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Robin Hood

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A cuddly, classic take on the folktale.
Parents recommendPopular with kids
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1973
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ultimately, Robin Hood and his Merry Men demonstrate empathy and care about those less fortunate.

Positive role models

Although Robin and Little John are technically outlaws, they are clearly well meaning; they engage in theft, duplicity and pranks, but all in good humor. Prince John is the pinnacle of poor character: vain, greedy, gullible, and temperamental with a habit for thumb sucking.

Violence & scariness

Mostly slapstick fare with medieval weaponry; Prince John has a sadistic tendency to strike his courtier Hiss.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Robin Hood is mostly tame but contains examples of bad behavior, such as greediness, gullibility and, in Robin's case, stealing. But it's also a heartwarming tale about having compassion for those who are less fortunate.

What's the story?

Walt Disney's animated ROBIN HOOD recounts the story of the famous outlaw and Little John, here depicted as a fox and a bear. Wild animals portray the other folkloric characters, making the story even more engaging for young children. Robin Hood and Little John are uninhibited, mischievous pranksters that "rob the rich to feed the poor". Dressed as female fortune tellers, they pilfer Prince John's money, jewels, hubcaps and even the royal robes off his back. But Robin's antics are countered by his compassion for the impoverished peasants of Nottingham, who benefit from his redistribution of wealth. His romance with Marian is treated with a light hand and resembles school-age infatuation. In her armoire, Maid Marian keeps a cherished picture of Robin -- his wanted poster.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Walt Disney's clever adaptation is entertaining and skillfully animated. Children will enjoy the melodrama and action, as well as musical interludes in a folksong style. Peter Ustinov lends his vocal talent to Prince John, creating a delightfully nefarious screen villain. Prince John is the pinnacle of poor character: vain, greedy, gullible, and temperamental with a habit for thumb sucking. One young viewer laughed out loud with delight to see the infantile tyrant sulk and cry "Mommy" when foiled by his archenemy Robin.

As Disney character animation delights, folksongs add a light-hearted flair. One song, "Love," received an Oscar nomination. As an introduction to swashbuckling comic adventure, this Robin Hood is good fun all around.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it was OK for Robin to steal (while reminding them that it wouldn't be OK for them to steal) in Robin Hood.

  • How do the characters in Robin Hood demonstrate empathy? Why are this an important character strength?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 8, 1973
DVD/Streaming release date:July 4, 2000
Cast:Andy Devine, Brian Bedford, Peter Ustinov
Director:Wolfgang Reitherman
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters, Wild animals
Character strengths:Empathy
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent Written bylauraesb September 20, 2014

Too much violence

I remember loving this as a kid and decided to show it to my two daughters ages 8 and 4. The constant fighting was too much for my kids. Really, there are some sweet and funny bits, but the physical humor was always focused on fighting and there is a lot of talk about hanging, killing, locking up innocents, etc. If your child is sensitive this would not be a great choice.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 5 year old Written byhonigc June 29, 2011

light and fun animated movie for kids

This is a light, humorous movie that is great for kids. There are some things you will want to talk through with your children such as stealing (is it ever OK to steal?) and the implicit threats/violence. Some children will be frightened during the scene where it looks as though Robin Hood has drowned. This is a pretty fuzzy movie and has some scenes that will make your kids guffaw with laughter.
Parent Written bylfpmom March 2, 2015

Not quite as tame as other reviewers have posted

While this is a classic Disney movie, the movie itself has dated content that’s not considered appropriate for today’s young audiences. Yes, the tunes are catchy and there are plenty of lighthearted scenes. However, there are many scenes of oppression and frequent stealing. Most of the main characters shoot bows and arrows and have sword fights although no one is ever hurt. The main character, Robin, appears to drown in one drawn out scene. He's also threatened with being beheaded and shouts of “Kill him!” are frequently heard. A variety of characters are locked in jail, and gallows are set up in order to lure the main character to town and trap him. While no one is ever hurt and the good guys win in the end, I feel parents should be aware of these grim elements to the movie. I wouldn’t consider this movie to be a lighthearted fluffy tale along the lines of Winnie the Pooh no matter how much we may remember it as a beloved classic from our own childhoods.
What other families should know
Too much violence