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The Set of 400: #90 – My Favorite Cross-Dressing Fortune Tellers

Today! Because they call me a slob, but I do my job –

Robin Hood (1973)

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman (x3)

Starring Brian Bedford (x2), Peter Ustinov, Phil Harris (x2), Andy Devine (x2), Roger Miller, Terry-Thomas, Monica Evans, Carole Shelley, Pat Buttram, Ken Curtis (x2), George Lindsey, J. Pat O’Malley (x3), Barbara Luddy (x2)

I never considered myself a particularly big fan of Robin Hood as a character or the rote Robin Hood story, which doesn’t vary much from film to film, but lo and behold, here is our third foray with the Merry Men on this list. Sure, the first one was #395 Mel Brooks’ Men in Tights parody, and the second was the primary source of that comedy – #293 Kevin Costner’s Prince of Thieves, so I guess this is the only one harkening back to the more traditional variety of forest rogue, the Richard Greene sort. The Errol Flynn/Olivia de Havilland/Basil Rathbone classic version did almost fight its way onto this list, and I’m kinda glad it didn’t in retrospect. 1% of the films being Robin Hoods seems like a lot.

It does feature the best sword fight in the franchise

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The Set of 400: #263 – My Favorite King of the Swingers

Today! Because we’re a cracker jack brigade/On a pachyderm parade –

The Jungle Book (1967)

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman

Starring Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, Sebastian Cabot, George Sanders, Bruce Reitherman, Clint Howard, J. Pat O’Malley

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s tales of crazy nonsense, The Jungle Book isn’t something I grew up with. I knew the characters from other Disney films and shows – so popular was this original film that the lack of logical sequels did not hold them back from reusing everybody, most notably Phil Harris’ Baloo straight playing Little John in Robin Hood and Baloo with the same name as a war pilot or something in Disney’s TaleSpin from the early ’90s.

Seriously, how did this happen?

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