List of films and television series featuring Robin Hood

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The following are some of the notable adaptations of the Robin Hood story in film and television.[1]

Douglas Fairbanks as Robin Hood in the 1922 film version.

Robin Hood-themed films and TV series[edit]

1900s–1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

  • 2001: Princess of Thieves, a Disney-produced American made-for-TV movie, starred Keira Knightley as Robin Hood's (Stuart Wilson) heroic adolescent daughter, Gwyn, who takes over her father's role and comes to his rescue.[5]
  • 2004: Nottingham 2051. Year 2051. Robin Hood and Little John want to deliver "essential pharmacies" in the third world.[6] Robin Hood is played by Tiziano Scrocca.
  • 2005: King Arthur's Disasters, a British animated series features Robin Hood who rivals Arthur.
  • 2006–2009: Robin Hood, a BBC One television series, produced by Tiger Aspect. It was first broadcast as thirteen-episode series in the UK from October to December 2006, with a second series following in 2007, and third in 2009. Jonas Armstrong stars in the title role.
  • 2007: Splitting the Arrow. Sometime in the 12th Century, a Documentary Crew entered Sherwood Forest in search of a legend. This is what followed.[7] Calvert Tooley plays Robin Hood.
  • 2007: Robin Hood: Quest for the King. Animated Robin Hood tale
  • 2009: Beyond Sherwood Forest, a TV movie starring Robin Dunne as Robin Hood and Erica Durance as Maid Marian.[8]

2010s[edit]

Future[edit]

  • Lana and Lilly Wachowski have confirmed that they have written and will direct the film Hood, a modern adaptation of the Robin Hood legend.[10]
  • Disney will be developing a Robin Hood movie currently titled Nottingham & Hood, with Brandon Barker writing, and a tone similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The hope is to launch a new adventure franchise that fits Disney’s global brand.[17]

Robin Hood-themed episodes of other series[edit]

Since Robin Hood is a character in the public domain, there is no restriction on his use. Thus, he has often appeared in other series that do not necessarily revolve around the legend, particularly in cartoons or a science fiction and fantasy setting.

1930s–1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

  • A 1970s Muppet skit from Sesame Street featured Ernie as Robin Hood, auditioning new recruits for his Merry Men.
  • The Muppet Show did their version of Robin Hood for one episode with Kermit the Frog as the titular character, Fozzie Bear as Little John, Gonzo the Great as the Sheriff of Nottingham with guest star Lynn Redgrave as Maid Marian. The show takes an unusual twist mid-way when Miss Piggy, jealous that Redgrave is the leading lady instead of her (gets a consolation role as "Sister Tuck" as opposed to Friar Tuck); kidnaps her, locks her up in her dressing room and unsuccessfully takes her place during the rescue scene, to which Kermit and his Merry Men end up saving Redgrave.

1980s[edit]

  • 1982: Voyagers! (TV series) (Episode 10 "An Arrow Pointing East" aired 12 December 1982) Voyagers Jon-Erik Hexum (Phineas Bogg) and Meeno Peluce (Jeffrey Jones) help Robin Hood played by Dan Hamilton sneak into an archery competition to rescue Maid Marian.[18]
  • 1982: In The Smurfs cartoon series, there was a second season episode titled "The Adventures of Robin Smurf", where Vanity Smurf took the role of Robin Hood and Smurfette was Maid Marian.
  • 1984: The UK kids' cartoon series DangerMouse launched their sixth season of the show with a spoof titled "Once Upon A Timeslip", in which the narrator discovered his voice controlled the on-screen antics, and who then put DangerMouse and his assistant Penfold through a comic adventure as Robin Hood and Little John.
  • 1988: ALF Tales, has an episode called "Robin Hood", where the cast fights for the right to promote their swing band, Ye Merry Men.
  • 1989: Robin Hood was parodied in an episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! as Hooded Robin, an Albatoss who can imitate anyone's voice, and helped the young Mushroom Peoples of Sharewood Village against the Sheriff of Koopingham.

1990s[edit]

  • 1990: A Garfield and Friends episode was called "Robin Hog", a U.S. Acres where Orson fantasizes himself as Robin Hog.
  • 1990: The Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Weirdest Story Ever Told" featured a segment titled "Robin Hare". This version featured Buster as the title character and Montana Max as the "Sheriff of Naughty Ham". A book loosely based on the episode was also released, possibly as "Buster Hood".
  • 1991: Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Qpid" features the crew being forced to play out a real-Robin Hood tale (Captain Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, as Robin Hood) when Q recreates it.
  • 1991: The episode of Captain N: The Game Master "Misadventures in Robin Hood Woods" had the heroes from the show aid Robin in defeating Prince John and rescuing Maid Marian.
  • 1993: The Ren and Stimpy Show short Robin Höek had Ren Höek and Stimpy recreate the story of Robin Hood with Ren as Robin Hood and Stimpy as everyone else. Though it was a story Stimpy read, it ended as a nightmare for Ren.
  • 1994: Keroppi The Sanrio anime Keroppi (Kero Kero Keroppi) has a Robin Hood episode, in which the cast reenacts the legend.
  • 1996: Wishbone plays Robin Hood in the episode "Paw Prints of Thieves", to portray Joe's fight to give leftover food to a homeless shelter, even if it's against regulations.
  • 1997: In an episode of Cutey Honey Flash, one of the forms Honey takes in that episode is Robin Hood Honey.
  • 1999: The Blackadder Millennium Special Back & Forth featured Robin Hood much like the recurring character Lord Flashheart, with similar boisterous personas and the same actor (Rik Mayall), with Kate Moss as Maid Marian. In his role, he proclaims his Merry Men have "strong muscle tone and are not gay!" though his Merry Men later betray and kill him after Blackadder convinced them that their purpose of Stealing from the Rich and Giving to the Poor is ultimately pathetic.

