le 28 avril 2008
Alors que la compagnie Disney faisait la part belle aux avancées techniques en matière de mise en scène, ce Robin des Bois incarne l'inverse de tout ce à quoi on nous avait habitué.
Car cet opus n'est rien d'autre que le film le plus fauché de la prestigieuse firme : réutilisation des décors et des animations dans une optique digne d'un cartoon de la UPA, recopiages éhontés d'animations tirées de Blanche-Neige, Les Aristochats et Le Livre de la Jungle, erreurs de raccord monstrueuses... et le plus drôle dans cette histoire, c'est qu'on s'en fout complètement!
Ce qui fait tout le charme de ce film, c'est sa joyeuse humeur, ses personnages haut en couleurs et surtout DES CHANSONS PAS NIAISES (si, c'est possible)! Ajoutons à cela un doublage en français tout simplement parfait dans une traduction mise au service de la langue de Molière, et vous obtenez un petit chef-d'œuvre du film d'animation dont le quasi je-m'en-foutisme fait un bien fou.
Franchement, venant de Disney, qui l'eut cru ?
"Robin des Bois", sorti en 1973 et réalisé par Wolfgang Reitherman (Le réalisateur de "Les aventures de Bernard et Bianca", "Les Aristochats", "Le livre de la jungle", "Merlin l'enchanteur", "Les 101 Dalmatiens" et "La Belle au bois dormant" entre autres...), est un excellent dessin animé dynamique, drôle et spectaculaire issu des studios Disney qui a rencontré un franc succès lors de sa sortie au cinéma. Ce film d'animation fait sans doute partie des plus grands classiques des studios Disney, l'un de ceux qui ont su marquer plusieurs générations d'enfants. Le film nous raconte les aventures de Robin des Bois, un renard rusé qui vole l'argent des riches pour le donner aux pauvres. Il est aidé par son plus fidèle compagnon, Petit Jean et aussi par sa bien aimée, Marianne et le frère Tuc. Robin part au secours des habitants de la ville de Nottingham, qui se font taxer sans arrêt par l'ignoble Prince Jean, qui est aidé par le Shérif local. Ironiquement, ce scénario est très d'actualité en ce moment... L'histoire demeure très intéressante à suivre et ne manque pas d'humour ni d'émotion. Graphiquement, "Robin des Bois" est superbe, avec des décors détaillés et colorés ainsi qu'une animation sans faille. Le film possède un rythme soutenu, on ne s'ennuie jamais. Les morceaux de bravoure sont nombreux, efficaces et spectaculaires et les personnages sont tous très charismatiques et attachants, en particulier notre héros et sa chère et tendre qui nous offrent de jolis moments émouvants. Certains personnages secondaires sont également très croustillants. Les musiques sont également très sympathiques et entraînantes. Bref, "Robin des bois" est un superbe film d'animation drôle et prenant qui plaira à toute la famille. Un divertissement efficace et de qualité, un film qu'il faut voir absolument au moins une fois et ce, quel que soit l'âge!
Le blu-ray offre une superbe qualité d'image, digne du support HD. Les couleurs sont belles et l'image est très propre et nette. Rien à dire, c'est bien meilleur que le DVD et vraiment pas mal pour un film de 42 ans! Disney a fait du très bon travail sur la restauration de l'image. Au niveau du son, la VF est proposée en 5.1 DTS-HD HR. Un son de très bonne qualité même si la VO, qui est proposée en 5.1 DTS-HD MA, est un peu meilleure.
En bref, "Robin des bois" est un excellent dessin animé très drôle et spectaculaire qui n'a pas pris une ride. Un grand classique des studios Disney qu'on ne se lasse jamais de regarder! Il contient tout ce qu'il faut pour passer un agréable moment en famille devant la télévision : Une histoire intéressante à suivre, des dessins et animations superbes, un rythme soutenu, des morceaux de bravoure efficaces et spectaculaires, des personnages attachants, de l'humour et de l'émotion. Un très bon divertissement qui comblera un large public. Le blu-ray est exempt de tout reproche. Un achat sûr.
le 27 octobre 2014
ROBIN HOOD [1973/2013] [40th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] [US Release] Bring Your Family Together With A Beloved Disney Classic! Join the MERRIEST MENagerie in the World’s Best-loved Legend!
