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Oo-Da-Lally

May 19, 2021 by Tim

“Oo-da-lally, oo-da-lally, golly what a day.”

My very first exposure to the Robin Hood legend (and I presume this is true for most kids of my generation) was the Walt Disney animated film. I loved that movie as a kid, and it set the tone for how I thought of Robin Hood for years to come.

When I was older, the Kevin Costner film gave me a slightly more grown-up take on the story, and later Cary Elwes provided some laughs over it. There have been a couple more attempts since that don’t even warrant a name drop, but none of them come close to feeling as dark as Hood: Outlaws and Legends.

I’m enjoying the game as a somewhat-stealthy 4v4vNPCS capture type game, and at a reasonable $30 I can be more forgiving of some of the game’s (hopefully temporary) shortcomings. I’ve put over 30 hours into the game so far, and while there are some balance and content updates sorely needed, I’m having a lot of fun with what they have so far.

But watching Little John go Gallagher on some guard’s skull with his sledgehammer, or Robin sneak up behind to stab a silent arrow into an unsuspecting neck, remains at such stark contrast to the characters I held dear for so many years, it’s hard to even reconcile them as being based on the same story. Even though it’s likely that Hood is far closer to the truth of things than Disney’s light-hearted animal romp.


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trovster
5 months ago

You should try and find episodes of “Maid Marian and Her Merry Men”. Fond memories of that retelling of the Robin Hood story from my childhood! Note, it’s *very* British.

Wesley Riot
Wesley Riot
5 months ago
Reply to  trovster

the main thing I remember about that is… they all looked so dirty XD

MasterofBalance
MasterofBalance
5 months ago

Reminds me of an episode of the Simpsons. Something like “he was as feisty as he was delicious.”

foducool
foducool
5 months ago

there are only two robin hood versions that matter
the furry one and the funny one

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
5 months ago
Reply to  foducool

The one with men (manly men!), men in tights, right?

Logan
Logan
5 months ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

There *are* no others. (Funny, or no) xD

ACK!
ACK!
2 months ago
Reply to  Logan
Detton
Detton
5 months ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

Rumor has it that they roam around the forest looking for fights.

Matt
Matt
5 months ago

The animated is by far my favourite, I automatically start whistling that tune, and my wife appears with knives in her eyes… just a great film. The Rickman/Costner one is good, and the Crowe one wasn’t bad tbf. I’ve a confession though, I’ve never seen Men in Tights…
I’ve ofc seen the memes and some bits of it, but never bothered on the whole thing…

Logan
Logan
5 months ago
Reply to  Matt

You must rectify this mistake post haste!

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
5 months ago

Never meet your idols…

Soag
Soag
5 months ago

To talk about a Robin Hood game, mention some works which came before and forget Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood?
BLASPHEMY!
🙂

Malkavianism
Malkavianism
2 months ago
Reply to  Soag

How about Christy Marx’s Conquest of the Longbow?

shevek
shevek
5 months ago

Here in the UK in the mid 80s we had a TV show – Robin of Sherwood. It was so good. There were some very dark episodes, in particular the feature length Seven Swords of Wayland

Last edited 5 months ago by shevek
Brian
Brian
5 months ago
Reply to  shevek

I loved that show! It aired here in the states on the Showtime cable channel. I thought tying Robin to the myth of Herne the Hunter was a cool take, and it was also my introduction to the music of Clannad

Kasaix
Kasaix
5 months ago

I loved those movies when I was younger. Disney’s Robin Hood was epic, and Men in Tights is always good for a laugh.

Jacob
Jacob
5 months ago
Reply to  Kasaix

Cary Elwes will always be the best Robin Hood, because he could speak with a British accent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrFmuiF2ENY

J.D.
J.D.
5 months ago

Your name is Mervin? Aways cracks me up

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
5 months ago

B**** you’re in the wrong Hood now

Henchman Twenty1
Henchman Twenty1
5 months ago

Yeah, it’s like the Disneyfied version of Moses all warm and lovable vs. the brutal, overbearing thug in real life who just wanted to rule over others.

Marshmallows
Marshmallows
5 months ago

I so love the art on this page! It’s fantastic and true to the classic!

Zeshin
Zeshin
5 months ago

Robin Hood is probably my favorite animated Disney film, it’s just so chill and easy to watch.

