Rocket Robin Hood

I just stumbled across this quirky little cartoon from the 60s. It takes Robin Hood & his band of men (plus Maid Marian) and places them in the year 3000. They live on an asteroid, fly around in space ships, and use laser pistols instead of bows & arrows. While taking mythical characters from their historical settings & placing them in futuristic/space settings has been done before (I know of at least one based on Ulysses, and a few based on Sherlock Holmes), this is the first time I’ve seen it done with Robin Hood.


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7 thoughts on “Rocket Robin Hood

  1. Alphacentaurian says:

    We had a summer arts program and I would always take the animation course. One year, the dude who taught it was an animator who worked on this series, and he all but apologized for it :)
    I remember them rerunning this for years… and years… and years…

  2. Drahken says:

    There are several other episodes on youtube, although they’re all broken into segments.

    My discovery of this series was an interesting quirk. A local broadcaster recently started broadcasting PBJ TV, and when i looked up the listings, i saw this rocket robin hood show. Unfortunately, every time I tried to catch it, either the station wouldn’t come in (it’s low power, and digital’s “all or nothing” level of broadcasting sucks, at least with analog broadcasts you could still watch it even if the signal was extremely weak & snowy) or it was some exercise show. Out of frustrated curiosity, I looked it up on youtube instead.
    As it turns out, the online schedule I use is wrong, and RRH never actually airs on PBJ. PBJ’s own website doesn’t even list the show at all.

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    This series – and Hercules – ran for years in the late 60s to mid 70s, and was a favorite of mine.
    Of course having child eyes helps cuz by the end of its many runs, all I noticed was the interminable intermission sequences which broke up the show for about as long as any story content.

    I mean, it was like five minutes of show, two or three one-minute-long character ‘intros’, maybe another few bits of the same interstitial material.

    But I loved it, and hold its repetitious but imaginative take on the hooded one dear to my heart.

    The show came out on dvd not long ago, in its french-dubbed version (which aired as often as the ones early morning on CTV, here in canuck land). A rare move for distributors.
    Of course, it seem it would kill them to just put out these old animated series in both languages on the same disc.

  4. Drahken says:

    I’ve seen the old hercules show on RTV. Talk about repetitive…. It’s always herc fighting some back guy in a purple dress, then running off & shouting “O-LYM-PI-A!!”, and man is that centuar boy friggin annoying “double double, talk talk, all the time, all the time”.

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