Robin Hood were, and still are, very special for me.

It is great to see this film again on DVD in a re-mastered special edition. I found the picture and sound quality to be very good indeed even though I watched it on a small portable player. The film features some excellent actors doing the characters' voices - Peter Ustinov and Terry Thomas are perfect as Prince John and Sir Hiss and Phil Harris is a cool Little John even though this character seems to be a bit of a rehash of Baloo, the bear from Disney's version of The Jungle Book.

The animals chosen to play the human characters are an excellent choice. Robin Hood is a cunning fox and Maid Marian is of course a sexy vixen (Monica Evans has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear) and The Sheriff of Nottingham is a greedy fat wolf. A special mention must also be given to country singer Roger Miller as Alan-A-Dale (a rooster in this film) who narrates the tale and provides several of the songs.

The extras on this disc include a couple of fun games which younger children will enjoy and an unused alternative ending, albeit in storyboard form. I think it is a matter of opinion whether or not this ending would have been a better one than the one they actually used. I personally think this alternative ending is a bit dark compared to the tone of the rest of the film but it is interesting to be able to see it all the same.

To summarise Disney's Robin Hood, I would say that it is a great story with a host of wonderful characters, excellently voiced, and featuring some catchy songs that will have you singing along or whistling. This is my favourite Disney movie and it is still one of my favourite films of all time. If you have not seen it, it is definitely worth checking out - especially in this superb DVD version.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 29 September 2008
when asked what my favourite film is ill invariably say disneys Robin hood and the blank looks on the questioners face normally is just a comon occurance that until they have seen the film they dont understand why its so good!

Children and adults alike will love this film, ok the graphics are dated but for 1973 they are very good, the story is jolly, heart warming and a great take on an old fable.

The characters are all animals which makes a change, they are all voiced amazingly and fitting to the animal in every way! The film isnt long but with small children thats ok and the music gets stuck in your head for a good day after seeing it!

Its a definate classic for families and for the disney lover this is a must have. if you havent seen it wtch it youll love it i guarentee!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2007
Some say Disney is childish--but I have to disagree. An avid Robin Hood fan, I was overjoyed when this was shown on the TV not so long ago.

The characters are all animals, which adds a new dimension to the famous Robin Hood legend--all the characters with their own special little personalities from Skippy the Rabbit to the very wolfish sheriff of Nottingham.

However, the story is perfect for children to learn about the legend of Hood, for it has all the classic Disney elements such as catchy songs and fantastic imagery.

Overall one of the great Disney films, with a very fine Marian vixen to add to the entertainment. Recommended to both adults and children alike!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2004
this has been my favourite disney film since i was young. not many people have heard of it, but i absolutely love it! i can't quite pinpoint exactly what it is about it, just that the film never gets boring, and robin's cheeky smile is great!
its perfect for children, and beats the new disney films by far.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2005
Wow - This is the best animated film available beating nemo and all recent Disney flicks. if you are not sure whether to buy this film, think again as this is a must for any DVD collection. It has the most lovable characters which are superbly animated to make you feel compassion, sadness, laughter,joy and pride. i was glued from beginning to end. This film is funny funny funny and is places very subtle humour(watch carefully). i would have no doubt that this film would bring a smile to the face of everyone who watches it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2003
I had this film on video when I was a kid, and it was my favourite disney film EVER! Now, aged 19 - I still love disney and pixar films and have loads of the new ones on DVD like Monsters Inc and Bug's Life. I was overjoyed to see that Disney were re-releasing all the old films on DVD, especially when i saw my favourite appear on amazon.
Buy if you loved it as a kid, buy it if you've got kids, buy it if you're a big kid! Its such as brilliant film that just makes you want to smile :-D
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2006
Robin Hood is by far the best Disney film - there is no doubt about it. The voices are pretty distinctive which is always a plus. The songs are so much more catchy than in the other films. "Love" is particularly gorgeous. The romance between Maid Marian and Robin Hood is extremely sweet because in the majority of Disney films the main characters meet once and fall in love (Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty) or don't even meet at all (Snow White). Maid Marian and Robin Hood have actually known each other from being young - the whole concept of childhood sweethearts is generally cute.

Robin Hood also shows the fact that things have to get to being rock bottom before they get better. Robin Hood doesn't just look out for Nottingham and therefore isn't on call while everyone in the area ends up being jailed for not being able to pay their taxes. Disney films (and other cartoons) don't normally show the depths of despair reached in this movie. "Not in Nottingham" is a particularly poignant song illustrating this.

The film is not all doom and gloom and the humour is present throughout, from all the characters - good and bad. The baddy sucks his thumb and is easily flattered - often the cause of his failure.