To commemorate its 40th Anniversary, Disney proudly presents the unforgettable animated classic ‘ROBIN HOOD’ on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Experience all the fun, thrills and celebrated music of this legendary adventure with perfect picture and sound! This was the 21st animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.
Join Robin Hood, his trusted companion Little John and his hilarious band of Merry Men as they outfox greedy Prince John to save the good people of Nottingham. Dashing from one daring deed to the next, Robin won’t rest until he wins the hand of Maid Marian and restores King Richard to the throne. One of Disney’s most beloved movies is even better on Blu-ray Combo Pack! Narrated by Roger Miller.
FILM FACT: Although at least five of the voice-actors utilized were British, the decision was made to cast quite a number of American character actors in the traditional medieval roles. Many of these individuals were veteran performers from Western-themed films and television programmes, which meant that characters like Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham have distinctly American accents and mannerisms. This effect was further reinforced by the choice of country singer Roger Miller as the film's songwriter and narrator.
Voice Cast: Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Brian Bedford, Monica Evans, Phil Harris, Andy Devine, Carole Shelley, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Ken Curtis, Candy Candido (uncredited), John Fiedler (uncredited), Barbara Luddy (uncredited), Dana Laurita (uncredited), Barbara Luddy (uncredited), J. Pat O'Malley (uncredited), Richie Sanders (uncredited), Billy Whittaker (uncredited) and Dori Whittaker (uncredited)
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Producer: Wolfgang Reitherman
Screenplay: David Michener, Eric Cleworth, Frank Thomas, Vance Gerry, Julius Svendsen, Larry Clemmons (story) and Ken Anderson (based on: character and story conceptions)
Composer: Score: George Bruns. Songs: Floyd Huddleston, Johnny Mercer and Roger Miller
Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]
Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 DTS-HD HR, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese: 5.1 Dolby Digital and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Running Time: 83 minutes
Region: Blu-ray: All Regions and DVD: NTSC
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Disney's 'ROBIN HOOD,' when I was young, I used to watch this animation film over and over. 'Robin Hood' is simply one of those animation films I've always adored, because I adored it as a child. It's one of the few animation films that always reminds me of when I was a young and brings back a flood of memories every time I watch it. Sometimes nostalgia is just too strong to ignore.
Most of the time 'ROBIN HOOD’ gets lumped somewhere in the middle when discussing classic Walt Disney titles. It doesn't compare to the grandiosity of Disney's run of popular films in the '90s, and it doesn't quite measure up to the stalwart classics of the '50s and '60s. It is, however, a story that ages well, has some memorable songs, and some entertaining action scenes.
It's a simplified tale of 'ROBIN HOOD,' placing anthropomorphized animals in the story. Robin Hood [Brian Bedford] is a fox. He pals around with his bear buddy Little John [Phil Harris], in the woods outside of Nottingham. Their sworn enemy is the cowardly lion Prince John [Peter Ustinov]. Like the many tales of Robin Hood that have come to fruition over the years, Walt Disney's always sticks to the basics. Robin and Little John steal from the rich and give to the poor. They do so with more cartoony antics, but the principle is the same.
Trying to pinpoint why I loved 'ROBIN HOOD’ so much as a child is a difficult task. There isn't any one thing about it that made me love it. Instead there are a variety of aspects I admire about the movie. I remember thinking that it was one of the most exciting Disney animation films I'd ever seen. Archery contests chase scenes, and sword fights in burning castles. It was indeed a harrowing experience for a youngster. Now as I say I loved this animation film from a young age, and it had a great impression on me, as did all other Walt Disney output and this why I also love the whole Disney magic with all his animation films output and this why my other animation film favourites that goes the top of my list are 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Lady and the Tramp,' so 'ROBIN HOOD’ is a good companion.
'ROBIN HOOD’ will never be thought of as one of those classics animation films. That's one of the reasons that it just got a simple 40th Anniversary Edition release instead of a Diamond Edition. Still, it will always remain one of my personal favourites even if just for nostalgia's sake.
