Robin Hood (1973)
Walt Disney Animation
PRINCIPAL CAST - Robin Hood - Brian Bedford, Maid Marian - Monica Evans, Little John - Phil Harris, Friar Tuck - Andy Devine, Alan A Dale - Roger Miller, The Sheriff of Nottingham - Pat Buttram, Prince John - Peter Ustinov, Sir Hiss - Terry Thomas.
OPENING CAPTION: Long ago, good King Richard of England, departed for the Holy Land on a great crusade. During his absence, Prince John his greedy and treacherous brother, usurped the crown.
OPENING LINE: ‘You know there’s been a heap of legends and tall tales about Robin Hood, all different too. Well, we folks in the animal kingdom have our own version. It’s the story of what really happened in Sherwood Forest.’– Alan A Dale
CLOSING LINE: ‘Well folks. That’s the way it really happened.’ - Alan A Dale
FIRST CHARACTER ON SCREEN: Alan A Dale
WHO IS OUR HERO ROBIN HOOD, PEASANT OR NOBLE?:
ARE STORIES FROM THE TRADITIONAL TALES USED?
Little John & Robin quarterstaff battle over bridge: no
Friar Tuck carrying Robin across the river: no
An archery contest to lure Robin to Nottingham: yes
If so how does Robin disguise himself: As a stork.
Splitting the arrow: yes
Is Alan-a-Dale a character: yes
PLOT OUTLINE: Prince John is travelling through the forest when he is stopped by Robin Hood and Little John who disguised as gypsies offer to tell his fortune then steal from him. The sheriff collects taxes in Nottingham and takes Skippy the rabbits birthday present. Robin Hood dresses as a beggar and returns gold to mother rabbit. An archery contest is held where Marion will give a kiss to the winner and Robin Hood enters dressed as a stork whilst Little John disguises himself as a lord. Robin is captured and sentenced to death but Little John holds John at the mercy of his sword and the execution must be called off. Hearing the people sing a song ‘The Phoney King of England’ Prince John ups the taxes and many are imprisoned when they can’t pay. The Sherriff raids the poor box angering the Friar who is arrested. Robin Hood comes to the rescue and empties Prince John’s room of gold whilst a jailbreak takes place. King Richard returns to sort out Prince John and Robin and Marion are married.
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