7 Things I Love About Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’
I am an unabashed fan of the 1973 animated Robin Hood movie. For me, it stands far and above any of the modern offerings of the classic tale. I recognize I was quite impressionable when I saw this, and since I had not yet mastered analytical thinking skills, or speech, for that matter, I was unable to properly assess the film. But let’s face it, even at my tender age I knew this Robin had more charisma in his sexy little snout than any actual actor could ever hope to have. Here are the reasons the 1973 Disney version of Robin Hood has stood the test of time for me.
1)Animated Robin is one hot fox. Disney knows how to anthropomorphize cute animals, and I think that this was one of their best accomplishments ever. Robin made my pulse quicken, and quickly became my first crush. I was too naive to realize that crushing on animals was not appropriate, and it is a wonder that I did not grow up with a furry fetish because of my early fixation. Imaginary Robin ate with our family, slept in my room, and took vacations with us.
When my parents first took me to Disney we frantically searched for Robin all over the park. When I finally made his acquaintance, and he put his paw in my little hand, my knees buckled and I nearly swooned. If you don’t think this fox is sex on stick, we can’t be friends any more.
2)Robin is good with children. All women love to see how potential mates react to children. This is a safe way to gauge how they might behave with their own children. Since Robin was my potential mate (I didn’t understand that interspecies mating is a no-no) my heart nearly burst with joy upon seeing him interact with the poor children of Nottingham. When he handed over his bow and arrow to Skippy the rabbit because his birthday farling was taken away by the Sheriff, well, that sealed the deal. We were meant to be betrothed.
3)British accents. I realize this might come across hypocritical, because I bitched about the British accents in my review of the Russell Crowe/Ridley Scott film. However, I am a sucker for British accents, especially when I can discern what is being said. A group of British thespians provided the voices for Robin Hood (1973) and I listened to them for years on a 33 RPM record my parents bought me. Love, love, love the voices.
4) It’s romantic. Seriously. The Maid Marion and Robin Hood love story is to die for. When Robin looks at Marion and says, “Marion my darling, I love you more than life itself,” well, I’m a puddle.
Take a look at this sweet little clip and tell me I’m wrong.
5) Colorful cast of characters. Phil Harris is fantastic as Little John, constantly keeping Robin’s whimsical impulses in check. His banter with Robin is priceless, and this is actually a great buddy flick. Throw in Sir Hiss, Lady Kluck, Friar Tuck, and of course that crooning rooster Alan-a-Dale and it’s a merry motley crew indeed.
6) It’s swashbucking. Robin has to escape the King and his rhinoceros henchman on more than one occasion. He swims moats, scales castle walls, swings from vines and executes other resourceful escapes. In particular, Robin is a master of disguise. Out of nowhere, he can conjure up costumes for a gypsy lady, a stork, and a blind beggar, and he can always fool the sheriff. He’s a sly one, that Robin.
7)They all live happily ever after. At my most impressionable age, I had ridiculously high expectations for happiness foisted upon me by this movie, probably directly resulting in me remaining single until the age of thirty. No man ever lived up to the expectations an animated fox planted in my head all those years ago. But, I finally found my Hood, and yep, that’s really my last name now. Mr. Hood and I live in our own bizarre version of happily ever after.