As a rule of thumb, if a Disney animated movie was made between 1970 and 1989 (when girlie favourite The Little Mermaid was released), chances are it isn’t very good. And 1973’s Robin Hood proves the rule – the animation is dated, the humour only mildly amusing… and the animals aren’t even that cute!
That’s unfortunate, since this Disney musical movie is entirely populated with animals playing the roles of Robin Hood, his Merry Men, Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin is a sly fox (literally), helping the poor with his band of merry men from deep in Sherwood Forest, robbing the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham when he gets the chance. There are a couple of fun chases and some sprightly slapstick moments, but all in all this is forgettable stuff that’s far less entertaining than other retellings of the Robin Hood story, such as 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, with a swashbuckling Errol Flynn, and 1991’s daftly enjoyable Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner.
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