In 2020, Emily Cook introduced the idea of tweet-a-long celebrations of the TV series Doctor Who. At a scheduled time, users would watch an episode and post their comments on Twitter using a hashtag.
I thought it might be fun to do the same thing with Disney's 1973 cartoon film Robin Hood. That's the one with the cartoon fox (voiced by Brian Bedford).
The hashtag for this live-tweet Twitter rewatch party will be #oodelally.
Saturday, May 2, 2020
2pm Eastern Daylight Time (Toronto, New York, etc)
11am Pacific Daylight Time (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, etc.)
7pm British Summertime (London, England, etc.)
6pm Greenwich Mean Time
I won't list all the times, but you should be able to work it out from that. I'm sorry I couldn't find a time that would work better across all continents.
At the scheduled time (May 2, 2020 at 2pm EDT in my home time zone), start watching the Disney Robin Hood cartoon. It doesn't matter if you stream it on Disney+ or iTunes, or watch the BluRay, DVD or even an old VHS tape.
Post your commentary on Twitter and include the hashtag #oodelally.
Please keep the tweets family friendly and mostly positive. (Some mild snark is fine, but remember younger viewers might be joining in.)
You can follow the comments here. (I see others have used the hashtag before me.)
Who is hosting this event?
I'm not sure if these sorts of events truly have a host, but the person proposing this idea is Allen W. Wright, a Robin Hood scholar from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I first created an educational website about the Robin Hood legend in 1997, you'll find it at www.boldoutlaw.com. My Twitter handle is @BoldOutlaw
Are you affiliated with Disney?
No, I'm starting this on my own -- as a Robin Hood scholar and fan.
Why are you doing this?
I had a lot of fun participating in Emily Cook's #LockdownDoctorWho events. It seems a good way to connect with people during this dark time of social isolation. I've also enjoyed live-tweeting comments to various classic movies shown on Turner Classic Movies. Who knows -- if works out, I might do more. I know the 1952 live-action Disney film The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men is also on Disney+. for example.
Why this version of Robin Hood?
Hard as it may be to believe, I set up this tweet-along page about a week before Disney announced they'd be doing a live-action / CGI remake.
While the Disney cartoon is decades old, it remains the one that people are most familiar with and are most likely to have access to. My friends who lecture about Robin Hood in universities assure me that it's the one their students know best -- students whose parents may not have even been born at the time of the movie's original release. (However, if you're interested in my personal favourite versions of Robin Hood -- the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and the 1980s TV series Robin of Sherwood -- see below.)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) with Errol Flynn
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020
Time: 1:45pm Eastern Daylight Time
(possibly a few minutes delay)
Turner Classic Movies will be showing this film at 1:45pm EST on April 11, 2020. They may show a brief introduction.
I will probably be crossposting with the #TCMParty hashtag -- an ongoing live-tweet of the movies on this channel.
If you check out the hashtag #1938Robin now, you might see my Twitter commentary from December 2015.
Here is the Turner Classic Movies listing for the film.
This film remains the gold standard for Robin Hood movies, classic Hollywood swashbuckling at its very best.
Robin of Sherwood: The Inheritance
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Time: 7pm British Summer Time / 2pm Eastern Daylight Time
This one is being run by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, the guiding force behind the audio and prose continuations of this classic 1980s TV series. He's bringing along some star power as the writer Anthony Horowitz, producer Esta Charkham, and actors Jason Connery, Clive Mantle and Mark Ryan will be joining in the fun. You can find Barnaby on Twitter at @BarnabyEJ.
This episode combines the Robin Hood legend with the Arthurian mythos.