Friday, April 30, 2010

Walt Disney Animation Studios Part 21: Robin Hood

Series Intro: Series Intro: Here is Part 21 of a multi-part retrospective of Walt Disney Animation Studios' endeavors. They will mostly be in release date order, save for those that are not available on DVD at Netflix. (Numbers skipped will note missing movies that will be out of order).

Some background information: (compiled from Wikipedia and imdb and my own knowledge of the movie).

Official Title: Robin Hood
Release: November 8, 1973
Running Time: 83 minutes
Estimated Cost: $1.5 million 1973
Estimated Revenue: $9.5 million 1973
Overall Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Plot Summary: (Abridged)
Standard story of Robin Hood: steals from the rich, gives to the poor; plays games and tricks the king’s throned brother; gets into trouble and gets to marry Marian once the true king returns.

Oo De Lally
The Phony King of England
Not In Nottingham

I love the Oo De Lally song, it really reminds of minstrels! But I can’t say it’s ever made it on to one of my Disney playlists.

Plot Rating: 3 stars out of 5

So, it’s a pretty high rating. But I think this is because of how much I loved this movie as a child. It’s a classic telling of the Robin Hood story, with some fun characters.

Animation Rating: 2 out of 5

Sadly though characters were poorly drawn and recycled. Take a look at this video to understand how recycled this movie was:

(I agree with most of the video, except comparing Sleeping Beauty’s dance scene to as they are waltzing and these dancing are supposed to look exactly the same.

The animation was much better to look at, and I was able to watch this one, as opposed to Aristocats that I had to advert my eyes half of the time.

The Test of Time:

I’m not sure. This is one of those movies that I loved as a child. Again it’s in the “hero” vain, and I loved the love story but do children still watch it? Is it loved by young people? I can’t seem to recall any presence in the parks or in the merchandizing recently.

Through the Modern Lens

Ok by me.

Next Up:
Winnie the Pooh (I’m really excited, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen this movie from beginning to end!)


Pete L. said...

that video is shocking. so strange. i wonder why they made so many things so similar. The comparison of the waltz is probably not so much to reflect the dance itself as the framing of the shots.

on another note, its very funny to me this whole retrospective, the scores and comments you give all these movies almost leads one to believe that you in fact greatly dislike Disney animated movies lol

FutureWorld84 said...

So I went back and looked at my over all ratings for the movies and there are some that get 4 stars! It's just that they are few and far between, but then as we are just about to enter the Renaissance, the reviews will be more positive. And wait until Pooh (which was a great movie)!

janice said...

steals from the rich, gives to the poor plays games and tricks the king’s throned brother.

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Davenz said...

The animation was much better to look at..

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