Sir Hiss of Newbury and Countess Iseult of Clare Picture

"Snakes don't walk, they slither. So there..."

Several years ago, I was re-watching Disney's 1973 Robin Hood and, though a wonderful and likeable film, it is unfortunately lacking, mainly due to the point that it related little to the original ballads and its Robin had no suitable villains to challenge him: Prince John had cruelty and cleverness but was overrun by cowardice; Sir Hiss had brains but no brawn; the Sheriff of Nottingham had brawn and no brains; and Nutsy and Trigger were comic relief and nothing more. There was no equal and worthy foe that could give Robin Hood a run for his money, therefore Robin ended up a rather dull, infallible character. So, I made designs for two of my favourite character — Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Will Scarlett of Crigglestone.

Seeing the successful response of these characters had, I've been wanting to do re-adaptation of the Disney film to make far more literarily/mythologically/historically accurate, but also scissoring in other related literary works (such as Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, Anthony Munday's Huntington plays, William Shakespeare's King John, etc) as well as best aspects of film and TV, from The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, starring Errol Flynn), The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952, the criminally underrated live-action Disney film, which the animated 1973 version was heavily inspired by), The Lion in Winter (1968, starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn), Robin and Marian (1976, starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn), Robin of Sherwood (1984-1986 British TV series), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991, starring Kevin Costner), etc.

I'd like to thank my dear friend Iluvendure, because she had such an interest in this Robin Hood project, she assisted a great deal in the development by acting as my sound-board for the its characters, its literature, and its immense history.
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