Disney Screen movie was Disney's animated ROBIN HOOD (1973).
ROBIN HOOD was a particular favorite of our oldest daughter, and while I knew parts of it well (especially the opening tune "Robin Hood and Little John walking through the forest..."), I'm not sure I'd ever seen it all the way through from start to finish. I rectified that today!
ROBIN HOOD was much better attended than the previous Disney Screen movies I've seen. I'm curious whether the specific title pulled people in or if perhaps word is starting to spread about the Disney Screen program and it's catching on.
Two decades before ROBIN HOOD, Disney had filmed the story in a live action version, THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MERRIE MEN (1952), which I'll be reviewing here at some future date. For the animated version, the story was told with anthropomorphic animals.
THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967), voices another bear this time, the congenial Little John.
Andy Devine is the voice of Friar Tuck, who was drawn to look rather like Devine! Pat Buttram and George Lindsey of THE ARISTOCATS (1970) returned to Disney for this film, and Ken Curtis is in the cast as well.
The general outlines of the story will be familiar to anyone who's seen another version of ROBIN HOOD. It's a well-plotted, entertaining cartoon, if not a particular personal Disney favorite, and it made a pleasant afternoon at the movies.
ROBIN HOOD was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. It runs 83 minutes.
ROBIN HOOD was preceded by the adorable Pluto cartoon MAIL DOG (1947), in which Pluto must carry a bag of mail to an airport when a plane can't make it through. He's helped and hindered by a cold bunny rabbit, building to a very cute ending. I think I enjoyed seeing this even more than the feature film! MAIL DOG is available on DVD in the Disney Treasures set The Complete Pluto, Vol. 2.
ROBIN HOOD is available on DVD in multiple editions, including a 40th Anniversary Edition, a Gold Collection edition, and the Most Wanted edition. It's had a Blu-ray release and also came out on VHS. It can be streamed on Amazon Instant Video.
Previous Disney Screen reviews: OLIVER & COMPANY (1988), EIGHT BELOW (2006), THE LOVE BUG (1968), and THE ROCKETEER (1991).