Tuesday, April 26, 2016

British History in Film | The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Robin Hood (1973)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

A wonderful spectacle that includes most of my favorite Robin Hood stories in a single film. And what Errol Flynn lacks in Douglas Fairbanks' sheer acrobatic ability, he makes up in swordsmanship and charm. It's tough for me to pick a favorite between the two of them.

Meanwhile, Claude Rains is a memorable Prince John and Basil Rathbone is always a delicious foil for Flynn. I'm not a huge fan of Olivia de Havilland as Marian - not when I have Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio to compare her to - but she's fine and I have no complaints either.

Robin Hood (1973)

Made during a time when Disney was creating animated features on the cheap, but it's no less charming for that. It's not the best Robin Hood, but it will always be my Robin Hood.

1 comment:

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

On your recommendation I too watch Disney's Robin Hood this week.

It is a very 70s movie with a leisurely pace with a laid back mellow attitude even in the midst of the exciting jail break climax.

While the film has a reputation for its economy I was impressed by the character tics and how the animators were creative with playing with these characters as animals like Hiss' balloon-copter or Robin's disguise as a stork.

What most surprised me was the opening theme music which had repurposed for "The Hamster Dance" decades later!


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