The story of England’s legendary hero of the common people is told by travelling minstrel Allan-a-Dale. The story is enacted by an assortment of cartoon animal characters (Robin Hood and Maid Marian are foxes, Little John is a bear, King Richard and Prince John are lions, etc.). Robin Hood rebels against the villainy of Prince John and his accomplices, Sir Hiss and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Prince John has usurped the throne of King Richard, his brother, who was captured on the Crusades. With Little John, Friar Tuck, and the townspeople of Nottingham, Robin defeats the runty prince and his minions and Richard is free to return and reclaim his kingdom.
The Robin Hood legend has long been popular with movie makers, inspiring the silent version starring Douglas Fairbanks, the Errol Flynn classic of 1938, Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn’s ‘Robin and Marian’; in 1976, Disney’s own live-action version ‘The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men’ in 1952, and Kevin Costner’s latest version in 1991.
Some 350,000 drawings were made for the production, with over 100,000
painted cells and 800 painted backgrounds for this cartoon movie from
1973. Robin Hood was the first Disney animated feature conceived,
written, and directed entirely without input from the late Walt Disney.
In the same period a magazine was published with new adventures of Robin
Hood and his friends.
- Robin Hood – Brian Bedford
- Little John – Phil Harris
- Maid Marian – Monica Evans
- Prince John – Peter Ustinov
- Sir Hiss – Terry-Thomas
- Sheriff of Nottingham – Pat Buttram
- Friar Tuck – Andy Devine
- Lady Kluck – Carole Shelley
- Alan-a-Dale – Roger Miller
- Trigger – George Lindsey
- Nutsy – Ken Curtis
- King Richard – Peter Ustinov
- Mother Rabbit – Barbara Luddy
- Skippy – Billy Whitaker
- Sis – Dana Laurita
- Tagalong – Dora Whitaker
- Toby Turtle – Richie Sanders
- Otto – J. Pat O’Malley
- Church Mouse – Beulah Bondi
- Captain of the guard – Candy Candido
Although a full soundtrack to Robin Hood has never been released on CD, a record of the film was made at the time of the film’s release in 1973, which included the film’s songs, score, narration, and dialogue. We have put the lyrics to the songs on their own page.