1. Robin Hood week, oo de lally! This was actually the very first movie in the entire series that I already own! I've seen it so many times that I essentially have it memorized, but I watched it through again to look for things that I might miss on casual viewings. I don't think it comes as a great surprise to all y'all that this is one of my favorite movies, and Robin himself is one of my favorite characters. (He was actually one of the first crushes I can remember.) The songs are really catchy and memorable, and the characters are for the most part pretty likeable. It's one of the first to feature an all-animal cast (technically Bambi fits, because we don't actually see Man on screen, but humans exist in that world) and humanoid anthropomorphic animals, both of which appeal to me. Of note, this movie has a large percentage of bad guys compared to the others. It has Prince John and Sir Hiss, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Nutsy and Trigger (they were more neutral, since they seem to just serve whoever is king a evidenced by them guarding PJ, Hiss, and Sheriff as prisoners, but they count as they worked for PJ for the majority of the film). If you add in characters such as Captain Crocodile and the rhino and elephant guards, the bad guys almost seem to outnumber the good ones. It does have its flaws, though. A great deal of it is recycled, both from other movies and within the movie itself. Back when it was first released it was probably a lot less noticeable (at least with the footage borrowed from other movies), since people didn't have access to the movies to rewatch all together like we've been doing. But the reuse of animation within the film was really noticeable and sometimes distracting. Additionally, the animation quality fluctuated within the movie. Sometimes it was sketchy, and sometimes the lines were crisp. The character animations seemed off for some of the characters sometimes, most noticeably for Mama Bunny in the jail cell. And the story cut around a bit too much sometimes. It was a buddy movie right up until we're introduced to Maid Marian and then all of a sudden Robin can only think of her. And the choice of which characters have British versus American accents was interesting. All the royalty-level characters were British (King Richard, Prince John, Marian, Hiss, and Klucky) as well as Robin and some of the side characters (like Mama Bunny and Otto), but most of the lower class characters and the villain lackeys all had American accents - and even those differed, such as the Sheriff's southern twang versus Skippy's more general accent. And the anachronism of the Happy Birthday song stood out to me, too. 2. I'm going to go a bit off base with the new form of this question, but instead of focusing on one character I wanted to go over some of the characters' species and how stereotypical traits of that species are reflected in the characters themselves. Robin Hood - Foxes are, above all else, viewed as sly, cunning tricksters and thieves. These traits serve Robin well, as he comes up with various ways to pull a fast one on Prince John and rob him to redistribute the wealth back to the people of Nottingham. Little John - Bears are outgoing, strong creatures, just like Little John. They are also intelligent problem solvers, demonstrated by how quickly he can think on his feet. Klucky - Chickens are social animals, and Klucky is a very sociable character. They have a wide range of personalities; some are shy and gentle, while others can be quite outgoing and aggressive; this matches Klucky's blend of brashness and nurturing. As a note - Klucky is hands down one of my favorite side characters ever. GET IT, GIRL! Friar Tuck - He is generally gentle and kind to the citizens of Nottingham and Robin. However, when confronted by those who are abusing their power and making others suffer, that trademark badger temper comes out and he fights nearly to the death to protect what's important to him. Mama Bunny and the kids - First of all, rabbits are known for their ability to multiply, so it makes sense for Mama to have a large family. Additionally, rabbits are quick and clever, two traits that serve Skippy well as someone who looks up to Robin and acts somewhat as his protege. Prince John - As a flip to the other characters exemplifying their species' traits, Prince John is shown as the opposite. Lions are generally viewed as brave, strong, fierce, devoted to their pride, and regal. Prince John, on the other hand, is cowardly, weak, and willing to send his own brother away in order to take over the crown. This opposition to normal lion qualities is done to highlight the fact that he is the villain. (It's also in line with their trend of flamboyant and foppish "sissy villains" like Hook.) 5. I chose Robin's hat. As Maid Marian said, "Only Robin Hood wears a hat like that!" The hat is a symbol of hope, in a time when the citizens of Nottingham have very little of it due to Prince John's awful rule. At the very beginning of the movie, Prince John's archers try to take out Robin Hood, shooting an arrow right through his hat and almost killing him (and the hope of the people along with it). Then, when Robin visits Skippy for his birthday, he gives him a bow and the hat off of his own head, showing him that even when his only farthing is taken, Robin will still be there for them. Later on, Maid Marian and Klucky recognize who Skippy is dressed as by the hat. Skippy proceeds to wear it through the entire movie, indicating that that spark of hope is still with the townsfolk. Through his many disguises, Robin wears different hats, but he always (or at least almost always; I'm unsure of the fortune teller costume since the first frame to last frame of that disguise he's still wearing the bandana) wears his own hat underneath. 9. There are so many scenes that I love from this movie that it was hard to pick. But one of the major themes of the movie is standing up against injustice, and the fight at the end of the archery scene demonstrates this perfectly. 10. What single pin do you think best represents this film for you? Why? Give us the pin number and post a picture! This is almost a perfect recreation of the above: Pin# 84233 - JDS - 110th Legacy Collection - Robin Hood and Prince John (this is the LE110 version; there is also an LE250 version - pin 84138 - but may as well go for the harder to find one! ) It's not as representative, but I have to give props to my favorite non-fantasy mash-up pin (even slightly more than the Stitch invades pin series), featuring this week's -and- last week's movies! I was actually on the fence about using this for last week's representative pin, but decided to hold off to use it this week. Pin# 83849 - DSF - Disney Cats - Prince John & King Leonidas Random Thoughts Either more foxes and bears exist in this world that we aren't introduced to, Robin is AMAZING at disguises, or the other characters just have blinders on. As far as we can tell, Robin and Little John are the only bear and fox (aside from Marian) in this part of the world, and yet time and time again the other characters are VERY SURPRISED when they take off their costumes and reveal themselves.