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A minor classic from Disney, this 1973 all-animal, all-animated musical version of the familiar story is more charming than one might expect. Perhaps it's the warm, chummy take on key relationships within the legend--the way Robin Hood (Brian Bedford) gets twitterpated whenever the subject of Maid Marian (Monica Evans) comes up or the way best pal Little John (Phil Harris voicing a variation on his own Baloo fromThe Jungle Book) admonishes the Sherwood Forest hero, "Aw, Rob, why dontcha just marry the girl?" (Then, of course, there's the canny "casting" of the romantic leads as foxes: Robin the sly one and Marian the, well, foxy one.) The rest of the vocal cast is lively and eclectic: Peter Ustinov, Andy Devine, Terry-Thomas, George Lindsey. Roger Miller provides the songs and voice for the minstrel character Allan-A-Dale. The film is ably directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, whose decades of work in Disney's animation division helped create the studio's rich legacy.--Tom Keogh
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CastPeter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Phil Harris, Brian Bedford, Roger Miller
DirectorWolfgang Reitherman
Screen WriterFrank Thomas, Ken Anderson, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, David Michener
DVD Release Date:  November 28, 2006
Runtime:  83 minutes
Studio:  Buena Vista Distribution Company
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This was one of my favorite Disney animated features when I was a kid. It's still fun now. One of the things I can appreciate as an adult is how it creates funny yet deep characters. The villagers of Nottingham are very sympathetic. Disney fortunately resisted the temptation to "over cartoonize" most of the characters in the movie (with some unfortunate exceptions, such as the Lady chicken) and we can appreciate the characters for who they are. Some are stuck in truly heart wrenching scenarios and …
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