Hello Internet Friends!
Welcome back to Adventuring through!
We have almost made it through “Classic Disney” (after today, we only have one more movie). Then we will be headed straight into the “Disney Dark Ages” (i.e. the period before the Disney Rennaissance– from The Rescuers through Oliver and Company). I am very excited for this next phase of Disney, as it is one I am not as familiar with. But for now, lets continue on with this episode’s movie: Robin Hood.
I’d seen Robin Hood for the first time somewhat recently (in the past 4-ish years) and my opinion hasn’t changed since that time. I don’t really like this movie. It didn’t have anything that stood out to me, it had a couple of cute characters (the turtle, the little baby bunny, the older main bunny whose birthday it was), it made me smile a couple of times (but not quite so far as laugh) and yes, the love story was cute, but honestly, I was bored by the end.
The movie to me was depressing.
We have a little town, sad and overtaxed, whose only hope comes from someone stealing from the government. The whole movie is dedicated to showing the characters sadness (and not in the fun way like Inside Out did) so that Robin Hood could come in with a little bag of coins and make things better. Robin Hood is also honestly a bit of trouble to me because of his morally dubious endeavors.
Although, if you think about it, he doesn’t really help anyone. The minute Robin leaves, the Sheriff of Nottingham comes right back in and takes the money again (shown by the poor dog with a cast on his leg). So really, Robin hood just lets the Sheriff do more bad.
As for positives about the movie, I always love Phil Harris’ voice work. I also enjoyed the scene with Badminton between Maid Marian and Lady Cluck, and the whole fake fight between the children and Lady Cluck. It was cute, and the love story was also cute (albeit a little lacking in story, I mean come on, all we get is that they were in love in childhood and they are both still pining over each other, we see none of their actual love story).
And speaking of not seeing an actual story, the main source of action in this movie SHOULD have been the rightful King coming back from the crusades and claiming his rightful place (Lion King-style) but that happens off-screen and all we get is a repeat of a joke that was mentioned earlier in the film.
Overall, this movie was disappointing. I got bored by the time the jailbreak was happening. The main villain was more annoying and pitiable than evil, his henchman was just bothersome as well.
But that’s just my opinion. Disagree? Let me know in the comments!
As for Walt’s Legacy, I would like to think that this movie is adding to the “stories I loved in childhood” genre. I think the people at the studio saw the story of Robin Hood and knew that they wanted to take the character to the animated screen. I think their animators were also quite used to drawing animals at this point, so they decided to go for it. The characters are classics, and the story is a classic, and Disney did a good job portraying these things (in the amount of story we ended up getting).
Don’t let the Heffalumps and Woozles stop you from Adventuring Through the Hundred Acre Woods next time!