As many of you probably know, there’s a Robin Hood blog week going on right now, hosted by Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell…. So far, the event has been lots of fun – fun that, I’m sure, will continue throughout the week. In honor of the occasion, Olivia has created a great tag, and here are my answers.
~What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?
That is so difficult to pin-point. For movies/TV shows, it was either Disney’s animated adaption (#nostalgia), the 1938 version, or a super old black & white TV series. For books/stories, it could’ve been the Great Illustrated Classics version, the Robin Hood story in my grandma’s Disney anthology (based on the Richard Todd film), or the classic Howard Pyle stories.
~On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?
Seven or eight. Surprisingly enough, I’m not a huge fan of Robin himself (in any adaption/re-telling except Disney’s animated), but there are lots of things about pretty much any version that I love. Mainly, the other characters and historical coolness and all the different legends.
~How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?
MAN. Do you know how hard that is to answer? Let me see…
- 1938 Errol Flynn movie
- 1973 Disney animated movie
- 1952 Richard Todd movie
- BBC TV series
- A few episodes of the 1950’s TV show
- 2012 Tom and Jerry Robin Hood movie (this one is rather awful, but some of the songs are good and Robin Hood is voiced by Jamie Bamber who also plays my dear Archie on Horatio Hornblower, so there are some good points about it)
- Howard Pyle’s The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- Paul Creswick’s The Adventures of Robin Hood: An English Legend
- Great Illustrated Classics The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (adapted from Howard Pyle)
That’s all I can remember for right now. I’ve read/seen some versions of Ivanhoe as well, but I don’t remember Robin Hood in any of those.
~What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?
Robin Hood (1973) with BBC’s modern TV series and Paul Creswick’s novel as second and third favorites.
~Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)
~Who is your favorite Merry Man?
Depends on what adaption I’m watching. (I don’t really care much in the book versions I’ve read.) In the 1938 movie it’s Will or Littlejohn. In the 1973 movie it’s Robin Hood himself. And in the BBC series, it’s Will in the first two seasons and Allan in the third.
~Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?
Another tough one! Olivia de Haviland is Maid Marian, in my opinion, but Lucy Griffiths’ portrayal is one of my favorites as well. And in Disney’s animated film, Marian is such a sweet, gentle lady…it’s very difficult to decide. I think Olivia de Haviland wins, however. She is radiantly perfect as Robin’s lady love.
~Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?
No and no. However…
~Fact or fiction — which do you think?
I’m going to go with something along the lines of what my British Literature textbook said: that there were probably a bunch of guys who did similar things to what the legendary Robin Hood did and, sure, there may have been a few songs written about them, but I think it’s mostly just a bunch of stories that sprang from people’s imaginations.
~Do you think Robin Hood has been “done to death,” or are there still new twists that can be found?
I don’t know how many new twists there are (I do dearly want to watch ‘Robin and the 7 Hoods’, though!) but I’m not tired of the Robin Hood story yet. (There’s tons of adaptions and re-tellings waiting for me to discover anyway.) And even if every movie and book and and novel followed the same legends every time, there would always be new actors and actresses, new scriptwriters, and new writing styles. I don’t think the classic stories and characters will ever truly grow old.
Thanks for the tag (and the blog week), Olivia! I’m lovin’ it. 🙂