Watch it and see!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2005
Probably my favourite cartoon - most amusing.
First: While the animation is of decades ago it achieves a number of magical, unforgettable, moments that spring from the animators' minds, not technology.
Second: Animation usually shines for me most brightly in animal characters (some of Disney's most painful moments have human protagonists) and here all the characters are animals (foxes, lions, a bear, snake, badger, rooster, chicken, dog, mice, elephants, rhinos, crocodile and many more) - all quite believable.
Third: Roger Miller (a minstrel) wrote & sung 3 good songs, one which recurs is quite excellent. Also phony scenes where a couple inexplicably break into song are avoided.
Fourth: Voices. Peter Ustinov, Terry Thomas and Carole Shelley are a luxury.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 October 2011
This Disney film is an underrated gem. It was released in 1973, and I must admit, it does have a bit of a 70's feel about it. It was directed and produced by Disney stalwart Wolfgang "woolie" Reitherman, and certainly retains the feel of other Disney classics, such as Jungle book and the Aristocats. The score is by the legendary George Bruns, who did the music for Jungle book, as well as writing the music for the pirates of the carribbean ride, Yo Ho A pirates life for me. Unfortunately, the songs in the film aren't the most memorable, apart from the whistling song at the beginning, which was used recently on a McDonalds commercial!

The vocal talent in this film is huge! Disney pulled out all of their most memorable character actors to take part in this one. My favourite, of course, is the fantastic Phil Harris, who does the voice of Little John.He is better known as the voice of Baloo, and the character in the film is also a bear, with a virtually identical personality. The star of the film is Peter Ustinov, who plays "king" John, who is portrayed as a thumb sucking lion. Apparently, he did the voiceover in the German dub of the movie too. Terry Thomas is hillarious as Sir Hiss, a snake who is a sidekick to king John. He ends up with some of the best lines in the film. Monica Evans, another Disney regular , is the sweet, softly spoken Maid Marian, who is a real vixen... no she really is a vixen!

The story is a typical Robin Hood tale, incorporating all the familiar elements; stealing from the rich to feed the poor, the archery contest, the Sherrif of Nottingham, all with a Disney spin. All of the characters are animals. Robin himself is a fox,and the villagers are an assortment of woodland animals. The Sherrif of Nottingham is a wolf with a southern drawl, and the friar Tuck is a friendly badger. Because they are animals, Disney have been able to do things with the characters beyond the scope of human ability. The funniest scenes are those containing the king and his sidekick, Sir Hiss. In one scene, the snake is bundled into a barrel of booze and gets drunk, propelling himself through the sky using his tail as a propeller. When the king gets angry with him, he ends up in a knot! The film has all the required elements of humour, action, romance, and of course a bit at the end where you think the hero is dead only to find he is alive, which happens in most Disney movies.

The movie is beautifully drawn, with good attention to detail, although bits have been "borrowed" from other Disney films. When the villagers are dancing in the forest, maid Marian mirrors the steps of snow white when she danced with the dwarves, and a section where the chicken dances with little John is identical to a scene in the Aristocats. Presumably the artists got a bit lazy and decided to trace over their previous work!

Robin Hood is a great film, but has never been as popular as the other big Disney films. There is something lacking, but I can't quite put my finger on what. it follows the right formula and has the right character voices, the story is engaging. It just isn't up there with the likes of Jungle Book and Snow White. However, the DVD is perfect for a wet afternoon in with the kids. Thats my excuse, but I enjoy watching it more than them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2006
This was the first film I ever saw at the cinema, way back in 1973 when I was a small boy (when I did not know or care about aspect ratios). I used to live near Sherwood Forest so this film and the legend of Robin Hood were, and still are, very special for me.

It is great to see this film again on DVD in a remastered special edition. I found the picture and sound quality to be very good indeed even though I watched it on a small portable player. The film features some excellent actors doing the characters' voices - Peter Ustinov and Terry Thomas are perfect as Prince John and Sir Hiss and Phil Harris is a cool Little John even though this character seems to be a bit of a rehash of Baloo the bear from Disney's version of The Jungle Book.

The animals chosen to play the human characters are an excellent choice. Robin Hood is a cunning fox and Maid Marian is of course a sexy vixen (Monica Evans has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear)and The Sheriff of Nottingham is a greedy fat wolf. A special mention must also be given to country singer Roger Miller as Alan-A-Dale (a rooster in this film)who narrates the tale and provides several of the songs.

The extras on this disc include a couple of fun games which younger children will enjoy and an unused alternative ending, albeit in storyboard form. I think it is a matter of opinion whether or not this ending would have been a better one than the one they actually used. I personally think this alternative ending is a bit dark compared to the tone of the rest of the film but it is interesting to be able to see it all the same.

To summarise Disney's Robin Hood, I would say that it is a great story with a host of wonderful characters, excellently voiced, and featuring some catchy songs that will have you singing along or whistling. This is my favourite Disney movie and it is still one of my favourite films of all time. If you have not seen it, it is definitely worth checking out - especially in this superb DVD version.
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