Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Favorite Fictional Character --- Robin Hood (2 of Them)
Well as you can tell from the title of this post I picked Robin Hood as this weeks Favorite Fictional Character. The dilemma for me is that I have two very different and very distinct versions of this character firmly planted in my brain, and I couldn't pick a favorite between them. So here I am blogging about both of them.
As you can tell from the striking pictures, the first version of this character I love is the one played by Errol Flynn; the swashbuckling nobleman who believes in England and will fight for King Richard with his last breath.
I must admit to falling in love with this movie at a very young age. After one viewing of the exploits and adventures portrayed in this movie, I was hooked for life. This version of Robin Hood was everything a little boy could dream of being. Handsome, debonair, noble, leader of men, and knows what is right and what is wrong. A man who will fight for what is good and just. A man who fights on behalf of those who don't have the strength to fight for themselves. A skilled combatant who could use a sword, bow, staff, or his fists to defeat the evil men of King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Plus he got the girl on top of that. What was there in this character that wasn't worth idolizing?
The second version of this character that still to this day never fails to enchant me is the wily fox in Disney's adaptation of the Robin Hood legend.
How could a kid not love such a witty, daring character that fights lions, snakes, wolves, and vultures. This was the story I loved told to me in a way that was pure, fun entertainment.
I have passed my love of these movies, I hope, down to my son. Since he is only 6, the wily fox is his favorite but I'm convinced he will grow to love the action and adventure found throughout both movies. I also hope he takes away from both these movies the importance of looking out for those who can't look out for themselves.