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(Re)discover “Robin Hood”, the 21st Disney Studios classic that revisits the famous British myth with animals.

Since King Richard the Lionheart left for the Crusades, his brother, the cruel Prince John, has claimed the throne and crown of England. Greedy and greedy, living only to fill the royal treasury, he imposes crushing taxes on all of his subjects and does not care if they have anything left to eat.

Faced with the tyranny of the insensitive sovereign, a vigilante decides to put his talents as an archer at the service of the people, and steal from the rich to give to the poor. This fox nicknamed Robin Hood, accompanied by his faithful companion, the bear Petit-Jean, does not hesitate to steal the wealth of the kingdom even in the princely carriage. Secretly, between two adventures, he dreams of winning the heart of Belle Marianne, whom he has not seen since his childhood.

disney in the 70s

Whether we’re talking about The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn, Robin Hood, The Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner or Robin Hood (for short) with Russell Crowe, there is no shortage of feature films dedicated to the famous Sherwood vigilante in Hollywood.

That of the Disney studios, produced in the early 1970s by the artists of a company that is still mourning the death of its great boss, is undoubtedly one of the essential versions of the myth. If Walt Disney’s absence begins to be felt and the enchanted kingdom slowly emerges from the golden age that accompanied it for two decades, Robin Hood is a separate work in the studio’s filmography and shows different qualities than its predecessors.

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Because is good?

Served by a host of hilarious and malicious villains, from the pusillanimous Prince John to the sarcastic Sad Sire and the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood is perhaps one of the funniest Disney classics ever created.

The other strong point of the film lies in its dialogues, finely crafted and perpetually adorned with flowery expressions, directly inspired by medieval times. Packed with legendary lines, the film taps into the intelligence and curiosity of its youngest viewers and dares to offer them lexicon chosen on the principle that it will enrich their vocabulary rather than overwhelm them.

For these two reasons and dozens more, Robin Hood must be (re)discovered as a family without moderation.

Walt Disney Animation Studios

What you will like…

  • The archery tournament sequence is excellent, fun and epic at the same time.
  • The numerous secondary characters, also tasty. We can mention in particular the benevolent Brother Tuck, the excellent Lady Gertrude (“catch the fat one!”), the two vultures Pendard and Niquédouille or even the dog Corniaud.

What could worry you…?

  • Honestly, not much. Perhaps, possibly, the sequence in which Robin is taken prisoner by Prince John, and where he orders his beheading. But the tension doesn’t build for long.

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