2000s[edit]

  • 2001: Robin Hood (credited as "Monsieur Hood" and voiced by Vincent Cassel) and the Merry Men make a brief appearance as unwelcome rescuers in the movie version of William Steig's Shrek. Here, they speak with French accents, partake in Irish step-dancing, and are defeated by Princess Fiona. The Latin American dub depicts Robin Hood commanding the Musketeers.
  • 2005: Charmed episode 7.14, "Carpe Demon", an ex-demon named Drake uses his powers to turn himself and the sisters into Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and Robin's merry men. A sorcerer casts a spell on Drake making him believe that he is Robin Hood and that Phoebe is Maid Marion.
  • 2008: Iljimae, a South Korean television drama series, based on a Chinese folklore from the Ming dynasty about a masked Robin Hood-esque character during the Joseon era.
  • 2009: The Return of Iljimae, a South Korean television drama series, based on comic strip Iljimae, published between 1975 and 1977, by Ko Woo-yung which was based on a Chinese folklore from the Ming dynasty about a masked Robin Hood-esque character during the Joseon era.[19]
  • 2009: The Backyardigans: Robin Hood the Clean shows Pablo the Penguin assuming his own playful version of the character Robin Hood as he happily works to clean up the village of Filthingham.

2010s[edit]

  • 2013: Robin Hood appears as a recurring character in Once Upon a Time where he is played first by Tom Ellis in Season Two and later Sean Maguire in Season Three.
  • 2013: Robin Hood (played as above by Maguire) appears in the "Forget Me Not" episode of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland in which Will Scarlett joins the Merry Men. Scarlett is the real name of "The Knave", a lead character in the Wonderland series.
  • 2014: Tom Riley portrays Robin Hood in the third episode of Doctor Who's eighth series, "Robot of Sherwood" which was written by Mark Gatiss.[20]
  • 2015: Kamen Rider Ghost can access a green archer form called Robin Hood Damashii which is accessed by the ghost of Robin Hood himself. Robin Hood's spirit also helps Kamen Rider Ghost/Takeru Tenkuuji on his journey to unite the 15 Legendary Heroic Souls.
  • 2015: Though never having made an appearance, Robin Hood is mentioned in the Arrowverse. He is one of the inspirations that is adopted by Oliver Queen for which he becomes the vigilante Green Arrow in the superhero television series Arrow. In the related series, The Flash, antagonist Vandal Savage mentions that he trained Robin Hood to become the professional archer he was known for.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ King, Susan (12 May 2010). "Classic Hollywood: 100 years of Robin Hood movies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1004188/
  4. ^ "Robin and His Merry Men: A Rich Tradition, Sometimes Poorly Done". The Los Angeles Times. 2 September 1993. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0272790/
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1451796/
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1419840/
  8. ^ Robin Hood: Monster Slayer in Tights?
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1572503/
  10. ^ Kit, Borys. "EXCLUSIVE: Wachowskis, Warner Bros. Take Aim With 'Hood'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ Allen, Clark (26 February 2016). "{TB EXCLUSIVE} LEONARDO DICAPRIO & JOBY HAROLD TEAM UP FOR "ROBIN HOOD: ORIGINS" SPEC, NOW ON THE MARKET". The Tracking Board. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (19 March 2015). "Lionsgate Lands 'Robin Hood: Origins' From Joby Harold". Variety. 
  13. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (6 August 2015). "Lionsgate Engaging 'Peaky Blinders' Helmer Otto Bathurst To Helm 'Robin Hood: Origins'". Deadline. 
  14. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike; Jaafar, Ali (31 July 2015). "'Robin Hood: Origins' Shortlist: Jack Reynor, Taron Egerton In Mix For Lionsgate". Deadline. 
  15. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike; Jaafar, Ali (6 August 2015). "Taron Egerton In Talks For Lionsgate's 'Robin Hood: Origins'". Deadline. 
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (12 October 2015). "Robin Hood Reboot Pushed for 'Kingsman 2' Shoot (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  17. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (4 December 2014). "Robin Hood Now A Race As Disney Acquires Spec 'Nottingham & Hood'". Deadline. 
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  19. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (11 July 2008). "Retrospective on Comic Artist Ko Woo-young". Korea Times. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Series 8 Filming: A Merry Day". DoctorWhoTV.co.uk. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 

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