24 January 2017 | Dawalk-1
A Budding, Legendary Outlaw In The Making.
This is another '90s cartoon I didn't grow up on watching somehow, but I wish I did. As a show co-produced by Hanna-Barbera (the other company/studio being Cinar), this is the second Hanna-Barbera production loosely based on the legendary English outlaw. The first was the special, The Adventures of Robin Hood-nik, which as with Disney's Robin Hood, featured anthropomorphized, talking animal characters. The difference in this is the characters are humans and the titular character is an adolescent who is well on his way to becoming the well-known outlaw who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. It's a whole, different look at the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of merry men in their adolescent years before the leader became such a household name, if he wasn't already.
To date, I've watched only the first three episodes online so far (waiting for the whole series to be uploaded and available for viewing), but I found them enjoyable enough. So far, it may very well be my favorite adaptation. What more I can say about this concern the technical aspects. The music, especially the theme music is great in being epic. The art isn't too plain nor too fancy, the animation is done well enough in its smoothness. These Robin Hood characters are great in their likability enough, I'm familiar with at least some of the cast in this and don't mind the voice actors breaking the realism by having the characters speak with American accents. As a cartoon that's partly a Canadian production, it's one of my favorites by or partly by Canada. In a time when it seems like there's more horse-feathers than not on the airwaves, shows like this make me more appreciative of them as real entertainment. Another one I wish I grew up on viewing and one of the Hanna-Barbera 'toons I'm most interested in buying and owning when it's finally released on DVD. Not only one of the better '90s Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but the better '90s cartoons in general. Recommended, not to be skipped.