Robin Hood

Movie review by
Rafael Munsi, Common Sense Media
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A cuddly, classic take on the folktale.
  • G
  • 1973
  • 93 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult 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... Continue reading
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 t... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDominicboo1 May 9, 2011

Odeally Golly What A Movie!

Robin might steal, but you know that the people are basically having the money stolen from them. Prince John does nothing for them, so it's like justic is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanay_4511 October 28, 2010

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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