Robin Hood

Movie review by
Rafael Munsi, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Clever animated take on the folktale has some violence.
  • G
  • 1973
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 20 reviews

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Positive Messages

Ultimately, Robin Hood and his Merry Men demonstrate empathy to care about those less fortunate, and use their skills to fight back against economic injustice. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although Robin and Little John are technically outlaws, they're 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

Cartoon violence throughout. Characters fight with bows and arrows, flaming arrows, swords, axes. Slapstick fare with medieval weaponry; Prince John has a sadistic tendency to strike his courtier Hiss. Characters are held at knifepoint. References to a noose, hanging. 

Sexy Stuff

While dressed as a female fortune teller, Little John hides gold coins down the front of his outfit, causing his chest to expand as if he has large breasts, causing Prince John's guards to hoot and wolf whistle. 

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

After Sir Hiss ends up hiding out in a barrel of ale, he reemerges with glazed eyes, slurred speech, and cartoon bubbles representing drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Robin Hood is an animated 1973 Disney version of the classic tale of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. There's some cartoon violence: Characters battle with bows and arrows, axes, knives, and swords. References to a noose and hanging. There's some slapstick violence, typically involving Prince John and his snake assistant Sir Hiss. Speaking of, in one scene, Sir Hiss is shown hiding out in a bottle of ale, then later reemerges with glazed eyes, slurred speech, and cartoon bubbles that represent drunkenness. In another scene, Little John is dressed as a female fortune teller, and hides gold coins down the front of his disguise, causing his top to swell as if he has large breasts, causing Prince John's guards to hoot and wolf whistle. Parents and families can use this as a chance to talk about how the people who are supposed to be the "good guys" engage in bad behavior, and it's the outlaw "bad guys" like Robin Hood who do the right thing, particularly for those less fortunate.  

 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 catc... Continue reading
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
Kid, 10 years old May 10, 2020

Used to watch it a lot

This is a sweet classic movie for small children. I used to watch it a lot when I was four and five. Good role models (Lady Cluck is awesome). Slightly dated bu... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byheillia February 21, 2013

Robin Hood Is right for you.

I think it's an amazing film for kids because it teaches us to be friendly and learn to not judge people before you know them,it also helps parent to tea... Continue reading

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 kids. 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. Kids 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. 

As Disney character animation delights, folk songs 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. Just be aware that it's more violent than you might remember from your childhood. 

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 is this an important character strength?

  • How do the characters who are usually the "good guys" like Prince John act bad, and how do the "bad guys" like Robin Hood do the right thing? 

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