Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1973. Walt Disney Productions. Story by Larry Clemmons, story sequences by Ken Anderson, Vance Gerry, Frank Thomas, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, David Michener, based on character and story conceptions by Ken Anderson. Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman. Music by George Bruns. Production Design by Don Griffith. Film Editing by Tom Acosta, James Melton. Academy Awards 1973.
Sweet, animated fable from Disney takes the characters of legend and casts animals in their roles. Robin Hood is now a sly but kindly fox who defends the people of England from the greed of Prince John (a lion, wonderfully voiced by Peter Ustinov), robbing from the rich and giving their undeserved treats to the poor. Prince John is determined to find Robin and kill him, but is unable to thanks to our hero’s evasive abilities and his close circle of friends. Maid Marian is a sexy vixen (naturally, since there’s nothing interspecial about Disney), Little John is a big grey bear and Friar Tuck a mole. It’s absolutely adorable, and while not momentous enough to be ranked with Winnie The Pooh or The Aristocats, it does have a charm of its own that kids will love. The romance angle actually manages to ring true, punctuated by the beautiful music.