UNVOICED_APOLLO
UNVOICED_APOLLO
5 months ago

No love for the classic Errol Flynn version? Men in Tights clearly takes a lot of inspiration from it as well as Prince of Thieves

Markus
Markus
5 months ago

I might be risking to being lynched alive here, but I never liked the Disney version of Robin Hood. Maybe I watched it too late, since I had the images of several other Robin Hood films already in my head, and I found the animated film seriously lacking and too childish. Also, it was very cheaply produced for a Walt Disney movie, they even used several scenes from other movies, for example the Jungle Book! Yes, they just changed Baloo to little John and used the exact same motion sequence, they did this more than once (it was a time,… Read more »

Jacob
Jacob
5 months ago

The original Hampster dance website played a sample of the opening of Disney’s Robin Hood on repeat

Draguss
Draguss
5 months ago

Oh man, now this brings back some memories. I’m gonna be whistling that theme all day now.

Gerd
Gerd
5 months ago

The game screams “For Honor” with its mechanics and is pretty close to being an unbelievable mess. But “Even though it’s likely that Hood is far closer to the truth of things than Disney’s light-hearted animal romp.” – I wouldn’t be too sure about that. 😉 At least Robin in the cartoon version didnt have such a big and deep hood that it is absolutely detrimental to using a bow effectively in reality. Too much fluff too few filler. And Maid Marian…*hint* medieval times super misogynistic and patriarchal society. What they are going for is a female celtic warrior…just about… Read more »

AC Escher
AC Escher
5 months ago

I am with you right there. Granted the minute I first saw the first panel i could hear the opening song in my head.

Bernie Margolis
Bernie Margolis
5 months ago

I remember begging for anything associated with Disney’s Robin Hood as a kid, but my parents insist that when they took me to see the movie, I fell asleep in the theatre. I lived in Mexico City at the time, and they had a movie theatre that was dedicated to showing all Disney movies all the time. I always begged to go. In addition to Robin Hood, I believe we saw Pinocchio, Cinderella, Dumbo, and Peter Pan there. Then we moved to the U.S., and the movie selections morphed into Herbie the Love Bug, The Bad News Bears, and Smokey… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Bernie Margolis
deep
deep
5 months ago

So this version of Robin Hood just kills with no reasoning? I’m clearly not familiar with the game. Seems pretty brutal.

Cragfast
Cragfast
5 months ago
Reply to  deep

Violence is funny.

GCo
GCo
5 months ago

“none of them come close to feeling as dark as Hood: Outlaws and Legends.”

Huuuu, yeah… you must have missed Robin and Marian with Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. Somber all along and the bleakest end ever.

vgoya
vgoya
5 months ago

How come nobody has mentioned “Robin and Marian” so far? Great movie, with Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn as the middle-aged main characters. It’s tender, witty, sometimes funny and above all genuine. Certainly not a master-piece, but good entertainment.

Leon
Leon
5 months ago

Assassin’s Creed: Men in Tights

Vedrit
Vedrit
5 months ago

I initially thought this was a “I watched a childhood movie with my kid, and thought of something silly” thing. Guess not.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
5 months ago

Assassin’s Creed: Robin Hood

he who rages
he who rages
5 months ago

We’re MEN, MEN in TIGHTS…. thanks, now that song is stuck in my head

Gilly
Gilly
5 months ago

There is a big that previous page shows the internet vs zombies comic not the ones with Zeke.

Smiley
Smiley
5 months ago
Reply to  Gilly

It’s not a bug… left/right arrows change depending on what “series” the current strip is.
Allows people to go back and read say old Analog & D-pad issues without being interrupted by sillies.

Egas
Egas
5 months ago
Reply to  Gilly

Not a bug. Once you enter into the actual comic page (in this case, https://cad-comic.com/comic/oo-da-lally) instead of just https://cad-comic.com, the previous/next and first/last buttons navigate to the previous/next comic in that series. Both this comic and Never Satisfied are part of the original Ctrl Alt Del series, whereas Identity, p21 is a part of the Analog and D-Pad series. So pressing the “Previous” button while on this comic will take you to the Ctrl Alt Del comic posted before this one, which is Never Satisfied. You can switch back to the Analog and D-Pad series by going through the Archives… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Egas
Bakamoichigei
5 months ago

Awesome job drawing Alan-a-Dale and Robin! Being a childhood favorite that I hadn’t seen in decades, Disney’s Robin Hood was the first thing I watched on Disney+ after we ran out of Mando. 😁

Vukodlak
Vukodlak
5 months ago

Now I want Assassins Creed Robinhood.

Last edited 5 months ago by Vukodlak
ArdentSlacker
ArdentSlacker
5 months ago

It’s a weird game with the victory being “who has their hand on the crank at the last second”. So one team can just wait for the last second to strike. If any of the prior steps of taking the key, or capturing the chest the first time had any bearing on victory it’d probably work a lot better.

Jacob Bielski
4 months ago

I think my first exposure to Robin Hood (as a strictly cinematic experience) was Shrek.