Trivia / Robin Hood

  • Acting for Two: King Richard and Prince John are both voiced by Peter Ustinov.
  • Actor Allusion: Sam Troughton plays Much in the BBC series, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Patrick Troughton , who was the first ever Robin Hood on TV.
    • In the episode Lardner's Ring, Guy tells Marian that: "you're coming home with me." This is what Thornton says to Margaret Hale at the conclusion of North and South. Both characters were played by Richard Armitage.
      • In addition, both Richard Armitage and Gisborne have the same middle name: 'Crispin'.
  • Older Than They Think: What was the first animated Robin Hood movie with a Funny Animal cast? Why The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik, of course! True, it's a Parody, yet it was released by Hanna-Barbera in 1972, one year ahead of the Disney version.
  • What Could Have Been: At one point, the animators considering playing with the Animal Stereotypes and make the Sheriff a goat, but indicative of Disney's Dork Age in The Dark Age of Animation, the director rejected it in favor of easy stereotypes.
    • Friar Tuck was originally conceived as a pig, but the filmmakers feared that the Catholic Church would be insulted (the Church didn't seem to care the last time this was done, though).
    • In one version of the ending, the Sheriff was in attendance at Robin Hood and Maid Marian's wedding, indicating that he may have reformed or been pardoned.
    • The special edition DVD shows off a reconstruction of an unused ending for the movie, in which Robin briefly becomes a Dude In Distress following an injury sustained from his fall during the climax: he would be left with Maid Marian at the church while Little John went off to find help. Prince John comes in while Robin is still knocked out, and is prepared to stab Marian to get to Robin, while she is prepared to stand in front of him to defend him. Of course, both are saved by the timely arrival of good King Richard.
    • Another alternate storyline involved Prince John setting another trap for Robin by sending fake love letters to him and Maid Marian so they will meet in Sherwood Forest where his guards will capture them.
    • Prince John was originally going to be a tiger, but King Richard "The Lion Hearted" obviously had to be portrayed as a lion, so the tiger idea was dropped. Interestingly, it seems that when they decided to drop this idea, they just removed the stripes from the model sheets of the character, without making further changes. This could explain why he has no mane.
  • The Disney version of Robin Hood was the first of the "untouchables" note  to be released on home video as the premiere title in The Classics: Walt Disney Home Video aka the Walt Disney Classics (nicknamed the "Black Diamonds") franchise in 1984, right after the 1984 management shift evicted older management who were resistant to releasing these movies anywhere other than theaters (it's also the first completely post-Walt film to be released for home media). It was mostly rented (unlike the other Classics titles, it was a high-end purchase; the main attraction in Disney's 1984 Christmas video season was the DTV music program and remaining stock of the Walt Disney Cartoon Classics Limited Gold Edition series), but sold enough copies to ensure that Pinocchio, which was reissued in theaters that same season and finished second in the box office overall for Christmas, would be the second title and the first of Walt's "Untouchables" to be a Classics entry, changing Disney's vault strategy. In 1991, Robin Hood left the Disney Vault on a later Classics reissue and became a general release title, and as of 2015, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Fantasia 2000 replaced the package films, The Sword in the Stone, The Aristocats, this movie, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, and Oliver & Company as the "Untouchables" that are only released for home media on a limited basis.

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