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Robin Hood Movie Review

The other day I talked about the book, “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood,” and today I will give my thoughts on Disney’s cartoon adaptation. I love this movie, and it has to be my fourth favorite of all 54 Disney cartoons. It is funny, has my second favorite Disney song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGzyDnIocug , “Oo De Lally” and has, in my opinion, the second best disney voice: Phil Harris (Baloo, Thomas O’Malley, Little John.)

First, about the time setting. There are two main time settings: before the Crusades, and robin2after the Crusades. (Not during, because Robin Hood historically went to the crusades.) The book is set

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Robin Hood Book to Movie Comparison

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I have recently read what is now my favorite book.  It has even surpassed The Hobbit, which I have for years thought nothing could compare to. You may be thinking, “But Roly, this book is not Disney.  It’s just a book Disney made a movie after.” Yes, I know that is true; but if you read the book you could see how Disney could make a movie after this without even trying. Some Disney movies are based after books with very un-Disneyish things in them (Pinnochio with Jiminy Cricket dying, Cinderella with the sisters eyes getting pecked out[hey, they deserved it.]) This book though, has the same upbeat, carefree tone as the movie. It’s no wonder why it’s called The (Merry) Adventures of Robin Hood.

Each chapter centers around some adventure that Robin Hood goes on, which involves either him being foolish and getting himself in trouble, or him making an utter fool of someone. It has the same feel as the movie, with different adventures that are not exactly connected to one another, but doesn’t include the storyline with Prince John in it. The main villain in the book is the Sheriff of Nottingham.robin1

Now you may not feel the same way I do, since this is not a “masterpiece,” but it is a very fun book and is definitely worth reading.  I will go more deeply into this book at a later time, telling about my favorite parts of it and why.  First I will give you a warning. If you are really into the book and really love the characters or are just determined to read every word (like I was,) don’t read the epilogue. I won’t give the ending away, but the ending is very sad. The book itself still has a satisfying ending. Personally, I don’t like endings.  Even though there never was a second book, I wish it would have been left open. In the movie however, he goes away to who knows where, and could easily continue his adventures. That ending suits me better. There is also no Oo-de-lally, or bunnies in the book. Sad.robin2

I will give my thoughts on the movie at a later time, as this blog was mostly about the book. I will probably get it posted this week, but don’t count on it. I will also give my thoughts on Song of the South, which I managed to watch (despite the very best efforts of protesters all around america) next week. See ya real soon.

Roly

Disney doing Live-Action movies of former animated classics-

lar3Recently there has been a plethora of announcements about Disney doing live- action movies based on many animated classics like Dumbo, Bambi, and even Winnie-the-Pooh! These are three of my favorites and I love Disney, but I am perplexed by these choices for movie making. I fail to see how you can make a live-action movie based on a previous animated movie with animals. Are they going to do CGI, or people in animal costumes?

Disney has announced that Tim Burton is going to do Dumbo. This is a tenuous choice at best. My imagination is going wild with what this could yield. For someone who loves the tender scene in Dumbo where Mrs. Jumbo is cradling and swinging Dumbo in her trunk while “Baby of Mine” plays (after the two have been separated with Mrs. Jumbo in quarantine) I don’t see anyone doing this justice in a remake.

lar2larBambi with people? How do they do that? Winnie-the-Pooh? Reports are that the movie will be a depiction as Christopher Robin as a grown man. Obviously Christopher Robin could easily be played by a person, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see how they do Pooh bear and friends.

I love Disney and always have. A big reason is from great memories of all of their wonderful movies. (This was before I even went to Walt Disney World.) My hope is that they continue to create other great movies and memories; not bad ones. I hope my pre-judgement proves me wrong.

Roly’s Thoughts on “The Three Caballeros” Movie

The Three Caballeros movie review-A teenager’s comedic take on this movie

Hello. Today you will find out a little something about me. I HATE THIS MOVIE. This is by far, my least favorite of the 54 full-length animated Disney movies!!! Even worse than Disney’s Atlantis (By far the worst of the 54).

Shoot em Panchito!
Shoot em Panchito!

For all of you who love the ride, Grand Fiesta Tour staring the Three Caballeros in the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase and are wondering about the connection to the movie by the same name, The Three Caballeros is the second part. Saludos Amigos is the first part, and I will cover that later. First of all, unless you are determined to watch it, DON’T!! That is my opinion. You could check it out and see what you think, but juts be prepared. (Warning: movie may cause headaches, nausea, diarrhea, suicidal thoughts or actions, anger, violent tendencies, hair-pulling, or hostility to everyone. Consult your doctor before watching this movie.)This movie, like many of the weaker Disney movies of this time (Fantasia, Make Mine music, Saludos Amigos, etc.) is separated into segments, connected by a storyline (albeit a weak one) unlike Fantasia. The movie starts off with Donald getting several presents, each one with a short story to go with it. The first one is the only enjoyable part of the movie in my opinion. Donald receives a movie in this one. It is voiced by Sterling Hollaway, (Winnie the Pooh, Cheshire Cat, Mr. Stork) and follows a cold- blooded penguin, who longs to get away from the south pole and onto a sunny island somewhere far away. I won’t give away how this ends but you can probably guess. The next one is a story about a

This just in, Jose Carioca died of lung cancer, SHOCKER.
This just in, Jose Carioca died of lung cancer, SHOCKER.

boy with a flying donkey, much like dumbo, and could be found entertaining by some… but not me (just watch Dumbo, it’s much better.) The last of the three is where it gets ridiculously boring. Jose Carioca returns to Donald in the last present, a pop-up book. Jose croons a horrible song about the town of Baia, which seems to go on for an eternity. They eventually fall for a woman; (yes, a human woman), and the theme of the ENTIRE rest of the movie begins.

Just give it up Donald, your a duck.
Just give it up Donald, your a duck.

I will not go much into much of the rest of the movie, as I have already given it more time than it deserves, but I will elaborate on what I said about the theme of the movie. First though, let me give some good news. You are through almost a third of the movie by now. The hair pulling and other side effects may begin, as I am sure the rest of the warnings are far behind you (except maybe nausea and vomiting.) The “theme” is arguably a tour of Mexico, with the third Caballero, Panchito. But no… THIS is not the REAL theme. The true theme is Donald trying to kiss, stare at, make out with, kidnap or.. ok i’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe i’m looking into it a BIT too much. But basically he tries to get a woman the whole rest of the movie. Now if you are not: 1-dead or 2-asleep by the end, then you are probably one of those people who enjoyed Hugo, or Ponyo. If this is true, well, you are beyond my help I am afraid.

Yeah, you show 'em ,Panchito!!!
Yeah, you show ’em ,Panchito!!!

Thanks, Roly. 🙂