Western Animation: Rocket Robin Hood

60's Canadian cartoon series set in "the fantastic years to come," supposedly the year 3000, starring Rocket Robin Hood and his Merry Men, direct descendants of the English originals. Produced by Toronto-based Trillium Productions, the second and third seasons were done by Ralph Bakshi, and had a much different feel from the first. Though largely forgotten outside of Canada, the series has been a standby in children's programming blocks ever since its original release, due in part to Canadian content mandates.

Many animation sequences from this show were re-used in episodes of the 1967 Spider-Man series and at least two episodes, "Dementia Five" and "From Menace to Menace" were recycled with Spider-Man replacing Robin.

Tropes include:

  • Awesome McCoolname: It's not merely about Robin Hood with rockets; the protagonist's name is actually Rocket Robin Hood.
  • Berserk Button: There are quite a few. For example, in one episode, whenever the Sheriff would claim that the disintegrator ray was "his", he would be corrected by the inventor. However, if he'd claim the disintegrator ray to be "ours", he would certainly not be corrected. Throughout the entire series, if one threatens one of Robin's men, or Robin himself, he'll soon wish he hadn't, as the loyalty between the Merry Men is strong. And, don't try to trick Eric Arthur, the leader of the Vikings, as he doesn't like it when people try to deceive him.
  • The Big Guy: Little John
  • Dirty Coward: The Sheriff of N.O.T.T. (National Outer-space Terrestrial Territories)
  • Eat the Camera: "The Manta Menace."
  • Edible Bludgeon: The fight scenes often featured a hambone and a sack of flour.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: With only a very few exceptions.
  • Fighter Launching Sequence: In the opening sequence.
  • Humiliation Conga: As it was aimed at kids, you rarely see anyone actually getting killed, even the villains, who usually just end up getting defeated. Many of them ended up being subjected to the Humiliation Conga, but perhaps the most notable example of this was Dr. Medulla at the end of the "Living Planet" episode, in which after he is defeated, he is prevented from escaping, overpowered by Robin before he can retaliate, and tied to a pole to be pestered by a woodpecker pecking on his head while the hero and his allies look on laughing and making jokes at his expense.
  • Identical Grand Son: The entire cast, as driven home in the episode where Robin and Little John go back in time eighteen hundred years to meet the real Robin Hood.
  • Limited Animation
  • Reality Is Out to Lunch: "Dementia Five". Just Don't step on the rugs...seriously...
  • Recycled In Space: Rocket Robin hood is actually just Robin Hood, except they sometimes fly through space and stick words like "astro" in randomly.
  • Sound In Space
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Sheriff has been on both sides of this trope. He once invoked this on his guards for failing to keep Robin and Little John in the vault. The time this trope was invoked onto the Sheriff was when Prince John decided to bring in a new Sheriff, while the old Sheriff was fired and scheduled to be executed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: One episode had a feast where Friar Tuck was eating a meat pie, and Prince John offers Rocket a bowl of broth (While adding poison right in front of everyone, but no-one seems to notice) Robin declines the broth and hands it to Friar Tuck. Who immediately drains it and starts reacting to the poison.
    Rocket: Oh no! What was in that meat pie!?