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Review: Robin Hood

Have I mentioned how much I love Disney's animated Robin Hood? I suspect I have, but allow me to repeat myself, because hey, it's delightful and possibly my favorite. A few of the reaons I love it so dearly, in no order other than as I thought of them:

  • Kids that are believably kids--which is a sad scarcity in most forms of fiction (with fanfic being especially egregious, I must admit). The interactions between the little gang of rabbits and their turtle friend is spot on--and I speak as someone who spends a fair amount of time around kids in that age range.

  • Robin Hood and Little John's friendship--man, I love it so. It just ... is. We're not given any backstory, there's nothing to endanger it; their bickering is comfortable, like that of people who care deeply about each other and have spent a long time living in each other's pockets. It's fitting that the first words of the actual story are "Robin Hood and Little John, running through the forest", because that's them.

  • ...Have I mentioned how good the music is? Because the music is fantastic.

  • Prince John is funny without it making him any less of a threat; he's always entertaining and interesting when on screen, without making him any less of a despicable character. We understand him, but don't feel sorry for him, as every bad thing that happens to him is either self-inflicted or just recompence for prior actions.

  • Robin Hood & Maid Marian knew each other before the story starts--which is a rarity among the Disney fairy-tale retellings. Aurora and Prince Philip have a single brief afternoon together; even Rapunzel and Flynn know each other for a day and half, perhaps two. But Robin Hood and Maid Marian knew each other as children, and are both longing to be reunited. It's lovely to see an old relationship cherished like that.

  • Also lovely: the animation. The landscapes in this are gorgeous, the action scenes hum with energy, and all the water scenes are beautifully animated. When I think of "classic" animation, this is the prime example.

  • Even though I've now seen the movie many, many times, Robin's "death" still always gets me a bit--Little John's grief is so palpable, and Skippy's desperate need to be reassured only intensifies that grief. It's a beautifully executed scene.

  • ...this one's a little odd, I'll admit, but: having to explain to a 5 year old the concepts of taxes, "ethical" theft, dynastic politics, and the difference between imprisonment and slavery. For all that it's a fun movie, it's also full of really, really big and heavy ideas, laid out in a way that a young child can start to engage with them--and that's a hard thing to do right.

If you haven't seen it, please do--and if you have seen it, watch it again. I assure you, it ages very well.
Yeah, love most of their movies and music. This one is a favorite.
My familiarity with the Disney ouvre is rather spotty, I must admit, but this one is an early and long-lasting love of mine. <3
I actually won a Disney contest to see The Little Mermaid in the theater years ago. I was given a poster and stuff and it was great. The only other Disney movie I saw was at a drive in theater and it was The Song of the South. Great movie but controversial later in time so much so it was never shown again in this country because it was banned. I was very interested in the animation and not the racial controversy about it. I didn't even know what that was when I saw the movie. Look it up, you'll enjoy the music and the animation. Also, this movie came out way before I was born.
I shared this with my kids when they were little and it is one of the ones they've passed on to their kids :)

And that introductory song is a perfect earworm :)

Edited at 2018-03-21 03:47 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Ooh-de-lally! I love everything about this movie. Peter Ustinov steals every scene Prince John is in.
Taxes, I'll give you taxes.....every year when April 15 rolls around. This is in my top 5 movies. I love your reasons for why you like it. We quote the characters all the time.
I eventually foisted it off on my niece's dad, who very cheerfully took up the topic and used it as a distraction to get her out of the house and into the car.