Rocket Robin Hood
|Rocket Robin Hood|
|Written by||Ralph Bakshi|
|Directed by||Alan Green (animation)|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||52|
|Executive producer||Shamus Culhane|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||9 October 1966|
Rocket Robin Hood is a Canadian animated television series, placing the characters and conflicts of the classic Robin Hood legend in a futuristic, outer space setting. It was produced by Krantz Films, Inc. and aired on CBC Television from 1966 to 1969.
Rocket Robin Hood leads his "Merry Men"—including the strong, dimwitted and likeable Little John; consummate overeater, Friar Tuck (who designs all of the Merry Men's weaponry); his two-fisted, red-headed cousin Will Scarlet; Robin's plucky girlfriend Maid Marian; his sharp-witted right-hand man Alan-a-Dale; scrawny and feisty camp cook Giles (a reformed crook and Gabby Hayes-type); and other characters from the classic story of Robin Hood. They live in "the astonishing year 3000" on New Sherwood Forest Asteroid and are determined to foil the despotic plans of Prince John and his bumbling lackey, the Sheriff of N.O.T.T. (National Outer-space Terrestrial Territories) and other villains such as Dr. Medulla, Manta, Nocturne and the Warlord of Saturn. Rocket Robin Hood and his people fly in spaceships and use weapons such as "electro-quarterstaffs".
Each 22-minute episode is divided into three segments, with cliffhangers between the first and second part and the second and third part. All episodes also feature short vignettes of the various characters.
A male chorus sang the opening and closing themes for each of the three seasons in the style of traditional old English ballads.
- Carl Banas as Titanor / Dr. Manta
- Len Birman as Rocket Robin Hood
- Chris Wiggins as Will Scarlet / Infinata / Baron Blank
- Bernard Cowan as Narrator
- Ed McNamara as Little John
- Paul Kligman as Friar Tuck
- Gillie Fenwick as the Sheriff of N.O.T.T.
- John Scott as Prince John
Rocket Robin Hood was animated and voiced by Trillium Productions, an animation studio that was part of the Guest Group—a creative group of companies owned by producer Al Guest. One of the key animators was Jean Mathieson, one of the first female animators in Canada, who later formed Rainbow Animation in Canada and Magic Shadows Inc in the U.S. with Guest, where they continued to produce animated TV programming.
Background designer Richard H. Thomas joined the group late in the second season and brought a dark, almost psychedelic feel to the production under Associate Producer for Krantz Films Ralph Bakshi, who would later become a well known animation producer and would be responsible for, among other series, the animated film versions of Fritz the Cat and The Lord of the Rings. Third-season episodes were animated at Ralph's Spot in New York City, although voices continued to be recorded in Toronto. One of the show's chief designers during this time was science fiction illustrator/comic book artist Gray Morrow.
Bernard Cowan was the show's narrator. Paul Kligman, who voiced J. Jonah Jameson in the 1960s animated version of Spider-Man, was the voice of Friar Tuck. Len Birman, who appeared in the movies Silver Streak (1976) and Bayo (1985), was the voice of Rocket Robin Hood. Len Carlson subbed for Birman as Rocket Robin Hood in some third season episodes. Carl Banas was the voice of Titanor / Dr. Manta. Ed McNamara provided the voice of Little John. Chris Wiggins was the voice of Will Scarlet.
There was also a French version titled Robin Fusée, broadcast on French-language television in Canada.
