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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Original Production Animation Storyboard of Robin Hood and Little John from "Robin Hood," 1973


Original production animation storyboard of Robin Hood and Little John from "Robin Hood," 1973, Walt Disney Studios; Watercolor and ink on board; Size - Robin Hood & Little John: 4 1/4 x 4 3/4", Image 7 1/2 x 10 1/2"; Unframed.

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"Robin Hood" was the twenty-first full length animated film released by Walt Disney Studios on November 8, 1973. Robin Hood is an anthropomorphic fox and the protagonist of the film. Although Robin Hood is often shown as an outlaw who chooses to rob from the rich to help the poor people, in this Disney animated version, he is shown mainly attacking Prince John and his agents (Sir Hiss and the Sheriff of Nottingham), who have impoverished Nottingham with high taxes. Robin Hood and Little John steal the tax caravans and give it back to the peasants while trying to avoid capture.


Close up of the original production animation storyboard of Robin Hood and Little John.

From Andreas Deja:
"Ken also storyboarded several sequences for Robin Hood... It's astounding to realize how close the animators stayed with Ken's poses and staging."

Various animators worked on different characters and sections of the film. John Lounsbery animated Wolves and the Sheriff of Nottingham, as well as scenes of Robin and Little John. Ollie Johnston animated most of Little John and Milt Kahl animated Robin Hood and some of Little John; and it was Milt who made the decision to have Robin Hood stand up during his opening dialogue scenes, rather than being seated.

This is a rare and important original production animation storyboard of Robin Hood and Little John hiding behind trees, dressed as gypsies, as they wait for Prince John's carriage. A great unique work of art from one of the most beloved Walt Disney feature films!