Accidentally Correct Writing: Prince John has no mane, most likely due to him originally being a tiger and animators not bothering with a new design. However, a lion who lacks testosterone does lose its mane and strength, a fitting imagery for the weak Prince John.
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 wasnt 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.
Floyd Norman once said that he was grateful to have gotten fired from animating on it.
Creator's Pest: Animator Floyd Norman personally disliked Skippy due to how "annoying" and "bratty" he is.
Uncredited Role: The film only listed the actors playing the main character and key supporting characters; other actors like J. Pat O'Malley (Otto), John Fiedler (Deacon), Barbara Luddy (Deacon's wife) and all the child actors went uncredited.
If anything, the film would have been a take on the tale of Reynard the Fox, but instead went to the Robin Hood mythos during production, which would be an interesting case of a Dolled-Up Installment, as the Reynard elements have been retained.
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, Wolfgang Reitherman rejected it because a wolf was more imposing. Furthermore, Robin Hood was going to have a full cast of Merrie Men for the story, but Reitherman shot that down too considering he was too enamoured to doing a funny animal medieval emulation of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and had just Robin and Little John.
At some point during early development, one of the proposed settings was in the Old West, with actors Pat Buttram (The Gene Autry Show), Andy Devine (Jingles from The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok), Ken Curtis (Festus from Gunsmoke), and George Lindsey (Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, and The Real McCoys before playing Goober), all of whom had notable experience acting in Westerns.
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.
According to the book Mouse Under Glass, a dark ride based on the film was developed for the Disney Theme Parks, but it didn't work out. According to Tony Baxter, this is because of the film's lack of atmosphere:
"Whether it's a good movie or not is beside the point. It's a movie that's characters, there's no atmosphere in it. I call it 'sticks and stones and rocks and leaves'. First you have the stone walls outside the castle, then the stone walls inside the castle, then the leaves in the forest, that's it. There are no exotic environments, you just have all these scenes with Robin meeting Friar Tuck, then Robin meeting Little John, then Robin meeting Maid Marian. That's when I figured it out: rides are about exotic places, not characters. The best attractions are where you suddenly find yourself in a jewel minenote As in Snow White's Scary Adventures or flying over Londonnote As in Peter Pan's Flight."
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.
Team Leather - Sheriff/Guy. Also included Allan and Isabella at different points of the show.
Gisabella - The Gisborne siblings, Guy and Isabella. Sometimes used as a name just for Isabella herself.
Braid-Face - Kate, referring to her silly hairstyles◊. As The Scrappy, she was also known as "the Scofula Skank" (long story), "faux-Marian", and S.U.K. (Stupid Useless Kate).
Preachy and Screechy - the combined force of Tuck and Kate.
Killed by Request: Joe Armstrong asked for Allan to be killed off, as he grew frustrated by his character's reduced role.
Uncredited Role: "Tattoo? What Tattoo?" does not have a credited writer, with the line producer's name going where the writing credit would normally go in the opening credits. The episode was written by Julian Mitchell, and he was credited in pre-publicity and listings magazines, but (for unknown reasons) isn't on the episode itself.
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.