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Robin Hood (1973)

This Disney animated feature (their 21st full-length cartoon) has animals taking the roles of the characters in the Robin Hood legend.

Robin Hood is a sly fox, Little John a bear, Friar Tuck a badger, and Prince John a scrawny, neurotic lion.

Dastardly Prince John and the mean Sheriff of Nottingham are up to their old tricks – levying heavy taxes and making people’s lives a misery.

But, never fear, help is at hand in the shape of Robin Hood, who steals from the rich to feed the poor.

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Villainous Prince John (voiced by Peter Ustinov) and his slimy snake counsellor Sir Hiss (Terry-Thomas) provide the funniest moments, while the archery contest-turned-American football match is an action highlight.

This cartoon may not have the heart or the memorable songs of the studio’s classics, but the result is still a pleasant and entertaining diversion for children.

Robin Hood
Brian Bedford
Little John
Phil Harris
Maid Marian
Monica Evans
Prince John
Peter Ustinov
Sir Hiss
Terry-Thomas
Friar Tuck
Andy Devine
Allan-A-Dale
Roger Miller
Lady Kluck
Carole Shelley

Director
Wolfgang Reitherman