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'.
  • Creator Backlash: In issue 26 of the magazine "Animator", Don Bluth expressed dissatisfaction with working on Disney's Robin Hood;
    "I drew with great excitement, thinking how good it was to work on a Disney feature. When Robin Hood was completed I decided it did not look the greatest of films. The heart wasn’t in it. It had technique, the characters were well drawn, the Xerox process retained the fine lines so I could see all of the self indulgence of the animators, each one saying, “Look how great I am,” but the story itself had no soul."
  • Dawson Casting: Two inversions: In S1 and S2 twenty-one year old Marian was played by then-nineteen year old Lucy Griffiths, and eighteen year old Will Scarlett was played by twenty-two year old Harry Lloyd.
    • Played straight in S3, in which twenty-eight year old Clive Standen plays twenty year old Archer, and thirty year old Joanne Froggatt plays Kate, whose age is never specified, but who is clearly meant to be a young teenager judging by the way she behaves and is treated by other characters.
  • Deleted Scene: According to the DVD commentary, the Season Two finale included a scene in which Djaq gives Allan the pigeon carrier that he is seen carrying in the final shot of the episode. This scene would have presumably given closure to the Will/Djaq/Allan Love Triangle, but as it stands, the audience doesn't even get to see these three characters say goodbye to each other.
  • 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.
  • Troubled Production: Nobody is quite sure of what happened behind the scenes on series 3, but it seems to certainly fall under this.
  • 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 because a wolf was more imposing.
    • 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.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Keith Allen lost a tooth during the filming of the final episode of the first series, which was written into the script. Accordingly the Sheriff now has a series of different false teeth, some leather or jewelled, which he plucks (there's more than one of them) from the skulls he has in his chamber.
  • You Look Familiar: Several guest actors appeared multiple times for small parts due to the show being shot in Hungary; the actor playing Henry of Lewes also played a Locksley villager in Too Hot to Handle and turned up as a castle guard on half a dozen other occasions.
    • The actress playing Forrest's wife in the second episode of the series had a twin sister who played Beatrice in the second season.

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