Friday, August 2, 2013

Movie Review: Robin Hood: The Disney Animal Version

While I had never wondered what the tale of Robin Hood would be like if the characters were portrayed by animals, Disney apparently decided that people would be interested in such a twist on the legend. After seeing Robin Hood and Maid Marian as foxes, Little John as a bear, Friar Tuck as a badger, and other similar animal versions of characters, I have to admit that their experiment was a success.

This gimmick would not have been nearly enough to sustain a movie in and of itself, but the animals are given various adventures to go that are just as entertaining as the characters. Many of the scenes are brilliantly crafted, and the music is good. All of it adds up to make this a Disney classic. A few random anachronisms and plot flaws distract from the story, but otherwise this is a fun animated film that is far more amusing than the strange premise might suggest.

There is a bit of cross-dressing and related humor, some of it mildly inappropriate. Violence is minor and often more silly than realistic.