|Rocket Robin Hood, The Spoore of Doom|
|Prince of Plotters, Warfare Space - Ski Style, How Merry Can You Get|
|The Time Machine, Ye Old Robinhood, There is No Time Like the Future|
|Robin versus the Robot Knight, Robin Fights Back, Space Champion|
|The Mystery of the Crown Jewels, Robin Caged, Marvelo Takes A Fall|
|Warlord of Saturn, Breath of Fresh Danger, Play with Fire and You Get Burned|
|Safari, Tricked Trap, Tripped Trap|
|Wily Giles, Double Dealing Giles, Same Old Giles|
|Jesse James Rides Again, The Slowest Gun In The Universe, The Big Heist|
|Giles the Great, A Meal Fit for a Tyrant, The Impossible Goal|
|City Beneath the Seas, Whirlaround the Whirlpool, Deep Sea Danger|
|Don Cayote McPherson, The Zap Trap, The Last Laugh|
|Michael Shawn the Leprechaun; The Wizard O'Day; Oxite, Oxite, Who's Got The Oxite?|
|Little Little John, The Paralyzing Meteor, Unshrunk|
|The Marmaduke Caper, Bubble Trouble, Instant Hero|
|Follow the Leader, The Spaceman Who Came to Dinner, Never Trust Your Uncle|
|Cleopatra Meets Little John, Dinosaur Go Home, The Best Trick of All|
|Little George, The Deadly Invasion, The Secret Weapon|
|The Magic Medallion of Morse, The Sherriff Cooks Up a Wicked Plot, Shooting The Works|
|The Awful Truce, Cross and Double Cross, Fleet of Phantoms|
|The Sad, Sad Sheriff of N.O.T.T.; The Great Jewel Robbery; Our Sheriff the Hero|
|Don't Make a Sound, The Beast Who Came to Dinner, Barking Beasts Don't Bite|
|Goritang; Monkey Business on the Planet Lucifer; Watch Out, Here Comes the Bride|
|The Orbiting Salesman, You Gotta Know the Territory, The First Astral Horse Trade|
|Marlin, the Magician; Who Do Voo Doo?; This Trick Will Kill You|
|Dr. Mortula, The Strange Castle, Bring On the Sun|
|The Space Wolf, Captives in Space, Partners on the Loose|
|Dr. Magnet, Magnetic Meteors, The Great Gold Robbery|
|The Manta Menace, Welcome to My Parlor, The Walls Come Tumbling Down|
|Young Mr. Ulysses, The Death Traps, The Man Who Turned to Stone|
|The Incredible Gem of Cosmo Khan, Planet - Planet - Who's Got the Planet?, Escape from Xanador|
|Who'll Kill Rocket Robin?, The Tomb of Ice, The Finger of Death|
|Genius in a Bottle, Three to Make Ready, Terror of the Machines|
|The Tree Kingdom of Caldomar, The Sword of Destruction, Caldomar Ablaze|
|Catch a Comet by the Tail, Good King Rocket Robinhood, The Celestial Joy Ride|
|The Emperor Jimmy, The Making of An Emperor, Diamonds Are Prince John's Worst Friend|
|The Eternal Planet of Romarama, And In This Corner, Say Ahhh...Or Hot Tonsils|
|The Dark Galaxy, Desert Demons, Mummies Revolt|
|Space Giant, Gigantic Doom, The Black Cloud of Doom|
|The Haunted Asteroid, Astro City of the Dead, Cosmic Secret of Korgor|
|The Plot to Destroy N.O.T.T., The Saturnian Dungeon, Runaway Rocket|
|The Solar Sphinx, Escape From the Pyramid, The Tumbling of Tut|
|Lord of the Underworld, Revenge of the Underworld, One Minute to Doom|
|The Ghost Pirates, Escape to Caribia, The Ghost Comes to Life|
|Dementia Five, Robin's Precious Cargo, Escape Into Reality|
|Lord of the Shadows, Blackout, Who's Who|
|The Living Planet, And Into the Fire, The Electric Circle|
|From Menace to Menace; Manta Asteroid; Gargoyles, Gators and Gorillas|
|Planet of Dreams, To Stay Awake, The Darkest Hour|
|Slaves of Medulla, Subterranean Captives, The Tables Turn|
|Jaws of Steel, Mummy's Host, The Solar Sphinx|
|The Storm Makers, Into the Eye, The Planet Storms|
|Return Trip, The Beetle's Claw, Ride of Death|
In Canada, the show aired on Toronto's CITY-TV in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as CHEX-TV in Peterborough and on CJOH-TV in the Ottawa area. In South Korea, the show was retitled 로빈후드의 모험 or 로빈후드 (Robin Hood's Adventure or simply Robin Hood), it aired every Monday at 6:35 PM to 7:15 PM (KST) on KBS from November 30, 1970 to September 20, 1971.
In Japan, the series was dubbed by Transglobal and it aired on Fuji TV and other FNS stations from May 1, 1971 to circa 1972. The series was last aired on Nippon TV via おーい!まんがだヨー block in circa 1973. In Hong Kong and Macau, the show aired on Rediffusion Television titled 太空羅賓漢 (Robin Hood in Space), it aired from December 3, 1979 to December 28, 1979. Later, the show was reaired from December 28, 1980 to January 17, 1982 on the same network.
E1 Entertainment released Volume 1, which contains almost all of season 1, in November 2009 as a four-DVD set (English and French versions, 592 minutes). E1 stated that the episode "Safari" was not included due to unavailable footage.
Volume 2, which encompasses all of seasons 2 and 3, was released in May 2010 also as a four-DVD set (English and French versions, 714 minutes). The French versions of these DVD collections are available separately as Robin fusée.
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