Blu-ray Video Quality – 'ROBIN HOOD’ and Walt Disney animation, has given this animation film a much rougher look. The animation has a sketchy feel to it, which is stark in contrast to Walt Disney's later films which are pristinely animated. 'ROBIN HOOD' isn't as rough looking as Don Bluth's signature animation style, but there is certain grittiness to it that people may mistake for a lack of care. As the film opens you'll notice that the opening credits appear to have needed a bit more work. There's some colour fluctuation here and there, colour fills become unstable as the characters run across the screen. The entire opening sequence has an overall gauzy appearance. Once the animation film starts, however, all worry subsides. Colour starts to stabilise and only wavering slightly on occasion. The movie's line art is splendidly captured. At times it might appear "messy" as lines appear and disappear as the animation film moves along, because these give the illusion of specks or flecks that some might think should've been cleaned up, but that's the nature of the animation itself. The rougher part of the animation film gives it the life of its own. Colours are strong and vibrant. Banding is nowhere to be found. As for errant noise, I didn't really notice any that isn't supposed to be there. Disney has done an admirable job in getting this ready for an HD presentation. Sure, a Diamond Edition may have brought out just a tad more beauty, but for what we have here I'm not complaining.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – 'ROBIN HOOD’ has a brilliant 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix isn't the sort of sonic wonder that is provided to the Diamond releases. While satisfying, it does sound a bit hollow at times. With the surround sound aspect of the mix suffering slightly. Most of the animation film dialogue is focused up front and centre. Some cheering and other action is captured in the rear speakers, but it's never really impressive. The best surround sound can be had during the archery tournament and the subsequent chase. Dialogue is clear. I didn't detect any anomalies such as hissing or static. The track sounded clear, free from any sort of troubles that may befall films of this age. The film songs have a great stage to perform. They provide the best all-around audio enjoyment.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: Deleted Storyline: Love Letters [1080p] [8:00] This never-before-seen deleted storyline comes courtesy of the Disney Vault, and is constructed of animated black-and-white storyboards. This deleted storyline offering another plan for Prince John to trap Robin Hood.
Special Feature: Alternate Ending [1080p] [5:00] Here we have another lost gem for ‘ROBIN HOOD’ fans, where see an injured Robin Hood is nursed back to health by Maid Marian.
Special Feature: Disney Song Selection [1080p] [8:00] Here with this special feature are Four isolated, subtitled songs from the film: "Oo-De-Lally," "Love," "The Phony King of England" and "Not in Nottingham."
Special Feature: Robin Hood Art Gallery [1080p] [9:00] Here we have a behind-the-scenes look at the original artwork for the film. Artwork on various characters and story points, behind-the-scenes views of artists at work, and selected film posters are put together in this montage.
Special Feature: Robin Hood Storybook [1080p] [14:00] This animation film in storybook form is presented with large type which children can read along with.
Special Feature: Disney Sing-Along [1080p] Here you get to sing along with the film, karaoke style and turns on subtitles only during the musical numbers.
Special Feature: Oo-De-Lally Sing-Along [1080p] [2:00] This is a nice vintage sing-along video. The song is pulled from the beginning of the film and fitted with sing along subtitled lyrics.
Special Feature: Bonus Short: Ye Olden Days  [1080p] [8:19] Mickey Mouse stars in this classic black-and-white short. The short features Mickey Mouse and his friends putting on a musical set in medieval times. Mickey plays a wandering minstrel who saves Princess Minnie from having to marry Dippy Dawg, the Prince of Poopoopadoo. Other characters in this animation short include the King of Kampalazoo and Clarabelle Cow as Minnie's handmaiden. Director: Bert Gillett.
Finally, ‘ROBIN HOOD’ will continue to hold a special place in many fans' hearts. It still has a home in mine. But it's possible to enjoy a trip down nostalgia lane without getting lost along the way. The animation film doesn't hold up next to other Walt Disney classics, and feels more lightweight and aimless than an animated adaptation of the Hood mythos should. Oh, there's still plenty of fun to be had, sure. Just none that grabs hold of the imagination or lingers long after the credits roll. Disney's Blu-ray release is better than ever, with a very commendably re-mastered video presentation and a solid 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track, but a few more supplements would have gone a long way. Even so, ‘Robin Hood’ deserves a place on every Walt Disney Blu-ray Collection. It may not be among the best of the studio's animated features, but that doesn't mean it deserves to be forgotten. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom