Robinhood Makes Good (1939)

aka Robin Hood Makes Good
Article 5318 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-8-2016
Directed by Chuck Jones
Featuring the voices of Mel Blanc, Bernice Hansen, Margaret Hill-Talbot
Country: USA
What it is: Warner Brothers whimsy

After reading a book on him, three squirrels decide to play Robin Hood, with the littlest forced to play the rich man who is robbed. A fox lures the other squirrels into a trap by pretending to be Maid Marian. Can the littlest squirrel rescue them?

Chuck Jones must have been a fan of Robin Hood; he also gave us RABBIT HOOD and ROBIN HOOD DAFFY. This, the earliest, is from his earliest days as a director where he still specialized in whimsy and cute characters, and if this one gets by at all, it’s largely by cuteness. Also, it’s another one of those cartoons in which the fantastic content is entirely due to the presence of anthropomorphic animals. For some reason, my print has the main title without a space between Robin and Hood. All in all, it’s pretty ordinary.


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