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VULTURE DROPPINGS OF THE WEEK: Robin Hood Adaptations

The origins of the Robin Hood story are murky at best. The earliest known reference dates back to English literature from the 13th century and the character has no copyright, which has made it an easy target for Hollywood. Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe is the latest attempt to squeeze fresh life out of a character that has appeared in countless TV and film adaptations. Scott told reporters at a Beverly Hills news conference in April that it was almost the first adaptation to be released in 3-D, but that the distributer decided against it. He said:

The technology’s shifting all the time. I could have converted Robin Hood. Like if they had said yes last October, I could have squeezed it under the hammer and got it in as a 3-D version of Robin Hood.

3-D or not, Scott’s version of Robin Hood is yet another addition to the kitschy list of animated films, syndicated TV shows and music videos that have used the character for inspiration.

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Robin Hood Daffy (1956)

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Robin Hood (1973)

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Robin of Sherwood (1984)

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“Everything I Do (I Do It For You),”  Bryan Adams, featured on the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Soundtrack

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The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997)

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