1) Although this film was released seven years after Walt Disney’s death, he still had a hand in some of the very early story boarding and character selection. This is one of the very final films he directly touched.
2) If Little John the Bear seems to bring up far too many similarites to Baloo the Bear in Disney’s 1967 The Jungle Book, there’s plenty of good reasons for that! Not only did animators use Baloo as the animation model for Little John, but Phil Harris actually voiced both characters. Harris also lent his vocal talents to the role of the infamous Thomas O’Malley in the 1970 release The Aristocats.
3) Vocal artist Monica Evans who voiced the role of the lovely lady Maid Marian also voiced the role of Abigail in Disney’s The Aristocats.
4) The immature Prince John is actually based off of the real life King John of England, who was given the nickname “The Fool”. He was the brother of King Richard “The Lionheart” and was known for his inapropriate, selfish actions and rididculously large ego.
5) This ones for the sports fans! You can find the University of Southern California fight song, “Fight On,” after the archery competition, and the fight song of the University of Wisconsin, “On Wisconsin” can be heard during the football scene.
6) Little John and Baloo are not the only Disney characters with striking resemblences. Sir Hiss was also modeled after Kaa the Python in Jungle Book, and they both possess hypnosis capabilites.
7) The Opening Premier was held in the Radio City Hall, modern day home to the Rockettes.
8) There is an alternate ending in which Robin Hood is wounded by Prince John, but the film critics strongly felt this scene was too sad and somber, and that ending was cut. You can still view those scenes however in the newly released DVD version.
9) Carole Shelley, who voiced the role of Lady Cluck, went on to voice the role of Lachesis in Disney’s Hercules – 26 years later.
10) In 1974, the movie’s original song “Love”, in which Robin Hood and Maid Marian stroll through the woods at dusk, was nomiated for both best music and best original song.
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