||I've always loved this version of Robin Hood. The
characters are so well fleshed out, and everybody is so funny. There is
a stretch near the middle that doesn't have many laughs, but it is meant
to be very somber, as we must feel the plight of the devastated
characters. But the archery contest and sneaking into Prince John's
bedroom to steal his gold were great. The robbery by the "fortune
tellers" that opened the film was the single best moment in the movie.
However much I liked
the various characters, I think Sir Hiss the snake was my favorite. He
looked so jolly, especially in his cute hat, and I loved his
mini-helicopter in a balloon! In fact, though, all of the characters
were amazingly portrayed. The Disney animators did a terrific job at the
secondary characters. The kids, like the rabbit and turtle, had so much
charm, especially in their talk and mock sword-fight with Maid Marian
and Lady Cluck. Prince John is appropriately evil, even getting to twirl
his mustaches! P.J., indeed!
The animation is not as good as earlier or later
films, a case in point being Disney's first movie,
Snow White. However,
I noticed the multi-plane camera moves that provide depth to scenes, making
them very much three-dimensional. I recognized some of the voices from
other Disney movies, as well, with the most prominent one being the
mouse priest, with Piglet's voice.
The songs are fun folk tunes, set for the time period.
It's appropriate that the Sheriff and Sir Hiss end up singing one of the
rebel's tunes, as they are quite catchy.
This is a terrific animated movie -in terms of story,
it's one that we're are intimately familiar with, but it works because of
the Disney touch. The characters are what drives the story, from
intelligent and stupid bad guys to cunning good guys. This is a lot of
fun, and definitely worth watching.