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The title card of Robin Hoodwinked.
|Directed by||William Hanna|
|Produced by||William Hanna|
|Story by||William Hanna|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Kenneth Muse|
|Layouts by||Richard Bickenbach|
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gentle|
|June 6, 1958|
Robin Hoodwinked is a 1958 one reel animated Tom and Jerry short released after the MGM cartoon studio had effectively closed down. It was the penultimate Tom and Jerry cartoon to be directed (and produced) by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. It also marked the final appearance of Nibbles (a.k.a. Tuffy), who first appeared in The Milky Waif. The cartoon was released on June 6, 1958, animated by Kenneth Muse, Carlo Vinci, Lewis Marshall and James Escalante with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach.
The Merry Men gather one day in Sherwood Forest hearing that Robin Hood has been captured and is sure to hang. At this, they give up immediately, as they feel any attempt to storm the tightly guarded Nottingham Castle and free Robin is futile. Nibbles, however, refuses to accept the seemingly hopeless situation, and he and Jerry decide to rescue Robin themselves. They break into the dungeon and find the cell where "poor old Robin is locked up tight, 'e is", but first they have to get past Tom, who guards the "bloomin' key".
They find the key and grab it off Tom, but Tom locks Jerry and Nibbles in the cellar and swallows the key. Jerry and Nibbles escape the cellar, and Nibbles is able to get the key for Robin Hood's cell by abseiling from a piece of string, into Tom's mouth, whilst Tom is asleep. However, the string breaks, and Tom swallows Nibbles, waking him up in the process. Hiccuping, Tom drinks down a great deal of red wine, and then he goes back to sleep.
Nibbles emerges from Tom's mouth, clearly inebriated and singing "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond". He almost escapes, but the prongs of the key get caught on Tom's mouth and he wakes up again. Tom closes his mouth, trapping Nibbles. "Blimey! 'E locked me in, 'e did!". Nibbles breaks through Tom's teeth, using the key as a battering-ram.
Jerry helps Nibbles escape Tom, and together they give the key to Robin Hood. However, Tom raises the alarm. A silhouette of Robin Hood is seen diving into the moat around the castle and he escapes, with arrows flying all around him. Jerry and Nibbles celebrate Robin's freedom, but Nibbles's diaper gets caught on a flying arrow and he is sent into a nearby tree. A still-inebriated Nibbles is carousing, whilst being carried on the arrow-shaft by Jerry.
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