Robin Hood Animated Movie LITTLE JOHN Plush

Robin Hood is a 1973 animated musical adventure from the Walt Disney Company that featured the characters from the English folk tale reimagined as anthropomorphic animals. If you wanted to collect Robin and all of the Merry Men from the movie, that wouldn’t be too hard!

Because all you would need was Robin himself, and this Little John plush:

It is strange, but understandable from a budget point of view, that only two Merry Men are depicted. Less characters means less to animate which ultimately means less expense. Now we do get some of the supporting cast: Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, and Alan-a-dale on the good guy side. And then you have wicked Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham for the bad guy side.

Art Director Ken Anderson wanted to include more of the Merry Men into the film, which was overridden by Director Wolfgang Reitherman because he wanted a “buddy picture” reminiscent of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. So Little John was the only Merry Man who made it into the film, while Friar Tuck was put in as a friend of Robin’s who lived in Nottingham, and Alan-a-Dale was turned into the narrator.

The Disney Store released this mini bean bag plush in 1998. It is 8″ high with plastic pellets in the butt to make him sit up nice and straight, like a good little Merry Man!

The Canasa Trading Corporation doesn’t seem to be in business anymore, at least, not as a toy manufacturer. The name is being used in other industries.

For more fun with Canasa Disney animals, check out my Br’er Rabbit plush.

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