Robin Hood, bows and arrows, but what about Maid Marian?
For a six minute overview of the Robin Hood legend this cartoon is OK. There are no songs, the animation is very basic, the narration and music are good. Besides Robin, only 4 other characters are singled out. The basic story given: England, the Middle Ages, King Richard joins the crusades, his evil brother John is placed in charge. Robin is at once declared an outlaw. The first to join him in fighting authority and helping the poor is Will Scarlet. An example is given of the work they are to perform. Then we are shown the 2nd member to join, Little John. A big mistake is not giving any time to Maid Marian. We only see her in a "still" cameo, like the Three Stooges in, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World(1963). Friar Tuck is in this very, very brief scene too. Next is the archery contest. We see the Sheriff of Nottingham. Then comes the end of the crusades. Yes, it's a bare bones story but a good introduction of Robin Hood to children with a short attention span!
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