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Tear Jerker / Robin Hood

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1973 animated Disney movie
"Not in Nottingham..."
  • "Not in Nottingham" is hardcore for a song from a Disney movie.
    I'm inclined to believe
    if we weren't so down
    we'd up and leave.
    We'd up and fly if we had wings for flyin'
    Can't you see the tears we're cryin'?
    Can't there be some happiness for me?
    Not in Nottingham.
  • "Love" is bittersweet at best, depressing at worst. It's about how time flies, life is short, and only love lasts forever...not exactly the best accompaniment to Robin and Marian's happy moonlit stroll at the start of their new life together.
    • It could reflect how they haven't seen each other for a long time since Marian left for London, and wish to spend as much time together as they can before anything happens. But they were able to get married at the end.
  • The moment when Robin is due to be executed is surprisingly poignant. Marian pleads Please Spare Him, My Liege!, claiming she loves him. Prince John scoffs and asks if Robin even loves her back. Cue an aching heartbeat of silence as Marian tearfully waits for his answer — which is of course "Marian my darling, I love you more than life itself."
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  • Robin's Disney Death, with Little John and Skippy crying.
  • When Friar Tuck is in prison, if you look closely, you can see the words "FORGIVE THEM ALL" carved into a stone on the wall. It's subtle, but so excruciatingly painful.
  • Similarity, the cell where the rest of the villagers are kept has "God forgive Prince John" carved by the door. Tearjerker combined with Heartwarming Moment, as whether or not you are religious, it shows suffering people banding together and finding comfort in their faith.
  • After the Not in Nottingham song, we cut to the church, which is in ruins. Friar Tuck is ringing the bells. One of the mice remarks that they doubt anyone's listening. Tuck answers that he simply wants to bring some light with the sound of bells.


The BBC series

  • Allan's reaction to his brother's death. Despite the fact that Tom has given him nothing but trouble, it is made obvious that he still cared and was devastated by his death.
  • Allan's death, a heartbreaking and tragic end where he dies trying to be a hero but failing.
  • Gisborne's death saving Robin and by extension all the townspeople, where he finally admits that Marian was 'always Robin's', and then Robin's death and his final farewells to the gang... well John and Much at least... a few minutes later.
  • The end of series three. Okay yeah, so this series didn't measure up to the previous two, but the final moment when Robin is revealed to be dying is very well done. First we have Robin heading off to Sherwood alone. As he does so, he runs his fingers through the grass, neatly bookending the series, as when he first returned to Locksley at the start of the show, he did the same thing with a bush. After a tearful goodbye with his friends, he stumbles off alone and finally collapses by a tree, a very dejected version of his theme playing. And suddenly turns into a calm, gentle version of Marian's theme, as her spirit appears to take him into the afterlife and the music becomes happy. Sure, Robin is dead, he never reclaimed his lands and the Outlaws are left to struggle on without him, but at least he ended up with Marian and not Kate!

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